U.S. Congresswoman Susan Davis | E-Newsletter
April 2013 E-News Report
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Dear Friend,

This has been a difficult month.  Like the rest of the nation, I mourn those who lost their lives in Boston, wish for the best for those who were injured, and thank law enforcement for ending the violence.  While tragic, the events at the marathon reminded me of the Fred Rogers' quote that recently circulated around the Internet:

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

In Boston, we saw people rush to the aid of the injured, risking their own safety to help people in need.  I hope the selflessness displayed at the marathon finish line will inspire Washington in a way that allows us to put aside partisan differences to address the serious issues we are facing as a country. 

As April comes to a close, 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. JOIN ME AT THREE UPCOMING EVENTS 
  2. SPEAKING AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL FORUM
  3. WORKING TO IMPROVE THE SAN YSIDRO PORT OF ENTRY
  4. DEDICATING SAN DIEGO’S NEW COURTHOUSE 
  5. RECEIVING THE 2013 MARIX AWARD FROM MOAA
  6. REDUCING THE VA BACKLOG 
  7. INTRODUCING THE MEDICARE DIABETES PREVENTION ACT
  8. VOTING NO ON CISPA 
  9. PROTECTING LABOR RIGHTS 
  10. SUPPORTING FILIPINO VETERANS 
  11. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS
  12. SIGN UP FOR MY DEFENSE E-NEWS
  13. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?
I.  JOIN ME AT THREE UPCOMING EVENTS

I am excited to announce three events I am hosting this week.  Tomorrow, I will hold a South County Neighborhood Day and co-host an event to help seniors avoid being scammed.  On Thursday, my office will be hosting a Grants Workshop.  Please see below for more information.  To receive updates about future events, “Like” me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.  I hope to see you soon! 

SOUTH COUNTY NEIGHBORHOOD DAY

Please join me for a community meeting to discuss federal issues and how they impact you and your family.  This event will be a great opportunity for me to hear your thoughts on the needs of the community.

Click here to RSVP!

Date:
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Time: 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Location: Bonita-Sunnyside Branch Library, 4375 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902

Parking: Free parking is available at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library.

SENIOR SCAM STOPPER

The California Contractors State License Board, along with my office and Congressman Scott Peters, is holding a seminar on how seniors can protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud. Attendees can get answers to their questions and obtain assistance if they have been scammed.

Space is limited. Please call my office at (619) 280-5353 to RSVP.

Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Time: 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

Location: Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center, 1525 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Parking: Paid parking lots and meters are available adjacent to the facility.

GRANTS WORKSHOP

This workshop is an excellent opportunity to learn about funding opportunities and the do's and don’ts of writing grants for nonprofit organizations. Information on locating funding opportunities will be available and grant-writing experts will be on hand to answer questions.

Click here to RSVP! 

Date:
Thursday, May 2, 2013

Time: 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Location: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 6605 University
Avenue, San Diego, CA 92115

Parking: Free parking is available at the Salvation Army Kroc Center.

II. SPEAKING AT THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL FORUM
 
Every year, my congressional colleagues and I join with the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and 500 business and community leaders for the Congressional Chamber Luncheon.  This event gives San Diego’s business community the opportunity to hear from Members firsthand about the state of the economy and other issues impacting the region. 

Questions during the forum focused on defense spending in San Diego, health care reform, the impact of regulations on small businesses, and the state of the local and national economy.  During the discussion, I advocated for completing the San Ysidro Port of Entry Renovation and Expansion Project, funding universal preschool, and replacing sequestration so the federal government can make strategic investments in research, national defense, and other key areas. 

III. WORKING TO IMPROVE THE SAN YSIDRO PORT OF ENTRY
 
I recently joined Congressman Juan Vargas and Congressman Scott Peters at the border for a tour of the San Ysidro Port of Entry Renovation and Expansion Project.  Earlier this month, my colleagues and I also sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee in support of funding San Ysidro in Fiscal Year 2014.  This key infrastructure project will reduce wait times at the border and increase commerce between the United States and Mexico.  However, it faces an uncertain future because of budget challenges in Washington.  Cross-border travel and trade accounts for roughly $386 billion annually, making it a key driver of economic growth for the border region and the entire country.   

Mexico stands out as our second largest export market, with nearly six million American jobs dependent on trade with Mexico.  While already significant, the United States is missing out on a tremendous opportunity to increase commerce and job creation by not completing the modernization efforts at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.   I am committed to working with my colleagues so smart investments can be made that benefit San Diego County and the nation.

