News from Representative Sánchez


Dear Friend,

My highest priority in Congress is helping the hard-working families of our community get ahead. What many don't realize is that roughly a third of us will someday be asked to provide unpaid care to an adult we know. Whether it's an elderly parent, friend or partner with a serious illness, or child with a developmental disability, family caregivers experience a range of challenges. Nothing in life prepares us for the emotional toil of caring and supporting a loved one with a debilitating condition, while also working a full or part-time job.

Since my father Alzheimer’s diagnosis several year ago, I have dealt firsthand with the difficult reality of seeing one of the strongest people in my life deteriorate and require daily caregiving. At first, my mother took on the daily responsibility of caring for him, while my siblings and I pitched in to help her shoulder this burden. We all made sacrifices to help him live a normal life, as his memories faded and routines became increasingly difficult. Eventually, the care he needed surpassed what we could provide, and we had to find help.

While my family’s story is hardly unique, I have been extraordinarily lucky to share this journey with my six siblings. Women comprise two-thirds of caregivers, and far too many caregivers do not have siblings to lean on. Even those that do may not be able to afford the high cost of assistance that can eventually become necessary, as well as the time commitment to what can amount to a second part-time job. That is why I am working to put home health care and other assistance within reach for every working family. I am fighting to pass my bipartisan legislation that would provide family caregivers a tax credit up to $3,000 to assist with out-of-pocket expenses related to caregiving.

Recently, I also joined several of my colleagues to introduce legislation which would relieve some of the burden on caregivers and accelerate progress for early detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. As America's population above the age of 65 continues to grow in the coming years, many families will face the difficult decision to undertake caregiving, and our policies should compassionately reflect this.

Caregiving is perhaps the most profound expression that a loved one can make. My mother was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and my siblings and I are relieved to know that we can depend on each other to provide her with care she needs. We owe it to all caregivers to let them know that they are not alone. 


Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Update from Washington

Fighting to Prevent Another Mass Shooting

As a mother, I want to know that my son is safe when he goes to school. I was shocked and saddened by the recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, entered the school and proceeded to kill 17 of his former classmates. In the week following this tragedy, several students in our district were arrested for making violent threats against their classmates. It's clear that we need common sense gun control legislation in conjunction with proper mental health support to prevent these tragedies from happening. That is why I support a ban semi-automatic assault weapons, as well as legislation to close the Charleston Loophole, which allows sellers to complete a fire arm sale if the National Instant Criminal Background Check System does not come back within three days. Recently, I also joined my colleagues in calling for a joint select committee on gun violence prevention to explore the causes of mass shooting and the implementation of effective gun violence prevention laws. No person should be able to walk into a school, possessing a weapon that makes indiscriminately killing human beings easier. Our thoughts and prayers are not enough. We need to act.

Improving Care for Alzheimer's Patients and Their Family Caregivers

Millions of American families, including my own, know all too well the devastating toll that Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias can take. We expect many more families to be touched by the disease in the decades to come, as nearly 16 million Americans will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s by 2050. That is why I recently introduced the Concentrating on High-Value Alzheimer’s Needs to Get to an End (CHANGE) Act. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation encourages early assessment and diagnosis of Alzheimer's, and relieves some of the burden on family caregivers by offering them training and certifications specific to dementia care.

Recognizing the Importance of School Counselors


School counselors provide vital support and guidance for millions of students, helping them on their path to educational and career success. To honor the hard work of school counselors across the country, I introduced H. Res 723, designating the week of February 5-9, 2018, as "National School Counseling Week."

In addition to introducing this resolution, I also recognized Dana Zapanta for her tireless work as a counselor at Artesia High School. As a twelve year counseling veteran, Dana's unwavering commitment to her students is in part responsible for the Pioneers' nearly 99 percent graduation rate.

Important contributions from counselors like Dana bolster the next generation, but many times counseling positions aren't protected when local budgets are cut. The current counselor-to-student ratio in America's schools is 482 to 1, which is nearly double the recommended 250 to 1 ratio. The need is even greater in California with a ratio of one counselor for every 760 students.

This Congress, I also reintroduced the Put School Counselors Where They're Needed Act. I am fighting for this legislation because we should be arming our schools with school counselors, rather than arming our teachers with guns.

Protecting Immigrants through Oversight

Earlier this month, the Senate failed to advance any bipartisan solution to the dilemma facing hundreds of thousands of Dreamers throughout our country. Republican leadership in the House of Representatives also refuses to allow a vote on any of the bipartisan proposals that would grant DACA recipients the opportunity to fully and permanently incorporate themselves into American society. While recent court decisions have allowed DACA recipients to renew their status, potentially new DACA recipients are not able to apply, nor are recipients able to travel outside the country. Additionally, I continue to keep a close eye on any potential actions the Trump Administration may take that would harm immigrant families. Recently, I joined with colleagues to urge Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at the Department of Homeland Security not to restrict dependent spouses of H-1B workers from being able to obtain employment authorization. Taking this harmful action would be against American values.

Highlights from the District

Congressional Art Competition

I am excited to announce and invite high school students from California's 38th Congressional District to participate in the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. This is a unique opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent in in our community. Interested students may submit a work of art to be reviewed by a panel of local artists. Students can create a piece specifically for this competition or submit a previously crafted work of art, as long as it complies with the competition's rules and regulations.

The winning student will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the national 2018 Congressional Art Competition ceremony with winning students from across the country. The student will also receive a scholarship and have his or her work displayed at the U.S. Capitol for one year. Several additional scholarships will be awarded to students with outstanding art submissions.

Students interested in submitting their artwork must be a resident of the 38th Congressional District of California. Artwork must be finished and submitted to my district office in Norwalk by Wednesday, April 11th no later than 5:00 PM. Please do not hesitate to contact me through my district office if you have any questions.


In 2017, the 38th Congressional District Art Competition showcased over 250 art pieces from high school students throughout our region.

This year marks my 16th annual Art Competition and I look forward to hosting the biggest competition to date!


Please join me for

Taxpayer Resource Seminars

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 Wednesday, March 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Whittier Senior Center
13225 Walnut St
Whittier, CA 90602
      Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave
Lakewood, CA 90712

A representative from the Federal Taxpayer Advocate will be there to outline some of the changes you may encounter during tax preparation this year, as well as to provide information regarding resources available to you should you have issues with your taxes.

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Montebello Community Office Hours
Potrero Heights Community Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Dr
Montebello, CA 90640
Thursday, March 1, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM 
Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Ave
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lakewood Community Office Hours
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave
Lakewood, CA 90712
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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