News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

I know that chaos seems to be the new normal in headlines coming from Washington, but I am heartened that the system of checks and balances designed by our founders continues to guard against overreach. Beyond triggering legitimate, bipartisan concern, recent troubling actions from the Trump Administration have distracted from the very urgent work that the American people sent their Members of Congress to Washington to do.

The responsibility to conduct oversight over the executive branch is one of my most solemn duties as your representative in Congress, but fulfilling that obligation will never stop me from fighting for working families like yours. No scandal or revelation changes the fact that working women and men are struggling to get ahead, both in our own community and across the country. While Congress must address the big-ticket items facing families, including a tax code stacked against them and the inaccessibility of family and medical leave for too many hardworking Americans, I am working hard to ease the numerous burdens facing families that receive less attention.

That is why I am proud to have recently secured passage of legislation I have introduced to restore the summer Pell Grant, which is vital for students who are working multiple jobs or caring for children to complete their degrees. I recently reintroduced my bipartisan Credit for Caring Act, which would provide working family caregivers with a nonrefundable tax credit up to $3,000 to assist with out-of-pocket expenses related to caregiving. I have also joined with a Republican colleague to reintroduce the bipartisan Working Families Relief Act, which would expand tax incentives for employers to provide dependent-care.

The rollercoaster news cycle might make for great reality television, but it does nothing to make life better for working families. No matter the chaos unleashed by each tidbit of “breaking news,” I will never stop fighting for meaningful progress for the hardworking men and women of our community. 

Sincerely,

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Washington Update

Restoring Summer Pell Grants

 Congress created the summer Pell Grant in 2010 to allow students, particularly those working several jobs and caring for children, to complete their degrees more quickly. Unfortunately, in 2012 the summer Pell was eliminated, making it more difficult for working men and women who do not have the luxury of attending college full-time to complete their degrees without taking on burdensome loans. My legislation, the All-Year ACCESS Act, restores year round Pell Grants for more than 8 million students, and I was pleased that my bill was included in recently-enacted legislation continuing funding for the federal government. Disbursements will once again be available for summer Pell Grants beginning this summer.

Boosting Working Parents

Currently, the Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP) allows workers to save funds in a flexible spending account to cover childcare and or supervision of an aging parent on a pre-tax basis. The Working Families Relief Act, which I have joined with a colleague to reintroduce, would lift the current annual cap that that taxpayers can currently contribute from $5,000 to $10,500 annually and index it for inflation. In addition, the Working Families Relief Act would provide tax credits to employers to encourage them to match employee contributions.

Supporting Family Caregivers

I have also reintroduced my Credit for Caring Act, which would provide a nonrefundable tax credit up to $3,000 to assist with out-of-pocket expenses related to care-giving. More than 40 million Americans provide care to aging parents or family members with special needs. Family caregivers spend an average of 20 percent of their income on expenses for providing care. Providing assistance for services such as home care and adult day care would be a meaningful relief for working families, and I am proud that the Credit for Caring Act has attracted bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.

Consumer Affairs: Family caregivers would get a tax break in bill pending in Congress

Consumer Affairs recently took a closer look at the Credit for Caring Act, which is a rare source of bipartisan agreement to assist senior citizens and working families alike. The article also examined the devastating cuts to safety net programs in the Trump Administration's budget proposal. 

Read the Article Here

Highlight from the District

One of the greatest joys of representing our community is the opportunity to meet with students and answer their questions about their government. Occasionally, I get to interact with our future leaders outside of the classroom. Recently, I joined the Pioneer High School baseball team out on the field. 

I was honored to throw the first pitch at Pioneer High School’s recent game. Go Titans!

I was also thrilled to welcome a group of bright students from Mayfair Middle School in Lakewood to the United States Capitol. All of their parents should be very proud!

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

South El Monte Community Office Hours
South El Monte Senior Center
1556 Central Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM










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