Around the District

SCV Senior Center Volunteer Recognition dinner
Thank you to everyone who made the SCV Senior Center Volunteer Recognition dinner on December 10 a success! My staff was especially wowed by Carol Towery, who at 94 years old stunned the crowd with her singing voice.

Carol Towery singing at the SCV Senior Center Volunteer Recognition dinner

Palmdale Christmas Parade
I had a fantastic time two weekends ago at the Palmdale Chamber of Commerce William J. “Pete” Knight Christmas Parade. It is always one of my favorite events of the year.

Palmdale Chamber of Commerce William J. “Pete” Knight Christmas Parade

Caring for the Community
During my time in elected office in the Antelope Valley, I have had the opportunity to meet some exceptional people. Over the years, Lily and I have seen time and time again what people in our valley do with their generosity when times are tough. On December 12, we witnessed one of the most moving events I’ve ever seen: the Caring for the Community event at the University of Antelope Valley, hosted by Marco and Sandra Johnson. I could write for pages about the help that the Johnsons provide for families each and every day of the year, but this past Saturday was something very special. Marco, Sandra, and the staff at UAV provided meals for over 1500 people and presented gifts to their children, including over one hundred bicycles. The event brought tears to everyone’s eyes as we watched the children receive their toys from Santa.

Thank you to the Johnsons!

Holiday Open House
Our Holiday Open House in Santa Clarita was a success. So great to see old friends and make new ones. Thanks to everyone who made it!

Holiday Open House in Santa Clarita

Save the Date 
The new year is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start gearing up for the annual For the Troops Gala in Simi Valley. I have the privilege of being Honorary Co-Host for this year’s event, which will be February 27 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. We will be honoring our Gulf War veterans so mark your calendars! More information here.

App Challenge
Don't forget, my office is taking submissions from high school students for the Congressional App Challenge through January 15! For more information, visit my website here.

Around the Capitol

A Waste on Water
On December 11, I took part in a press conference with some of my fellow California representatives. We expressed our extreme disappointment in Senator Feinstein's refusal to include a much-needed drought relief measure in this year's spending bill. The California Emergency Drought Relief and Water Storage Act of 2015, which Senator Feinstein rejected with little explanation, includes provisions that I have long supported like initiatives to improve California's water infrastructure and pump more water south of the Delta.  It also includes a large number of measures that advance the priorities of my colleagues across the aisle, like spending on water recycling and desalinization. Even with these compromises, the Senator played political games rather than help our state in a time of need. Read the whole bill for yourself here.

Press Conference on Water Bill

Tax Extenders
Last week I was proud to support H.R.2029, The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. This bill would deliver tax certainty to families by making a number of temporary tax provisions permanent and will prevent a significant immediate tax increase on millions of Americans. Additionally, this bill lays the groundwork for historic reforms that will fix our broken tax code. Instead of spending months each year debating temporary tax extensions, Congress will be able to focus on the comprehensive tax reform we all agree our country needs.

Calling All Interns!
Do you know anyone who is looking for work experience or wants to gain firsthand knowledge of the legislative process? My Washington, D.C. Office is currently accepting interns for 2016. Qualified candidates are encouraged to visit my website.

Looking Back
2015 is coming to an end, and this will be the last Knight Vision of the year. On January 10, I will pick up where I left off, but until then I want to leave you with a quick rundown of some of the issues that I have worked on in my first year in Congress.

Serving Those Who Serve
Discussing the needs of military personnel during a lunch  with service members

Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line to protect us every day, and it is important for us to provide them support wherever we can. That is why I fought tirelessly for crucial benefits like continued commissary access, a pay raise, and more.

In my role as a member of House Armed Services Committee, I supported advanced aircraft programs like the F-35 and new Long Range Strike Bomber. Both of these will be built in Palmdale, thus bringing thousands of high-paying jobs to our region while at the same time bringing our national defense capabilities into the 21st century. 

Our veterans deserve high quality care and services to help them transition back to civilian life. That is why I co-sponsored over ten veteran-related bills that would serve a variety of needs, ranging from increasing accountability and efficiency at the Department of Veterans Affairs to providing opportunities for veterans to start their own businesses. 

Putting America Back to Work
Touring a local small business

Education is essential to having an outstanding workforce in the future- especially in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields where the U.S. is falling behind in global standing right now. I was involved in efforts to boost our youth’s interest and proficiency in these fields so that our children may thrive in the economy of the future. 

Small businesses are the heart of our community and of our national economy. In my position on Small Business Committee, I worked on numerous pieces of legislation that would help small businesses thrive by reducing the amount federal regulations, easing capital access, and reducing costs of employment.

Another key strength to our nation’s economy is ensuring that it is made up of families that are healthy and financially stable. While the federal government should not be dictating any family’s medical or fiscal decisions, it should remove barriers and allow those to realize the American dream. That’s why I supported legislation that would help families pay their mortgages, access quality healthcare, and get inexpensive and reliable energy.

Leadership on Local Issues
Surveying the future St. Francis Dam Memorial site
I am committed to preventing the proposed Cemex mine in Soledad Canyon, and I am taking a comprehensive approach in this effort. While in Congress I worked with federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and Army Corps of Engineers to stop the project. In August, the mine’s contracts were cancelled, effectively halting the mine and all the negative consequences it would bring to our communities.
By authoring a bill to create a national memorial for the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster in the Santa Clarita Valley, we will give our community the opportunity to properly honor the hundreds that died in the incident.  
A top priority for me is providing relief to all the families who are suffering from California’s drought. I co-sponsored legislation that would bring water south from the Delta and improve our state’s water infrastructure, and will continue to fight for solutions until this crisis is overcome.

See You Next Year!
Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and stay up to date on my activities in Washington, D.C. and around the 25th District. The next edition of Knight Vision will be released on January 10, 2016. Until then, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!