News from Representative Sánchez

   

Dear Friend,

Exercising the right to vote is one of the most fundamental rights in our democracy. It is also one of the most hard-won, as women and people of color fought tirelessly and sacrificed greatly to access this right.

Throughout our country's history, some have tried to limit access to the polls by conditioning the right to vote on various discriminatory requirements. Despite the progress that has been made to give more Americans a voice in our democracy, states and localities across the country have recently passed sweeping laws that disproportionately suppress the voting rights of minorities. This has been a direct result of the Supreme Court's 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted core protections from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).

Every eligible voter should be able to participate in our democracy without having to face unnecessary barriers. That is why I am fighting to protect every American’s access to the polls and standing against arbitrary laws that make it more difficult for citizens to exercise this right. In Congress, I continue to support the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which restores critical measures in the VRA and strengthens voter protections for minorities.

Without restoring many of these protections, our democracy and our country cannot continue to grow and progress. I am a firm believer that when more people participate in the civic process, our elected officials better reflect the diversity of our country.

Please know that I will never stop fighting to ensure equal access to the polls, and full participation in our American democracy. 

Sincerely,

Linda T. Sánchez
Member of Congress

Washington Update

Strengthening and Expanding Social Security

Many retired Americans rely almost exclusively on Social Security for their retirement income, and this earned benefit does not adequately keep up with the rising costs they face. Although the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of 2.8 percent for 2019 represents the largest increase since 2012, there is still more that should be done to improve on Social Security's promise. That is why I recently introduced the Strengthening Social Security Act, which would change the formula used to calculate COLA adjustments to the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). Using this more accurate reflection of the inflation affecting today's seniors will enhance the lives of millions of Americans. I also joined the recently formed Expand Social Security Caucus because I recognize that our seniors deserve a raise and I am committed to working with my colleagues to preserve this program for years to come.

Highlights from the District

 

Recently, I held an Understanding Medicare event with the Center for Health Care Rights to provide some useful information as we begin the period for Medicare open enrollment. Thank you to everyone who took time our their busy day to learn more about the different enrollment options and to discuss how policies at the federal level are impacting our community. Remember that Medicare open enrollment runs from October 15 to December 7. If you or a loved one has Medicare, now is the time to compare the quality of available health and drug plan options and decide if you want to select a new plan for the coming year.

Flu Season is Here

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health offers flu vaccines at no charge to people who do not have health insurance or whose healthcare provider does not offer flu vaccines. The following clinics are taking place in our community, so bring a friend with you and do your part to help prevent the spread of the flu.

Sunday, October 21, 2018        Thursday, October 25, 2018 
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.        9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Holy Family Catholic Church
18708 Clarkdale Ave.
Artesia, CA 90701
 
   
Norwalk Senior Center
14040 San Antonio Dr.
Norwalk, CA 90650

 Please join me for my
 Emerging Career Pathways Expo
  
 Wednesday, November 7, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
 Artesia High School
12108 Del Amo Blvd.
Lakewood, CA 90715

Even as technology and automation continue to change the landscape of the U.S. workforce, career and technical education remain vital to ensuring our economy remains strong and vibrant. That is why I hope you will encourage your children to come learn more about some of the exciting and unique career opportunities that require more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree.

Working professionals as well as representatives from our local community colleges, trade unions, and apprenticeship programs will be available to answer questions about careers in fields such as: aviation, construction, health sciences, and automobile technology. For more information, please visit my website.

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Montebello Community Office Hours
Potrero Heights Park Community & Senior Center
8015 Arroyo Dr.
Montebello, CA 90640
Thursday, November 1, 2018
10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Ave.
Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M.

Lakewood Community Office Hours
Weingart Senior Center
5220 Olivia Ave.
Lakewood, CA 90712
Thursday, November 8, 2018
9:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.
La Mirada Community Office Hours
La Mirada Activity Center
13810 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Wednesday, November 14, 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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