Around the Capitol
Small Business Benefits
Last week I participated in a House Small Business Committee hearing on cafeteria plans, a form of employee compensation that allows participants to pay for certain types of benefits on a pre-tax basis- ranging from healthcare flex spending accounts to dental coverage. Cafeteria plans are available across the board to large and mid-size companies, nonprofits, schools, universities, and the federal government, but small business owners are not able to participate. We discussed how and why we should change that. Watch the whole thing here.
Learning About Cafeteria Plans in Small Business Committee

State of Emergency
I am pleased that the President issued an emergency declaration on Thursday for Los Angeles County and other areas of California to help us recover from the recent storms. Last month I urged the President to declare an emergency and make funds available to State, tribal, and local governments for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by recent severe winter storms, flooding, and mudslides. This is great news for the County of Los Angeles and our damaged infrastructure. California is struggling to repair damages caused by recent storms and I am grateful for this assistance in repairing our community.

Stopping Cemex
On March 16 I was proud to reintroduce the Soledad Canyon Consistency Act, a bipartisan measure that would withdraw the mineral rights for land in the eastern portion of the Santa Clarita Valley and effectively block future Cemex-style mining projects in the area. Preventing Cemex from breaking ground on this mine is a top priority for me and many in our community. This bill will apply additional pressure and build momentum toward our goal of providing consistency, safety, and peace of mind to the people of the Santa Clarita Valley. Read more here.
The Soledad Canyon Consistency Act was introduced last week

Capitol Visit
Thank you to Janice Faybush for stopping by my office last week before your Capitol tour. It is always great seeing members of our community here in Washington, D.C. If you are planning a trip to our nation’s capital, be sure to visit our website beforehand to set up a tour!
It was great seeing you Janice!

Marines United Update
On Thursday morning I attended an Armed Services Committee briefing with the Commandant and other Marine Corps leadership to received and update on the Marines United scandal and the ensuing response by the Corps. I thank Chairman Thornberry for arranging the meeting. While I appreciate General Neller’s responsibility in acknowledging that this is a major problem that must be addressed, it is clear to me that more must be done to solve this challenge quickly and completely. When marines betray the trust of one another it violates the rights of their fellow service member and destroys the unit cohesion that makes our armed forces the finest in the world. Let me be clear; this type of behavior is absolutely wrong and weakens our national security. I look forward to working with military leaders and my colleagues on the Armed Services Committee to enact policies that hold perpetrators responsible via the UCMJ and defend the rights and privacy of service members. We must do more to defend the integrity of the uniform and the honor of our nation.

Small Business Contracting
Last Friday I joined Representatives Dave Brat (VA-7), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-7), the respective Chair and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access, in introducing H.R. 1597, the Commercial Market Representatives Clarification Act of 2017. This bipartisan measure, of which I am an original cosponsor, would increase opportunities for small businesses that want to contract with the federal government . You can read the full bill here.


Around the District
Student Forum in Santa Clarita
Last Monday a great time at College of the Canyons today answering questions about a wide range of topics. Thank you to the faculty for setting this up and moderating, and to the students who asked fantastic questions!
Answering students' questions at College of the Canyons

Boys and Girls Club Week in Simi Valley
Also on Monday my office celebrated National Boys & Girls Club Week in Simi Valley by presenting a certificate of recognition to Gina Mazzapica, who served as the 2017 Chair of National Boys & Girls Club Week & Open House.
Visiting Simi Valley Boys & Girls Club

Graduation Ceremony
On March 16 my office attended a PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) Graduation Event at Cactus Intermediate School in Palmdale, where they presented  certificates to 64 parents who graduated from a 9-week course) on how to help your kids prepare for college.  
Congratulations graduates on your accomplishment!

Annual Antelope Valley Mock Trial Tournament Awards Ceremony 
On Friday my staff attended and presented Certificates of Recognition at the 24th Annual Antelope Valley Mock Trial Tournament Awards Ceremony. Great job to all the students who participated, keep up the great work!
This year's outstanding Mock Trial participants in the Antelope Valley 

Around the Corner
A.V. Fair Home Show & Craft Fair
March 24 – March 26
Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster

LA County Airshow
March 25 – March 26
General William J. Fox Airfield, 4555 W Avenue G # 1, Lancaster

Easter Bunny Arrival
March 25, 10:00am-12:00pm
Antelope Valley Mall, 1233 Rancho Vista Boulevard, Palmdale

Bookmark Design Contest
March 25, 10:00am
Simi Valley Public Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road, Simi Valley

Bon Voyage: Symphony of the Canyons
March 25, 7:30pm
Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Santa Clarita

Youth Art Showcase
March 26, 11:00am-3:00pm
The Centre, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita

Lecture and Book Signing with Craig Shirley 
March 28, 6:00-8:00pm
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley