HERE’S WHAT CONGRESS DID THIS WEEK
Voted NO on H.R. 1180, Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (May 2nd)
This misguided legislation would undermine nearly 80 years of federal employment law guaranteeing overtime pay to employees who work more than 40 hours in a week at a given job. I voted against this bill because it would short-change hourly workers by allowing private sector employers to offer compensatory time off in place of overtime pay.
Voted YES on the Omnibus Bill (May 3rd)
This is a huge bill that funds the entire federal government and avoided a government shutdown. Despite Republicans controlling the House, Senate and the White House, Democrats won significant victories on critical investments that are needed to support American families. We secured $100 million for the electrification of Caltrain, sending a strong signal to the Administration that Congress supports this shovel-ready project. We were successful in restoring students’ access to year-round Pell Grants and increased funding for the National Institutes of Health by $2 billion. The spending bill also includes increased funding for wildfire and federal highway emergency relief and protects 99 percent of the EPA’s budget. The Omnibus did not include funding for the President’s border wall. We eliminated over 160 ‘poison pill riders’ in the bill, including provisions to defund Planned Parenthood and undermine the Affordable Care Act. The legislation passed 309-118 and I voted for it.
Voted NO on the American Health Care Act (May 4th)
Yesterday House Republicans voted once again to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Their so-called health care bill will rob 24 million Americans from insurance coverage, including the evisceration of essential health benefits like ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity, newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, prescription drugs, rehabilitation services and devices, laboratory services, preventive services and pediatric services. It also removes the guarantee of coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
Eshoo Statement on Passage of Trumpcare (May 4th)
“Trumpcare will result in less coverage for fewer Americans at higher costs; imposes a crushing tax on older Americans between the ages of 50-64; and strips away Medicaid from millions of low-income families and children. They have brought their legislation to the Floor with an amendment written in the dead-of-night that will push Americans with pre-existing conditions off their insurance and into high risk pools where they will face soaring costs with less coverage and restricted care. And their process is as bad as the bill.” To read the full press release, CLICK HERE
I’m very proud of the wonderful interns in my D.C. office who committed their semester to working for and learning about California’s 18th Congressional District and the important work done on behalf of my constituents in Congress.
For more information on our internship opportunities, you can visit my website: http://eshoo.house.gov/constituent-services/student-internships/
ANNA IN THE NEWS
San Mateo Daily Journal- “Caltrain gets $100M from budget deal: Support hinges on approval from Trump” (May 2nd, 2017)
“U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said the line item in this year’s appropriations is a step in the right direction, but it’s just a step.
“I think that it’s a positive sign because it’s an expression of Congress, but it still has a long ways to go. It’s $100 million, and the grant was for $647 million,” Eshoo said, noting the application has gone through all of the professional vetting and staff approvals. To read the full article, CLICK HERE
Golden State Press Banner- “Middle School Back on Track” (May 5th, 2017)
““The Board of Trustees and the district are so appreciative of the community support in helping advocate on the district’s behalf to get this process moving along, and especially to Congresswoman [Anna] Eshoo’s office for her intervention on our behalf,” Krause told the Press Banner Wednesday afternoon.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE
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Anna G. Eshoo