• April 2016
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    Brownley Presents Bronze Star to High School Teacher

    On Thursday, April 7th, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) presented Sgt. Emmet Cullen, a local high school teacher, with the Bronze Star Medal that he earned during his service in Iraq. Sergeant Emmet Cullen, now a Buena High School social studies teacher, received the Bronze Star with Valor for his exceptional actions in protecting his platoon and saving the lives of fellow servicemembers during his deployment in Mosul, Iraq in 2006. 

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  • Buena teacher receives Bronze Star for his wartime heroism 10 years ago

    With hundreds of students looking on, Buena High School social studies teacher Emmet S. Cullen received a Bronze Star with Valor on Thursday for his heroic actions 10 years ago during the Iraq War, when he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley came to the short midday ceremony in the […]

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  • March 2016
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    Brownley and Federal Railroad Administrator Announce $1.5M Grant for Rice Avenue Rail Safety Project

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) hosted an event with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Sarah E.Feinberg to announce a $1.5 million grant for the Rice Avenue rail safety project.  They were joined by other local officials to discuss this grant to the state of California to fund the design of a bridge to carry vehicular traffic on Rice Avenue over railroad tracks.

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  • Shunned decades ago, Vietnam vets are honored and thanked

    At the front of a room filled with Vietnam veterans, a blue banner offered this message Tuesday: “A grateful nation thanks and honors you.” Bill Rowley, wearing his Army 1st Calvary Division cap, remembered people glaring at him as he walked through a San Francisco airport on his way back from the Vietnam War in 1970. […]

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  • Female armed forces veterans bound by service, sacrifice

      FINDING COMMON GROUND—Shawn Terris of Ventura, left, a veteran and former motor transport officer in the Marine Corps, expresses her concerns about sexual assaults in the military at U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley’s roundtable discussion March 10 at the Camarillo Library. Below, Connie Hanson, who is retired from the U.S. Air National Guard, discusses the […]

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    Brownley Hosts Income Tax Assistance Workshop

    On Saturday, March 19, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) will host an Income Tax Assistance Workshop in Oxnard. This free service is available to individuals who earned less than $54,000 in 2015. Representatives with the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate and Brownley staff will also be available to answer questions.

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  • Women veterans talk about assault, bias and identity crisis

    JUAN CARLO/THE STAR Shawn Terris of Ventura speaks to U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley in a roundtable event for women veterans in Camarillo. Terris served in the Marine Corps. Posted: March 10, 2016    JUAN CARLO/THE STAR U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley walks into a roundtable event for women veterans at the Camarillo Public Library. JUAN CARLO/THE STAR […]

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    Brownley Hosts Round Table with Female Veterans

    On Thursday, March 10, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) will host a roundtable with female veterans and key community stakeholders to discuss the unique experiences they have faced returning to civilian life and accessing VA healthcare and other benefits. 

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    Brownley Hosts Town Hall to Discuss Legislation to Expand and Preserve Rim of the Valley Corridor

    On Wednesday, March 9, Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) will host a town hall event in Oak Park. The town hall will allow constituents, advocates and homeowners to discuss the final report on the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resources Study which examined the possibility of expanding the boundary of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) to include the Rim of the Valley. The report recommends a significant expansion of the existing recreation area, and has been delivered to Congress and the public.

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  • February 2016
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    New VA Cinic for Ventura County Clears Hurdle

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, is pleased to announce that the full committee approved H.R. 4590, legislation that would authorize a new 47,000 square foot, VA-run Community Clinic in Ventura County. 

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    Bipartisan Dyslexia Bill Becomes Law

    President Obama today signed the bipartisan Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia Act (READ Act) (H.R. 3033) into law. The READ Act was introduced by Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) who are co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Dyslexia Caucus. The Caucus is comprised of over 100 Members of Congress and is dedicated to increasing public awareness about dyslexia and ensuring all students have equal educational opportunities.

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  • Brownley’s legislation raises awareness of suicides among women veterans

    Rep. Julia Brownley has won unanimous House approval of her first solo piece of legislation. It will come as no surprise to those who have followed her career in Washington that it is focused on veterans. The Westlake Village Democrat introduced a House resolution about the growing problem of women veterans' suicides. It was passed […]

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    Brownley Amendments Approved to Improve Wildfire Fighting and Reduce Human Trafficking

    Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee adopted two amendments offered by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) to the Aviation Innovation, Reform and Reauthorization Act (AIRR Act/H.R. 4441). The bill will reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration programs, including the Airport Improvement Program, address aviation safety, improve the aircraft certification process, and privatize air traffic control services.

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  • Study of female veterans suicide would be required, under new legislation

    The Veterans Affairs Department needs to better understand the problem of suicide among female veterans and determine how best to treat at-risk women, according to a bill passed by the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Female Veterans Suicide Prevention bill, HR 2915, would require VA to identify mental health and suicide prevention programs that […]

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  • Alarming Suicide Trend Among Women Vets Targeted By Rep. Brownley Bill

    The U.S. House passed the measure, authored by Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., by voice vote. Female veterans are six times more likely to commit suicide than non-veteran females. The Ventura County Star: Brownley Bill Aims To Reduce Suicides Among Female Military Veterans Seeking to implement the most effective methods of preventing suicide by female military […]

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    Brownley Announces $11.63 Million for Ventura Harbor Dredging

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced $11.6 million for the Ventura Harbor dredging project. The FY2016 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work plan includes $7.33 million for the current project, which is already underway.  The President’s FY2017 budget request includes $4.3 million for dredging Ventura Harbor next year.

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