Around the District
Simi Valley Dream Cuisine & Wine Festival
On October 11th I attended the 6th annual Simi Valley Dream Cuisine & Wine Festival. I had a great time catching up with old friends and making new ones.
The Simi Valley Dream Cuisine & Wine Fest

Quest Diagnostics
Thank you to Quest Diagnostics in Valencia for being such great hosts last week. I thoroughly enjoyed speaking with employees and touring the state of the art facility.
At the Quest Diagnostics Facility in Valencia

Academy of the Canyons
Last Wednesday I visited two excellent schools in the Santa Clarita Valley: Academy of the Canyons and Trinity Classical Academy. At both I had very lively discussions with students about the legislative process and current events.
Speaking to Academy of the Canyons students
Discussing the legislative process at Trinity Classical Academy

25th Annual Senior Expo
Congratulations to Jim Harris for winning Senior of the Year at the High Desert Medical Group and Heritage Health Care’s 25th Annual Senior Expo, which was held at Antelope Valley Fairgrounds on October 15. I presented a certificate of recognition to Mr. Harris and my staff was there to help seniors with issues they were facing with federal departments like Social Security and the Veterans Affairs. 
Congratulations to Jim Harris

Veterans Achievement Court
Last Wednesday I had the honor of speaking at the graduation of the first graduating class of the Veterans Achievement Court. Congratulations to all of the graduates on completing this rigorous 18 month program.

Pro-Life Roundtable
I had a great meeting this evening on Thursday with local area pastors in the Antelope Valley to discuss moral issues in America. Thank you to everyone who participated and provided feedback.
The Antelope Valley Pro-Life Roundtable

California Flood Preparedness Week
It is California Flood Preparedness Week. In light of the mud slides and floods last week and this weekend, I urge everyone to take steps to protect themselves and their families in the case of future catastrophic flooding. For more information and resources, visit this page.

Around the Capitol
Defending Our National Defense
This week the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2016 was sent to the President’s desk for signature. This annual legislation authorizes the budgets and expenditures for national defense operations in the upcoming fiscal year, meaning it is essential to funding the programs that keep Americans safe at home and overseas. Unfortunately, the President has threatened to veto it due to a disagreement over budgetary issues not related to defense spending. I strongly urge him to reconsider.

This year’s NDAA would provide enough funding to the Department of Defense to maintain its current efforts to protect the American people. It supports the quality of life for our troops and their families; it provides a 1.3% pay raise for active duty service members and creates a portable Thrift Savings Plan to provide a retirement plan for all members to ensure that our men and women in uniform can provide for themselves and their families far into the future. Additionally, it retains a housing allowance for troops who live off base, preserves funding for commissaries, and increases financial literacy training so that service members can maintain the quality of life that they desire and deserve. It also aims to improve collaboration between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to better support service members transitioning back to civilian life. 

The NDAA also has several pieces that are helpful for our communities. Most notably, it would help revitalize our region’s legacy in the aerospace manufacturing sector by creating jobs for the many local companies that build aircraft components and parts. Additionally, it contains many reforms to the Department of Defense that are widely agreed upon. For example, H.R. 1390, a bill I authored that would give small businesses a better chance to compete for federal contracts by allowing them to form joint ventures and work together while maintaining their small business status.

I call upon the President to put partisan quarrels aside and sign the NDAA into law. Our national defense is too important to be caught in Washington D.C’s political games.

The Week Ahead
This week will be fairly busy in Washington, D.C.  We are considering legislation that will allow the government to pay some of its bills should the debt ceiling be kept in place as well as the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which would repeal the most destructive and unpopular pieces of the Affordable Care Act: the individual mandate, the employer mandates, the medical device tax, and the "Cadillac" tax. Aside from floor votes, I will participate in several important committee hearings, including one for the Small Business Committee regarding regulations on chip-and-pin credit cards and their effects on small businesses.

 

Around the Corner
Santa Clarita's Most Influential "Top 51" 10th Anniversary Awards Event
October 20, 5:30pm-8:30pm
TPC Valencia Oaks Grill, 26550 Heritage View Drive, Valencia

Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser (Palmdale)
October 22, 5pm-9pm
Red Robin, 1233 West Rancho Vista Boulevard, Palmdale

Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser (Simi Valley) 
October 22, 5pm-9pm
Red Robin in the Simi Valley Town Center Mall, 1555 Town Center Way, Simi Valley

Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser (Valencia)
October 22, 5pm-9pm
Red Robin, 24201 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia

Santa Clarita Oktoberfest
October 23, 7pm-11pm & October 24, 6pm-10pm 
Spiegeltent at Mann BioMed Park, 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Valencia

BooLVD Halloween & Harvest Festival
October 24, 5pm-9pm
The BLVD, Lancaster Boulevard between 10th Street West & Sierra Highway, Lancaster

Halloween Town
October 24, 12pm-4pm
Bridgeport Park, 23520 Bridgeport Lane, Santa Clarita

5th Annual Breast Cancer Fundraiser Cut-A-Thon
October 25, 12pm-4pm
Imagine Hair Salon, 543 Country Club Drive Suite E, Simi Valley

 
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