Around the Capitol
Statement on American Health Care Act
As a husband to a nurse, I’ve seen firsthand the challenges families and patients face under our current health law, which is why last week  I voted in support of the American Health Care Act. I believe that our nation’s families deserve a healthcare system that is affordable and sustainable, not just for the next five years, but for generations to come. The reality is that the Affordable Care Act is failing across the country by making care more expensive and in many places, severely limiting choices. It’s not just failing in other states, it will eventually fail in California too. Action is required right now to replace its most damaging aspects before many families have no choices at all. I am pleased that the House adopted an amendment I authored that would ensure that individuals with pre-existing conditions are protected in every situation for every family, in every state, especially California. I have strongly advocated for and promised this throughout the entire discussion. This is a good first step, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to offer solutions that will address the problems faced by our current system and allow Americans access to the care they need.

Strengthening Cybersecurity
On May 2 I participated in a House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology markup in which we passed H.R. 2105, the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act of 2017. This bill would help our small businesses protect themselves from cyber-attacks by calling on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to provide small businesses with guidance to help them identify, assess, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks. You can watch the full markup here.
Marking Up the NIST Small Business Cybersecurity Act 

Aerospace Caucus
Tuesday I attended a briefing about U.S. Space Competitiveness with the House Aerospace Caucus. I am proud to serve as Co-Chairman of this important group that brings together industry leaders and public servants who are focused the exciting opportunities continued progress in aerospace research offer the nation. It is critical that public and private sector American leaders continue to have visible successes in air and space. The X-15, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs, among others, inspired countless young people to study STEM subjects and who are now accomplishing great things for our country.
Discussing the future of flight

Friendly Faces in DC
Thank you to Charles, Stan, and Mark from Santa Clarita for stopping by my office last week to chat! It's always great to see folks from the district here in the nation’s Capital.
Thanks for stopping by!

NASA Meeting
It was great meeting with Robert Lightfoot, Acting Administrator of NASA on May 3. We had a fantastic discussion about the exciting aircraft designs they are working on that will change how we fly in the next few years. NASA must have the resources to build and fly experimental aircraft for U.S. aviation and aerospace to thrive.
Meeting with NASA Acting Administrator Lightfoot

Increasing Access To Capital
Last week I introduced bipartisan legislation along with Representatives Grace Meng (NY-6) and Carlos Curbelo (FL-26) to help make it easier for small businesses to access the capital they need to grow and create jobs. Small Business Investment Opportunity Act would expand the amount of capital available to the entrepreneurs in our community to help them grow their operations and hire more of our neighbors. Read more here.

 

Around the District
Art Competition Winner Announced
Congratulations to Rachael Tahir from Simi Valley, winner of the 2017 Congressional Art Competition for California's 25th District! Thank you to all the fantastic high school students who submitted artwork, this was another very successful year. A huge thank you to KHTS Radio and FastFrame Valencia for helping host another great Competition!
Outstanding work Rachael!

Building Bridges
My office attended the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge widening ground breaking ceremony last Tuesday. The project supports the SCV 2020 theme of building and creating community, and we are looking forward to its completion. 
Ground breaking ceremony for the Newhall Ranch Road Bridge widening

Getting Charged Up
Last Wednesday my office attended the Ribbon Cutting of the new AVTA WAVE Induction Charger at the Sgt. Steve Owens Park. This charger is the first in southern California. The AVTA is also celebrating becoming the first agency in the nation to have an all-electric transit fleet by 2018. Congratulations on these two amazing milestones!
Excited for the AVTA WAVE Induction Charger

Happy Anniversary Westside USD
Great turnout Thursday evening to celebrate the Westside Union School Districts 70th Anniversary. Congratulations to all of the inaugural Westside Heroes!
Westside Union School Districts 70th Anniversary

Recognizing Captain Clift
My staff attended the retirement ceremony for Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Tony Clift on May 5th. We presented him with a certificate of recognition and extended our appreciation to him and his family after his 31 years of service.
Thank you for your service Captain Clift!


Around the Corner
Coffee and Coloring for Adults Brewing Tomorrow
May 9, 9:00am-10:00am
Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale   

20th Annual Fire Service Day

May 9, 10:00am-4:00pm
N. Regional Operations Bureau LA County Fire Station 129, 42110 6th Street W., Lancaster

Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council Board Meeting
May 10, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Porter Ranch Community School Multi-Purpose Room, 12450 Mason Ave, Porter Ranch

Revved Up-Corvettes
May 11, 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Main Street in Old Town Newhall, Main Street and Market Street, Santa Clarita

Simi Valley Street Fair
May 13, 9:00am-5:00pm
3200 block of Cochran street between Galena & Sequoia, Simi Valley

Hit the Trail 2017
May 13, 10:00am-2:00pm
Valencia Heritage Park, 24155 Newhall Ranch Road Santa Clarita

Transition 2 Independence 
May 13, 10:00am-3:45pm
Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita

SCV Spring Blues Festival
May 13, 1:00pm-7:30pm
Tesoro Adobe Park 29350 Avenida Rancho Tesoro, Valencia

Talk: From Shell-Shock to PTSD: 100 Years of Military Trauma

May 14, 2:00pm- 3:00pm
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

 

 
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