Congressman Pete Aguilar

Representing the 31st District of California

Press Releases

November 19, 2018 Press Release
Aguilar’s Bill to Honor Jack H. Brown Heads to the President for Signature
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
Aguilar Announces over $640,000 for Inland Empire Affordable Housing & Small Business Programs
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
Aguilar Announces $750,000 to Grow Cyber Pilot Program at CSUSB
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
Aguilar Announces Over $470,000 for San Manuel Fire Department
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
Aguilar Announces $355,000 for San Bernardino County Firefighters
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
Aguilar Announces Congressional App Challenge for Inland Empire Students

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
Aguilar Announces Over $5.8 Million in Federal Funding for Inland Empire Medical Residents in Primary Care
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
Aguilar’s Bill to Expand Access to DoD Cyber Scholarship Program Signed into Law
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
Aguilar Introduces Bill to Encourage Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in the Inland Empire
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
Aguilar Amendments to Protect DACA Recipients from Deportation Pass Appropriations Committee
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.