Congressman Pete Aguilar

Representing the 31st District of California

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October 17, 2017 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar held a town hall meeting in Redlands to discuss issues affecting Inland Empire families. This town hall was the latest in a series of events designed to allow Rep. Aguilar to connect directly with members of the community. So far this year, Rep. Aguilar has held two constituent town halls, resource fairs for local veterans and seniors, and an Inland Empire jobs fair.
October 10, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Elf Zone, Inc., a Loma Linda based health care start-up, has received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant in the amount of $299,999 from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The SBIR program allows small businesses to compete for federal funding, and is intended to spur innovation through research and development. The grant money will be used to develop an experimental therapy to treat a rare and deadly form of leukemia which disproportionately affects Hispanic children.
October 6, 2017 Press Release
This week, Rep. Pete Aguilar introduced H.R. 3974, the Justifiable and Efficient Transportation Substitutes (JETS) Act. This bill prohibits most cabinet officials from using taxpayer money for official travel on private planes until a system is developed to provide the necessary oversight and accountability for private air travel. The bill also includes a public disclosure provision, allowing the American public to track exactly how their tax dollars are being spent. The bill was introduced in the wake of revelations that Trump Administration officials have been regularly misusing taxpayer money to charter private flights, including for nonofficial business.
September 25, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar, announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded $437,487 to the Redlands Fire Department as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The department will use the funds to purchase 64 new Self Contained Breathing Apparatuses (SCBA), enough to outfit the entire department and replace existing SCBA equipment that is over 15 years old. The funding will also cover training costs so that the department can repair and maintain the equipment internally.
September 22, 2017 Press Release
On Thursday, Rep. Pete Aguilar hosted a “Dreamers Demand Answers” event at San Bernardino Valley College. The event provided young immigrants and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients a chance to voice their concerns and ask questions following President Trump’s decision to end the DACA program. Rep. Aguilar also provided the group with an update on the Dream Act of 2017, a bipartisan bill which would establish a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers who meet certain requirements.
September 20, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Knowledge and Education for Your Success, Inc. (KEYS), a nonprofit organization affiliated with the San Bernardino Housing Authority, received $625,325 in renewal funding for the fifth consecutive year from the Department of Veterans Affairs through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. The program aims to provide services to low-income veterans and their families who are living in, or transitioning to, permanent housing.
September 18, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has been selected to receive a $304,348 grant from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. The grant will be used to purchase a mobile Class B fire simulator, allowing the department to provide critical training for firefighters throughout San Bernardino County. The simulator will replace an older stationary model at the Richard Sewell Regional Training Center in San Bernardino.
September 15, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar made the following statement to commemorate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated each year from the 15th of September until the 15th of October.
September 8, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar and California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) announced that two students attending CSUSB have been selected to receive scholarships as part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP). The scholarships were made possible by Rep. Aguilar’s amendment to H.R. 1301, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which was signed into law earlier this year and appropriated $5 million for the program, after years of DoD underfunding and attempts to phase out the program.
September 7, 2017 Press Release

 

Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar delivered a speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives in which he called on Congressional leadership to allow for a vote on H.R. 3440, the Dream Act of 2017, a bipartisan measure that would establish a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.  

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In The News

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.
July 21, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an op-ed for the Redlands Daily Facts, the San Bernardino Sun and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, discussing the critical need to improve health care services for veterans, and the common goal of both Democrats and Republicans to help veterans get the assistance they deserve and need to live healthy lives.
July 19, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) will receive $1.7 million in federal funding from the National Security Agency (NSA) for CSUSB’s NICE Challenge Project, which helps teach students cybersecurity skills while assessing their workforce readiness through virtualized real-world scenarios. Highland Community News has the story.
July 17, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Department of Homeland Security awarded San Bernardino County $1.3 million in federal funds to be used to improve the region’s ability to prepare for, prevent and respond to potential terrorist attacks. The funding comes after more than 18 months of Rep. Aguilar advocating for the region to receive the funds and calling on the federal government to allocate additional federal dollars to the Inland Empire community, which is still recovering from the horrific terror attack at the Inland Regional Center on December 2, 2015 that killed 14 and seriously injured 22. The funding will be dispersed through the Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA). Jeff Horseman with the Press-Enterprise has the full story.
July 17, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar introduced the On-the-Job Training Tax Credit of 2017, which creates a temporary tax credit for employers to help pay for training new hires. The bill will help close the “skills gap” that exists between the labor force and the skills employers require.The Fontana Herald News has the story.
July 14, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar passed a critical amendment that was added to the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee appropriations bill, which would allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, also called Dreamers, to be eligible for federal employment. Highland Community News has the story.
July 7, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar continued his “Job For a Day” tour at Gerrards Market in Redlands where he bagged groceries for customers. This was Rep. Aguilar’s third stop on his tour, which he kicked off in April at Mitla Café in San Bernardino. Alejandra Molina with the Redlands Daily Facts has the full story.
June 30, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced the introduction of H.R. 2979, a bill to name the United States Post Office located at 390 West 5th Street in San Bernardino after Jack H. Brown. The post office would be designated the “Jack H. Brown Post Office Building” in honor of Jack H. Brown, the late Executive Chairman of the regional grocery chain Stater Bros. Markets and an impassioned Inland Empire philanthropist. Ryan Hagen with the San Bernardino Sun has the story.

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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.

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