Anna’s Weekly Update
June 7th, 2019
Weekly Report From Your Congresswoman
Highlights of What I Did in Congress This Week
75th Anniversary of D-Day
As I write this newsletter to you, I’m preparing to depart for Normandy with a Congressional Delegation to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Buried in the Normandy American Cemetery are more than 9,380 of our military who gave their lives in a heroic operation to liberate Europe from Nazi occupation. They gave their lives to protect our democracy and the freedoms we cherish. We can never forget their sacrifice and that of their families, and I consider it a great honor to represent you there.
Voted YES on The American Dream and Promise Act
In 2017, the Trump Administration rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, removing protections for 800,000 Dreamers, including 200,000 Californians. The Administration has also undermined the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) humanitarian programs that provide sanctuary to refugees fleeing violence and persecution.
The House passed the American Dream and Promise Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and individuals with TPS and DED. Dreamers who entered the U.S. under the age of 18 and who have been continuously present in the U.S. for four years prior to the date of the bill’s enactment will be eligible for permanent residency. The bill also provides a pathway for individuals with TPS and DED who have lived in the U.S. for at least three years. Immigrants will not be allowed to gain citizenship if they’ve been convicted of serious crimes or have repeatedly broken the law.
Voted YES on The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act of 2019
To strengthen our national security and ensure our nation is prepared to respond to a wide range of public health emergencies, the House voted to pass the bipartisan Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPA), legislation I coauthored with Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN). PAHPA strengthens and improves U.S. national preparedness and response for public health emergencies through hospitals, state and local health providers, and by accelerating medical countermeasure research and development. This important bill is now headed to the President’s desk and I look forward to it being signed into law.
Voted YES on a Resolution to Commemorate the Victims in Tiananmen Square
This week was the 30-year anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square when protesters supporting democracy were attacked by their own government. The House passed a resolution to remember the victims and condemn increasing repression and human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party, as well as the use of surveillance by Chinese authorities.
Legislation Anna Introduced and Cosponsored this Week
Cosponsored The Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act
When a person is in crisis and considering harming themselves or others, family members and law enforcement are often the first people to see the warning signs. The Federal Extreme Risk Protection Order Act allows federal courts to temporarily prohibit people from possessing a gun. Upon the request from a family member or law enforcement, a judge could issue an order lasting for 14 days if there is reason to believe the person poses a threat to themselves or others. Following a hearing, the judge could issue another order lasting up to 180 days to protect the individual and their community.
This week my Health Subcommittee held a hearing on legislation to extend critical public health programs that Congress has previously authorized, and if Congress doesn’t act, most of the programs will expire on September 30th. The bills support a broad range of programs, from Community Health Centers that provide care to 1 in 13 Americans, to enrollment support that strengthens Medicare, and assistance to help low-income beneficiaries. To watch my opening statement and learn more about the legislation, click HERE.
Anna in the News
Anna’s work is written about in the news. Here are some excerpts:
San Jose Mercury News (5/30/2019) “H-1B visa: These Congresswomen want to let H-4 spouses keep working”
“On Wednesday, Bay Area representatives Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, and Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose, re-introduced the ‘H-4 Employment Protection Act,’ first introduced under the previous Congress in November. The planned work ban would affect ‘thousands of immigrants in Silicon Valley,’ Eshoo’s office said Wednesday in a press release. Lofgren said in the press release that the bill is intended to prevent harm to the economy and the lives of skilled-immigrant families.”
San Francisco Chronicle (6/4/2019) “Getting to the moon takes practice — on a giant machine in Mountain View”
“The moon’s surface loomed close on the lunar lander’s two video screens as NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine toggled the craft’s controls back and forth to line it up with a superimposed target.
“Bridenstine, an experienced Navy jet pilot, was taking a few special guests, including U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, on rides in NASA’s moon landing simulator at the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.
“‘It really is, I think, American genius on display,’ said Eshoo after what she called a ‘very smooth ride’ with Bridenstine on the simulator. ‘To experience something that is the only one of its kind, this simulator, is very exciting.’”
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. Year to date, over 50,373 constituents contacted me, and during May, 10,143 constituents contacted me. I actually read every communication and every constituent receives a personal response to their specific questions and comments. This week, 2,059 constituents contacted our office, including:
- 257 constituents wrote to me about the Protect Our Refugees Act
- 185 constituents wrote to me with concerns about the Mueller Report and impeachment
- 152 constituents wrote to me about the Inclusive Property Act
Anna’s Recommended Reading and Watching
Frequently, I read articles or see videos that I think my constituents would benefit from.
Washington Post Column (6/2/2019) – “Dear Robert Mueller: Your report can’t speak for itself”
E.J. Dionne, Jr. writes that Special Counsel Mueller’s job is not done. He argues that circumstances demand the Special Counsel speak before Congress to clarify his report for the American people. I agree.