May 01, 2021

Weekly Wrap-Up

Week 17 (April 26)

This week, President Joe Biden spoke before a joint session of Congress to discuss his Administration’s first 100 days and outline his plans to reinvest in the United States. At his first appearance before Congress, President Biden outlined a bold plan to invest $6 trillion in the American people, creating good jobs for middle-class families. 

The House was out of sessions, and Members participated in a Committee Work Week. Congressman Correa joined the House Homeland Security Committee for a hearing examining the United States’ moral and legal responsibilities to migrant children who arrive at our southern border. He also participated in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the barriers legal immigrants face when attempting to immigrate to the United States.

Additionally, Congressman Correa reintroduced three bills—the VA Medicinal Cannabis Act, the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act, and the HOPR Act. All three bills were introduced with Republican co-sponsors. Bipartisan versions of the VA Medicinal Cannabis Act and the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act were also introduced in the Senate.

The Weekly Rundown

Congressman Correa joined OCEA to talk about the American Rescue Plan and how it helps Orange County. 

Representatives of the Rancho Santiago Community College District joined Congressman Correa to discuss efforts to expand access to digital technology for underserved communities in Orange County. 

The Orange Chamber of Commerce welcomed Congressman Correa to discuss how the American Rescue Plan helps small businesses at their weekly Eggs and Issues breakfast.

On Tuesday, Congressman Lou Correa cheered the announcement of a $310 million proposal to assist struggling Northern Triangle countries and address the root causes of migration from Central America.

Congressman Correa joined his colleagues on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security for a hearing on the United States’ moral and legal obligations to migrant children.

Congressman Correa thanks President Biden for expanding summer nutrition assistance programs to ensure children stay healthy and fed outside the classroom. 

Congressman Correa announced that beginning May 4, the Small Business Administration will begin issuing grants to restaurants due to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Local businesses are encouraged to apply here.

The Congressman joined the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce to discuss the American Rescue Plan and COVID-19 recovery efforts for local small businesses. 

The Turkish Business Council joined Congressman Correa to discuss investments Turkish businesses are making in Orange County. 

Congressman Correa joined his colleagues in the Little Saigon Caucus to commemorate Black April and the Fall of Saigon. 

With much anticipation, Congressman Correa introduced his VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act. This bipartisan and bicameral legislation will help find opioid alternatives for veterans and has the support of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees.

To help students experiencing mental health issues, Congressman Correa introduced the Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act. This legislation takes steps to connect students with emergency mental health services.

On Friday, Congressman Correa spoke at the National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference about his VA Medicinal Cannabis Research Act and what Congress is doing to help patients and doctors access medical cannabis.

To help small businesses and protect our national security, Congressman Lou Correa introduced the HOPR Act — bipartisan legislation that ensures the Department of Homeland Security buys American. 

Correa Coast to Coast 

Congressman Correa and his staff are hard at work for the committee. Here’s what his team is getting done for Orange County!

The local chapter of the climate change activist organization, Sunrise Movement, met with representatives of Congressman Correa’s office to discuss how Congress can take productive steps to address climate change.

Members of Congressman Correa’s staff met with local progressive activists about issues important to the community. 

Grant News! The Coalition of Orange County Community Clinics received $130,000 from American Rescue Plan Act funding for Health Center Controlled Networks.

OC Labor Federation co-hosted a vaccine event with m embers of Congressman Correa’s staff at the Labor Federation office in Orange.

Representatives of Congressman Correa’s staff worked with the City of Santa Ana and Edwards Life sciences and Behavioral Health Services to discuss vaccination clinic partnerships.  

In commemoration of the 46th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, Congressman Correa’s staff joined local Black April events.

This Week’s Votes

Congress is out of session this week. Congress is back in session on May 11. 

Catch Us In The News

MM | Congressman Lou Correa introduces cannabis legislation to help end the opioid crisis.

OC Register | On the 46th Anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, Rep. Lou Correa mourns with his community.

CCL | Congressman Correa leads the way on carbon pricing.

The Well | Congressman Correa was named chairman of Task Force on Jobs and Economic Growth.

What We’re Reading

OC Register | Disneyland is back!

LA Times | The 2020 Census results are in. Here’s how it affects California.

Politico | President Joe Biden outlines his vision for America.

Looking Ahead

Next week is a Committee Work Week in Washington D.C. Congressman Correa will chairing his Oversight and Management Homeland Security Subcommittee to examine what factors push migrates to our southern border. He will also join the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing to examine the U.S. Copyright Office. 

More next week. Stay tuned!