Around the District
Aliso Canyon Update
On April 16, there was an oil spill at one of the wells at the Aliso Canyon site that is separate from the natural gas storage facility that leaked last October. Cal-OES was alerted immediately, and the oil was cleaned up by end of day on Saturday. After speaking with relevant agencies and organizations, I confirmed that as of now the situation is contained and there is no need for alert. For updates, please visit my website.

Time To Turn In Artwork!
The Congressional Art Competition of 2016 is coming to a close, and that means it’s time for high schoolers to submit their original artwork. Submissions must be turned in by Friday, April 29th to one of my District Offices in Antelope Valley, Simi Valley, or to the KHTS Radio Station in Santa Clarita. A winner will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of members of the art community throughout the district, and announced on May 6th. The first place winner will be provided with complimentary airfare to Washington, D.C. to see his or her art displayed in the Capitol Building where it will be featured for an entire year.

For more information on guidelines and rules, please visit my website at or call Nicole in my Santa Clarita Valley Office at (661) 255-5630.
Submit your artwork for a chance to see it hanging in the Capitol

The Run for H. Res. 586
This morning, two incredible individuals embarked on a 200-mile run to raise awareness for childhood cancer. Janet Demeter from Jack's Angels in Agua Dulce and Everett Smith from Redlands will run from Bakersfield to Huntington Beach by way of the Santa Clarita Valley to promote H. Res. 568, a bill I cosponsored to raise awareness and support research for a common but little-understood form of pediatric cancer called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG. For more information on how to support these amazing runners and their cause, visit their website.

State of Simi Valley
My office attended the Simi Valley State of the City lunch last week and heard from Mayor Bob Huber and many of the department heads. Great things are happening in Simi Valley and I am honored to serve the residents of this fine city.

Firehouse Subs to the Rescue
On April 13 my office honored the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and Firehouse Subs Valencia for awarding the California Rescue Dogs Association with $11,000 worth of waterproof radios and chargers.
Great work Firehouse Subs!

Senior Resource Fair
On Thursday my staff attended the City Of Palmdale's Senior Resource Fair at Legacy Commons to help seniors navigate federal agencies like Social Security and Medicare. If you couldn’t make it, you can visit my website to learn about how we can assist you in these matters.
My staff at the Senior Resource Fair in the AV

Newhall UPS Circle of Honor
Last week my office presented a certificate of recognition to UPS Circle of Honor Recipient, Mike Strawn, for 25 years of safe driving at the UPS Newhall District center. 
Keep up the great work Mike!

Welcome to the Neighborhood
This afternoon my staff presented a certificate to Max Fitness, a women-owned small business that just had their grand opening in Simi Valley. Good luck!
Presenting a certificate at the Max Fitness Grand Opening in Simi Valley


Around the Capitol
Sticking Up For Our Vets
Last week I was proud to support H.R. 4676, the Preventing Crimes Against Veterans Act, which establishes fines and prison sentences on individuals who engage in schemes to defraud veterans seeking to obtain veterans benefits. As a nation, we owe our veterans a debt of gratitude for their courage, service, and sacrifice in defending our freedoms and way of life. Unfortunately, we have seen a troubling emergence of individuals seeking to deceive and defraud our vets for personal financial gain. By falsely promising to expedite the claims process with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), these con artists have exploited the inefficiencies of the VA in order to scam veterans of their hard-earned money. It is important to put an end to this deplorable practice and protect our veterans from malicious deception. You can read the bill text here.

AVBOT Returns to the Capitol
I had a great conversation with the folks from Antelope Valley Board of Trade last Wednesday, who visited my office in Washington, D.C. I look forward to continuing our work to expand the economy of the AV and bring jobs to our region. Thanks for stopping by!
Thank you AVBOT for another great visit
Promoting Public Safety
Thank you to PORAC (Peace Officers Research Association of California) for visiting my office on April 13 to talk about law enforcement issues like combating the heroin epidemic in Southern California.
Representatives from PORAC outside of my office in Washington, D.C.

