Weekly Update From Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo
Because the House was not in session the week of May 1st, we did not send a Weekly Newsletter.
Eshoo Statement on President’s Decision to Withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Agreement
This week the President announced that the United States is walking away from the Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA), a decision I believe represents an abdicationof U.S. leadership. This move plunges America’s relations with our European allies into uncertainty and sends a message to the world that the word of the United States can no longer be trusted. To read my full statement, CLICK HERE.
Highlights of What Congress Did This Week
Voted NO on Repealing the CFPB Indirect Auto Financing Guidance Act
This week, the House passed legislation (S.J. Res. 57) to strike down guidance issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) advising auto lenders on how to comply with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, which prohibits racial discrimination in lending.
In March 2013, the CFPB issued guidance to banks and other financial institutions that provide financing to auto dealerships for auto loans. The guidance sought to crack down on the ongoing problem of dealer markups that disproportionately affect people of color. The CFPB advised indirect auto lenders how to ensure they comply with the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to avoid discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, or age. Since issuing the guidance in 2013, the CFPB has penalized several large dealers and lenders for charging higher interest rates to minority buyers in violation of federal law.
I voted against S.J. Res. 57 because it will allow auto lenders to discriminate when providing auto loans and prevents the CFPB from ever issuing a substantially similar rule. Addressing and preventing racism in our society is critically important. Every American should be able to live free of the fear of being discriminated against because of the color of their skin.
Legislation Anna Introduced and Cosponsored this Week
Introduced H.R. 2700, the National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act
This week Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and I introduced the bipartisan National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act, legislation which directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to create a unified wireless number for non-emergency situations on our nation’s highways.
In an interconnected nation, it’s essential that we have a streamlined communication system across all states. This legislation simplifies travelers’ access to assistance in non-emergency situations, regardless of what state they’re in, easing unnecessary calls to 911. This will allow emergency call centers to focus on urgent matters.
Cosponsored H.R. 5606, the Climate Change Education Act
It’s important now more than ever to educate the next generation about the devastating consequences of climate change.
This week I cosponsored the Climate Change Education Act, legislation that creates a grant program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to assist state and local education agencies, institutions of higher education, and professional associations to improve climate literacy.
Climate change education teaches students at all age levels about climate adaptation and mitigation; climate resilience; and the effects of climate change on our environment, energy sources, and our social and economic systems. Only 30 percent of middle school teachers and only 45 percent of high school science teachers understand the extent of the scientific consensus on climate change, according to a Yale University Research.
Cosponsored House Resolution Supporting Public School Teachers
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, I cosponsored a House Resolution that calls for increasing teacher pay and funding for public education.
For all students to succeed, our teachers and our schools must be equipped with the tools needed to thrive. Teachers and support staff deserve fair pay, resources to effectively do their jobs, and safe and healthy working conditions. Students deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential in a well-resourced public school, yet in many states, pre-recession levels of funding have yet to be restored. Pay hasn’t kept up with living costs or inflation. Too many schools, especially in low-income and rural communities, have dire infrastructure needs. Teachers contribute significant amounts of their own paychecks to provide basic classroom supplies for kids.
Policy Letters Anna Cosigned this Week
Letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Principles
I’m deeply concerned about the lack of congressional oversight and the lack of constitutional responsibility regarding the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and our ongoing wars. While I firmly believe that a debate and vote on war must always be taken up by Congress, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently drafted a new AUMF that is overly broad and would allow the administration to continue to pursue open-ended wars with little justification or oversight.
I joined colleagues this week in writing to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressing our opposition to this AUMF. Any new AUMF must be specific, tailored, limited, and clear for any situation for which force is being authorized. The Senate’s AUMF fails to do that.
Letter to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Opposing Gina Haspel as New Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director
I joined many colleagues this week in writing to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, urging them to oppose the nomination and confirmation of Gina Haspel as the new Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director.
Gina Haspel played a significant role in carrying out the Bush (43) Administration’s overt torture program which subjected detainees to brutal “interrogation” methods, including waterboarding at ‘black’ prison sites. She was part of the effort to destroy tapes that documented torture, and shares responsibility for preventing the American public from knowing the full truth about illegal CIA activities.
In a statement opposing Haspel’s nomination, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said “the methods we employ to keep our nation safe must be as right and just as the values we aspire to live up to and promote in the world.”
It was wonderful to once again welcome students from Saint Nicholas School of Los Altos to D.C. this week. We discussed the ‘ins and outs’ of Congress and the many issues the students care most about, including education, gun violence and health care.
In the Words of My Constituents
Every week hundreds of my constituents call and write to me to express their concerns, share their passions and ask questions regarding legislation and policies. I actually read every communication and every constituent receives a personal response to their specific questions and comments.
Here’s a snapshot of the issues constituents wrote and called me about this week:
· 430 constituents wrote to in opposition to the Farm Bill’s cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and also the undermining of environmental protections.
· 156 constituents wrote to me in opposition to testing cosmetics products on animals.
· 94 constituents wrote to me in support of protecting Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation and preventing the President from firing him.
Anna in the News
Anna’s work is written about in the news. Here are some excerpts:
Real Clear Life (4/27/18) – “This Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Was Consistent on Syrian Airstrikes”
“On the same day that President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military to strike Syrian military facilities in response to the latest purported regime-ordered chemical attack, a large bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives sent the president a letter in which they “strongly urge[d]” him to seek Congressional approval before acting.
“But the seemingly ineffectual letter did accomplish at least one thing, when compared with a very similar letter written by lawmakers to then-President Barack Obama in 2013: It revealed which House members stayed refreshingly consistent in their position, regardless of the party of the president, and which, for whatever reason, did not.
“RealClearLife identified the lawmakers in both parties who stuck to their guns, so to speak, and urged both presidents to wait for the congressional “OK.” The analysis found that it’s a small, but very balanced bipartisan group of 19: 10 Republicans and 9 Democrats.”
Anna’s Recommended Reading
I frequently articles or see videos that I think my constituents would benefit from.
Washington Post Editorial (5/6/18) - “Americans are starting to suffer from Trump’s health-care sabotage”
Since his first day in office the President has worked to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. This Washington Post editorial highlights how the President’s policies are harming the American people.
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