July 14, 2017 Press Release
Today, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2018, which includes two significant cybersecurity amendments offered by Rep. Pete Aguilar. The first amendment authorizes the creation of a talent management pilot program to recruit, train and retain personnel in the cyber workforce, and the other amendment authorizes $10 million for a cyber scholarship program. The NDAA is the annual defense policy bill and outlines defense programs for the upcoming fiscal year.
July 14, 2017 Press Release
Last night in the Appropriations Committee, 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.
July 12, 2017 Press Release
Today, 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.
July 11, 2017 Press Release
On Friday, Rep. Pete Aguilar held his third annual Senior Fair at Colton High School, hosting over three hundred Inland Empire residents seeking help with Medicare, Social Security or veterans benefits, as well as information on food programs and free health screenings.
July 10, 2017 Press Release
On Friday, 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.
July 6, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar issued the following response to reports that California, along with 17 other states and the District of Columbia, filed a lawsuit against United States Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos over her delay of Obama-era regulations to provide financial relief for students affected by the closures of for-profit colleges like ITT Tech and Everest. The regulations were set to go into effect on July 1, 2017.
June 29, 2017 Press Release
Today, 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.
June 28, 2017 Press Release
This week, 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.
H.R. 497, the Santa Ana River Wash Plan Land Exchange Act, passed the House of Representatives unanimously by a vote of 424 to 0. Rep. Pete Aguilar joined Rep. Paul Cook to reintroduce the land-use plan earlier this year, after originally introducing the bill together in the 114th Congress. H.R. 497 allows the transfer of land between the San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation District and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The land exchange takes place in a designated region within the Santa Ana Wash, at the junction of the Santa Ana River and Mill Creek in an area bordering the cities of Highland and Redlands.
Today, 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.
In The News
December 1, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar was elected to serve as Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) for the 115th Congress. Rafael Bernal with The Hill has the story.
November 21, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar convened his Veterans Advisory Board to address health care concerns, and specifically, the relationship and responsiveness of federal agencies to Inland Empire veterans. Highland Community News has the story.
November 3, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar joined Inland Empire community members for a signing ceremony commemorating the transfer of the Ontario International Airport from the Los Angeles World Airports. Highland Community News has the story.
Rep. Pete Aguilar convened his latest meeting with his Immigration Advisory Board. The panel consists of local stakeholders, immigration advocacy organization representatives, higher education officials and staff members from foreign consulates in Southern California. The discussion focused on Rep. Aguilar’s immigration bill, the Academic Success Centers and Education Networks for Dreamers (ASCEND) Act, and other efforts to assist the San Bernardino County immigrant community. Highland Community News has the story.
October 25, 2016 In The News
In light of reports that California National Guardsmen and women were being forced to repay excess bonuses, Rep. Pete Aguilar called on the Department of Defense to halt the collection process, investigate the situation and waive the recoupment of bonuses. Anthony Victoria with Inland Empire Community News has the story.
October 4, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) allocated $2,850,161 to the San Bernardino Police Department (SBPD) through the Office of Community Oriented Police Services (COPS). The COPS Hiring Program Award will provide funding to hire more officers to fill patrol openings in target areas, improve crime identification measures and cultivate community relations between law enforcement and San Bernardino residents. Ryan Hagen with the San Bernardino Sun has the story.
October 2, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an editorial for the San Bernardino Sun, highlighting the need to improve accountability and veteran services at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The full editorial can be read online in the San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Redlands Daily Facts.
September 27, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has granted Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) to workers who were laid off as a result of the Colton Ashley Furniture facility closure. Rep. Aguilar advocated for support for these workers, and earlier this month sent a letter of support to U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez for a TAA petition filed by the State of California Economic Development Department (EDD) on behalf of the displaced workers. Anthony Victoria with the Inland Empire Community News has the story.
September 26, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Army awarded an $82,490,177 contract to Gentex Corporation, with work to be performed at its Rancho Cucamonga facility. The contract is for the Joint Service Aircrew Mask for Joint Strike Fighter (JSAM-JSF), which provides respiratory protection to U.S. and allied pilots while flying JSF F-35 aircraft. Monica Rodriguez with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin has the story.
September 21, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez advocating for federal assistance for the 840 employees laid off as a result of the Colton Ashley Furniture facility closure. In an official letter to Secretary Perez, Rep. Aguilar offered his full-fledged support for the petition filed by the State of California Economic Development Department (EDD) on behalf of the displaced workers with the U.S. Department of Labor, which requests federal employment assistance through the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. Neil Nisperos with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin has the story.
May 14, 2015 Video
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.
April 16, 2015 Video
After marking one hundred days in office yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar (CA-31) unveiled his Jobs Plan this morning; his strategy for kick-starting the Inland Empire economy and putting residents back to work.
March 18, 2015 Video
Rep. Pete Aguilar released a recorded statement honoring women in recognition of Women’s History Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of March.