We have a sacred responsibility to those who have served our country in uniform. As a daughter, sister, and niece of veterans, I take no responsibility more personally and seriously. When I came to Congress, the very first committee I asked to serve on was the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Both here in Ventura County and at the national level, I have made it my priority to put our nation’s veterans first.

That means helping our servicemembers transition back into civilian life and caring for our veterans by ensuring they all receive timely, high-quality healthcare and benefits they have earned and deserve. It also means tackling veterans homelessness and unemployment and addressing high suicide rates that continue to plague our nation’s heroes.

  • August 2017
  • July 2017
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    House Passes Brownley Bill Expanding Child Care Program to Improve Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 95), legislation introduced by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) to make it easier for veterans to receive healthcare. This bill makes permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expands it so that qualified veterans who are primary caretakers have a convenient, cost-free option for child care when they have VA medical appointments.

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    Brownley Provision Authorizing 28 New VA Health Facility Leases Included in Veterans Choice Program Funding Bill

    Today, Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee (HVAC) announced a bipartisan agreement to authorize 28 VA medical facility leases that have been awaiting approval for years, including a new 41,000-square foot clinic in Oxnard—an effort long spearheaded by HVAC Health Subcommittee Ranking Member Julia Brownley (D-CA). The bill also shores up an additional six months of funding for Veterans Choice, a program that allows some veterans to receive care outside the VA that was created in the wake of the Phoenix wait-time scandal. The House and Senate are each slated to take up the legislation before departing for the August District Work Period.

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    Brownley Bill to Expand Veterans’ Access to Child Care Passes Committee

    Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee passed the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act (H.R. 95), legislation authored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) that would make permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expand it so that all veterans who are primary caretakers have a safe, reliable, and cost-free option for child care when they use VA healthcare.

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  • June 2017
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    House Committee Adopts Brownley Amendments Improving Standards to Better Serve Our Veterans and Curb Human Trafficking

    Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee adopted two amendments offered by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), which would help to prevent human trafficking and enforce veterans’ hiring preference at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The amendments were adopted as part of the 21st Century Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2997). At Congresswoman Brownley’s request, the bill also includes language to improve travel for veterans with disabilities.

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  • Port Hueneme post office dedicated to fallen Seabees

    By Staff Appeared Originally in The Ventura County Star A postal facility in Port Hueneme has been dedicated to fallen Seabees in honor of the Naval Construction Battalion, which marked its 75th anniversary this year. The postal facility at 560 E. Pleasant Valley Road is now the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion “Seabees” Fallen Heroes Post […]

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  • Vietnam vet awarded Purple Heart 48 years after coming home

    By Cheri Carlson Originally Appeared in Ventura County Star David Stull stood in the front of a packed hall, a Purple Heart medal awarded nearly five decades after he came home from war pinned on his jacket lapel. Dozens of people were on their feet, clapping, cheering and whistling. When the room quieted down, Stull, 76, […]

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  • May 2017
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    Brownley Hosts Dedication Ceremony Honoring Fallen Seabees

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley will host a dedication ceremony officially naming the federal postal facility in Port Hueneme as the “U.S. Naval Construction Battalion ‘Seabees’ Fallen Heroes Post Office Building” in honor of the Seabees during their 75th Anniversary.  Captain Chris Janke, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Ventura County, and Captain Mike Saum, Commodore of Naval Construction Group One, will also be in attendance.

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    Brownley Joins Democratic Colleagues to Introduce Bill Expanding VA Services for Women Veterans

    Today there are more than 200,000 women serving in active duty and the number of women veterans continues to grow. Addressing the needs of our growing population of women veterans is one of my top priorities and I am proud to support the Deborah Sampson Act that will expand VA services for women veterans including mental healthcare and peer to peer support groups.

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  • Lawmakers Battle Over Whether New Health Care Bill Hurts Vets

    By Richard Sisk Originally Appeared on Millitary.com A partisan fight broke out in the House Veterans Affairs Committee on Friday over whether the new health care bill proposal to replace Obamacare would help or hurt vets. The Republican chairman of the committee, Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, vehemently said the proposed bill, called the American […]

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  • Oxnard VA clinic moving in right direction

    By Editorial Board Originally Appeared in The Ventura County Star Ventura County veterans who rely on the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care have received a triple dose of good news in the past two weeks, giving us renewed optimism that the VA might finally and permanently fix its longtime health care woes. If […]

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  • April 2017