U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis | E-Newsletter
June E-News Report
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Dear Friend,

On Memorial Day, we remembered the men and women who lost their lives in service to our country.  As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the memory of our fallen heroes, and the desire to honor our promises to living veterans and active duty service members, is always on my mind as Congress makes tough decisions which impact America’s national security. 

I’m honored to represent a community that is so supportive of our military and our veterans throughout the year, not just on holidays.  In fact, I regularly hear from our military leaders about how much support active duty service members receive from San Diego County residents.  I know that many people receiving this e-mail help make that happen. 

Now that I am back on Capitol Hill following the Memorial Day District Work period in San Diego, I would like to update you on what I have been working on in Washington and in the District.  Please do not hesitate to contact me.

Warm Regards,

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  1. MOTHER’S DAY IN AFGHANISTAN 
  2. FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT
  3. MILITARY FAMILY HOME PROTECTION ACT 
  4. VOTING NO ON KEYSTONE 
  5. OPPOSING STUDENT LOAN INCREASES 
  6. SUPPORTING ANIMAL RIGHTS
  7. FREE MUSEUM ACCESS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES 
  8. SOUTH COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD DAY
  9. ART COMPETITION RECEPTION ON ADAMS AVENUE 
  10. LA MESA SMALL BUSINESS VISITS 
  11. GRANTS WORKSHOP IN ROLANDO  
  12. SENIOR SCAM STOPPER SEMINAR    
  13. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS
  14. SIGN UP FOR MY DEFENSE E-NEWS
  15. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?
I. MOTHER’S DAY IN AFGHANISTAN

I was part of a bipartisan group of congressional women making an annual trip to Afghanistan over the Mother’s Day weekend, a tradition I initiated in 2009.  The focus of these trips is on our U.S. service members, including the mothers who are serving and protecting us while away from their own families, and on the Afghan women who work daily to create a brighter future for their country despite overwhelming obstacles.  These annual visits allow us to get a sense of not only our own progress, but also the progress of the Afghan people. We found that while we are moving towards a more stable future in Afghanistan, this movement is mixed with a very rational fear of what will happen as coalition combat forces leave the country.  Visit my website to read my notes from Afghanistan and click here to see pictures from our trip.  The Mother's Day cards we handed out were courtesy of students from the Lemon Grove School District. 

II. FEDERAL ELECTION INTEGRITY ACT

I recently introduced legislation to restore integrity to our elections. The Federal Election Integrity Act would prohibit a chief election official of a state from serving on federal campaign committees or engaging in other political activity on behalf of federal candidates in any election over which the official has supervisory authority.  A top state election official should not be overseeing an election in which they have a vested interest.  Click here for more information. 

III.  MILITARY FAMILY HOME PROTECTION ACT

Imagine hearing you are about to lose your home while deployed overseas.  That is what some of our men in women are facing because of gaps in the law covering service members when they are deployed.  To fix this problem, I joined with my Democratic colleagues in introducing the Military Family Home Protection Act to give service members some flexibility during a foreclosure when they are deployed and in other specific circumstances.  Click here to read more.  

IV.  VOTING NO ON KEYSTONE

I opposed the House majority's bill to waive environmental standards for the Keystone XL pipeline where the United States takes all the risks (oil spills, climate change) without the reward of lower gas prices and increased supply.  We don’t want the oil spill that happened in the Gulf of Mexico to occur on land. A comprehensive and transparent environmental review process is absolutely critical.

V.  OPPOSING STUDENT LOAN INCREASES

Student interest rates are set to double in a little under a month unless Congress stops it.  The House GOP passed a bill that would subject student interest rates to the whims of the market. This is a classic bait and switch.  Students and parents would be lured in by low interest rates only to see them skyrocket to 7.7% and 9.7% by the time this year's freshmen class graduates. 

I introduced an amendment that the GOP House Committee refused to let move onto the House floor.  The amendment was simple – insert into the findings of the bill projections based on Congressional Budget Office numbers that interest rates will spike above today's current 6.8% interest rate.  Members and students deserve to know exactly what this bill means for them and their families.  They deserve to know that this bill would make $4 billion on the backs of students for the purposes of deficit reduction.  Needless to say, I voted against the bill and am working to bring forward measures that keep college affordable for San Diegans.  Click here to watch my floor speech.    

VI. SUPPORTING ANIMAL RIGHTS



I was thrilled to be named a Humane Champion by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  I appreciate all the work the HSUS does on behalf of animals.  Please read my editorial on the importance of protecting animals. 





 

VII.  FREE MUSEUM ACCESS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

This summer military families can get free access to museums in San Diego and across the country. For more info, visit the National Endowment for the Arts website.

VIII.  SOUTH COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD DAY
 
Getting out of DC and back to the District is one of the most important parts of my job.  Last month, I hosted a meeting at the Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library.  Over 60 people from throughout the district attended this event to hear about what issues my colleagues and I have been working on in Washington and to ask questions on a variety of topics, including education, the federal budget, animal rights, immigration, veterans issues, and national defense. 

Neighborhood Days are a great way to get feedback from the community on issues that are important to them and have a dialogue about current events.  I am honored to represent my new constituents in South County and hope people stay in touch.  To receive notifications of future Neighborhood Days, please sign up for my e-newsletter at www.house.gov/susandavis.   

IX. ART COMPETITION RECEPTION ON ADAMS AVENUE 

This year, 15 high school students from the 53rd District submitted entries for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.  I hosted an open house and student art show in my San Diego office for all of the students who submitted entries and their families and friends. It was a pleasure to get a chance to hear from these talented young artists from all over the 53rd District.  The winning entry will hang in the U.S. Capitol's Cannon Tunnel for the next year.




