Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), called on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to allow a vote on legislation that would prevent those on the No Fly list from being able to buy a gun before the House takes a week-long break on Friday. The bill, H.R. 1076, Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act of 2015, was introduced in December 2015 by Reps. Pete King (NY-02) and Mike Thompson (CA-05) and would allow the FBI and Attorney General to prevent suspected terrorists from buying lethal firearms and explosives. A similar bill in the Senate, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA), earned a majority of votes on Monday night, but failed to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to defeat a filibuster. Past attempts by Democrats in the House to bring this legislation up for a vote have been defeated thirteen times by House Republicans. Rep. Chu introduced the following statement:
Today marks the fourth anniversary of President Obama’s announcement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), released the following statement:
Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and fellow Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06) urging swift action on gun violence.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5325, the Fiscal Year 2017 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act. This bill appropriates $1.19 billion for the operations of the House of Representatives, as well as $2.29 billion for other legislative branch agencies and programs affiliated with the House, like the Capitol Police, the Library of Congress, the Government Accountability Office, and the Government Printing Office. The bill also includes report language that seeks to force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal aliens.” This provision is in response to the Library’s March 2016 decision to replace this term with the words “noncitizens” and “unauthorized immigration” after a lengthy review process determined “alien” to be pejorative and recommend it’s use be discontinued. Due to the inclusion of this provision, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted against the bill
CRC Co-Chairs Reps. Chu and Collins Join Creators, Stars, and Inspirations Behind Academy Award®-Winner Spotlight to Discuss Process and Impact of Filmmaking
oday, Creative Rights Caucus Co-Chairs Representative Judy Chu (CA-27) and Representative Doug Collins (GA-09) hosted a panel on the process and impact of taking a movie from script to screen. The panelists, all women and men who brought the Academy Award®-winning film Spotlight to life, included Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust, Producers; Ben Bradlee, Jr. and Mike Rezendes, The Boston Globe; John Slattery, Mad Men, Spotlight, Veep; Stephen H. Carter, Production Designer, Birdman, Spotlight; and Liz Biber, EVP, Publicity, Open Road Films. Reps.
Today, leaders of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) sent a letter to Airlines for America President Nicholas Calio calling for clearer guidance on racial profiling. The letter comes after a series of recent incidents on airlines where perceived or actual Muslim and Arab Americans were suspected of terrorism or asked to deplane without concrete evidence.
On Tuesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) adopted language requesting the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to investigate whether there exists a pattern or practice of using race, national origin, and other civil rights classifications to target Federal employees and other Americans. The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) pushed for the language following recent high-profile arrests of Chinese-American scientists wrongfully accused of espionage only to have those charges later dropped. The amendment, offered by Rep. Mike Honda, the Ranking Member of the CJS Appropriations Subcommittee, was adopted by voice vote and included into the CJS Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2017.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee held a markup of H.R. 5203, the “Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016.” The bill adds new restrictions and burdens on those visa applicants and asylum seekers, including DNA testing at the expense of the applicant and social media background checks. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced an amendment that would create an exemption from the social media background check for applicants fleeing domestic violence. The amendment failed 14-8 along party lines.
House Unanimously Approves Rep. Chu Bill to Rename Sierra Madre Post Office in Honor of Veteran and Immigrant Louis Van Iersel
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill to rename the Sierra Madre, CA post office after Sergeant Louis Van Iersel, an immigrant, father, husband, and veteran who lived in Sierra Madre. The bill was introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) who represents the area. Rep. Chu released the following statement: