December 2017

December 26, 2017

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) joined colleagues in introducing H.R. 4706, the Music Modernization Act, which updates the music licensing system with meaningful reforms for the first time in almost two decades. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) and Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill with Mr. Lieu, along with Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), and Pete Sessions (R-Texas). 

December 21, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D – Los Angeles County) led a letter co-signed by Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH), Rep. James McGovern (D-MA) and Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) to Saudi Ambassador to the United States Khaled bin Salman and Emirati Ambassador to the United States Youset al Otaiba urging their governments to end their coalition’s Yemen blockade and reopen Yemen’s seaports, airports and land crossings.

In the letter, the Members write:

December 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the House passed the final version of the GOP tax bill.  

“This bill is a nightmare. This legislative process was a nightmare. The repercussions of this tax scam will be a nightmare.

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December 18, 2017

Washington – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) received a “Congressional Waste Warrior” award from the White Coat Waste Project. The award recognizes Congressman Lieu’s leadership in the 115th Congress to end inhumane dog experiments in Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities.

December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after U.S. Africa Command announced that NCIS will be conducting an investigation into an August raid in Somalia that may have led to numerous civilian deaths. In a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last week, Rep.

December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner failed to respond to a letter from Rep. Lieu and 12 Members of Congress about whether he has leveraged his position to acquire financial support for 666 Fifth Avenue. The letter requested Mr. Kusher to respond by December 12.

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December 13, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement ahead of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s scheduled net neutrality vote tomorrow.

December 12, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 into law. Congressman Lieu authored two provisions that will bring critical congressional oversight to the conflict in Yemen for the first time. Sec. 1265 requires the Departments of Defense and State to report to Congress on whether the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners are abiding by their commitments in Yemen. Sec.

December 12, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D­ – Los Angeles County) introduced bipartisan legislation called the Fundamentally Understanding the Usability and Realistic Evolution of Artificial Intelligence (FUTURE of AI) Act with Congressmen John Delaney (D–MD) and Pete Olson (R–TX) to create a federal advisory commission to study artificial intelligence issues. Comprised of members from federal agencies, industry, academia and labor organizations, the commission would advise the government on how to regulate and prepare for advancements in AI.

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December 11, 2017

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angles County) issued the following statement in response to Vermont Governor Phil Scott's argument that climate change, and devastating outcomes like wildfires, could be economically beneficial.

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December 8, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Department of Veterans Affairs reversed its decision to change the funding scheme for programs that benefit homeless veterans. This reversal comes after Rep.

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December 5, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Today, Reps. Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Mark Takano (D-CA) released a video called The Holidays with House Republicans, which demonstrates how the House GOP tax bill is a gift to corporations but not the ordinary person.

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December 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (D-Virgin Islands) led a group of 78 Members calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to invest in resilient energy infrastructure during Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The Members urged FEMA to invest in renewable energy technology in hard hit areas like Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, where outdated electrical grids have hindered expedited rebuilding efforts.

In the letter, the Members write:

December 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) announced that applications for the 33rd Congressional District’s inaugural Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will be accepted through Dec. 15. Students will have a chance to meet with a diverse group of peers from their community to discuss issues of importance and consider ways of getting involved locally. The YAC will work directly with staff in Rep. Lieu’s office to collaborate on key issues for young people in California’s 33rd district.

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December 4, 2017

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement ahead of this week’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on U.S. counter-terrorism efforts in Africa.