Congressman Pete Aguilar

Representing the 31st District of California

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August 2, 2017 Press Release

 Last week, Rep. Pete Aguilar re-introduced his bill, the Grace Period Alleviation (GPA) Act, which helps recent graduates reduce and manage their federal student loan debt. Rep. Aguilar previously introduced the bill in the 114th Congress.

July 31, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar reflected on the first quarter of the 115th Congress, where he has served the people of California’s 31st Congressional District in the House of Representatives.
July 28, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the City of Colton Fire Department $276,515 in the form of an Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The AFG Program helps first responder agencies across the nation access the necessary training and equipment to prepare for and respond to fires and extraordinary emergencies.
July 25, 2017 Press Release

In a press conference this morning and on the House floor this afternoon, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) stood up to House Republican efforts to include $1.6 billion to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall between the United States and Mexico in a spending bill that is intended to support veterans, American troops and defense priorities for the fiscal year.

July 24, 2017 Press Release
Yesterday, Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an op-ed for the San Bernardino Sun, 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 20, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that he will hold a Veterans Resource Fair on Friday, August 18th from 10:00AM to 1:00PM at the Frank A. Gonzales Community Center in Colton. The event will provide veterans in California’s 31st Congressional District with information and resources on health care, housing, employment and assistance with VA claims.
July 19, 2017 Press Release
Today, 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.
July 18, 2017 Press Release
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) has been awarded $69,651 from the Department of Education through the Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) Grant Program. Rep. Aguilar authored a letter of support for the federal grant on behalf of the school district in June to help North Park Elementary recover from the horrific shooting that claimed the lives of Karen Smith and Jonathan Martinez, a teacher and eight-year-old student at the San Bernardino school.
July 17, 2017 Press Release
Today, 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).
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.

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In The News

September 14, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar hosted a panel at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual conference, entitled Homeland Security: Community Readiness Strategies for the Latino Community. The discussion, which coincided with National Preparedness Month and Hispanic Heritage Month, focused on strengthening communication between law enforcement, schools and hospitals in Latino communities so municipalities are prepared for extraordinary emergency situations, including natural disasters like earthquakes and wildfires, or man-made situations like the attack at the Inland Regional Center. Inland Empire Community News has the story.
September 6, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar called on House Republicans to prioritize legislation that would reduce gun violence and allocate necessary funds to combat the threat of Zika as legislators return from a seven-week break. House Republicans adjourned for the summer recess at the end of July without addressing either of the critical issues affecting San Bernardino families and Americans across the nation. Highland Community News has the story.
August 23, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) over $8 million in funding through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant to help construct the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP). Highland Community News has the story.
August 1, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that he will hold his 2016 Senior Fair on Friday, August 5th from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at the Jessie Turner Community Center in Fontana. This is the second senior fair Rep. Aguilar has held since taking office, following an event last year that hosted dozens of vendors and drew over three hundred Inland Empire seniors. A preview of the event can be read in the Redlands Daily Facts.
July 28, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG) $8,678,312 in funding through a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant to help construct the Redlands Passenger Rail Project (RPRP). Rep. Aguilar has continually supported construction of the RPRP, beginning with his time leading the countywide ballot measure (Measure 'I') as campaign manager, to his service as Councilmember and Mayor of Redlands serving on the SANBAG Board of Directors, and now in his role as the region’s congressman. Sandra Emerson with the Redlands Daily Facts has the story.
July 21, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that he will host an Inland Empire Jobs Fair on Friday, July 22nd from 9:00AM to 12:00PM at the Frank Gonzales Community Center in Colton. The jobs fair will connect job seekers with Inland Empire employers looking to hire. This is Rep. Aguilar’s second jobs fair. Last year he hosted a similar event that helped over forty residents find work in the community. A preview of the event can be read in full in the Redlands Daily Facts.
July 20, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an editorial for El Chicano, highlighting his job-creating initiatives and his commitment to supporting Inland Empire middle-class families. The op-ed also discusses the importance of constituent services events, including Rep. Aguilar’s upcoming Inland Empire Jobs Fair, which will be held this Friday, July 22nd at the Frank Gonzales Community Center in Colton.
July 15, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar testified before the United States International Trade Commission in support of Searing Industries, a Rancho Cucamonga steel manufacturer that has been adversely impacted by unfair trade practices. Highland Community News has the story.
July 14, 2016 In The News
In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Pete Aguilar urged the Speaker to withhold adjournment of the House of Representatives for the August recess until votes are allowed on two bipartisan bills that address the gun violence epidemic. Highland Community News has the story.
July 13, 2016 In The News
The Los Angeles News Group Editorial Board authored an opinion article in support of Rep. Pete Aguilar’s latest bill, the Grace Period Alleviation (GPA) Act. The editorial praised Rep. Aguilar’s college affordability bill, calling it, “…a sensible approach to easing the debt burden on recent college graduates.” The full editorial can be read in any of the nine publications supervised by the Editorial Board.

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Videos

March 17, 2015 Video
Representative Aguilar took to the House floor to stand up for seniors, students, and middle-class families in response to the Republican Budget which was revealed earlier today.
March 4, 2015 Video
Representative Pete Aguilar delivered remarks on the House floor, urging the House majority to govern more responsibly, and focus their attention on middle-class families rather than engage in party politics. This comes on the heels of the House Republicans’ recent threat to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in an attempt to side-step President Obama’s executive action orders on immigration.
February 26, 2015 Video
On Thursday, February 26th, Rep. Pete Aguilar led his colleagues on the House Floor by making a Unanimous Consent request in an attempt to force Speaker Boehner to immediately take up funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which is scheduled to run out of funding on February 27th if a bill is not passed and signed into law.

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