Rep. Chu Ranked 9th Most Active Member of 116th Congress
Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) is the 9th most active member of the 116th Congress, according to a new report by Quorum Analytics, which studied legislative activity from the beginning of the session – January 1, 2019 – to the start of the August Recess – July 31, 2019. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:
“These are challenging times where our country’s values and institutions have been tested like never before. And when I look back on the Trump era, I will feel proud that I introduced legislation that would block his Muslim Ban and the cruel public charge rule. But as necessary as it is to stop the worst, I’m also committed to helping my constituents, and all Americans, be their best. That is why I also introduced legislation to increase access to mental health care in schools and improve resources for food insecure college students. I’ve also worked to make our tax code more equal by removing gendered language, ensuring same-sex couples married before the repeal of DOMA can file as a married couple, and by waiving the penalty for taxpayers who unintentionally under-withheld because of the rushed Republican tax bill. And while I’m proud of my accomplishments captured in this report, that is still only a sliver of the work being done both in Washington and in my district. I’m excited to continue this work on behalf of my constituents and I hope that these bills can make their way to the House and Senate floor and soon become law.”
Legislation introduced by Rep. Chu in the 116th Congress include:
- H.R. 116 – Investing in Main Street Act: amends the Small Businesses Investment Act of 1958 to increase the percentage of capital and surplus that a bank or federal savings association may invest in Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) to match current banking regulations.
- H.R. 1300 – Taxpayer Penalty Protection Act: would shield taxpayers from withholding penalties for the 2018 filing year should they find themselves to be under-withheld.
- H.R. 1723 –Campus Hunger Reduction Act: makes institutions of higher education eligible for the Community Food Projects grant program, which helps nonprofits and public agencies address hunger through food distribution, education, outreach, and increased self-reliance.
- H.R. 2214 – NO BAN Act: repeals President Trump’s Muslim travel ban and imposes limitations that prevent future presidents from issuing a similar ban without a demonstrated national security justification.
- H.R. 2215 – San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act: expands the borders of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include the western Angeles National Forest. It also establishes a National Recreation Area to enhance conservation, increase access for all communities by connecting park poor areas to open space, and improve the management of the area through improved resources, education, and public engagement.
- H.R. 2064 –Sunshine for Samples Act: requires companies that manufacture drugs, devices, biologics, or medical supplies to publicly make available the number and value of free drug samples given to health care providers and charities each year
- H.R. 2958 –Increasing Access to Mental Health in Schools Act: establishes a grant program to increase the number of mental health professionals at low income schools by supporting partnerships between institutions of higher education and local education agencies to support teaching, training, and employment of school counselors, social workers, and psychologists. Professionals that participate in these partnerships would be eligible for student loan forgiveness after 5 years of employment at a low income school.
- H.R. 2975 - Women’s Health Protection Act: this bill ensures that women have the right to access, and providers have the right to provide, abortion services free of nonmedical restrictions, like unnecessary waiting periods or ultrasound requirements.
- H.R. 3222 – No Federal Funds for Public Charge Act: prevents any federal funds from being used to implement the DHS rule that would make it difficult for legal immigrants to receive green cards if they have used benefits such as Medicaid or SNAP.
- H.R. 3299 – Promoting Respect for Individuals’ Dignity and Equality (PRIDE) Act: updates the tax code to include gender neutral language and permits same-sex couples to amend their filing status to married filing jointly for tax returns filed before the repeal of DOMA.
- H.R. 3418 – Protecting Our Students by Terminating Graduate Rates that Add to Debt (POSTGRAD) Act: restores graduate student eligibility to receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans.
- H.R. 3668 – Asuncion Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act: directs OSHA to issue standards of protection that require paid water, shade, and rest breaks for workers in high temperatures.