This Week's Recap - 5/21/2021

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May 21, 2021

Dear friend,

For the past few weeks, the average percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in San Diego County has been less than two percent. In addition, around 1.4 million people are already fully vaccinated in San Diego. These numbers point to the possibility of a 'normal' summer as California's economy plans to fully reopen on June 15. Thank you for doing your part to keep yourself and those around you safe!

Anyone over the age of 12 can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to view vaccination locations throughout the county and schedules.

This week, I continued my work from Washington, D.C. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.


Legislative Work

Votes This Week

  • The bicameral, bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act requires the Attorney General to designate an individual to facilitate the expedited review of reported hate crimes since the beginning of the pandemic. It also authorizes grants to state and local governments to conduct crime-reduction programs to prevent and respond to hate crimes. President Biden signed this bill into law yesterday.
  • H.R. 3233, the bill establishing a commission to investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex, passed the House on Wednesday. This commission must investigate relevant facts and circumstances relating to the attack on the Capitol; review and evaluate causes of and lessons learned from this attack; and submit reports containing findings and recommendations to improve the security posture of the U.S. Capitol Complex.
  • Several bills to support our veterans and enhance the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs also passed the House this week. These bills address transparency related to the use of emergency relief funding, prioritize homeless veterans with dependent children for relevant grant programs, and pause the 10 or 15-year GI Bill benefit time limit during times of national emergency. Read more about these bills here.

Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing: "The Fiscal Year 2022 Department of Energy Budget"

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On Wednesday, I questioned Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing about the Department of Energy’s clean energy goals as outlined in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan. During my remarks, I emphasized how a carbon price would complement the plan, including its proposed Clean Energy Standard.

In her first appearance in front of the committee of jurisdiction, Sec. Granholm confirmed that carbon pricing is one of many tools to address carbon emissions. Carbon pricing has garnered broad support from leaders, experts and organizations, including endorsements from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the American Petroleum Institute.

I also discussed the POWER ON Act as a means to expand and upgrade our long-distance high-voltage transmission systems to help deliver zero-emission electricity from rural areas where renewables are primarily generated. Watch our full exchange here.


Downtown San Diego Partnership’s Executive Committee Meeting

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On Tuesday, I spoke to the Executive Committee of the Downtown San Diego Partnership. I discussed the role federal government can play to reimagine the Downtown experiences and landscape, including ongoing projects such as the new Navy Region Southwest Broadway Complex and proposals for the revitalization of the Naval Information Warfare System Command (NAVWAR) facilities on the Old Town Campus at Naval Base Point Loma.


Visit to Arlington National Cemetery

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This week, I visited Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day along with other Members of Congress. We visited the grave site of the longest-surviving American service member who served in World War I, Corporal Frank Buckles, to lay a wreath there in memory of all fallen servicemembers.


2021 Congressional Art Competition

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As a longtime supporter of the arts, I look forward to seeing the pieces of art that are submitted every year for the Congressional Art Competition. This year's fan favorite (see above) is titled 'A new spring' by Laos. While the winner's submission is displayed in the Capitol, the fan favorite, which was decided by the number of 'likes' on Facebook, is displayed in our district office. We'll announce the winning submission chosen by a board of local art leaders next week!


Participate in our Weekly Poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

This week, the House passed a bill that appropriates nearly $1.9B in emergency funding to reimburse expenses following the events of January 6, and to further secure the United States Capitol. Do you believe this funding is necessary?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "Yesterday, the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans can now gather with others without masks indoors and outdoors, even if some in their group are not vaccinated. Do you feel safe following this guidance from this point forward if you're fully vaccinated?"

Here are the results:

356 Responses: 36.8% No, I still believe it's good practice to continue using masks in general. 35.4% Yes, I trust these guidelines and welcome the opportunity to stop using masks. 9% Unsure 1.4% I’m not fully vaccinated so I’ll continue using masks.17.4% Other


If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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