Today, the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act, a bill to provide relief to first responders, frontline workers and Americans affected by the spread and economic effects of the coronavirus crisis. The bill includes nearly $1 trillion for state, local, territorial and tribal governments to ensure first responders, police officers, teachers, and other key municipal and frontline workers avoid pay cuts or layoffs. The bill also establishes a Heroes’ Fund of $200 billion to give hazard pay to frontline workers, provides additional stimulus payments of up to $6,000 per family, and funds an additional $75 billion for coronavirus testing, treatment and prevention efforts. If the bill is enacted, the most recent estimates indicate that cities within California’s 31st Congressional District and the County of San Bernardino would be eligible for over $1.9 billion in combined federal funding over the next two years, with the following individual allocations:
University Medical Center, and $50,287 for Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and was appropriated by the CARES Act and by the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, legislation passed by Congress to help Americans respond to and navigate the coronavirus crisis. The funding is intended to help providers administer COVID-19 related care and cover costs incurred by the spread of the virus.
May 11, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $1,121,862 to expand coronavirus testing capabilities in San Bernardino County. The funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will be distributed to three Inland Empire health care providers and agencies, with SAC Health System (SACHS) receiving $640,264, Inland Behavioral and Health Services, Inc. (IBHS) receiving $224,449 and the County of San Bernardino receiving $257,149.
May 1, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino (HACSB) received $1,547,064 in funding from the CARES Act, legislation passed by Congress to provide relief to Americans during the coronavirus crisis. The funding will help HACSB offset rental income lost due to the economic hardship caused by the virus, and nearly $40,000 is designated to purchase cleaning supplies and protective equipment to help tenants and HACSB employees stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus.
April 23, 2020 Press Release
The House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, a nearly $500 billion legislative package to provide American businesses and health care providers with resources they need to continue operations during the coronavirus crisis. The bill provides an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), with $60 billion reserved for smaller and medium-sized community-based lenders. The bill also provides $50 billion more for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) and $75 billion to hospitals and health care providers. Finally, the bill provides $25 billion to help enhance nationwide testing capabilities, a crucial step toward reopening the economy.
April 22, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $861,299 in federal funding for SAC Health System (SACHS) as part of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Center Cluster Program. The funding will help SACHS continue its mission of providing high-quality affordable health care to Inland Empire residents, including specialized treatment options for the homeless. SACHS provides a wide range of care to the medically-underserved community throughout the Inland Empire region. In 2019, SACHS provided care to 36,107 patients in 141,737 visits.
April 15, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Pete Aguilar (CA-31), Norma J. Torres (CA-35), and Ken Calvert (CA-42) announced more than $22.4 million in funding for Inland Empire airports. The funding was made possible by the CARES Act, bipartisan legislation to help American families and businesses navigate the coronavirus crisis.
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced over $47 million in federal funding to support Inland Empire colleges and students during the coronavirus crisis. The funding, which was appropriated by the CARES Act, provides $26,243,781 for California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), $6,732,563 for San Bernardino Valley Community College, $3,388,020 for University of Redlands, and $11,446,484 for Chaffey College. The CARES Act requires that the at least 50 percent of all funds go toward direct relief for students in the form of tuition assistance, financial aid, meal programs and other student services.
April 8, 2020 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced $2,626,084 in supplemental funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat the coronavirus crisis in the Inland Empire. The funding, which comes after Congress appropriated over $200 billion to local health care providers through the CARES Act, will be distributed to three Inland Empire health care providers. SAC Health System (SACHS) has received $1,094,761, Inland Behavioral and Health Services (IBHS) has received $711,077 and the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health has received $820,246. The funds will be used to help these agencies meet the challenges posed by the spread of COVID-19 by investing in telehealth options for patients, purchasing protective equipment for health care workers, and funding additional staff to increase patient care and testing capacities.
April 2, 2020 Press Release
Congressman Pete Aguilar announced that five Inland Empire cities and the County of San Bernardino received a total of $13,133,589 in federal grant funding to begin responding to the financial crisis created by the spread of coronavirus. The new funding comes in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program funds, which allow city and county governments to invest in programs to support economic growth, spur job creation, address homelessness and provide affordable housing. These funds were made available by the CARES Act, the third federal coronavirus response bill, which Congressman Aguilar helped pass on March 27, 2020.
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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.
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.
March 22, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar wrote an op-ed for the San Bernardino Sun arguing for the need to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act, and opposing Republican efforts to repeal and replace the health care bill.
March 3, 2017 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar brought Maria Barragan-Arreguin, Coordinator at the California State University, San Bernardino DREAMers Resource and Success Center, as his guest to President Donald Trump’s address before a joint session of Congress. Maria is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, and is one of many who has been targeted by President Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies. Sarah Wire with the LA Times has the story.
March 2, 2017 In The News
Following news that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about meeting with the Russian ambassador, Rep. Aguilar called on the Attorney General to resign. Jeff Horseman with the Press-Enterprise 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.