December 31, 2016
Press Release


Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) shared the following information, recapping the legislative accomplishments during his freshman term. During the 114th Congress, language from seven pieces of legislation sponsored by Congressman Lieu was signed into law.

Revitalizing the West LA VA and Supporting Homeless Veterans

"One of my top priorities in Congress has been to provide my fellow veterans with the care and support they have earned and deserve. Following a settlement between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Veterans advocates in January 2015, we set to work with the VA, Veterans, and community stakeholders to develop a Master Plan to revitalize the West LA VA and better serve our Veterans. With a broadly-supported plan in place, Sen. Feinstein and I passed legislation (H.R. 3484) to authorize the VA to enter into public-private agreements to develop nearly 2,000 units of permanent supportive and temporary housing for traumatized, disabled, and homeless Veterans. We also passed two bills (H.R. 1543 and H.R. 4334) to retrofit vacant buildings on the campus and another (H.R. 2934) to reauthorize the VA’s Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, which has proven critical in driving the VA’s work to address Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles and nationally."

Protecting Patients from Antibiotic-Resistant “Superbugs”

"In response to a surge in superbug infections and deaths occurring at hospitals across the country, including at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center, I used my seat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to place the government’s spotlight on the issue.  Following a thorough investigation to understand how tainted medical devices were causing the outbreaks, I persuaded my colleagues to join me in passing the Preventing Superbugs and Protecting Patients Act (H.R. 4966). The new law requires that cleaning instructions for medical devices are scientifically proven to work and provides the U.S. Food and Drug Administration with additional authority to limit outbreaks caused by contaminated medical scopes." 

Combating Foreign Disinformation Campaigns​

"From Russia’s fake news operation to influence the U.S. elections process to ISIS’ social media efforts to recruit foreign fighters, foreign actors are regularly using disinformation and propaganda campaigns around the globe to undermine democracy and wreak havoc. It is clear that our country needs a whole-of-government approach to develop coordinated strategies to get the truth out. My bipartisan legislation with Rep. Kinzinger, the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 (H.R. 5181), increases the authority and resources of the State Department’s Global Engagement Center to lead the government’s efforts and establishes a fund to leverage expertise outside of government by training local journalists and empowering NGO’s."

Rebooting a Key Economic Indicator

"Since the end of World War II, the Department of Commerce’s Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) has been a closely-watched economic indicator used to produce timely data on business financial conditions that is widely used by the government and private sector alike.  Good decisions require good information, and the expiration of the QFR left our country momentarily shorthanded. Working with the House Majority, I quickly passed legislation (H.R. 3116) to reboot this key economic indicator and ensure we have the tools to measure our nation’s economy."