• July 2019
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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Help Americans Start Small Businesses

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) introduced the Start Up in a Day Act, legislation that will permanently authorize the Small Business Administration’s initiative to streamline the tedious processes of starting a business. The bill establishes a competitive grant program for states and local governments to assist entrepreneurs in starting a small business by developing the tools that will allow them to apply for licenses and permits needed to start a business within 24 hours or less.

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  • June 2019
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    Brownley Hosts Roundtable on Challenges in Advocacy for Women Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, hosted the first Women Veterans Task Force roundtable with a diverse group of women veterans who are current or past leaders in Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) to discuss how to address and resolve representational challenges in our nation’s VSOs.

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    House Approves Brownley Amendment to Increase Funding for Wildfire Science

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that included an amendment offered by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) to increase federal funding for wildfire science research. Brownley offered her amendment to the FY 2020 appropriations bill (H.R. 3055) to increase funding for the Joint Fire Science Program within the U.S. Department of Interior from $3 million to $4 million.

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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Ensure Women Veterans’ Have Access to Gender-Specific Care

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health and Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Women Veterans Equal Access to Quality Care Act, which would ensure that gender-specific services are continuously available at every VA medical center and community-based outpatient clinic for our nation’s women veterans.

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    Brownley Introduces BEST Act to Encourage Bilingual Proficiency Among High School Students and Improve U.S. Workforce Competitiveness

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) reintroduced the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST) Act. The bill establishes a federal grant program to help states create and implement a Seal of Biliteracy program that encourages and recognizes high school students who achieve proficiency in both English and at least one other language to better enable young people to compete in the global workforce.

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    Brownley and Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Castor Take Tour of Ventura County to See Firsthand the Impacts of Climate Change and Efforts Underway to Combat These Effects

    On Friday, May 31st, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (D-FL), Chair of the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, took a tour of Ventura County to discuss the various ways climate change is already affecting and will continue to impact different sectors of the region. Congresswoman Brownley and Chair Castor visited Naval Base Ventura County – Point Mugu, held a roundtable discussion at the Port of Hueneme, and toured Houweling’s Tomatoes in Camarillo.  

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  • May 2019
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    Brownley Announces Members of the Bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s new Women Veterans Task Force, announced the 48 members and participants of the bipartisan group of lawmakers that will work to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans.

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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Expand VA Counseling Program for Women Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health and Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Building Supportive Networks for Women Veterans‎ Act, a bill that would expand and make permanent the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pilot program on counseling in retreat settings for women veterans coping with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and other wounds of war.

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  • Health Care Shouldn’t be a Battle for Female Vets

    The first female combat veteran was wounded in action in 1782 while serving in George Washington’s army during the Revolutionary War. Deborah Sampson, disguised as a man, was shot twice in the leg. Terrified she would be discovered, she removed one of the bullets herself. Her leg never fully healed. After the war, she married and became a mother. While Congress granted her a pension in 1805, Deborah Sampson continued to struggle with the long-term health impacts of her combat wounds for the rest of her life.

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    Rep. Brownley Announces Sen. Tammy Duckworth Will Lead New Women Veterans Task Force Efforts in Senate

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) today announced the launch of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s new bipartisan Women Veterans Task Force and that Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), an Army veteran, will spearhead a corresponding effort in the Senate. The mission of the Task Force is to increase the visibility of the two million women veterans living in the United States and to promote inclusivity and equitable access to resources, benefits, and healthcare for women veterans.

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