August 10, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced his support for a package of commonsense legislation to strengthen environmental protections and safeguard key health and safety provisions for communities affected by hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The three bills—the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act, the Focused Reduction of Effluence and Storm water runoff through Hydrofracking Environmental Regulation (FRESHER) Act, and the Bringing Reductions to Energy’s Airborne Toxic Health Effects (BREATHE) Act—were introduced earlier this year.
August 5, 2015 Press Release
This week, Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an editorial for the San Bernardino County Sun entitled “Small businesses key to kick-starting Inland Empire economy,” where he discussed his newest bill, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2015, which will help San Bernardino County small businesses expand and addresses the regional unemployment rate. The bill encourages businesses to hire new workers by providing a tax credit to owners in counties that experienced an average annual unemployment rate of one percentage point or higher than last year’s national average. This would apply to local businesses in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, which showed annual average unemployment rates of 8.1 and 8.2 percent, while the national unemployment rate held at 6.2 percent.
August 4, 2015 Press Release
Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar joined fellow California member Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19) and 176 members of Congress on a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), calling on it to end its Family Detention Program. The letter followed the U.S. District Court’s ruling that the DHS detention program violated the 1997 Flores Settlement, which guided protocol for unaccompanied minors caught crossing the border. It also applies to those apprehended with their parents. Judge Dolly M. Gee of Federal District Court for the Central District of California ruled on the decision late Friday, July 24th.
July 30, 2015 Press Release
Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Pete Aguilar joined Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) in introducing H.R. 3337, the National Infrastructure Development Bank Act as a cosponsor. Rep. Aguilar listed a National Infrastructure Bank as a top priority in his Jobs Plan that was released earlier this year. The bank will facilitate funding for a number of critical transportation projects throughout California and the country—improving the roads, bridges and rails that millions of Americans rely on every day.
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar introduced his latest bill, the Small Business Jobs Act of 2015, which gives small businesses looking to expand their workforce a tax credit equal to what they pay in payroll taxes for the first five new job openings their business generates. This tax credit is targeted to small businesses expanding in areas with consistently high unemployment rates.
July 20, 2015 Press Release
Last weekend, Rep. Pete Aguilar hosted a student loan transfer information session and workshop for students who were affected by the Everest College closure. Rep. Aguilar’s office coordinated the workshop to help connect students with resources and information about dealing with their student loans and finishing their education after Everest College suddenly shut down.
July 20, 2015 Press Release
On Friday, Rep. Pete Aguilar toured the Inland Empire Jobs Corps in San Bernardino, meeting with instructors and trainees of programs offered by the organization. This is his latest visit to a job training facility since he introduced his bipartisan bill, the On-the-Job Training Tax Credit Act of 2015, which will help close the skills gap and incentivize local businesses to increase hiring.
July 15, 2015 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar urged his colleagues to pass a long-term surface transportation bill in light of the impending expiration of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, and voted against Republican Leadership’s short-term fix to extend authorization for only five months. Rep. Aguilar spoke on the House floor this afternoon to advocate for a long-term transportation bill to fund the improvement of streets, highways and bridges in the Inland Empire and across the country.
July 14, 2015 Press Release
On Saturday, Rep. Pete Aguilar will hold his next “Coffee with your Congressman” event in Grand Terrace. This is the latest meeting in an ongoing series of intimate and informal sessions with constituents to discuss important issues facing Inland Empire families.
On Saturday, Rep. Pete Aguilar hosted a student loan transfer information session and workshop for students who were affected by the recent closing of Everest College. Rep. Aguilar, staff members from his office, and officials from San Bernardino Valley College and the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education met with students and parents. Rep. Aguilar’s office coordinated the workshop to help connect students with resources and information about dealing with their student loans and finishing their education after Everest College suddenly shut down.