Regulations: The Hidden Tax on Small Business
I took part in a House Committee on Small Business Hearing last week on the costs that burdensome federal regulations put on small businesses. I discussed the harm this does to operations in California, which are already over-taxed and over-regulated and will now face serious challenges adjusting to the state's new minimum wage law.
Discussing the harmful effects of overregulation

A Step Toward Drought Relief
On April 14 the House Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill I strongly support that would deliver badly needed drought relief to our state. I thank Congressman David Valadao and Congressman Ken Calvert for their efforts in advancing this bill. Providing solutions to California’s water crisis is a top priority for me in Congress, and I will continue to fight alongside my colleagues in the House on this issue. Read more here.

IRS Accountability
Monday was Tax Day‬, and what better way to celebrate than by restoring accountability to the IRS? That is why I was proud to support a package of bills on the House floor that would make the agency more responsive and friendly to taxpayers in a variety of ways, from barring the IRS from targeting U.S. citizens for exercising their First Amendment rights to prohibiting the IRS from rehiring former employees who were terminated for misconduct. More info here and here.

Stop the Drawdown
On Monday night I spoke on the House floor in support of the POSTURE Act, which would stop the historic drawdown of troops that was recommended in the President’s budget request. As a veteran of the U.S. Army, I am opposed to reducing our land forces to a level that cannot handle the numerous threats that we face as a nation today. I thank Congressman Chris Gibson for his leadership on this important issue. Watch the speech here.
Speaking on the House floor in support of the POSTURE Act

Preventing Another Porter Ranch Leak
Today the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed a bill that contains my measures to require the Secretary of Transportation to issue adequate safety standards for underground natural gas storage facilities with the goal of preventing gas leaks like the one that occurred in Porter Ranch. The Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016, a bill by Rep. Denham that reauthorizes the federal pipeline safety program, passed committee with broad bipartisan support and now will make its way to the house floor. I am pleased that my colleagues in Congress are joining me to advance comprehensive legislation to prevent another incident from happening again.
Gathering information about natural gas storage with Chairman Denham

A Local International Connection
Thanks to Midhasso Foge from Palmdale and Dr. Gemechu Kurfessa for bringing your group to my office yesterday to discuss the ongoing violence in Ethopia.
It was great meeting with your group Mr. Foge & Dr. Kurfessa

Welcome to the Capitol!
Thank you to the Helmandis from Palmdale for stopping by my office in Washington D.C. on Friday. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! 
Thanks for stopping by my office!

For more information about how my office can help you arrange tours of the Capitol, White House, and more, please visit my website.

 

Around the Corner
Cowboy Festival
April 21, 2016, 10am-10pm
Old Town Newhall 

Family STEM Night
April 21, 2016, 5:30-7pm
Northlake Hills Elementary School, 32545 Ridge Route Rd., Castaic

Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run Competition
April 21, 2016, 5-7pm
Canyon Country Park,  17615 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita
April 23, 2016, 12-3pm
Chesebrough Park,  23505 Sunset Hills Drive, Santa Clarita

SENSES~Themed Block Party
April 21, 2016, 7-10pm
Old Town Newhall, Main Street, Newhall

Polka Dot Road Show
April 23, 2016, 10am-4pm
NorthPark Community Church, 28310 Kelly Johnson Parkway, Valencia

Wii U Play
April 25, 2016, 4:30-5:30pm
Palmdale City Library, 700 E Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale

Walking/Jogging to Sunset (Free)
April 28, 2016, 10am
Richard Rioux Park, 26233 W. Faulkner Drive, Stevenson Ranch

Community Cultural Heritage and Service Day 
April 28, 2016, 1-6pm
Guidance Charter School, 37230 37th Street E, Palmdale

Youth Employment Service Job and Career Expo
April 30, 2016, 10am-1pm
Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley 

Annual Family Picnic at Lazy T Ranch
April 30, 2016, 1-5pm
4218 Elizabeth Lake Road, Palmdale

Taste of the Town 
May 1, 2016, 1-5pm
Mann Biomedical Park, 25104 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita



 
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