The last American servicemember left Afghanistan this week, ending America's 20-year military involvement in the country. The brave men and women who served in Afghanistan have my deepest gratitude for their dedication to keep our nation safe. Their sacrifice made a difference in thwarting ISIS and Al-Qaeda, and we are here to support them and their families as this war comes to an end.
My office has processed requests for evacuation for approximately 500 people and we are still processing additional requests. We are aware that at least 100 of those people have been evacuated to either the U.S. or another country, and also know six families that we assisted have returned to San Diego.
Time will allow us to look back at the past two decades and the final days in Afghanistan to determine what we could have done better. For now, we must continue working with our allies, like-minded partners, and the international community to bring home our citizens, evacuate vulnerable Afghans, mitigate the Taliban’s worst behavior, and protect America’s enduring security interests in Afghanistan. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and the Biden administration to ensure that happens and to protect our nation from international terror.
This week, I continued my work in the district. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.
Meeting with San Diego Organizing Project
On Tuesday, I met with San Diego Organizing Project to hear from DREAMERS and front-line workers about the urgent need to pass immigration reform. Immigrants enrich our communities and are a critical part of our economy. Doctors, nurses, teachers, scientists, and members of our armed forces all play key roles in making San Diego and our country a better place. We must do our part to provide the security they deserve by fixing our broken immigration system.
San Diego Prescription Drug Abuse and Meth Strike Force Meeting
Earlier today, I spoke with members of the San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force. This Strike Force is composed of around 70 member organizations, including representatives from public health, law enforcement, judiciary, education, treatment, prevention, and intervention agencies. I discussed federal solutions to combat the meth crisis, including my bipartisan Methamphetamine Response Act and the work I have been doing to promote the use of non-opioid alternatives in surgical settings. The Strike Force's local work is especially relevant as this week marked International Overdose Awareness Day and September as National Recovery Month.
Meeting with San Diego Regional Fire Foundation
Frank Ault (Chairman) and Joan Jones (Executive Director)
I also met with the Executive Director and Chairman of the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation today. We spoke about the foundation's work and potential federal funding opportunities. As we experience the effects of climate change and see the devastating fires in northern California, it is more important than ever to address our region's specific fire needs. This includes ensuring our communities have resources to create defensible space around their homes and supporting fire departments. We also discussed opportunities in the latest reconciliation bill to address our critical fire needs.
Roundtable and Site Visit with Local Business Owners
On Monday, I met with local small business owners who are members of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Voices community. We discussed the challenges small businesses are currently facing including staffing shortages, tariffs, payment delays, and COVID-19. We also spoke about the ways in which the federal government can help them succeed. Small businesses are the economic backbone of the greater San Diego community. I will continue to advocate for them in Washington, D.C. for their continued growth and prosperity.
Rancho Bernardo Community Council Meeting
Yesterday, I joined the Rancho Bernardo Community Council monthly meeting to give a broad update on some of the most pressing issues currently under review by Congress. We discussed the continued importance of bipartisanship, concerns over the federal deficit, voter suppression laws, prescription drug pricing, the status of the reconciliation and bipartisan infrastructure packages, and the most recent UN climate report. I always enjoy sharing my work in Congress with my constituents all throughout CA-52. Thank you for having me!
Participate in Our Weekly Poll!
This section in our e-newsletter allows readers to weigh in on current events. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that unvaccinated Americans should avoid travel this Labor Day weekend due to rising COVID-19 cases. The CDC also said vaccinated Americans need to take risks into consideration as they think about traveling. Have you made travel plans amid increasing delta variant cases?
Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms.
Our previous question was: This week, the Federal Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Do you believe this approval will encourage more people to get vaccinated?
Here are the results:
236 Responses: 43.2% Yes; this has the potential to convince those who were still undecided about the vaccine. 33.9% No; I don't believe this will make a difference for many people. 5.5% Vaccination rates might rise only after FDA approves more COVID-19 vaccines. 17.4% Other
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.
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