• February 2017
  • Lawmakers attempt action on 24 VA facilities in limbo

    by Nikki Wentling  The Stars and Stripes story here. WASHINGTON – A handful of lawmakers is again making attempts to open 24 new Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the country, some of which have been held up by Congress for two years. The VA must receive congressional approval to lease medical facilities with annual […]

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  • Hundreds gather to support Muslims

    By Tom Kiskin Orginally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Hundreds of people gathered outside a Newbury Park mosque for a “Stand with Muslims” event Sunday. The event was triggered in part by an executive order by President Donald Trump for a travel ban that included temporarily blocking many people coming to the United States […]

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  • January 2017
  • Democrats urge Trump to exempt veterans, VA from 90-day federal hiring freeze

    By Nikki Wentling Appeared Originally in Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON – Dozens of Democrats urged President Donald Trump on Wednesday to exempt the Department of Veterans Affairs from the temporary federal hiring freeze he imposed Monday, saying it had the potential to harm veterans seeking health care and those trying to access benefits. They also […]

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  • Locals share common ground, prepare for what’s to come

    By Michael Sullivan Appeared Originally in The Ventura County Reporter The Women’s March sent a strong message that millions of Americans do not agree with the direction or vision that President Donald Trump has for America, and we will not support a president who does not respect the rights, equality and dignity of so many. […]

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  • Channel Islands Harbor dredging gets underway

    By Anne Kallas Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Stary A hydraulic dredge moved into place Thursday to pump 1.5 million cubic yards of sand out of the Channel Islands Harbor sand trap so it can replenish local beaches. Lyn Krieger, director of the Ventura County Harbor Department, said that’s the amount of sand Congress was […]

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  • December 2016
  • Pay raise, National Guard bonus in defense bill

    By Bartholomew D Sullivan Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star WASHINGTON – California National Guard members asked to refund re-enlistment bonuses they signed up for in good faith are expected to be able to keep the money under provisions of a massive defense bill President Barack Obama is expected to sign this week. For […]

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  • October 2016
  • Lawmaker Rips DoD Takeback of Troop Bonuses as ‘Boneheaded’

    By Brendan McGarry and Amy Bushatz Originally Appeared on Millitary.com Days after a news organization reported the Defense Department is forcing National Guardsmen from California to pay back bonuses received in error, lawmakers and advocates are calling on officials to forgive their debt. Rep. Julia Brownley, a Democrat from the state, is among a growing […]

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  • Julia Brownley deserves new term in Congress

    By Editorial Board Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star It’s not easy these days trying to get anything done if you’re a Democrat in the fractious, Republican-controlled House of Representatives, especially if your eyes are set on major national issues and broad reforms. But the representative’s job can be much more than that — […]

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  • Coast Guard move is permanent

    By Staff Appeared Originally in The Camarillo Acorn U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley has announced that the Coast Guard will make its operating base at Naval Base Ventura County permanent. The guard had moved to NBVC due to the closure of the Air Station Los Angeles facility at Los Angeles International Airport. The new facility, now […]

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  • Matilija Dam one step closer to coming down

    By Kelsey Gerckens Originally Appeared on KEYT.com OJAI, Calif. – The Matilija Dam in Ojai will soon become a thing of the past.  The main reason why officials plan on tearing the Matilija Dam down is because it is no longer useful. Plans to tear down the Matilija Dam have been in the works since […]

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  • August 2016
  • Ventura County board endorses St. Francis Dam memorial

    A bill that would establish a national memorial to honor the victims of the St. Francis Dam disaster was endorsed Tuesday by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. The bill has passed the House and is pending in the U.S. Senate. Rep. Julia Brownley, who appeared before supervisors to seek their support, said afterward that […]

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  • VA doctors and patients hook up through cameras and television screens

    Zachary Walker had his doubts about seeing a Department of Veterans Affairs doctor in Sepulveda through a two-way camera and television screen. The Navy veteran from Ventura wondered how she would check him over or listen to his heart. But his concerns about telemedicine were trumped by the frustrating alternative: It would take two months […]

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  • Skype with your doc? ‘Telehealth’ shortens wait times for vets in Ventura County

    Military veterans in Ventura County needing specialty medical care are increasingly seeing their providers through a Skype-like app. The Department of Veterans Affairs calls it “telehealth.” Traffic on the highways between the V.A. outpatient clinic in Oxnard and the veterans hospital in Westwood is a big reason for the change. It simply took too long […]

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  • Brownley sees challenges, progress on visit to Oxnard veterans clinic

    Rep. Julia Brownley got a firsthand look at the operations of Oxnard's outpatient facility for veterans on Tuesday, greeting patients and speaking with staff about their needs. The outpatient clinic on Universe Circle has been identified as having one of the worst backlogs for patient appointments. Compared to other Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinics, […]

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  • June 2016
  • California Democrats join House sit-in

    WASHINGTON — House Democrats, including at least nine from California, staged an ongoing sit-in in the House Chamber Wednesday to demand that Speaker Paul Ryan permit a vote on gun safety legislation. They vowed not to allow a scheduled House break for Independence Day and to occupy the floor until the vote is allowed. “No bill, no break,” they […]

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  • May 2016
  • Turned-off alarm delayed response to Refugio oil spill, federal report says

    WASHINGTON — An alarm that should have notified a Plains All American Pipeline operator of a rupture had been turned off, delaying the response to a devastating oil spill a year ago at Refugio State Beach, officials with the federal pipeline safety agency said Thursday. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration released its final investigative […]

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