Anna's Weekly Report
May 13, 2022
Last week a devastating Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to the press and it confirmed many of our worst fears. For the first time in our nation’s history, the Court is poised to take a constitutional right away from the American people, creating a time when America’s daughters will not have the rights their mothers had.
If Roe falls, there will be a patchwork of states with differing laws and restrictions causing societal chaos. Twenty-six states are likely to ban abortion, most without exceptions for incest and rape, subjecting more than 36 million women and girls to the black markets of back-alley abortions.
I voted for the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation which codifies Roe to ensure that every woman has equal access to comprehensive reproductive health care, regardless of what state she lives in. The need for this legislation has never been more urgent, yet Senate Republicans voted to block it from being considered. Reproductive choice is personal, private, and serious, and we should trust women to make the best decisions.
I spoke on the House floor this week in defense of every girl and woman whose rights, lives, and futures are on the line if Roe is struck down. You can view my remarks here.
I also held a press conference last week at Mountain View City Hall with local elected women from throughout our District to call on the Senate to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. You can view the press conference here.
Congresswoman Eshoo holds press conference on Roe v. Wade
I have fully supported and voted for every bill to support the Ukrainian people and this week I was proud to vote for the $40 billion bipartisan, bicameral funding bill the President requested to help Ukrainians defend their country against Russian aggression. The legislation includes robust military aid, support for the Ukrainian economy, humanitarian assistance for displaced Ukrainians, and funding to address the worldwide hunger crisis stemming from Putin’s invasion.
This is in addition to the $13.6 billion funding package that I voted for and was signed into law in March. A full list of weapons and equipment provided can be found on my website here.
Major Votes in the House This Week
Federal Firefighters Fairness Act
I voted for legislation to improve access to injury and illness benefits for federal firefighters. Due to their daily exposure to stress, smoke, heat, and various toxic substances, these heroes are far more likely than other workers to contract certain illnesses, such as lung, brain, and digestive cancers, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The legislation ensures firefighters receive benefits such as wage-loss compensation and medical treatment that they’re entitled to without having to prove their illness was work related which is often impossible to do.
Legislation Anna Introduced & Cosponsored
CALM Modernization Act
In 2010, I authored and Congress passed the CALM Act, legislation to limit the loudness of TV commercials. Since then, streaming services have recreated the issue of loud ads on their platforms. My updated legislation extends the law to streaming services, and strengthens the FCC’s ability to crack down on violators. The CALM Modernization Act aims to end the booming ads on all platforms that are so highly annoying to viewers across the country. We shouldn’t have to dive for our TV remote every time an ad comes on and practically blasts us out of the room.
Supporting American Printed Circuit Boards Act
Printed circuit board (PCBs), usually recognized as the green material on which computer chips rest, are a critical part of our electronic supply chain. These PCBs are often produced offshore, posing national security risks because foreign adversaries can use them for surveillance and dominate the market. I introduced legislation to motivate domestic PCB manufacturing and R&D to reduce supply chain disruptions, address national security concerns related to foreign PCB production, and further enhance America’s economic leadership.
Overdraft Protection Act
Financial institutions charge exorbitant overdraft fees when consumers don’t have sufficient funds in their account to cover the cost of a purchase. This unfair practice widens economic disparities by targeting low-income Americans who are least able to afford overdraft fees, and it’s why I’ve cosponsored the Overdraft Protection Act to establish consumer safeguards to ensure banks don’t charge onerous fees for overdraft coverage. The bill requires fees to be reasonable and proportional to the amount of the overdraft and limits the number of fees that banks can charge to one per month and six per year. It also requires that consumers proactively opt-in to overdraft programs rather than automatically being enrolled.
Military Spouse Hiring Act
Military spouses have to frequently relocate as a result of their spouse’s service, and employers are often reluctant to offer them jobs. As a result, the unemployment rate for military spouses is currently 22%, significantly higher than the national average. I cosponsored the Military Spouse Hiring Act to address this issue by expanding the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to encourage businesses to hire military spouses. This legislation would give employers a $2,400 credit for hiring military spouses.
Health Subcommittee Markup
This week I held a meeting of the Health Subcommittee to advance six bipartisan bills that will ensure safe and effective drugs and medical devices and strengthen mental and public health. The package includes key portions of my DEPICT Act, which would require clinical trials to include diverse populations to make studies fairer and more accurate. We also advanced my ARPA-H Act which authorizes the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency of Health. This new agency will tackle the world’s deadliest diseases.
