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

Like most of my colleagues, I came to Congress to make a difference in the lives of people who strive every day to live the American Dream.  For many of you, the last few years have felt like that is an impossible dream.  Just when the recovery starts to take hold the majority party in the House manufactures crisis after crisis.  We have now completed work to avert a government shutdown for the next six months.  However, the impact of the sequestration cuts will be felt for much longer.  As the House and Senate continue the budget debate, we will have a chance to come together and do the right thing by balancing budget cuts and investments that will grow our economy.  I know that it’s possible and I am working every day to make that happen.

In the meantime, I want to update you on what I have been doing in Washington and in the District.  As always, do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. BUDGET PRIORITIES 
  2. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT 
  3. IRON DOME SUPPORT ACT
  4. MEDICARE DIABETES PREVENTION ACT 
  5. STELLAR ACT
  6. SUPPORT FOR AN ENDA EXECUTIVE ORDER 
  7. SUPPORTING CRAFT BREWERS IN SAN DIEGO
  8. MAKING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT PERMANENT
  9. DISABLED VETERANS TAX TERMINATION ACT 
  10. DISTINGUISHED WARFARE MEDAL 
  11. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS 
  12. MEET SPECIAL AGENT SAM SLAYEN
  13. SIGN UP FOR MY DEFENSE E-NEWS
  14. FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK
  15. CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION
  16. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?  
I. BUDGET PRIORITIES 

You may have wondered about the budgets that were recently proposed in the House.  The Ryan Budget seeks to balance the budget entirely by reducing spending — this includes repealing Healthcare Reform; reducing spending on Medicare and Medicaid; reducing spending on other safety net programs, such as food assistance; and requiring federal employees to take on even more benefit cuts.  I voted against the majority party’s budget because it did not represent the needs of San Diego’s middle class. 

Instead, I voted for an alternative budget proposal that makes smart, targeted spending cuts and raises revenue from ending tax breaks for millionaires and special interests and calling for shared responsibility. Taken together with the mix of spending cuts and revenues in recent years, this budget will reduce the deficit over $4 trillion with a mix of 40% revenues and 60% spending cuts.  You can let me know which budget you favor by sending me an e-mail here.

II. VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT

At last! The House this month defeated a House Republican amendment to gut protections for women victims of violence.  With an overwhelming bipartisan majority, we passed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, which was signed by the President on March 7.  It's a win for women across the country. Click here to watch my Floor speech.  I was proud to talk about this victory for all women during a keynote address at Alliant University, in celebration of International Women's Day.  

III. IRON DOME SUPPORT ACT

This week, I introduced with 63 bipartisan cosponsors H.R. 1130, the Iron Dome Support Act.  Iron Dome is the defensive weapon system that is currently serving as a missile shield over Israel.  This joint Israeli-U.S. project is already in the field, having successfully downed nearly 90% of incoming missiles during last year’s conflict in Gaza.  Hundreds of innocent lives were spared as a result of Iron Dome and rocket fire from the Gaza strip did not escalate into a larger crisis.  However, the coverage provided by the Iron Dome defense system is inadequate and regional security requires additional units to protect all of its civilian population.  For these reasons, I have introduced legislation authorizing the President to provide assistance for the procurement, maintenance, enhancement, and sustainment of additional Iron Dome defense systems.

IV. MEDICARE DIABETES PREVENTION ACT 

Concerned about the prevalence and cost of diabetes in our community, I recently introduced the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Act (H.R. 962).  H.R. 962 would extend the proven benefits of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to seniors under Medicare.  I believe that with thoughtful, responsible action we can get growing healthcare costs under control and make our country healthier at the same time.  In fact, with targeted prevention initiatives like the DPP, Congress can achieve cost savings by preventing diabetes and its complications and meet both our goals of improving health and reining in spending. 

V. STELLAR ACT 

I remain concerned that many school districts lack a method for giving teachers and principals developmental feedback to help them reach their ultimate professional potential.  That is why I introduced H.R. 768, legislation to give teachers and principals the feedback and the support they deserve.  Under The Securing Teacher Effectiveness, Leadership, Learning, And Results Act (STELLAR Act), school districts, working with teachers and principals, would design and implement evaluation programs that will work for their schools.  All the research confirms what most people know- good teachers make a difference. Under the direction of a good teacher, students learn more and those advantages persist into adulthood. It's incredibly important that we support our teachers so that they have the tools they need to help students achieve their full potential. 

VI. SUPPORT FOR AN ENDA EXECUTIVE ORDER

Employment discrimination continues to be a critical problem facing the LGBT community. Today, it is legal in 29 states to fire or refuse to hire someone based on sexual orientation.  Without legal protections in the workplace, many LGBT people cannot honestly be themselves without fear of losing their livelihoods.  That is why I joined my colleagues in sending a letter to President Obama urging him to sign an Executive Order that would prohibit companies that contract with the federal government from discriminating against employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

VII. SUPPORTING CRAFT BREWERS IN SAN DIEGO

San Diego is becoming increasingly known as a hub of the craft brewing industry which has contributed to the growth of small businesses and jobs in the region.  To help our local industry, I recently joined a bipartisan group of members in cosponsoring H.R. 494, the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act.  H.R. 494 would adjust the federal excise tax paid by small brewers for the first time in 37 years, giving companies in this industry additional capital to grow their businesses and hire more workers.   

