Congressman Pete Aguilar

Representing the 31st District of California

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November 13, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that 60 Inland Empire residents were able to find employment as a result of his San Bernardino Jobs Fair, which was held in August. The event featured employers from throughout San Bernardino County, and was attended by over 300 local job seekers.
October 26, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Inland Empire health agencies have received a total of $517,554 through the Access Increases in Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (AIMS) grant program. The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health and Inland Behavioral Health Services each received an AIMS grant of $175,500, and the SAC Health System (SACHS) received an award of $166,554. The funding was made available through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be used to fund treatment and prevention resources to combat opioid addiction. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), opioids were responsible for more than half a million overdose deaths in America between 2000 and 2015.
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.

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In The News

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.
June 27, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar passed his second bill through the House of Representatives in six days. The Active Duty Voluntary Acquisition of Necessary Credentials for Employment (ADVANCE) Act passed by a vote of 409 to 0. The bipartisan bill provides active-duty service members, reservists and National Guardsmen access to the same unique testing standards for commercial driver’s licenses granted to veterans by the latest surface transportation bill, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Jeff Horseman with the Press-Enterprise has the story.
June 26, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an editorial for the Inland Empire Community News, reflecting on Immigrant Heritage Month and the contributions that generations of immigrants have made to the United States.
June 21, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar’s bill, the Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism (REPORT) Act, passed the House of Representatives unanimously by a voice vote. The REPORT Act requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Attorney General and the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, to submit a report to Congress after an act of terrorism occurs in the U.S. The goal is to generate a report with detailed analysis about how the attack occurred and how to prevent future assaults. There is currently no legal requirement to produce this type of report. Jeff Horseman with the Press-Enterprise has the story.
June 20, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar’s bill, the Reporting Efficiently to Proper Officials in Response to Terrorism (REPORT) Act, passed the House of Representatives unanimously by a voice vote. The REPORT Act requires the Secretary of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States Attorney General and the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, to submit a report to Congress after an act of terrorism occurs in the U.S. The goal is to generate a report with detailed analysis about how the attack occurred and how to prevent future assaults. There is currently no legal requirement to produce this type of report. Sarah Wire with the LA Times has the story.
June 14, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an op-ed for CNN and the San Bernardino Sun to discuss the important bipartisan nature of the annual Congressional Baseball Game and to underscore that the horrific act of violence targeting the Congressional Republican baseball team was a failed assault on our nation’s democracy.
June 2, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar continued his ‘Job For A Day’ Tour of the Inland Empire at the Goodwill Southern California in Rancho Cucamonga, where he worked sorting donations. Rep. Aguilar kicked off his tour in San Bernardino last month at Mitla Café. The tour will take Rep. Aguilar across California’s 31st Congressional District, where he will work different jobs at businesses throughout the community to connect with residents and learn more about local businesses and the communities they serve. The San Bernardino Sun has the story.
May 9, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an editorial for the San Bernardino Sun, reflecting on his town hall last month and stressing the importance of constituent events that give him the opportunity to speak personally with San Bernardino County residents about issues affecting them and their families.
April 28, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar has made investing in cybersecurity a top priority, to both enhance the United States’ defense programs and to develop jobs in the Inland Empire for the 21st century economy. Earlier this year, Rep. Aguilar announced that his cyberwarriors pilot program, which was included in legislation signed into law last year, has begun implementation by the United States Army. Additionally, Rep. Aguilar secured $5 million in a bill that passed the House of Representatives to restart a cybersecurity scholarship program affecting California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) students. Beau Yarbrough with the San Bernardino Sun has the story on Rep. Aguilar’s efforts to help CSUSB’s cybersecurity program and to invest in Inland Empire talent.
April 18, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar held a town hall for constituents of California’s 31st Congressional district in San Bernardino. The event was moderated by former Press-Enterprise columnist Cassie MacDuff and hosted over 500 Inland Empire residents. Rep. Aguilar answered questions from constituents for two hours, covering a range of topics including President Trump’s ties to Russia, college affordability, investments in public education, gun violence, health care and more. Rep. Aguilar regularly holds community events to assist and hear from residents, such as telephone town halls, workshops, trainings and more. Beau Yarbrough with the San Bernardino Sun has the story.

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Videos

September 15, 2016 Video
Rep. Aguilar released a video message in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated annually from September 15th - October 15th.
June 16, 2016 Video
Rep. Pete Aguilar called on House Republicans to take action on commonsense reforms to keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists and expand background checks to cover all gun purchases, reprimanding his Republican colleagues for their continued inaction in the aftermath of the attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando.
June 9, 2016 Video
Rep. Pete Aguilar released a video message in honor of LGBT Pride Month, which is celebrated during the month of June.

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