June 5, 2019 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar voted to pass H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act, which was adopted in the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The bill would establish a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the US under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status. A recent study by the Center for American Progress estimates that the bill could provide protections for up to 2.5 million immigrants, including over 562,000 Dreamers in California.
June 5, 2019 Press Release
El Congresista Pete Aguilar votó a favor de aprobar HR 6, la Ley de Sueños y Promesas, que fue adoptada en la Cámara de Representantes con apoyo bipartidista. La legislación establecería un camino hacia la ciudadanía para los inmigrantes que viven en los Estados Unidos con Acción Diferida para los Niños Llegados en la Infancia (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals o DACA), el Estatus de Protección Temporal (Temporary Protected Status o el TPS) y el estatus de la Salida Forzada Diferida (Deferred Enforced Departure o el DED). Un reciente estudio realizado por el Centro del Progreso Americano (Center for American Progress) estima que la legislación podría brindar protección a hasta 2.5 millones de inmigrantes, incluidos más de 562,000 Dreamers quienes viven en California.
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that his amendment to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to work in the federal government was included in the 2020 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which was reported out of the subcommittee on Monday, June 3, 2019. A longtime advocate for Dreamers, Rep. Aguilar fought to include the language in the text of this year’s bill after the same language was passed by a bipartisan vote in the Appropriations Committee in 2017, only to be stripped from the final bill text by Republican leadership. The same amendment was voted down by Republicans in 2018.
May 8, 2019 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Joel Martinez is the winner of this year’s Congressional Art Competition for California’s 31st Congressional District. A sophomore at Wilmer Amina Carter High School in Rialto, Joel’s painting, entitled 03, was chosen by Rep. Aguilar and a panel of judges as the winner out of more than 60 submissions from area high school students. In addition to having his work displayed in the US Capitol for the next year, Joel and his family will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to meet with Rep. Aguilar and winners from other Congressional Districts courtesy of Southwest Airlines. The winner was announced at the 2019 Art Competition reception hosted by Rep. Aguilar at the San Bernardino County Museum.
April 24, 2019 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar made the second stop of 2019 on his Job for a Day tour of the Inland Empire, working as a barista at Viva la Boba in San Bernardino. The small business opened in March with the goals of creating a community-oriented space and helping to revitalize downtown San Bernardino.
April 3, 2019 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar re-introduced the Job Opportunity and Business Services (JOBS) Act, a bill he drafted with the input of local advocates to help Inland Empire job-seekers and businesses connect with employment resources. The legislation empowers local Workforce Development Boards (WDBs) to advertise their services, including on-the-job training, career counseling, and mentoring, to businesses and potential employees in the communities they serve
April 3, 2019 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar was designated by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House of Representatives. As Speaker Pro Tempore, Rep. Aguilar presided over floor proceedings as the House debated H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) of 2019.
April 1, 2019 Press Release
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services (NPHS) has been awarded $270,000 and Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Inc. (NHSIE) has been awarded $447,000 by NeighborWorks America, a Congressionally-chartered nonprofit that provides financial support to affordable housing programs throughout the country.
March 29, 2019 Press Release
Rep Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) announced that Easterseals Southern California has been awarded $4,469,703 from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Head Start Programs. The Head Start funding will be used to support Easterseals Early Head Start services, including full-day child care and both center-based and home-based early education programs for Inland Empire children living with or without disabilities. Founded in 1907, Easterseals provides resources to families with disabilities throughout the United States, serving over 1.4 million people each year.
March 21, 2019 Press Release
The Active Duty Voluntary Acquisition of Necessary Credentials for Employment (ADVANCE) Act, a bill authored by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) and signed into law by the president in 2018, has taken effect. The implementation of the new policy means that states have the ability to waive certain requirements for qualifying veteran, active duty and reserve military service members who are seeking commercial driver’s licenses.
In The News
December 7, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the City of Rialto $291,000 to improve and upgrade its drinking water system. Inland Empire Community News has the story.
December 5, 2016 In The News
Two critical measures authored by Rep. Pete Aguilar were included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the annual defense policy bill that directs the United States' defense programs for the fiscal year. Jeff Horseman with the Press-Enterprise has the story.
December 2, 2016 In The News
Rep. Pete Aguilar authored an editorial for the San Bernardino Sun, reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center that killed 14 and seriously wounded 22.
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.
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. Rep. Aguilar joins the CHC leadership team beside Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (Chair), and Congressmen Joaquin Castro (First Vice Chair) and Ruben Gallego (Second Vice Chair). Rep. Aguilar is the only California member on the CHC leadership team. Jeff Horseman with the Press-Enterprise 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.