• January 2020
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    Brownley and Takano Shame VA for Flippant Response to Sexual Assault Allegations

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) issued the following statements after VA released a letter calling into question a Committee staffer’s allegations of sexual assault at a VA facility this September. In the letter, Secretary Wilkie claimed, “We believe that VA is a safe place for all Veterans to enter and receive care and services, but the unsubstantiated claims raised by you and your staff could deter our veterans from seeking the care they need and deserve.”

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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Expand Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programs for Women Veterans

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley, Chairwoman of the Women Veterans Task Force, introduced the Women Veterans Therapeutic Transitional Residence in Urban Settings Act, also known as the TRUST Act, which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to analyze the need for long-term, residential, women-specific drug and alcohol dependency treatment and rehabilitation programs, as well as carry out a related pilot program.

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  • December 2019
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    Brownley Applauds Passage of Defense Authorization Bill Supporting Naval Base Ventura County, Servicemembers, and their Families

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) released the following statement on the final bipartisan conference report for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2020. Brownley served as a conferee for the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. The final agreement also included a number of provisions authored by Congresswoman Brownley.

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    Brownley and Davis Introduce CONTRACT Act, Supporting Air Traffic Controllers

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) introduced the Continuity for Operators with Necessary Training Required for ATC Contract Towers (CONTRACT) Act of 2019. This legislation would eliminate financial disincentives that make it hard for federal contract towers to recruit and hire trained, well-qualified, retired FAA controllers.

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    Rancho Campana High School’s Cecelia Wong Wins 2019 Congressional App Challenge for California’s 26th Congressional District

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) today announced that Cecelia Wong, a senior at Rancho Campana High School, won the 2019 Congressional App Challenge for California’s 26th Congressional District. Cecelia created Speek, an augmentative and alternative communication app that helps people with non-verbal disabilities communicate with others.

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  • November 2019
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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Make the Federal Government a Renewable Energy Leader

    Today, Congresswoman Brownley (D-Westlake Village) introduced the Green Energy for Federal Buildings Act, which would require the federal government to increase the amount of renewable energy it consumes to 35% of its total electricity by 2030, 75% by 2040, and 100% by 2050. This bill would also encourage – to the maximum extent possible – that the federal government use renewable energy that is produced on-site at federal facilities, on federal lands, or on tribal lands.

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    Brownley Introduces Bipartisan House Bill to Protect Social Workers and Healthcare Professionals from Workplace Violence

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY) introduced the bipartisan Protecting Social Workers and Human Services Professionals from Workplace Violence Act, which seeks to address the safety needs of social workers and health care professionals by establishing a grant program for social, health, and human service professionals within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund the implementation of state and tribal workplace safety programs. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.

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    Brownley’s Deborah Sampson Act Passes House

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Deborah Sampson Act, legislation authored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), which will address inequities and barriers that women veterans face when accessing VA care and benefits. The bill is named after a Revolutionary War veteran, Deborah Sampson Gannett, who served in the Continental Army from 1782-1783 and was awarded a full military pension for her military service after years of petitioning Congress.

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  • October 2019
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    Brownley’s Deborah Sampson Act Passes House Veterans’ Affairs Committee 

    Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee approved the Deborah Sampson Act, legislation authored by Health Subcommittee Chairwoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village), which will address inequities and barriers that women veterans face when accessing VA care and benefits. The bill is named after a Revolutionary War veteran, Deborah Sampson Gannett , who served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and who was awarded a full military pension for her military service.

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    Brownley Bill to Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Gets Hearing

    Today, the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs (DAMA) held a hearing on the Protect Veterans from Financial Fraud Act (H.R. 592), authored by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village). This legislation will ensure that veterans are better protected from fraud and abuse. 

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