Working for You: July 21-28

July 29, 2014

The House considered four education-related bills: H.R. 3136 “Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act”, H.R. 4984 “Empowering Students Through Enhanced Counseling Act”, HR 4935 “Child Credit Improvement Act of 2014”, and H.R. 3393 “Student and Family Tax Simplification Act”. All four passed the House.

The House passed my amendment to H.R. 3136, which would ensure the needs of veterans and service members were taken into consideration as colleges and trade schools look to find ways to help students get credit toward graduation based on skills and knowledge that may have been learned outside the classroom.

I also supported H.R. 4984, which would require institutions of higher education to provide students and parents with sufficient information about student and parent loans and debt so they may make well-informed decisions about taking out loans and what that would mean in the long run.

I opposed H.R. 4935. This bill, despite its positive sounding name, would reduce tax credits for lower income families and increase credits for higher income families. Moreover, it would add $115 billion to the national debt.

On Monday, I met with the new city manager of Antioch to discuss ideas on reducing crime in Antioch and bringing jobs to the area. After my meeting, I held an open house in my Antioch office.

On Tuesday evening in Washington, I had the opportunity to have dinner with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright to learn more in-depth information about the current foreign affair challenges facing our nation.

On Wednesday, I met in my DC office with members of the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center to discuss ways to improve resources for members of the Asian community in my district, and met with representatives from the plastics industry including the owner of a factory in Lathrop that employs 88 people. I also met with VA Undersecretary for Benefits, Allison Hickey to question her on the VA’s progress in reducing the VA benefits backlog.

On Thursday, I participated in a hearing of the Energy and Power Subcommittee which focused on investigating the energy policies of the different states and how they could apply to national policy and economics.

On Saturday, I was back home to participate in the Renew South Stockton coalition canvassing of South Stockton neighborhoods to get people involved and to hear their ideas.