Around the Capitol
Working on Water
Last week I introduced the Perchlorate Reclamation and Water Replenishment Act, which would give the Secretary of the Interior clear authority to help local water agencies develop projects related to the capture, treatment, and distribution of recycled water in areas like Santa Clarita that are impacted by perchlorate contamination.  While California’s water outlook has improved this year, we still must take steps to ensure we have a clean and abundant water supply in the Santa Clarita Valley. This legislation is a local priority that would bring relief to our communities. Learn more here.
Learning about water reclamation in Santa Clarita

St. Francis Dam

On Wednesday I introduced H.R. 2156, the Saint Francis Dam Disaster National Memorial Act, which would create a memorial monument to the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster. This bill passed the House with unanimous support last Congress and we look forward to building that momentum this year. More info here.
Touring the future memorial site

Sticking Up For Small Business 
Last Thursday I testified before the House Armed Services Committee in preparation for the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (often called the NDAA). I spoke about the important role that small businesses play in the defense contracting process and the need to ensure that they have the tools they need in order to compete in this space.  Having a healthy small business industrial base means that taxpayers benefit from increased competition, innovation, and job creation. Watch my testimony here.
Discussing the role small businesses play in the defense contracting process

Around the District
Art Competition Update
The 2017 Congressional Art Competition is nearing an end. All artwork has been submitted, and a winner will be determined this week. The winning high school student will win a trip to Washington, D.C. to see their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol. More information on the Competition can be found here.  
One local high school student will see their art hanging in the Capitol

State of the City
Last week my office attended the State of the City in Simi Valley. We had a chance to learn about all of the great changes happening in Simi Valley, from the new police chief to exciting local economic developments that are coming up this year.

Special Olympics 
Lily and I had a great time at the Opening Ceremonies of the Special Olympic competition in Palmdale on Saturday morning.
Starting our day at the Opening Ceremonies in Palmdale

Triumph Foundation
Next stop on Saturday was the Triumph Foundation Wheelchair Sports Festival in Santa Clarita. Thanks to the founders, Andrew and Kirsten Skinner, and our good friend Janet Stefco for all your hard work!
Showing support at the Wheelchair Sports Festival in Santa Clarita

Home and Garden Show
After that we made our way to the Santa Clarita Home And Garden Show in Central Park for some fun Arbor Day festivities. It was so nice seeing so many friendly faces!
Lily & I at the Home and Garden Show

Relay for Life
Finally Lily and I made it to the Relay for Life at Quartz Hill High. Thank you to all the members of the community who made it out for this great cause.
Relay for Life at Quartz Hill High School

Around the Corner
College of the Canyons Star Party
May 5, 7:30-10:00pm
COC Canyon Country Campus, 17200 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita

Free Notary Services
May 6, 3:00pm
Palmdale City Library, 700 East Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale

The Fifth Sun
May 6-7, 2:00pm
Antelope Valley College Performing Arts Theatre, 3041 West Avenue K, Lancaster

Santa Clarita Valley Pacific Islander Festival
May 6 – May 7
Williams S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall

Hugs 4 Hearts Family Festival
May 7, 10:00am-5:00pm
1765 Royal Road, Simi Valley

Documentary Screening: “Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story”
May 8, 5:30-7:30pm
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley