Around the Capitol

As Promised, A Water Bill
Californians have struggled under drought conditions for over a year, and soon the situation will be a national crisis. So far, every proposed legislative fix has been prohibitively expensive or politically unworkable. That is why I cosponsored H.R. 2868, the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, which was introduced by Congressman Valadao (CA-21) last Thursday.  The bill would work within state environmental laws to maximize the amount of drinking water available to Californians by setting up a process for increased pumping, capture, and storage.
The Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015

Cleaning Up the Clean Power Plan
Last week I attended my first Energy Subcommittee Hearing in my new role as Vice Chair. I discussed California's difficult experience with burdensome regulations in relation to the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan.

First Hearing as Vice Chair

Art Competition at the Capitol
Congratulations once again to Alex Farrell from Bowman High on winning the Congressional Art Competition! Welcome to Washington, DC to him and his family.
Congratulations and Welcome to the Farrells!

When Small Business Meets Veterans Affairs
The Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing with the Committee on Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations last week.  I discussed the changes that the VA needs to make in order to give our veterans the quality service that they need and deserve.
A Joint Committee Hearing About Veterans Affairs


Around the District

Tour of General Atomics
Yesterday I toured the General Atomics Aeronautical facility in Palmdale to learn about the many exciting developments in the aerospace industry. Here I am pictured with the new Predator-C.

Touring the General Atomics Facility
Welcoming President Mann
On Friday I spoke at the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s 113th Installation Banquet. We installed the Chamber’s new President, Josh Mann. Best of luck to Mr. Mann and the Chamber in the coming year!

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce’s 113th Installation Banquet
Air Traffic Control 
I had an enlightening experience while visiting with the good folks at the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale. Driving by the facility, you wouldn't know that hundreds of talented people toil 24 hours a day, 7 days a week making the skies above Southern California and the West safer. The jobs and safety they provide are a very important part of our economy.

At the Los Angeles Air Route Traffic Control Center in Palmdale
Happy Independence Day
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July. Hopefully I will see you around town!

Around the Corner

4th of July Parade in Santa Clarita
Saturday, July 4, 9am-12:30pm
Hart Park, Newhall Avenue, Newhall

4th of July Fireworks Show in Santa Clarita
Saturday, July 4, 9:20pm
Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd, Valencia

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Antelope Valley
Saturday, July 4, 4-10pm 
Lancaster Auto Mall, Motor Lane, Lancaster,

Annual Fourth of July Celebration in Simi Valley
Saturday, July 4, 12pm
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive Simi Valley