Around the Capitol
Equal Pay Day
On Tuesday I introduced the Workplace Advancement Act, which would reinforce and strengthen equal pay laws and protect employees who seek or share wage information. Equal pay for equal work is a basic American value that is in everyone’s interest, and we must improve and enforce our laws preventing workplace discrimination. Read more here.
The Workplace Advancement Act would strengthen equal pay laws

Increasing Opportunities for Small Business
On April 5th I spoke at the 2017 Forum for SBIR/STTR Transition, an annual conference focused on highlighting the technologies and small businesses that participate in the Department of the Navy’s SBIR/STTR Transition Program. I gave a keynote speech about acquisition reform, American jobs and how small business innovation is critical to both.
Discussing small businesses' importance in the contracting process

Damage to the Military from a Continuing Resolution
Later on the 5th I participated in a House Armed Services Committee hearing titled "Damage to the Military from a Continuing Resolution." We learned about the dangers of delayed funding for defense operations, which jeopardizes our immediate readiness and also devastates our ability to invest in long-term modernization. Catch the whole hearing here.

Extending Choice
Last week the House passed S. 544 to eliminate the sunset of the Veterans Choice Program. This program gives our brave service members flexibility and options in their medical care and allows those that must travel long distances to VA facilities the ability to access quality care in their own communities. I'm proud to be a part of the effort to extend the initiative and I look forward to seeing the President signing this legislation into law.

Protecting Troops
On Friday I was proud to cosponsor the PRIVATE Act, introduced by Rep. Martha McSally. This bill would help address the outrageous behavior discovered in the wake of the Marines United scandal and protect military service members from nonconsensual sharing of private, intimate media by other military members. Sexual harassment and abuse should always be condemned as it is harmful for its victims, and in this case a national security concern that threatens the capabilities of our forces. I thank Representative McSally for her leadership on this issue and I am eager to solve this disgraceful problem. Read more here.

Around the District
Calling All Artists!
We are excited to announce that the 2017 Congressional Art Competition is officially underway! High school students from California's 25th Congressional District are invited to submit their artwork for a chance to see it displayed in the U.S. Capitol. More information available here.
Last year's Art Competition winner showing off her work

Simi Valley Round Up
Lily and I had a blast two weekends ago at the Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley 5th Annual Round-Up. It was great seeing old friends and making new ones!
Enjoying the 5th Annual Round-Up in Simi Valley

CHP Rededication Ceremony
On Wednesday my office attended the CA Highway Patrol's Memorial rededication ceremony in Newhall. We honored and remembered the four CHP officers killed in the line of duty on 4/5/70, and presented their surviving family members with Congressional certificates of recognition for their service and sacrifice.
Honoring our fallen officers

Palmdale Aerospace Academy Dinner
On April 6th my team attended The Palmdale Aerospace Academy's 3rd Annual Friends of the Academy Dinner and heard from Keith Kaplan, CEO and Co-Founder of the Tesla Foundation. TPAA has accomplished so much in just 5 short years and look forward to seeing many of their graduates on the forefront of innovation!
Hearing from the CEO and Co-Founder of the Tesla Foundation 

Thanking CASA
On Friday night my office attended the annual benefit for CASA of Los Angeles and its mission to provide Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in the Antelope Valley.
Thank you to all the volunteers and staff for all you do for the families of the AV.

Around the Corner
Cowboy Volunteer Round-Up/Orientation
April 12, 7:00pm
The Centre, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita

Volunteer Resource Fair
April 13, 4:00pm-8:00pm
Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale

Egg Hunt and Salute to Spring in Simi Valley
April 15, 9:00am-11:00am
Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, 5005 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley

April 15, 10:00 am
Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita

Bunny’s Annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza 
April 15, 9:30am-11:30am
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park, Big 8 Complex, 43063 10th Street West, Lancaster

Splash & Dash Egg Hunt
April 15, 9:30am-12:30pm
Santa Clarita Aquatic Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country

Billy Beez Bunny Event
April 15, 9:30am-4:pm
Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Boulevard, Valencia

Santa Clarita Community Forum: “Building Strength through Diversity”
April 15, 6:00pm-8:00pm
The Centre, Cedar Hall, 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita

Simi Valley Senior Center Wellness Expo 2017 
April 19, 8:00am-12:00pm
Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley

5th Annual Greater Antelope Valley STEM-Posium
April 20, 7:30 a.m.–12:00pm
Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway, Palmdale