Press Releases

February 26, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Presses DHS Secretary on Dangers of “Remain in Mexico” Policy
During a House Appropriations Committee Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing, Rep. Pete Aguilar questioned Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf about the Trump Administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) policy, otherwise known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy. Recent reports from organizations like Human Rights First and Doctors Without Borders show that MPP subjects refugees and asylum seekers to dangerous conditions as they wait in Mexico to have their asylum cases processed. As a result, these migrants face violent crimes such as rape, murder and kidnapping at alarming rates.
February 11, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $10 Million for San Bernardino County Homeless Programs
Rep. Aguilar announced that San Bernardino County will receive $9,991,391 in federal funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program. The CoC Program is a federal initiative to end homelessness by empowering communities to provide housing resources and address root causes of homelessness. The latest round of CoC grants provided funding for 19 programs within San Bernardino County, including programs to help provide housing for homeless veterans, homeless families with children, and county residents living with HIV/AIDS.
February 4, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Issues Statement in Response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address
Rep. Aguilar issued a statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.
January 31, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey as 2020 State of the Union Guest
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that San Bernardino County Fire Chief Dan Munsey will be his guest at President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 4, 2020. After a year of devastating wildfires throughout California, Chief Munsey’s attendance at the State of the Union address will serve as a reminder of the continued need for federal resources in the state.
January 29, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces Congressional App Challenge Winner
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Redlands High School student Varun Srivastava is the winner of the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for California’s 31st Congressional District. Varun’s app, We Will, educates users about the connection between human activity and climate change and helps users monitor and reduce their own carbon footprint.
January 22, 2020 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $525,000 for Inland Empire First-time Homebuyers Program
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (NPHS), a Rancho Cucamonga-based non-profit, received a federal grant of $525,000 from the US Department of the Treasury. The new funding will allow NPHS to provide down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers across the Inland Empire with low-to-moderate incomes. Through its Opportunity Down Payment Assistance Program, NPHS will provide up to $25,000 per household to assist eligible first-time homebuyers in purchasing a home. The funding for this grant comes from the Treasury Department’s Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) fund. In 2019, Rep. Aguilar used his position on the House Appropriations Committee to successfully increase funding for the CDFI program.
December 27, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar Issues End of Year Report to Constituents
Rep. Aguilar issued a report to residents of California’s 31st Congressional District to review his work on behalf of Inland Empire families in 2019.
December 21, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar Secures Federal Funding for Inland Empire Priorities in 2020
President Trump signed into law H.R. 1865 and H.R. 1158, two legislative packages to provide government funding for fiscal year (FY) 2020. The funding bills included two key provisions offered by Rep. Pete Aguilar.
December 18, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar Issues Statement Ahead of House Impeachment Vote
Rep. Pete Aguilar issued the following statement ahead of the House of Representatives’ vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: “There are few decisions Congress can make that are more solemn than whether or not to impeach a president. The fact is that President Trump attempted to use the power of his office to coerce a foreign government to interfere in an American election. The president then used the power of his office to obstruct a Congressional investigation into his wrongdoing. In light of these facts, and after consultation with members of my community, I will vote in support of both articles of impeachment against the president. I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States, and that’s what I intend to do with this vote. No one is above the law.”
December 17, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar’s Key Defense Provisions Head to President’s Desk
The Senate passed S. 1790, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020 after the bill was passed with bipartisan support in the House on December 11, 2019. In addition to authorizing military and defense spending for the upcoming fiscal year, this year’s NDAA establishes a twelve-week paid family leave policy for federal employees and provides a much-needed pay raise for military personnel. The bill also includes seven key provisions authored by Rep. Pete Aguilar. Aguilar’s amendments to the NDAA were first adopted in July 2019, when the House originally passed the bill. The NDAA also includes a provision to protect jobs from downsizing at March Air Reserve Base as a result of an amendment cosponsored by Rep. Aguilar. Of the seven amendments he offered, all were approved by the Senate and included in the final version of the bill, which will soon be signed into law by the president. Aguilar’s primary contributions to the new law include: