News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

As Congress reconvened this month, I returned to Washington, D.C. to continue my work fighting on behalf of the hardworking men and women in our community. Unfortunately, House Republican Leaders chose to introduce the second part of their dangerous tax plan instead of addressing our critical infrastructure needs or the rising cost of health care.

This new tax legislation would further bankrupt our children and grandchildren by providing massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans. This includes permanently extending the cap on important tax provisions like the state and local tax (SALT) deduction. Over one-third of taxpayers in our community use the SALT deduction to save and plan for the future. This bill makes it harder for families to achieve the goal of home ownership, which has long been part of the American Dream.

As a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, I worked with my colleagues to offer changes that would have improved this legislation. I introduced an amendment to allow families a permanent, more generous medical expense deduction. More than one million Californians claimed this deduction in 2016, and my amendment would have provided tax relief to help the middle class pay for prescription drugs, specialist payments, or catastrophic health care costs. Unfortunately, Republicans voted down every amendment introduced, and passed the bill out of committee along party lines without holding a single hearing. 

Instead of working in a bipartisan manner to solve the problems created by the irresponsible tax law they passed last fall, my colleagues across the aisle have decided to double down on their harmful policies. The tax code is a reflection of our priorities as a country, and this plan is misguided.

While I strongly oppose this tax bill, I will continue to support efforts to provide fairness, simplicity, and certainty to taxpayers. Your thoughts on how I can best do so are always appreciated.

Sincerely,

Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Washington Update 

Closing the Gap in Childhood Nutrition

Recently, I joined my colleague, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, and representatives from the National WIC Association to tour the WIC clinic at Children's National Hospital. There, we witnessed the life-altering care they are able to provide to women, infants, and children, and also announced our new legislation to expand coverage for children. The Wise Investment in Children (WIC) Act would expand the eligibility for children to participate in Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children until the age of six. Currently, children that participate in WIC lose access to nutritious food when they turn five, but many are not eligible to enroll in kindergarten until well after their fifth birthday, and as a result do not yet have access to nutritious school meals. This bill would ensure children receive the nutritional services needed until they are actually eligible for school meals. It would also reduce burdensome paperwork for participants by allowing states to certify postpartum women and infants for two years. Children deserve a strong start and healthy life. This bill would help make sure that is a reality for many.

Highlight from the District

Thank you to Southeast Military Prep Academy and all the interested applicants, parents, and students who attended the Service Academy Forum earlier this month. Admissions officers from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marines Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy were present to provide information and answer questions about the application process. 

Please know that all applications for nominations from my office are due by October 19, 2018. For additional information about the application process, please visit my website.

Please join me for

Understanding Medicare

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 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.

If you have any additional questions about this event, please do not hesitate to call my office at (562) 860-5050 for more information.

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Montebello Community Office Hours
Potrero Heights Park Community & Senior Center
8051 Arroyo Dr.
Montebello, CA 90640
Thursday, October 4, 2018
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

 La Mirada Community Office Hours
La Mirada Activity Center
13810 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
9:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
Lakewood Community Office Hours
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
Thursday, October 11, 2018
9:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
 










Always Here to Help
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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