Weekly Wrap Up
This week Rep. Correa was back in Washington D.C. to join President Biden as he signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and Passed the Build Back Better Act in the House.
The Congressman met with Wreaths Across America to learn about their mission to remember, honor, and teach the community about their work laying wreaths across America’s cemeteries to honor our fallen veterans.
Lastly, the Salvation Army USA also gave the Congressman their highest honor by presenting him with their certificate of appreciation for his work to alleviate poverty, homelessness and his continuous support for the organization's work in the district.
The Weekly Rundown
This week, Congressman Correa voted to pass several veterans bills, including the Student Veterans Counseling Centers Eligibility Act, which would furnish Vet Center readjustment counseling and related mental health services to veterans and members of the Armed Forces using certain educational assistance benefits; the Colonel John M. McHugh Tuition Fairness for Survivors Act, which expands in-state tuition eligibility for the families of veterans who die from service-connected disabilities; the BRAVE Act, which creates a user-friendly online system for veterans to access VA-certified registered apprenticeship programs with proven track records to ensure that all transitioning servicemembers are provided information on registered apprenticeships; lastly, the Student Veterans Counseling Centers Eligibility Act to furnish Vet Center readjustment counseling and related mental health services to veterans and members of the Armed Forces using certain educational assistance benefits.
On Tuesday, Congressman Correa’s Homeland Procurement Reform Act (HOPR) passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The legislation would help small businesses and provide the Department of Homeland Security frontline workforce with American-made uniforms and PPE. Specifically, the bill ensures that high-quality uniforms and gears are domestically sourced by requiring that at least one-third of the funds for the Department of Homeland Security’s procurement of frontline personnel uniforms and gears go toward purchasing goods manufactured by companies that qualify as a U.S. small business.
On Wednesday, Congressman Correa voted to pass a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar and formally rebuke him for posting a violent and graphic video against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Biden. The resolution stated that "depictions of violence can foment actual violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials, as witnessed in this chamber on January 6" and noted that "violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon meant to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of authority."
At the end of the week, the historic build back better Build Back Better Act passed the House, transformative legislation that invests in affordable child care and universal preschool, extends the expanded Child Tax Credit, provides for greater access to high-quality affordable health care by closing the Medicaid coverage gap and extending enhanced Affordable Care Act premium tax credits, lowers the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug pricing, and provides four weeks of paid family and medical leave. The bill also makes historic investments to combat climate change, makes housing more affordable, and provides work authorization and protection from deportation for immigrants who have been building lives in our country and contributing to their communities for over a decade. Most importantly, the bill does not raise taxes on small businesses or anyone making less than $400,000 per year.
Catch Us In The News
- Bloomberg | Congressman Correa weighed in on the immigration provisions in the Build Back Better Act passed by the House this morning. He is continuing to lead the fight for a pathway to citizenship by calling on the Senate to include it in their version.
- Yahoo News | In response to rising inflation, Rep. Correa discussed the after-effects of COVID-19 on shipping, which he says is responsible for increased demand and increased prices.
- Threatpost | After the FBI email server was hacked this week, Rep. Correa—who sits on the Oversight, Management, and Accountability Subcommittee in the Homeland Security Committee to ensure we are effectively combatting cyber-attacks and cybercriminals.
- Univision | Following the House Passage of the Infrastructure Deal Congressman Correa spoke with Univision Al Punto to highlight the job growth the plan will offer California.
What We’re Reading
- The New York Times | The House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which reforms our immigration system, expands health care, and tackles climate change. Read more about the specifics of the bill’s provisions here, as well as the challenges it faces ahead.
- The New York Times | The FDA authorized COVID vaccine booster shots for all adults. The agency is hoping an increase in booster vaccinations will help avoid a wave of breakthrough cases this winter.
- OC Register | As part of the Revive Santa Ana stimulus program, households in the most disadvantaged communities in the city will begin receiving $300 in pre-paid Visa cards next month. Read more about how the program aims to tackle poverty and provide a lifeline to the city’s most vulnerable.
Stay tuned as Congressman Correa heads back to Orange County next week.
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