Press Releases

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:
November 14, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar Learns New Trades on Latest Job for a Day Tour Stop
Rep. Pete Aguilar took his Job for a Day tour of the Inland Empire to the Inland Empire Job Corps Center, where he spent the day learning trades with students participating in work-based learning programs. Aguilar began the day by working with students enrolled in the tile setting program, installing tile at one of the campus facilities before joining a group of culinary arts students in preparing food and ingredients at the campus kitchen.
November 5, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $720,000 to Establish New Tribal Health Program for Inland Empire
Rep. Pete Aguilar joined Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. (RSBCIHI) to announce $720,000 in federal funding to establish a services program for victims of crime. The funding will allow RSBCIHI to hire a Victim Services Project Director, a Victim Services Support Specialist and a full-time Mental Health Clinician to establish a victims’ services program within the organization. The program will help members of tribal communities within the Inland Empire area connect with necessary mental and physical health services. RSBCIHI provides high-quality health services to tribal communities throughout Riverside and San Bernardino Counties, including the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
October 23, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar Reintroduces Bill to Respond to Domestic Terror Attacks
Rep. Pete Aguilar reintroduced the Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism (REPORT) Act, a bill to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit a report to Congress after an act of terrorism occurs in the United States. The report would also require input from the US Attorney General, Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and National Counterterrorism Center, and must include recommendations for policymakers on how to prevent similar acts of terrorism from happening in the future. Aguilar proposed the bill after his hometown of San Bernardino suffered a domestic terror attack on December 2, 2015 that killed 14 and left 22 wounded. Under current law, reports to Congress on this type of attack are not required.
October 15, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar and SAC Health System Announce $300,000 to Expand Inland Empire Oral Health Services
Rep. Pete Aguilar and SAC Health System (SACHS) announced a federal grant of $300,000 from the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant funding will allow SACHS to implement an electronic dental health record program in order to allow primary care providers to access patients’ oral health histories and needs, improving coverage for patients throughout San Bernardino County.
October 8, 2019 Press Release
Aguilar Announces $500,000 to Fight Human Trafficking in San Bernardino
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Family Assistance Program, a non-profit based in San Bernardino County, has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the US Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. The grant funding will allow the Family Assistance Program to hire two case managers for Open Door, their program to identify and assist victims of human trafficking in the city of San Bernardino. The program serves 200 victims each year, with nearly half being under the age of 18.