Weekly Update From Rep. Anna G. Eshoo
HERE’S WHAT CONGRESS DID THIS WEEK
Voted on H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act
On Wednesday, May 24th the House voted on the so-called Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act. This highly damaging GOP bill exempts commercial pesticide application from regulation under the Clean Water Act, allowing the application of pesticides without the need to monitor or report any potential harm caused by these products. This bill is another attack by the GOP on the Clean Water Act. The bill has the effect of eliminating protections for clean, safe drinking water.
Voted on H.R. 1973- the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act of 2017
Due to recent revelations of sexual abuse within amateur athletic organizations, this legislation requires adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any suspected incidents of child abuse, including sexual abuse to the sport's governing body. It also allows victims of abuse to seek damages in court.
Voted on H.R. 1761- the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017
This legislation closes a loophole in existing law to make the production of child pornography a crime whenever a minor is engaged in sexually explicit conduct, regardless of whether the conduct was initiated for the purposes of producing such content.
LEGISLATION ANNA CO-SPONSORED THIS WEEK
H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017
The legislation grants presumptive Agent Orange exposure status to U.S. military personnel who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, more than 20 million gallons of the herbicide Agent Orange were sprayed to remove jungle foliage. A toxic chemical in the herbicide has since been linked to devastating health effects, including non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), various cancers, Type II Diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease. While the Agent Orange Act of 1991 (AOA) empowered the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to declare certain illnesses “presumptive” to exposure to Agent Orange and enabled veterans to receive disability compensation for these related conditions, the VA stopped giving benefits to blue water veterans and limited the scope of the AOA to only those veterans who could provide proof of “boots on the ground” in Vietnam. As a result, veterans who served in the waters off of the Vietnamese coast or in bays and harbors were required to file individual claims to restore their benefits on a case-by-case basis. H.R. 299 rectifies this glaring injustice.
Eshoo Statement on Caltrain Funding Decision: This is an ‘Alleluia’ Moment (May 22nd)
“The announcement by the Secretary of Transportation today to fully fund the electrification of Caltrain is a clear victory for my constituents and the people of the Bay Area.
“This critical upgrade is one of the key transportation job creators in the country. It will enhance the spine of the Silicon Valley transportation system. It’s a win for the environment. It’s a win for the tenaciousness of the Bay Area Congressional Delegation, led by Leader Pelosi and our Senators Feinstein and Harris.” To read the full press release, CLICK HERE
Eshoo Announces Agreement to Preserve and Upgrade Buena Vista Mobile Home Park (May 18th)
“Today is cause for great celebration for the residents of the Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. I’m proud to have helped secure $26 million in federal funding to complement the overall package to save the homes of 400 Palo Altans. These resources will also help to renovate over 100 units of affordable housing for the community” To read the full press release, CLICK HERE
On May 23rd I had the privilege of meeting with Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian of Armenia to commemorate 25 years of foreign diplomatic ties between our countries. As the President threatens to cut foreign aid to Armenia by 67%, we must instead be vigilant in strengthening the bilateral relationship between our two countries.
ANNA IN THE NEWS
Washington Post- “Federal Transit Administration signs off on one project Monday, but more than a dozen others await money” (May 22nd)
“Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), whose district includes part of the rail line, called the decision “a clear victory for my constituents and the people of the Bay Area.
“It will enhance the spine of the Silicon Valley transportation system,” Eshoo said. “It’s a win for the environment.
“In March, the American Public Transportation Association wrote Chao about the Caltrain delay, noting that “no project has failed to secure final signature after successfully meeting evaluation criteria.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE
San Jose Mercury News- “Feds approve $647 million grant for Caltrain electrification project” (May 22nd)
“In a stunning reversal, the Federal Transit Administration said Monday that it will approve a $647 million grant to electrify Caltrain tracks, nearly doubling capacity on the overburdened San Jose to San Francisco commute route.
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, called the decision an “Alleluia moment” and a “clear victory for my constituents and the people of the Bay Area.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE
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Anna G. Eshoo