• February 2019
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    Hill-Brownley Bill to Memorialize Saint Francis Dam Disaster Goes to President’s Desk for Signature

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Natural Resources Management Act (S. 47), which includes a bill co-authored by Congresswoman Katie Hill (D-CA) and Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) to establish a memorial and national monument for the 1928 Saint Francis Dam disaster. California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris introduced the bill in the Senate, which was incorporated into S. 47 and passed by the Senate on February 12. With today’s House passage, the legislation goes to the President’s desk for signature. More than 400 people perished when the dam burst on March 12, 1928, making this the second deadliest tragedy in California state history, behind only the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

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    House Passes Brownley Bill to Expand 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. 840), a bill introduced by Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, to break down barriers for veterans to access healthcare. This legislation will make permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expand it so that veterans across the nation who are parents, grandparents, or other caretakers of young children have a convenient, cost-free child care option when they have VA medical appointments. Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) was the original co-sponsor of the bill, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate on Monday.

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    Brownley Statement on 2019 State of the Union

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, issued a statement today after President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

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  • January 2019
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    Brownley Introduces Bills to Increase Local Infrastructure Investment, Cut Big Oil Subsidies

    Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) today introduced two pieces of legislation that would increase local infrastructure investments, improve safety, create jobs, and reduce congestion. Specifically, the first bill would eliminate tax subsidies for Big Oil and redirect those funds to the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program, which helps states and localities fund infrastructure projects. The second bill would increase the portion of the STBG program that goes directly to local communities, like Ventura County.

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    Brownley and Higgins Introduce Bill to Expand Child Care Program to Improve Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA), newly elected Chairwoman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Health Subcommittee, introduced the Veterans’ Access to Child Care Act, legislation which would make permanent the VA’s Child Care Pilot Program and expand it so that veterans across the nation who are primary caretakers have a convenient, cost-free option for child care when they have VA medical appointments. Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY) is an original co-sponsor of the bill.

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    Brownley Introduces Bill to Add Port of Hueneme and Other Major Ports to National Multimodal Freight Network

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the National Multimodal Freight Network Improvement Act, which would require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to include the Port of Hueneme and other ports with annual cargo value of $1 billion or more on the National Multimodal Freight Network. The Network was established to strengthen economic competitiveness, reduce congestion and bottlenecks, and improve the safety, security, efficiency, and reliability of freight transportation. There is concern that the Port of Hueneme and other major ports will be excluded from the Network — contrary to original Congressional intent — if only cargo weight, and not value, are considered for inclusion.

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    Brownley and Westerman to Lead Dyslexia Caucus in 116th Congress

    Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) announced that they will once again co-chair the bipartisan House Dyslexia Congress in the 116th Congress. The Dyslexia Caucus was founded as a bipartisan task force dedicated to increasing public awareness about dyslexia, identify policies that will support individuals as they overcome dyslexia, and ensure equal educational and career opportunities for individuals with dyslexia.

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