VIII. MAKING THE CHILD TAX CREDIT PERMANENT 

I joined my colleagues in cosponsoring an effort to help working families keep more of their hard-earned money by signing on as a cosponsor to legislation to make the Child Tax Credit (CTC) permanent.  Set to expire in 2017, the CTC provides a much-needed boost to middle class families.  The CTC allows taxpayers to reduce their federal income tax liability by up to $1,000 per child.  I believe that the CTC is one of many investments in our nation’s future that helps strengthen the middle class.

IX. DISABLED VETERANS TAX TERMINATION ACT

I added my name as a cosponsor to H.R. 333, the Disabled Veterans Tax Elimination Act.  This bipartisan bill would permit retired members of the armed forces with a service-connected disability rating of less than 50 percent to receive payment of both retirement pay and veterans' disability compensation, also known as concurrent receipt.  The bill would also extend eligibility for concurrent receipt to those medically retired from military service with a 30 percent or greater disability rate, known as a Chapter 61 retiree.  H.R. 333 would impact approximately 160,000 retirees. 

X. DISTINGUISHED WARFARE MEDAL

I recently joined a bipartisan group of 49 members in asking the new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to lower the precedent of the Distinguished Warfare Medal (DWM).  While I appreciate that the DWM was established to honor the noteworthy efforts in the service of combat operations by our brave men and women in uniform, I am concerned that we lessen the direct-combat recognitions of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star by giving the DWM higher precedence.  Fortunately, Secretary Hagel took the views of the veterans’ community and members of Congress into consideration and decided to review this decision. 

XI. COMMUNITY SNAPSHOTS

Christening Mobile Landing Platform- 1 at NASSCO
Last month, I joined members of the Montford Point Marine Association, members of the San Diego congressional delegation, General James Amos, NASSCO employees, and a number of guests to christen Mobile Landing Platform-1 (MLP-1), the USNS Montford Point.  MLP-1 was named to honor the legacy of African-American Marines who served their country at a time when the military was a segregated institution.  Built on San Diego’s waterfront, MLP-1 is the first in a series of three Marine Corps supply ships.    
 

Visiting with Students at Angier Elementary and Clear View Elementary

As your representative and strong supporter of improving education for all children, I visit schools in my district as often as possible.  On March 1st, as part of Read Across America, I read to a kindergarten class at Clear View Elementary in Chula Vista.  On March 8th, I had an engaging conversation with a 5th Grade class at Angier Elementary in Serra Mesa about the role of government and the importance of leadership.  These visits help me tremendously in my work on the House Education and the Workforce Committee. 

 
Meeting with Money Out of Politics - San Diego
I recently met with constituents from Money Out of Politics (MOP) San Diego.  MOP San Diego is a grassroots organization trying to limit the impact of corporate money in elections.  I share their goals and will continue to advocate for new federal laws to limit corporate donations and increase disclosure.
 

Neighborhood Market Association

I joined State Senator Marty Block and Neighborhood Market Association President Mark Arabo at the 17th Annual Neighborhood Market Association dinner.

 

Supporting KPBS

Tom Karlo, General Manager of KPBS, along with KPBS Communications Director Nancy Worlie, stopped by my D.C. office to talk about the benefits and importance of public broadcasting.
 

Participating in the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival

I had the pleasure of participating in the 8th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, held at the Japanese Friendship Garden, in Balboa Park.  The day’s activities included the promotion of Japanese cuisine, culture, and artistic demonstrations.  It was exciting to see the 9.5-acre expansion of the gardens and proposed facilities.  Joining me at the event was Kate Leonard, Honorary Consul General of Japan in San Diego.
 
XII. MEET SPECIAL AGENT SAM SLAYEN 

Each year, the Department of Defense places a small group of uniform and civilian personnel in Congressional offices for a yearlong Congressional Fellowship.  For 2013, I am honored to welcome Sam Slayen, a Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.  Sam will spend the rest of this year working alongside my legislative staff.

Sam has over a decade of federal experience, including service on the San Diego based aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and several years of work at Navy Region Southwest (headquartered in San Diego).  In his time as a federal agent, Sam has had extensive experience investigating terrorism, violent crimes, and narcotics-related offenses, and has been recognized for his expertise in his field.  Special Agent Slayen grew up in the Bay Area, but his father’s side of the family is native to La Mesa and a number of his family members still live in the community. 

XIII. 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 am starting a new effort to send a periodic E-News for anyone who is interested in defense and veterans issues.  

The Defense E-news will include an insider view of House Armed Services Committee hearings and defense and veterans policies affecting our region.  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.  I also encourage you to forward this e-mail to friends, family members, or colleagues who might be interested. 

XIV. FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK

With so many new people in the 53rd District, I am encouraging all of my constituents to follow me on Facebook.  My Facebook page is an opportunity for constituents to engage with me on a daily basis.  If you are interested in following what’s happening in Congress, what I am doing in the district, or with whom I am meeting, then liking my Facebook page will be a valuable resource.   Click here and “Like” my Facebook page. 

XV. CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

High school students throughout the 53rd Congressional District are encouraged to submit artwork for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition.  The winning student will receive scholarship opportunities and two round-trip airfare tickets to travel to Washington, D.C. for the exhibit’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.  The winner’s artwork will also be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol Building for one year.  The deadline to submit entries to the San Diego office is 5:00pm on Friday, April 26, 2013.  For more information, please contact Gavin Deeb at (619) 280-5353. 

XVI. INTERESTED IN AN INTERNSHIP?

I am 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, 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.

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