Press Releases

July 22, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $5 Million for San Bernardino Community Policing Initiative
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the San Bernardino Police Department (SBPD) received $5,383,549 from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program. The funding will allow the department to establish community-based teams of officers within five districts of the city with the goal of improving relationships between community members and the department.
July 21, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Amendments to Root Out White Nationalism in the Military, Enhance US Cyber Security Pass with National Defense Bill
Today, the House passed H.R. 6395 the William M. (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021.The bill includes three amendments offered by Rep. Pete Aguilar. The first requires the Department of Defense to include information on all instances of white supremacist activity found within the military in an annual report to Congress. The second creates a permanent direct-commissioning program to allow cybersecurity professionals to be commissioned as military officers following a successful pilot program established by Rep. Aguilar in 2017. The third requires the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the current state of the United States’ nuclear capabilities and threats.
July 16, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Federal Funding for San Bernardino Railroad Safety
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the San Bernardino Police Department received $80,000 from the US Department of Transportation Federal Railway Administration. The funding will allow the department to increase education and enforcement efforts around railway trespassing with the goal of reducing the high death rate associated with railway trespassing in the San Bernardino area.
July 15, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar-Hurd Amendment to Protect DACA and TPS Recipients Passes Appropriations Committee
The House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill. The bill includes an amendment, introduced by Reps. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) and Will Hurd (R-TX), that will protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and those eligible for such programs in good standing from deportation, detention, or denial of work authorization by Department of Homeland Security officials. The amendment, which had robust bipartisan support in the committee, will now be included in the final version of the bill when it is considered by the full House of Representatives.
July 10, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Provisions to Allow Dreamers to Work in Congress, Increase Staff Diversity Pass Appropriations Committee
The House Appropriations Committee passed the Fiscal Year 2021 Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill out of committee. The funding bill includes several key provisions offered by Rep. Pete Aguilar. The first would allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to be eligible for employment in Congressional offices. The second increases funding for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the third provides funding to pay congressional interns, ensuring internship opportunities are not only available to those who can afford to work in an unpaid position.
July 7, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $697,000 for San Bernardino County Fire Department
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District (SBCFPD) has received $697,072 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant-COVID-19 Supplemental (AFG-S) Program. The funding will allow the San Bernardino County Fire department to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), including respiratory protection, face masks, eye protection, and protective coveralls. The equipment will allow firefighters and first responders to continue their work safely during the coronavirus crisis.
July 6, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $3.8 Million in Coronavirus Relief Funding for San Bernardino County Preschool Services
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $3,802,601 in federal funding for the County of San Bernardino Preschool Services Department (PSD). The funding was made possible by the CARES Act, bipartisan legislation passed by Congress to provide relief and resources during the coronavirus crisis, and will allow PSD to offer summer programming to the families it serves.
July 2, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Amendments to Lower Pollution and Reduce Traffic in the Inland Empire Pass in Landmark House Transportation Bill
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 2, the Moving Forward Act, a sweeping infrastructure investment package of more than $1.5 trillion for infrastructure projects to create good-paying jobs, modernize American transportation infrastructure and address the climate crisis. Two amendments introduced by Rep. Pete Aguilar were included in the bill. The first helps make the Inland Empire more competitive in applying for federal grants to reduce emissions and fight pollution. The second establishes a Gridlock Reduction Grant Program to fund programs that would reduce traffic and congestion in regions like the Inland Empire.
June 26, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Over $53 Million for San Bernardino County Preschool Services
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the County of San Bernardino Preschool Services Department (PSD) has received $53,109,024 in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Head Start. The funding will allow PSD to continue providing high-quality early education to children throughout the county and to continue their mission of equipping families with the skills and resources they need to succeed. PSD serves nearly 6,000 families throughout the county.
June 25, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Issues Statement on Passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
Rep. Pete Aguilar issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the H.R. 7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, landmark legislation to reform policing practices throughout the country...

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