June 2018

June 29, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) led a letter of 51 Members calling for the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General to open an investigation regarding reports that asylum-seekers are being turned away at the U.S.-Mexico border before being referred to an asylum officer. They also expressed dismay at Trump Administration policies that could compel families to choose between pursuing legal asylum claims or being reunited and then deported.

In the letter, the Members write:

June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today denounced the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee after it voted along party lines to block the passage of H. Res. 928, their Resolution of Inquiry that would impose proper oversight of Donald Trump’s abuse of the pardon power. Following the committee hearing on the resolution, Pascrell and Lieu issued a joint statement:

June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after the Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s Muslim travel ban.  

“Today, the conservative majority of the Supreme Court just legitimized religious animus. It’s a shameful day for our country. We will remember this era as one where our President, fueled by hatred and bigotry, developed regressive policies to challenge, oppress and degrade the vibrancy of our country’s core values. History will not view this decision kindly.”

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June 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Anthony Brown (D-MD), both former Judge Advocate Generals (JAGs), sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions urging him to withdraw his request for active duty JAGs to go to the border and prosecute immigration cases. In the midst of the ongoing family separation crisis, Reps. Lieu and Brown oppose this proposal because it is unwise, inefficient and hurts our national security.

In the letter, the Members write:

June 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) recognized the accomplishments of three residents of California’s 33rd district who earned the Congressional Award Gold Medal for excellence. Established by Congress as a public-private partnership in 1979 under Public Law 96-114, the program encourages and recognizes initiative, service, and achievement in youngsters. Rep. Lieu congratulated the three winners at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. today.

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June 19, 2018

Today, House Judiciary Committee Member Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) joined Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) in leading more than 190 House Democrats in introducing the “Keep Families Together Act”, legislation that will end family separation at the U.S. border. In addition to Reps. Lieu and Nadler, original House cosponsors of the legislation include: Subcommittee on Immigration Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) and House Democratic leadership.

June 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC Congressmen Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Will Hurd (R-TX) sent a letter to the Chief Administrative Officer in the U.S. House of Representative urging him to implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) across House networks and platforms. MFA improves information security and can help reduce the House’s susceptibility to cyberattacks.

In the letter, the Members write:

June 19, 2018

WASHINGTON, DC - In commemoration of World Refugee Day, Rep. Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) will join Members of Congress, Minnesota State Rep. Ilhan Omar, refugees and faith leaders to talk about Congress’s bipartisan commitment to welcome and protect refugees. According to the UN, there are 25.4 million refugees globally but the U.S. has only admitted 14,331 as of May 31, 2018. Reps.

June 13, 2018

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after it was reported that the coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates initiated an offensive in the port city of Hodeidah. The port is a major lifeline for Yemen, as the majority of food and aid enters through Hodeidah. In 2018, Rep.

June 12, 2018

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after President Trump met with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

"I served on active duty under U.S. Pacific Command, and it was clear then what remains true today: the U.S. has no good military options against North Korea. That is why I’ve been consistent with my support of diplomatic efforts, including this Summit.

June 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representatives Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) today introduced H.Res. 928, a Resolution of Inquiry directing the President and Attorney General to transmit to the House information on the President’s use of the pardon power under Article II of the Constitution.

Upon introduction, Reps. Lieu and Pascrell issued the following joint statement:

June 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Congressman Mike Bishop (R-MI), Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) reintroduced the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications (ENCRYPT) Act. The legislation would preempt state and local government encryption laws to ensure a uniform, national policy for the interstate issue of encryption technology.

Upon introduction, Mr. Lieu writes:

June 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), both Members of the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus, rolled out the bipartisan Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act, which would phase out the use of large mesh drift gillnets off the coast of California and set a path toward more sustainable fishing in the region. The measure is the House companion to S.2773, which was introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

June 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (D-NY) called on the Georgia State Bar to open an ethics investigation into Jay Sekulow’s false statements to the media regarding his client, Donald J. Trump. Mr. Sekulow repeatedly misled the American public by denying the President’s involvement in drafting a misleading statement regarding a Trump Tower meeting between the Trump campaign and an alleged Russian informant.

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June 4, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), who is one of four computer science majors in Congress, announced the beginning of this year’s Congressional App Challenge (CAC), a competition for students in middle and high school that encourages students to learn how to code and develop computer literacy. Starting June 4, eligible students of all experience levels from CA-33 are encouraged to enter by coding and submitting their own original apps.