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115th Congress


Rep. Chu Statement on House Vote for Wall Funding and a Government Shutdown

Washington, D.C. – On Thursday night, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed a funding bill to keep the government open until February 8, 2019 that also included $5.7 billion  in new appropriations for President Trump’s border wall, something Senate leaders have said does not stand a chance of passing through their chamber. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

After Returning from Border, Chu and Merkley Introduce Legislation to Shut Down Tornillo Child Prison

Washington, DC — Following a Congressional trip to the southern border this weekend where they saw the child prison in Tornillo, Texas, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (OR) have introduced the Shut Down Child Prison Camps  Act. This bill prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services from maintaining or operating any temporary emergency shelter, including the shelters in Tornillo, Texas and in Homestead, Florida.

Rep. Chu Begins Oversight Visit to Southern Border

Washington, DC — Today and Saturday, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) will be taking part in an oversight visit to immigrant detention facilities at the southern border. Rep. Chu will be joined on this delegation by Sens. Jeff Merkley (OR), Mazie Hirono (HI), and Tina Smith (MN). Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16) will be joining on Saturday. The delegation will inspect family detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley, Texas; and the child detention center in Tornillo, Texas. The Tornillo detention facility is currently holding more than 2,000 children in a tent encampment in the desert.

Rep. Chu Introduces Taxpayer Penalty Protection Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced the Taxpayer Penalty Protection Act, a bill that would shield taxpayers from withholding penalties for the 2018 filing year should they find themselves to be under-withheld due to the rushed changes made in the Republican tax law. Because of the new IRS withholding tables, and the fact that many taxpayers did not adjust their withholding, the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will largely remain unknown until taxpayers prepare their returns in early 2019.

Rep. Chu Introduces DIPLOMA Act to Promote Academic and Community Services in Public Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced H.R. 7204, the Developing Innovative Partnerships and Learning Opportunities that Motivate Achievement (DIPLOMA) Act. The DIPLOMA Act would provide federal grants to states to support community schools and develop a comprehensive child and youth strategy. States would award subgrants to local consortia, in which a school works with at least one community partner.

Rep. Chu Applauds Historic Asian Pacific American Representation in the 116th Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 116th Congress will bring tremendous milestones for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, including a record 20 AAPI Members of Congress and the inclusion of an Asian American Member in House Leadership. On Thursday, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Member Ted Lieu (CA-44) was elected to House Leadership as a Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chair.

Rep. Chu Statement on Trump’s Assault on Migrants and Militarization of the Border

Washington, DC — Over the weekend, following an order by President Trump to allow the military to use lethal force against migrants at our southern border, an incident occurred near the San Ysidro crossing where border patrol agents fired tear gas at unarmed women and children seeking to enter the country and request asylum as the law permits. President Trump temporarily ordered the crossing to be closed and has threatened to close the entire border. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement:

Rep. Chu Statement on Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

PASADENA, CA — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement in response to Saturday’s shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a shooter took eleven lives:

“I am heartbroken for the victims, families, and congregation of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The terrorist attack there was an attack on every Jewish community. It will not succeed.