IV. DEDICATING SAN DIEGO’S NEW COURTHOUSE
 
One of my top local priorities since coming to office was bringing a new federal courthouse to San Diego.  Finally, after years of hard work by countless San Diegans, the new federal courthouse downtown was officially dedicated on April 19.  It was touching to hear the personal stories of dedication, sacrifice, and determination that went into building this wonderful symbol of American jurisprudence.



V. RECEIVING THE 2013 MARIX AWARD FROM MOAA

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a tireless advocate for active duty and retired military personnel, and I greatly appreciate the work they do on behalf of our men and women in uniform.  That's why I was honored to receive MOAA's 2013 Colonel Arthur T. Marix Award.  My motivation comes from our service members. Their selfless dedication to the safety of our nation is what inspires my work every day.

VI.  REDUCING THE VA BACKLOG

To reduce the disability claims backlog, the Veterans Administration will make provisional claims decisions to expedite veterans' benefits.  I recently met with local VA officials committed to solving this serious problem and hope this decision will lead to a significant reduction in wait times.  Click here to read more.

VII.  INTRODUCING THE MEDICARE DIABETES PREVENTION ACT

Diabetes remains a significant problem in our community, both in terms of public health and the overall financial cost.  That is why I introduced legislation to reduce diabetes in seniors and rein in health care costs. The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (H.R. 962) would extend the proven benefits of the National Diabetes Prevention Program to seniors under Medicare.  With this legislation, Congress can achieve cost savings by reducing diabetes cases and its complications, meeting our goals of improving health, and reducing medical costs.

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III. VOTING NO ON CISPA

Preventing damage to our cyber networks should be a priority in Congress, but it must be done in a way that maintains the maximum amount of privacy protections for Americans.  The House recently passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), legislation that would provide the government and private businesses the framework for transferring information.  While legislation is needed to improve the nation’s cybersecurity, I voted no on CISPA because I do not believe the legislation sufficiently protects the privacy of American citizens and because it grants private companies an overly broad level of liability protections.  I am hopeful that the Senate can address deficiencies in the bill if they decide to bring it up later this year.

IX. PROTECTING LABOR RIGHTS

Our nation created a large and strong middle class in part because of labor protections, many of which came about from collective bargaining.  The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enforces labor law and acts as a referee between employers and employees.  Earlier this month, the House majority brought up legislation that was simply a partisan attack on the NLRB and the President’s ability to appoint members to the Board.  I voted against this legislation and believe that the House should stop partisan attacks on unions and collective bargaining and instead focus on working together on behalf of the interests of employers and employees.

X. SUPPORTING FILIPINO VETERANS

During World War II, over 200,000 Filipinos fought on behalf of the United States in the Pacific.  After being promised full benefits by President Roosevelt for their service, Congress stripped Filipino veterans of those benefits under the Rescission Act of 1946.  Filipinos who fought for America made the same sacrifices as other veterans, which is why I cosponsored legislation to make them fully eligible for veterans’ benefits similar to those received by U.S. veterans.  Their widows and children would also be eligible for survivor’s benefits, known as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation.  There are about 15,000 living Filipino veterans of World War II.

XI. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS


Latino-Jewish Coalition Breakfast

Members of the Latino-Jewish Coalition recently met in North Park to talk about shared immigrant heritage between our two communities.  It was a pleasure to be part of the lively discussion.

 

Creek to Bay Cleanup

Our creeks, bays, and open spaces are the hatcheries for many species in our local environment. Last Saturday, I joined with residents, parents, and children in Paradise Hills and Bonita as we worked together to be good stewards of the environment for future generations to enjoy.

 

Hillel Center Groundbreaking at SDSU

It was an honor to be part of yesterday's groundbreaking ceremony for SDSU's Melvin Garb Hillel Center. After years of hard work, the ceremony marked one step closer to realizing the dream of having a new center on campus.
 

Small Business Development Center Meeting in DC

Staff from the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) of San Diego came to my Washington office this month to discuss issues impacting the small business community. SBDC is a great resource for entrepreneurs who need advice and training to start or grow their businesses. In fact, the GAO recently credited the SBDC with creating more than 61,000 jobs nationwide in 2011!

 

DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Chula Vista Police Department gathered to collect old and unused prescription drugs from area residents. This program saves lives as unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, abuse, and crime. Click here for information from the FDA on how to dispose of old and unused prescription drugs.

 

Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair

The annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair and Parade is a unique day-long festival that brings the community together to celebrate the area’s rich diversity. It was great to see everyone at this wonderful event!

 
XII. 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. 

XIII. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?

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, contact Brandon Primus at Brandon.Primus@mail.house.gov.  If you are interested in an internship in our Washington office, please contact Brit Moller at Brit.Moller@mail.house.gov.  Please provide a cover letter, resume, and three references.

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