America COMPETES Conference
This week I participated in the first meeting of the America COMPETES Conference Committee, an ad hoc panel composed of House and Senate members formed for the purpose of reconciling differences in legislation that has passed both chambers. We will negotiate the America COMPETES Act, comprehensive legislation to bolster our economic competitiveness, protect our national security, and ensure the U.S. remains a global leader in science and technology. I advocated for the inclusion of my legislation to support domestic production of semiconductors, address U.S. dependence on foreign production of drugs and medical devices, and strengthen U.S. cybersecurity. You can watch the conference here.
Congressional Art Competition
I’m very proud to announce this year’s winner of the 18th Congressional District Congressional Art Competition, Carina Yee of Saratoga High School, for her magnificent piece entitled “Portrait in Nature.” We received 49 entries from students attending 14 high schools and art programs in our Congressional District, and 12 entries from students who reside in our District but attend high school outside of it. Congratulations to Carina and every student who embraced art to express themselves. I’m exceedingly proud of the exceptional works of art produced by the student artists in our District. Here are the top three winning pieces of art:
Carina Yee, Saratoga High School, Portrait in Nature
Joel Kim, Saratoga High School, Let Nothing Go To Waste
|Desiree Luo, The Harker School, Sorrow|
Last week I held a press conference at the iconic Hangar One at Moffett Field to announce the beginning of the restoration and preservation efforts. This has been a gargantuan effort over almost two decades, and I call it ‘operation tenacious.’
The historic Hanger was originally built during the Great Depression to house the USS Macon, the largest airship in the world at the time, and provided hundreds of much-needed jobs. It has been adjacent to NASA Ames from the start and was the training grounds and aircraft hangar during World War II.
In 2002, toxic chemicals were discovered in the walls of the Hangar, leading to its closure and recommendations from the Navy that it be demolished. Our community quickly came together to save this landmark that defines the landscape of the South Bay region and Silicon Valley. I invited then Acting Director of the GSA to tour the property and urged a comprehensive plan for a massive public private partnership of NASA Ames, Google, Moffett Field, and the preservation of Hangar One. Then in 2012, we brought President Obama to view the historic structure firsthand and he became an advocate for preservation. More work followed and I sent dozens of letters to Administration officials until finally, an agreement was made for a public private partnership with Google to spare the taxpayer dollar and avoid the shortsighted plan to demolish the Hangar.
After years of work, we finally got to celebrate the momentous restoration efforts beginning last week. You can learn more about the history of Hangar One and view pictures from our tour here.
|Rep. Eshoo tours Hangar One during restoration|
Our country crossed a heartbreaking milestone this week: One million American lives lost to Covid-19. Each was a loved one that will remain in our hearts forever. I introduced a House Resolution this week to recognize American lives lost and offer condolences to their families and loved ones. You can read the resolution here.
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In the Words of My Constituents
Every week hundreds of constituents call and write to me to express their concerns, share their passions, and ask questions regarding legislation and policies. Over 179,301 constituents have contacted me since the beginning of the 117th Congress in January, 2021. I actually read every communication and every constituent receives a personal response to their specific questions and comments from me. This week, 1,671 constituents contacted me about issues including:
- 339 messages in support of codifying Roe v. Wade in federal law
- 105 messages in support of lowering reporting requirements for online sales
- 93 messages in support of electrifying the postal fleet
Anna in the News
- They remember a time before Roe. Now the Bay Area’s members of Congress are leading the charge to protect abortion rights – SF Chronicle
- Google's Restoration Begins on Iconic Hangar One at Moffett Field – NBC Bay Area
- Commercials on streaming services can be unbelievably loud. A new bill wants to fix that. – Business Insider
- How a Digital Abortion Footprint Could Lead to Criminal Charges—And What Congress Can Do About It—Time
- House Legislation Aims to Support U.S.-Made Circuit Boards—Nextgov
- FDA user fee reauthorization inches forward—Politico
- Editorial: Mineta was a role model for the entire nation – SJ Merc
- Supreme Court Justice Alito thinks the U.S. has always prohibited abortion. He’s wrong. -- SF Chronicle
- Supreme Court’s Roe ruling would trample the religious freedom of every Jewish American -- SF Chronicle
- Lack of a federal privacy law opens the door to dystopia—Washington Post
- Ukraine can win. Don’t let Putin scare us.—Washington Post
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I close with this thought. Always know how deeply grateful I am for the trust you’ve placed in me to represent you. I work daily to live up to it.
Anna G. Eshoo
Member of Congress