Congressman Pete Aguilar

Representing the 31st District of California


Latest News

November 19, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Senate passed his bill to name the United States Post Office located at 390 West 5th Street in San Bernardino after Jack H. Brown, the late Inland Empire philanthropist and community leader who served as Executive Chairman of Stater Bros. Markets. Aguilar introduced the bill in the House of Representatives last year to honor Jack Brown’s memory after he passed away in 2016. The bill passed the House earlier this year.
October 2, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the US Department of the Treasury awarded Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, Inc. in Rancho Cucamonga $500,000 and AmPac Tri-State CDC, Inc. in Grand Terrace $141,000 through the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund). The funding will assist the Inland Empire nonprofits in their mission to provide access to loans, down-payment assistance and home-improvement loans to first-time homebuyers throughout the region, as well as working capital and start-up capital for growing small businesses.
September 25, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $749,869 for the Community College Cyber Pilot Program (C3P) at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). The funding will allow CSUSB to develop a pilot program in which faculty will mentor thirty students from five community colleges to help them find federal jobs in cyber security. The purpose of the program is to increase the level of diversity among students enrolled in cyber security programs and allow members of underrepresented communities to engage in the field.
September 13, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced a federal grant of $474,422 for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Fire Department. The grant will allow San Manuel to hire three new firefighters over a three-year period and was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program. The grant award will partially fund these positions over a three year period, with the Tribe covering the remainder with matching funds. In addition to providing emergency services to protect tribal citizens and property, the San Manuel Fire Department plays a critical role in firefighting in the region. The Department has deployed to assist with six California wildfires, including the Mendocino-Complex Fire, during the 2018 fire season.
September 5, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $355,148 in federal funding for the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District (SBCFPD). The funding, which will be used to provide hazardous materials training for San Bernardino County firefighters, comes from the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Fire Prevention Operations and Safety Program.
September 4, 2018 Press Release

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that his office will participate in the Congressional App Challenge (CAC). The CAC is an annual competition open to middle and high school students throughout the country. Students create original software applications, or “apps,” to compete against other students in their respective Congressional Districts.

August 28, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Aguilar announced over $5.8 million in federal funding for SAC Health System (SACHS) as part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program. The funding will help SACHS continue its medical residency program, allowing residents to train in a community-based health care setting in the Inland Empire. There are currently 37 medical residents completing their residencies through SACHS, including 17 in family medicine, 12 in pediatrics, and 8 in psychiatrics.
August 15, 2018 Press Release
On Monday, Rep. Pete Aguilar’s bill to connect students of color with the Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Scholarship Program, the OPPORTUNITY Act, was signed into law by President Trump as part of H.R. 5515, the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The new law will help students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) access the Cyber Scholarship Program.
August 1, 2018 Press Release
Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar introduced H.R. 6579, the Recent Graduates in Start-Ups and Innovation Act. The bill would create a program to allow a no-interest deferment of federal student loans for recent college graduates who open a small business or innovative start-up in a designated Opportunity Zone. Designed to spur economic growth in areas where businesses have traditionally struggled, the Opportunity Zone program attracts investors by allowing them to delay paying taxes on profits made from investments in businesses within Opportunity Zones.
July 25, 2018 Press Release
The House Appropriations Committee passed two amendments offered by Rep. Pete Aguilar to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The amendments prohibit the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from deporting, detaining or initiating removal proceedings for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The first amendment prohibits DHS from deporting DACA recipients who have served or are currently serving in the US Military, the second prohibits the deportation of DACA recipients more broadly, so long as they are in good standing and still meet all the requirements of eligibility for the DACA program.


In The News

July 26, 2018 In The News

After an effort led by Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA), the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved an amendment to protect DACA program recipients who are active-duty military or veterans from deportation.

July 17, 2018 In The News

A bill to rename the downtown San Bernardino post office after the late Jack Brown passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote Monday, July 16, clearing its path to the U.S. Senate.

May 4, 2018 In The News

A pair of Inland Empire nonprofits received a combined $635,000 in grants to help finance down-payment assistance for new homeowners and other services.

“The biggest barrier to homeownership is that down payment money,” said Dawn Lee, executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire.

April 3, 2018 In The News

He started by serving food last year at Mitla Cafe in San Bernardino.

February 17, 2018 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar joined his colleague Rep. Jeff Denham to author an op-ed about the importance of passing the USA Act, their bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers and gain operational control of the southern border.
February 2, 2018 In The News
Rep. Aguilar worked as a clerk at the A.K. Smiley Library in Redlands; the latest stop on his Job for a Day tour of the Inland Empire.
November 9, 2017 In The News

Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an op-ed for the Inland Empire Community News to highlight the need for Congress to pass the Dream Act, bipartisan legislation that establishes an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers who serve in the military, earn a college degree, or work for at least three years.

August 16, 2017 In The News

Rep. Aguilar visited Burrtec Waste Industries in Fontana to sort and process recyclable materials as part of his "Job for a Day" tour of the Inland Empire. He also announced his Inland Empire Jobs Fair, to be held in San Bernardino on August 25th. The Fontana Herald News has the full story. 

August 2, 2017 In The News

Rep. Aguilar re-introduced his bill, the Grace Period Alleviation (GPA) Act, which helps recent graduates reduce and manage their federal student loan debt. Rep. Aguilar previously introduced the bill in the 114th Congress. The Highland Community News has the full story. 

July 23, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) has been awarded $69,651 from the Department of Education through the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) Grant Program. Rep. Aguilar authored a letter of support for the federal grant on behalf of the school district in June to help North Park Elementary recover from the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of Karen Smith and Jonathan Martinez, a teacher and eight-year-old student at the San Bernardino school. The Press-Enterprise has the full story.


Photo Galleries


June 27, 2017 Video
Rep. Pete Aguilar spoke on the House floor on behalf of Rep. Paul Cook's (R-Apple Valley) bill, the Santa Ana Wash Plan Exchange Act, which trades two parcels of land. The land exchange will support economic growth for two mining companies and allows for additional environmental conservation efforts in the area. Rep. Aguilar was an original cosponsor of the bill and has been heavily involved in the land exchange since his days as the Mayor of Redlands.
March 17, 2017 Video
Rep. Pete Aguilar spoke on the House floor in opposition to House Republicans' health care bill that will force middle-class families to pay more for less coverage.
February 10, 2017 Video
Rep. Aguilar spoke with CNN's Chris Cuomo about President Trump's continued inaccurate use of the San Bernardino terror attack to justify his Muslim ban.