May 15, 2015 Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives approved four amendments submitted by Rep. Pete Aguilar that were included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, which outlines the country’s defense priorities. The four amendments will help put veterans back to work, create a review process to encourage more minority students to pursue STEM careers, improve accessibility of Department of Defense (DOD) contracting opportunities for small businesses, and to support the San Bernardino County International Airport.
May 14, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar took to the House floor to stand up for DREAMers – children who were brought to the United States as children. He defended DREAMers as patriotic young adults and advocated for the right for them to serve in the military. Rep. Aguilar spoke against Rep. Mo Brooks’ (R-AL) amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the legislation that sets the country’s defense priorities. The amendment would repeal language in the bill that supported allowing DREAMers to enlist and serve in the United States military.
May 13, 2015 Press Release
Last night, Rep. Pete Aguilar took to the House floor to fight for increased quality and integrity protections for California water. He offered an amendment to H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015, a bill that would rollback the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to protect waterways from pollution. Rep. Aguilar’s amendment requires that the new rules included in the bill protect the quality and integrity of water used for the public’s drinking supply, drought mitigation, agriculture, and coastal flooding from hurricanes or super storms.
On Sunday evening, Rep. Pete Aguilar and his wife Alisha completed a week-long SNAP challenge, where they could not spend more than $4.73 per person, per day on food – the average benefit for California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Rep. Aguilar and his wife did the challenge to raise awareness for nutrition and hunger throughout the Inland Empire and to better understand what thousands of families on SNAP throughout San Bernardino County go through every day.
May 8, 2015 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar met with students at the San Bernardino Valley College Dreamers Resource Center workshop. Rep. Aguilar joined students, immigration law experts and representatives of immigrant advocacy organizations, including Mi Familia Vota and Inland Congregations United for Change to discuss the immigration crisis and the plight of Dreamers.
May 7, 2015 Press Release
Rep. Aguilar and his wife Alisha started the challenge on Monday morning after purchasing a little over $60 worth of groceries total for the week. The Redlands Daily Facts has been documenting the experience.
May 6, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced his co-sponsorship of a bill to raise the federal minimum wage. The Raise the Wage Act would incrementally raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $12.00 by 2020.
April 30, 2015 Press Release
Yesterday, California Representatives Pete Aguilar (D, CA-31) and Colonel Paul Cook (R, CA-08) introduced legislation to help states create pilot programs to put veterans back to work. Their amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which outlines the nation’s defense priorities, enables the Department of Defense to fund job placement programs for members of the National Guard and Reserve, similar to the ‘Work for Warriors’ program in California. Expansion of the Work for Warriors program was included in Rep. Aguilar’s Jobs Plan released earlier this month.
April 27, 2015 Press Release
This weekend, Rep. Pete Aguilar met with constituents at Johnny Carino’s in Rancho Cucamonga for his latest ‘Coffee with your Congressman’ event. Saturday’s meeting was the most recent event in an ongoing series of intimate and informal sessions with constituents. Rep. Aguilar originally started the program when he served on the Redlands City Council and has continued it since taking office earlier this year.
April 23, 2015 Press Release
Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar marked his first 100 days in office by releasing a Jobs Plan – his strategy to create jobs throughout the Inland Empire and get the local economy back on track. The Jobs Plan release follows his Jobs Tour, where Rep. Aguilar met with local businesses, employees, elected officials, labor stakeholders and others about the best ways to create jobs in the Inland Empire. Following his announcement, Rep. Aguilar spoke on the House floor to share his proposal, and this week he authored an editorial where he detailed his plan to get the Inland Empire economy back on the road to recovery. “Changes Needed for Middle Class to Thrive” is Rep. Aguilar’s most recent editorial since he took office on January 6th.