Congressman Pete Aguilar

Representing the 31st District of California

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July 12, 2018 Press Release
On Friday, July 20, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) will hold his 2018 Senior Fair to connect Inland Empire seniors with resources available to them in the region. The fair will take place at Alta Loma Junior High School in Rancho Cucamonga and will offer seniors the chance to hear from local organizations about food assistance and health care programs. Rep. Aguilar’s office will offer assistance with Veterans Benefits, Social Security, Medicare and the IRS. Free health screenings will be offered and lunch will be provided.
July 11, 2018 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $298,848 in federal funding for the Loma Linda University School of Dentistry (LLUSD). The funding, made available through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Community Based Dental Partnership Program, will allow LLUSD to continue providing HIV/AIDS training in the curriculums of the dentistry, international dentistry, and hygiene programs.
July 3, 2018 Press Release
Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar hosted Leonardo Bueno, a student at Rialto’s Wilmer Amina Carter High School and the winner of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for California’s 31st District, at the US Capitol. The Congressional Art Competition is an annual contest in which one high school student from each Congressional District is selected to have their work displayed in the Capitol for a year. The competition is sponsored by Southwest Airlines, who covers airfare for the winning students from each district to attend a reception in Washington, DC.
June 28, 2018 Press Release
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 6157, the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019. Included in the bill was language to add an additional $2 million in funding for the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program. The increase in funding, which was a direct result of Rep. Aguilar’s advocacy as a Member of the Appropriations Committee, will allow more students to participate in the cyber scholarship program. As a result of Rep. Aguilar’s efforts to fund the program last year, 40 students received cyber scholarships with offers of civilian employment within the Department of Defense upon completion of their degrees in the cyber field, including two students from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB).
June 27, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar recently introduced H.R. 6126, the Preventing Radical Extremists’ Violent Endeavors Now and Tomorrow (PREVENT) Act of 2018, a bill to help local law enforcement agencies identify, prevent and respond to potential domestic terror incidents. The bill would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide experts in law enforcement, psychology and social work to state and local governments for the purpose of mitigating the threats of domestic terror and homegrown violent extremism.
June 25, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department will receive over $48 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. The award of $48,821,894 will help fund early education programs for children from disadvantaged families throughout San Bernardino County.
June 19, 2018 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar cosponsored H.R. 6135, the Keep Families Together Act. The bill prohibits the separation of children from their parents by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel except for in extreme cases in which a child welfare agency has deemed that the child’s safety is at risk. The bill would effectively end the Trump Administration’s policy of removing children from the custody of their parents at the southern border in addition to increasing child welfare training for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and establishing a procedure for reuniting separated families.
June 19, 2018 Press Release
The Senate passed H.R. 5515, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. Included in the bill as an amendment was the OPPORTUNITY Act, Rep. Aguilar’s legislation to 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 Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program. The amendment, which aims to ensure that the Department of Defense is selecting cyber scholarship recipients from a diverse pool of applicants, was introduced in the Senate by Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) after it passed the House last month.
June 15, 2018 Press Release

This week, the office of Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) hosted a panel discussion for Inland Empire small businesses to learn more about microloans available through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The panel featured representatives from AmPac Tri-state CDC, Accion, the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center, the Inland Empire Women’s Business Center and the U.S.

June 14, 2018 Press Release

During the House Appropriations Committee markup of the Financial Services and General Government and Department of Defense Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) offered two amendments to address Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients with a desire to serve the United States through military and public service.

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In The News

July 21, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an op-ed for the Redlands Daily Facts, the San Bernardino Sun and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, discussing the critical need to improve health care services for veterans, and the common goal of both Democrats and Republicans to help veterans get the assistance they deserve and need to live healthy lives.
July 19, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) will receive $1.7 million in federal funding from the National Security Agency (NSA) for CSUSB’s NICE Challenge Project, which helps teach students cybersecurity skills while assessing their workforce readiness through virtualized real-world scenarios. Highland Community News has the story.
July 17, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Department of Homeland Security awarded San Bernardino County $1.3 million in federal funds to be used to improve the region’s ability to prepare for, prevent and respond to potential terrorist attacks. The funding comes after more than 18 months of Rep. Aguilar advocating for the region to receive the funds and calling on the federal government to allocate additional federal dollars to the Inland Empire community, which is still recovering from the horrific terror attack at the Inland Regional Center on December 2, 2015 that killed 14 and seriously injured 22. The funding will be dispersed through the Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTA). Jeff Horseman with the Press-Enterprise has the full story.
July 17, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar introduced the On-the-Job Training Tax Credit of 2017, which creates a temporary tax credit for employers to help pay for training new hires. The bill will help close the “skills gap” that exists between the labor force and the skills employers require.The Fontana Herald News has the story.
July 14, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar passed a critical amendment that was added to the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee appropriations bill, which would allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, also called Dreamers, to be eligible for federal employment. Highland Community News has the story.
July 7, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar continued his “Job For a Day” tour at Gerrards Market in Redlands where he bagged groceries for customers. This was Rep. Aguilar’s third stop on his tour, which he kicked off in April at Mitla Café in San Bernardino. Alejandra Molina with the Redlands Daily Facts has the full story.
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.

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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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