• November 2016
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    Rep. Brownley Introduces Bill to Protect National Guard Members from Unfair Repayments

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the Honor Our National Guard Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, legislation that would prohibit the recoupment of bonuses given to National Guard members.  Additionally, it would require the Department of Defense to repay those who have already returned their bonuses, as well as the […]

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  • October 2016
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    Rep. Brownley Statement on DOD’s Decision to Suspend Repayment Efforts

    Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) released the following statement on the Pentagon’s decision to temporarily suspend efforts to seek repayment of enlistment bonuses and benefits given to California National Guard members. “I am pleased that the Department of Defense responded to the outcry from citizens across our country to address this injustice against […]

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  • 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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    Rep. Brownley Outraged by Unfair Demands to Repay Enlistment Benefits for California National Guard Servicemembers

    Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26) released the following statement regarding recent reports that the Department of Defense is seeking repayment of enlistment bonuses from over 9,700 California National Guard servicemembers and veterans: “I am outraged that our servicemembers and veterans are being asked to repay bonuses and benefits promised to them when they […]

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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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  • September 2016
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    Brownley Veteran Medical Access Act Signed Into Law

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Julia Brownley (CA-26) announced the enactment of her bill, the Veterans Medical Access Act, which was approved by Congress as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325).  The law was signed yesterday by President Obama. “Too […]

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    Rep. Brownley Introduces Legislation to Authorize Leases for Critical New VA Medical Facilities

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced H.R. 6220, a bill that would authorize the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to move forward with 24 healthcare facility leases that are currently backlogged in Congress, including the proposed  47,200 square foot Oxnard Community Clinic. “Here in Ventura County and […]

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    Rep. Brownley Statement on the Passage of the Continuing Resolution

    WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Julia Brownley issued the following statement after the House passed the FY2017 Continuing Appropriations and Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Zika Response and Preparedness Act (H.R. 5325).  The bill funds the Department of Veterans Affairs and military construction projects for upcoming year, provides funds to address the Zika crisis, and funds other […]

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    Brownley Announces Over $3.2 Million in Grants to Support STEM Programs at Local Colleges and Universities

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley announced that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded over $3.2 million in grants to local colleges and universities to support activities and programs to increase the number of Latino and low-income students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions in Ventura County. The […]

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    Rep. Brownley Announces $1.6 Million Grant for Kellogg Park

    VENTURA, CA – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley announced a $1.6 million grant from the National Park Service (NPS) to the City of Ventura for the construction of the newly proposed Kellogg Park. The funding would cover landscaping, construction of the playground, open space, picnic areas, and fitness equipment. “I am pleased that the City of […]

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    Congressional App Challenge

    The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a competition aimed at encouraging U.S. high school students in California’s 26th Congressional District to learn how to code by creating their own applications. The Challenge is intended to highlight the value of computer science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and encourage students to engage in […]

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    Rep. Brownley urges action to address delays in authorizing new VA facilities

    Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA) urged congressional colleagues to address the bureaucratic roadblock that hinders Congress’ ability to authorize leases for new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities during the House Veterans Affairs’ Committee (HVAC) mark-up.  The delay in authorizing leases prevents the VA from constructing or leasing much needed clinics […]

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    Rep. Brownley announces permanent Coast Guard base at Naval Base Ventura County

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley announced that the Coast Guard has decided to make their current operating base at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) permanent. The Coast Guard move to NBVC is due to the previously announced closure of the Air Station Los Angeles facility at Los Angeles International Airport. (Please see the […]

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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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    Helping Ventura County’s Veterans and Their Families

    Dear Friends, As a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, it is one of my top priorities to serve Ventura County veterans and their families to the best of my ability. Every day, my office provides assistance to veterans on an array of federal issues. Whether it’s supporting veterans with VA claims, helping them […]

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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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