After a busy week in Washington, where we passed some important legislation in the House, I am back in the district for Easter Recess. It’s always great to be home to talk to constituents about the important work we’ve been doing. Here are some highlights:
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Two weeks ago, the House voted to reauthorize H.R. 1585 – The Violence Against Women Act. As the co-founder of the Victim’s Rights Caucus, I was proud to cast my vote in favor of continuing the critical protections and programs this legislation provides to victims and survivors.
Take a look at my statement for more information on what this re-authorization accomplishes.
This week, I teamed up with Valley Congressmen TJ Cox, Josh Harder, Jimmy Panetta, and Senator Dianne Feinstein to send a letter to the Social Security Administration voicing our concerns about their controversial decision to reinstate the policy of sending “no match” letters. Take a look at my statement on the issue.
On April 14th, we celebrated the coming of the new year and spring harvest season in Sikhism. Check out my recent floor speech on the importance of this holiday for Sikhs here in the Valley and around the world:
Gustine Up and Comers
This week, I had the pleasure of visiting Gustine High School and field questions from engaged students on issues from gun safety to the current relationship between Congress and the Executive Branch. I look forward to seeing what these bright students will accomplish for our Valley.
Upcoming Events Across the District:
Check out these events happening across the district:
Coffee with a Cop:
Friday April 19th, CHP will be hosting Coffee with a Cop. This week it will be in Planada, at Cesar Chavez Middle School; 161 S Plainsburg Rd, Planada CA from 7:30 am to 8:30 am. Coffee and Mexican sweet bread will be available.
Earth Day Fresno:
Come celebrate our wonderful planet at Earth Day Fresno this Saturday, April 20th. Radio Park will host over 100 green vendors selling food, crafts, and organizing activities and demonstrations to inspire sustainable practices and emphasize the importance of conservation.
National Park Week:
National Park Week starts this weekend and entrance fees to all National Parks on Saturday, April 20th are waived.
Yarts invites you to kick off National Parks week and celebrate Earth Day at Yosemite National Park providing free transportation service to the park on April 20th and 21st.
Congressional Art Competition:
Come see what our talented students have been working on!
On Thursday, April 25th at 5:30pm, we will be hosting a reception at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, to display over 20 works of art from participating schools around the county.
Fresno & Madera:
On Monday, May 13th, we will be hosting a reception at Arte Americas in Fresno, to showcase over 30 pieces of art from participating schools around the two counties.
On the first and third Thursday of the month our caseworkers will be at the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in Los Banos to assist constituents with their casework. I hope you can make it. Please note that the next date for mobile casework is planned for Thursday, May 16th as the Los Banos Fair will be taking place on May 2nd.