U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis | E-Newsletter
April E-News Report 2011
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

I.     BUDGETING FOR THE FUTURE

II.    FOCUSING ON JOBS
III.   SUPPORTING OUR TEACHERS
IV.   ENCOURAGING INNOVATION
V.    TAKING CARE OF OUR VETERANS
VI.   OPENING OF OUR NEW PASSPORT AGENCY
VII.  UPCOMING NEIGHBORHOOD DAY

I. BUDGETING FOR THE FUTURE

When it comes to a budget framework for our country, I think we have to start with a few key questions - Will it create jobs? Does it grow the economy? Does it help middle class Americans prosper? What about those most in need such as seniors and those with disabilities? We all know we have to bring down the deficit, but I believe how we go about doing that is as important as the end result.

After hearing from many San Diegans, I didn’t vote for the Ryan budget plan, which passed the House on April 15, because it didn’t answer these questions.  Instead, it would give tax breaks to the top 1 percent.  It would end Medicare as we know it and turn it into a voucher program, leaving many of our seniors and people with disabilities with nowhere to turn, while doing nothing to lower health care costs.  And for the most part it ignored crucial long-term investments like education and innovation. Let me know your thoughts - take the Quick Poll on my website by clicking here.

II. FOCUSING ON JOBS

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On April 21, I participated in two forums focused on San Diego job creation and economic innovation. San Diego businesses offered valuable ideas and feedback, which I'm taking with me to Congress to share with my colleagues to help keep our fragile recovery going.

Congressional field hearing at UCSD

A panel of witnesses from San Diego’s leading biotech firms highlighted the need for supporting innovative life science efforts and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens.  Read more by clicking here.

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Congressional Q&A

My San Diego Congressional counterparts and I fielded questions about the state of the economy, federal budget, education, and ensuring a highly-skilled workforce.

Update – Rescheduled San Diego Jobs Act Tour
This helpful event has been rescheduled to June 3, 2011 at the Scottish Rite Center.  Small businesses throughout the 53rd Congressional District looking to contract with the federal government or take advantage of the new SBA lending program approved by the Small Business Jobs Act are encouraged to attend.  Visit the SBA website at www.sba.gov/jobsacttour/sandiego for more information and to register.

III. SUPPORTING OUR TEACHERS

If education is our foundation, then teachers are the brick and mortar of our schools.  We have to do better by them because studies show that a good teacher is the number one factor in a student’s success.  I recently introduced two bills to support and strengthen our teaching force:

STELLAR Act (Securing Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership, Learning, And Results Act)
  • Ensures that teachers and principals have necessary feedback to grow as educators and are recognized for their hard work. Would evaluate teachers and principals on an annual basis and provide professional development opportunities. Read more by clicking here.

Diverse Teachers Recruitment Act
  • Provides grants to schools to recruit teachers from underrepresented groups. Studies show that having role models from diverse backgrounds is important for students, but only 25% of our teaching force are racially diverse or male.  Read more by clicking here.

IV. ENCOURAGING INNOVATION

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
San Diego is one of the top recipients of NIH funding in the country, which translates to countless jobs in our region and opportunities for innovation in crucial fields of research. I led a bipartisan letter signed by 117 of my colleagues urging members of the House Appropriations Committee to fully fund the budget request for the NIH.  Our region needs to stay on the cutting edge of innovative health and science development and keep the jobs that come with it.

High Tech High on the National Stage
San Diego’s own High Tech High has been named a finalist for Race to the Top’s Commencement Challenge by showcasing their innovative students and school as an example for the 21st century. Click here to learn more and vote! (Deadline to vote is April 29th at 11:59 PM.)

V. TAKING CARE OF OUR VETERANS


 

thumbnailSusan learns how valuable the Warriors in Welding program at Camp Pendleton is for Marines looking for good jobs as they leave the service.

Post 9/11 GI Bill Improvements
Changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill eliminated certain living stipends for veterans using their education benefits. I wrote a bill to reinstate these payments before the cut goes through on August 1, 2011. It will not cost taxpayers a dime because it is funded by getting rid of duplicative programs in the government. Read more about my bill by clicking here.

Miramar National Cemetery
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently received its first full body casket burial, veteran John Smith, at the new Miramar National Cemetery adjacent to Marine Corps Air Station.  I’ve worked for years to push for funding and construction at this site.  When completed, the new cemetery will include both gravesite and columbarium options, providing a full range of burial alternatives to veterans and their families in the San Diego County area. For more information click here.

An App for That
Keep an eye out for the VA’s upcoming smartphone app to help navigate support options for dealing with PTSD.  Read more by clicking here.

VI. OPENING OF OUR NEW PASSPORT AGENCY
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As of April 4th, San Diego's very own Passport Agency has opened its doors for business! Located at 401 West A Street in downtown, the Recovery Act funded the new office and employees were hired locally.  The office can help travelers who have urgent travel plans – no more driving all the way to L.A.!  To make an appointment, please call 1-877-487-2778.

VII.  UPCOMING MID-CITY/NEIGHBORHOOD DAY

Please join me to share your ideas, ask a question, and get an update about what’s happening in Congress!

When: Wednesday, May 18, 6:00-7:00 PM

Where: Normal Heights Community Center - 4649 Hawley Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92116

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San Diego, CA 92116
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