News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

As you may know, March marks Women's History Month, which is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the incredible contributions women have made to our country. Women deserve acclaim for contributions to the fabric of America - as mothers and daughters, teachers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and political leaders. Many women have made sacrifices in the name of equality and have expanded opportunities for the generations that follow them.

These trailblazers have courageously pushed the envelope of progress, but it is clear that there is still more work to be done. As your representative, I never forget my commitment to bettering the lives of the working women and men in our community. I continue to promote legislation that would level the playing field, including supporting paid family leave. The United States is one of the few developed countries without a national paid family leave program. I also believe that Americans should get equal pay for equal work regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or religion.

Women also make up two-thirds of family caregivers, which is one reason why I introduced legislation that would ease the financial burden associated with caregiving. I also continue to fight for my bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would encourage early assessment and diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, which disproportionately affects women. Additionally, all employees deserve to work in an environment free of discrimination and hostility, which is why I am committed to supporting policy changes that foster safer workplaces and protect victims of sexual harassment.

Lastly, despite the seeming decline in political civility coming from Washington, please know that I am always ready to work across the aisle to advance policies where our community stands to benefit.

Sincerely,

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Washington Update 

Strengthening Benefits for Widows and Widowers

On average, women earn 79 cents on the dollar when compared to their male counterparts, meaning they are entitled to less Social Security benefits in retirement. The risk of losing a spouse is heartbreaking, but it can also mean financial ruin for many wives who outlive their husbands. According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, elderly persons need 79 percent of the income received when both partners were alive to maintain their standard of living, yet a widow usually experiences a 33 to 50 percent reduction in Social Security benefits after the death of her spouse even while receiving survivor’s benefits. That is why I have introduced the Protecting Our Widows and Widowers in Retirement (POWR) Act. The POWR Act would strengthen Social Security survivor’s benefits and help widows and widowers live out their lives in dignity.

Calling for an End to Gun Violence

Highlights from the District

In honor of Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss' birthday), Steven from my District Office in Norwalk visited McKibben Elementary School in South Whittier and read to a classroom of students. Reading is such an important skill to develop, as it opens up countless opportunities for students. I also strongly believe that in order for students to reach their full potential, schools must be properly funded, students must feel safe, and counselors must be available on an individual basis. That is why I continue to advocate for legislation to make these goals a reality.

 

Please join me for

Understanding Medicare

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

A representative from the Center for Health Care Rights will be there to discuss Medicare and Medi-Cal enrollment options, steps to enroll in different plans, as well as changes in health care that affect those enrolled in Medicare.

 

Please also join me for

Paws & Chat

Saturday, April 7, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Home Run Dog Park
20357 Studebaker Rd.
Lakewood, CA 90713

One of my favorite things about returning to California is taking my two Miniature Schnauzers, Brooklyn and Scully, out for walks. I hope you will bring your four-legged friend(s) with you and join me to talk about issues that matter to you. While Home Run Dog Park is a great space for dogs to run around, do not forget to bring a lawn chair if you would like somewhere to sit.

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Montebello Community Office Hours
Potrero Heights Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Dr
Montebello, CA 90640

Thursday, April 5, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Lakewood Community Office Hours
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave
Lakewood, CA 90712
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
 










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I am always available to help you with any federal matter. Please contact me if you need help with a federal issue, such as Medicare or federal agencies including the Social Security Administration or the Department of Veterans Affairs, would like to order a flag, are requesting tours and tickets for a visit to Washington, DC, or are considering applying to a military academy.

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