Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (VRAA). The VRAA is a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder that required Congress to create an updated coverage formula for determining if the Federal government can intervene in a state’s election laws. Since that Supreme Court decision, nearly two dozen states have implemented restrictive voter ID laws and created obstacles for people to vote.
Last week, a student pulled a pistol from his backpack and opened fire at Saugus High School in nearby Santa Clarita. Immediately, students, many just 14 or 15 years old, knew what they had to do. Some filed out of school with hands on their heads. Others used desks to barricade their classroom doors and made improvised weapons out of fire extinguishers in case the shooter got through. Many texted their parents to let them know they were alive, desperately trading “I love you”s in case these were their final words.
Washington, DC — The House Natural Resources Committee today voted 20-13 in favor of H.R. 2215, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act. Introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), H.R. 2215 would expand the borders of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include the western Angeles National Forest.
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend funding for all government agencies through December 20, 2019 and issued the following statement:
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) introduced the Climate Resiliency Service Corps Act of 2019 to establish a new AmeriCorps program to promote community adaptation, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from the effects of climate change. Approximately 75,000 Americans join AmeriCorps programs each year, gaining work experience and developing in-demand skills while addressing conservation, disaster response, and community needs.
Washington, DC — Citing the potential impact on the economy and climate, members of the Southern California Congressional delegation sent a letter led by Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) to the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Committees responsible for negotiating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) urging them to remove Senate-passed language that would eliminate more than 750 union jobs and shrink the U.S. electric bus market.
This week, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus plan to send a letter to Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, asking for a briefing on the company's census plans, according to the press office of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
"We are deeply concerned that the [Asian American and Pacific Islander] community, which is already vulnerable to being undercounted, will be susceptible to misinformation and dissuasion tactics by nefarious actors who wish to undermine our democracy," write the lawmakers in a draft shared with NPR.
Washington, DC — Today, the House passed H.Res. 660 to begin public hearings as the next phase of the House impeachment inquiry. The resolution provides rules for open hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, authorizes public release of deposition transcripts, establishes procedures for transferring evidence to the Judiciary Committee, and sets due process rights for the President and his Counsel. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) voted for the resolution and released the following statement:
“I was shocked,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-Pasadena), who chairs the subcommittee, said of The Times’ findings. “I was very disturbed that contracts that were intended to go to underserved populations did not go to them in the case of $300 million worth. ...
“I would have assumed there would have been more checks and balances.”