News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

Like many in our wonderful and diverse community, I am the daughter of immigrants. My mother and father emigrated from Mexico in pursuit of a better life. They worked hard every day to provide for their children. Their grit and determination paid off as they sent all seven children to college. They are also the only parents in our nation’s 265-year history to raise not one, but two daughters who have served our country in the United States Congress.

I never forget the sacrifices that they made for us, and I know so many other parents share the same story - working to pursue the American Dream and provide for their families. My highest priority as your representative in Congress is to level the playing field for the hardworking families of our community, and I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate my commitment and discuss some of the work I am doing in Washington, D.C. on your behalf. 

Instead of separating families trying to come into our country, I believe that we should address the problems with our country's immigration system. We need comprehensive reform that deals humanely with the undocumented immigrants in our country and allows those with Temporary Protected Status to remain here, while also increasing the security of our borders. I stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to debate this issue and produce a long-term solution. Currently, I am fighting for several pieces of legislation that I introduced, which would protect Dreamers from deportation and create a legal path towards citizenship for undocumented youth.

As co-chair of the Labor and Working Families Caucus, I continue fighting to ensure worker safety on the job, the right to organize, and the right to fair wages and benefits. This Congress, I introduced the Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act, a bipartisan bill that would improve energy efficiency of buildings and, in the process, create good paying jobs. I also introduced the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act to enhance training and educational opportunities for American workers through registered apprenticeships. Additionally, I recently joined my colleagues in introducing several pieces of legislation to protect hardworking Americans against anti-competitive employment practices.

Thank you for letting me share this update with you. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, I am actively involved in advocating for tax and trade policies that help ease the burden on working families. Your thoughts on how I can best do so are always appreciated.

Sincerely,

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Washington Update 

Denouncing a Partisan Farm Bill

Recently, the House passed legislation known as the “farm bill,” which includes policy governing the nation’s agriculture and nutrition programs. While the farm bill has long been a source of bipartisanship, my Republican colleagues chose to pursue a different course for the 2018 farm bill. This legislation included extremely harsh work requirements to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), more commonly known as “food stamps.” While I strongly support job training programs, the funding this bill would provide to help people find work is grossly inadequate. Three-quarters of SNAP recipients already work at least part of the year, but often have low-wage jobs with unpredictable and seasonal hours. Should they find less work than expected, this bill would cut people off of SNAP for an entire year simply for failing to meet a 20-hour-per-week work requirement in a given month. We can do far more to help low-wage workers find better paying, more stable jobs without taking away the food their families need to survive. I will continue to fight for a better farm bill should it return to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

Read the Op-Ed Here

Fighting to Keep Families Together

These past few weeks were filled with inhumane and shameful stories of thousands of children being separated from their parents at our southern border. It is not illegal to seek asylum in the United States, but the President and his Administration continue to find new ways to dehumanize families escaping violence. His recent executive order exchanges one problem for another by seeking to indefinitely jail families together. I am a proud cosponsor of H.R. 6135, the Keep Families Together Act, which seeks to prevent the separation of families. I have also joined colleagues in sending multiples requests to the Administration on this issue including asking Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen for information on how families will be reunified after this executive order and on the treatment of babies and young children in shelters. I will not cease from speaking out against these abhorrent policies.

Encouraging Greater Access to Psychological Services

As our nation ages, we need to ensure that older Americans covered by Medicare are able to access the  critical health care services they need. Especially important are psychological services, including neuropsychological and psychological assessments, which can in some cases lead to a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis can ensure patients have time to plan for the future and do what’s best for them and their families. Unfortunately, in recent years, reimbursement rates for some psychological services covered by Medicare have been cutThat’s why I led a bipartisan group of ten of my colleagues in a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, arguing against further cuts to the reimbursement rates for these vital assessments. By guarding against further cuts, we can help ensure we have the health professionals we need participating in Medicare, who can be there to facilitate continued mental and physical health and well-being among older adults. 

Highlights from the District

Baseball is America's pastime, and it also happens to be my favorite sport. Earlier this month, I stopped by Cerritos High School to visit the school's baseball team. The team was kind enough to present me with a jersey, which I wore at the Congressional Baseball Game. Each year I wear number IX to show my support Title IX, legislation that guarantees women equal opportunity in higher education and sports.

 

Please join me for my

16th Annual Senior Fair

Friday, August 10, 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm

Cerritos College Student Center
11110 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

 

I always welcome the opportunity to connect local organizations and agencies with senior citizens in our community. Senior Fair attendees will learn about how to receive assistance on issues like Medicare, Social Security, veterans programs, food assistance, and consumer protections. There will also be free health screenings available, as well as free lunches while supplies last. I hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Community Office Hours

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

Montebello Community Office Hours
Potrero Heights Park Community & Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Dr.
Montebello, CA 90640
Thursday, July 5, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 La Mirada Community Office Hours
 La Mirada Activity Center
13810 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Lakewood Community Office Hours
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
Thursday, July 12, 2018
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
 










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