December 2018

REPS LIEU AND CALVERT URGE DEFENSE SEC TO USE CALIFORNIA AEROSPACE ASSETS FOR SPACE FORCE

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA), co-chairs of the California Aerospace Caucus, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis urging him to utilize California’s existing aerospace assets including the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center when building out a Space Force.

In the letter, the Members write:

LIEU, TORRES LEAD 54 MEMBERS IN URGING DHS TO END POLICY OF DETERRING ASYLUM SEEKERS AT U.S. PORTS OF ENTRY

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) have led a group of fifty-four members of Congress in a letter urging U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to immediately end the policy of deterring migrants from applying for asylum at U.S. ports of entry. The letter comes after reports that two Honduran children were killed in Tijuana over the weekend, highlighting the dangers facing the growing numbers of Central Americans are stranded in Mexican border towns.

REP LIEU’S HACK DHS BILL PASSES CONGRESS, HEADS TO PRESIDENT’S DESK

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Senate passed H.R. 7327, a bill package that includes the Hack the Department of Homeland Security Act. The bill would establish a bug bounty pilot program – modeled off of similar programs at the Department of Defense and major tech companies. The program will strengthen cyber defenses at DHS by utilizing “white-hat” or ethical hackers to help identify unique and undiscovered vulnerabilities in the DHS networks and data systems. Reps.

REP LIEU STATEMENT ON WITHDRAWAL OF U.S. FORCES FROM SYRIA

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after it was reported that the Trump Administration would be withdrawing troops from Syria.

"I strongly agree with the President’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. Congress never authorized the US to go to war in Syria. While going after terrorists is authorized, both the Obama and Trump Administrations went far beyond the congressionally authorized use of force against terrorists. 

REP LIEU JOINS CALIFORNIA MEMBERS CALLING FOR ADDITIONAL FEDERAL WILDFIRE FUNDING

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) joined Members of Congress from California to urge leadership on the Appropriations and Ways and Means Committee to include $9.054 billion and tax relief for the communities impacted by the wildfires in a disaster supplemental funding package. The supplemental funding package will assist Californians who were devastated by a string of recent wildfires in Butte, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. 

In the letter, the Members write:

REP LIEU LEADS 12 MEMBER LETTER ON SAUDI USE OF U.S. VETS FOR LOBBYING

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) led a letter signed by 12 Members of Congress who are also veterans to Saudi Arabia Ambassador to the United States Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud. The letter asks him to explain the Washington Post investigation about the Saudi government’s role in sending U.S. veterans to lobby Congress against a bill the Saudis opposed. The Saudi government allegedly reserved nearly 500 rooms at Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

E&E News: Californians set to wield significant power

When Democrats take control of the House in January, Californians will hold 46 seats in the majority party, the largest of any state delegation, giving the state significant clout in the chamber.

House Democrats can hold hearings on issues they want to push. They can seek to block the Trump administration's bid to expand offshore oil drilling and scrutinize EPA decisions, including the effort to roll back vehicle mileage and emissions rules. They can also offer bills and get them passed.ONTINUING COVERAGE

REP LIEU CELEBRATES PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN BICAMERAL BILL TO HONOR CHINESE-AMERICAN WWII VETERANS

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed through unanimous consent bipartisan legislation he introduced with Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) to honor the contributions of more than 18,000 Chinese-American World War II veterans. The bill will authorize Congress to award the highest civilian honor--a Congressional Gold Medal--to these heroes. The bill was introduced by Sens.

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