X. LA MESA SMALL BUSINESS VISITS

In San Diego County, small businesses drive our local economy.  That is why I feel it is important to regularly visit with small business owners from across the 53rd District to understand the business environment and the challenges our employers are facing.  Last month, I stopped by three businesses in La Mesa.  I started with Jejjoni Sign Manufacturing on Center Street owned by Hoss Jejjoni, a retired Sergeant Major in the Marine Corps.  He manufactures and prints signs from his La Mesa facility and sells them around the country. We talked about issues impacting businesses and the need to help struggling veterans. 

Next we stopped by Carl Burgers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World where we talked about the potential impacts of health care reform on small businesses and trends in auto sales.  Lastly, we met with the team at Windermere Real Estate at their Allison Avenue office.  Click here to read more about my conversation at Windermere Real Estate.  A big thank you to the small business owners who talked to me about the local economy, and to Mary England at the La Mesa Chamber for helping to arrange the visits.

XI. GRANTS WORKSHOP IN ROLANDO

On May 2, I hosted a Grants Workshop at the Salvation Army Kroc Center on University Avenue.  The event provided participants with the resources and tools necessary to identify grant opportunities at the federal, state, and local levels of government, as well as accessing private grants. 

I was pleased to have representatives from the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Foundation, Assembly member Shirley Weber’s office, and the County of San Diego present on behalf of their respective organizations.  During these times of economic belt tightening, I believe organizations in San Diego County should have access to as many grant-funding opportunities as possible.  If you would like to receive event notices in the future, please “Like” me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter.

XII. SENIOR SCAM STOPPER SEMINAR

To help seniors get information on how to avoid being targeted by criminals, I joined Congressman Scott Peters and the California Contracting State License Board in holding a Senior Scam Stopper seminar at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center.  A packed room of engaged men and women asked questions ranging from auto repair, what to do if you have your credit card stolen, and how to get more federal funding for scam prevention and enforcement.  If you or a loved one is interested in learning more about preventing scams against seniors, please visit http://www.cslb.ca.gov/.

XIII. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS

Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery

Leading into Memorial Day, I was proud to speak at the Women's Memorial wreath laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery honoring the women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

SDSU School of Social Work

Speaking to students at SDSU's school of social work reconnected me with my own background as a social worker. Despite all the political divisiveness in DC, the future social workers at SDSU reinforced my drive to work hard to collaborate with my colleagues to improve American lives.

Naval Medical Branch Clinic Eastlake Opening
The Navy recently opened a new community clinic in South County, Naval Branch Health Clinic Eastlake.  I received a tour of this state-of-the-art facility, which will serve active duty service members and their families as well as retirees.  Ensuring that our service members and veterans have access to quality healthcare is important to me, and I’m pleased that this new clinic will allow the Navy to provide personalized care to 4,800 TRICARE beneficiaries.

Visit to Grossmont College

I toured the Grossmont College campus with Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke and GCCCD Chancellor Cindy Miles.  The tour focused on Grossmont’s services to veterans, including the Veterans Resource Center where I had a chance to hear from current Grossmont students about their transition back to civilian and student life, and highlighted the state-of-the-art Health and Sciences Complex where tomorrow’s nurses and health professionals are being trained.  Click here for more information about my visit.   

USCGC Haddock
I had the pleasure of visiting the USCGC Haddock, of which I have been the proud sponsor since 2002.  I attended an awards ceremony recognizing members of the Haddock's crew, and had lunch aboard the ship, giving me the chance to speak with some of these brave coastguardsmen.  I also toured the ship and received an update on maritime operations.  The Coast Guard has an important mission of protecting our maritime interests both at home and abroad, and I'm proud to have this fine ship and its crew based right here in San Diego. 

Patrick Henry High Community Service Awards

Hats off to Austin Threadgill of Patrick Henry High School! After 419 hours of community service, a two week, 3,600 mile road trip to see three national parks, and being a competitive swimmer, Austin earned all three Congressional Award Medals!

Logan Heights Veterans Memorial

I was honored to speak at the Logan Heights Veterans Memorial dedication in Chicano Park, which brought hundreds of veterans and supporters together for the unveiling of this impressive monument. The memorial will be a place where the community can go to pay respect and reflect upon the contributions of those who have served and to remember and honor local heroes. 

North Park Festival of Arts

The 17th Annual North Park Festival of Arts, held down the street from my district office, was full of talented and exciting artists and entertainers from San Diego and around the world. I was pleased to get a chance to engage with constituents from around North Park about the arts and other important issues.

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

I'm always inspired to see parents of LGBT children support their children. Special Thanks to Robert Gleason and his father for hosting me at the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Harvey would have been so proud.

Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
I toured Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center’s newly expanded emergency department and cancer center.  It is great to see the hospital working to meet the needs of the community, while enlisting the work of former military nurses who are transitioning to civilian practice. 

XIV.  SIGN UP FOR MY DEFENSE E-NEWS 

As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel, I spend a lot of time focused on the needs of our military, especially our men and women in uniform and their families. Since I get a lot of questions about how defense and veterans policies coming out of Washington will impact San Diego County, I have started a new effort to send a periodic E-News for anyone who is interested in defense and veterans issues.  I will only be sending this information to people who sign up to receive these updates, so please click here to be added to the list. 

XV. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?

My office is currently accepting internship applications.  Interns assist with fielding constituent inquiries, public events, casework, and other special projects. Internship candidates should be prepared to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.  If you are interested in interning in the San Diego office, you should submit a resumé and cover letter to CA53DOInternapp@mail.house.gov.  If you are interested in an internship in our Washington office please submit a resumé and cover letter to CA53DCInternapp@mail.house.gov. Our office will contact applicants with the requisite experience and background required for our internship program.

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