Originally published in the VC Reporter

…”Congresswoman Brownley: job training for vets, treatment of TSA officers

Congresswoman Julia Brownley, D-Westlake Village, has hit the ground running as part of the new Democratic majority in the U.S. House with several new bills aimed at addressing local and national issues.

On Jan. 8, Brownley introduced The Mortgage Insurance Tax Deduction Act and The Mortgage Debt Tax Forgiveness Act, which would make permanent a deduction for mortgage insurance premiums and income tax exclusion for mortgage debt forgiveness, both of which expired on Dec. 31, 2017.

Joining with fellow House Democrats, Brownley introduced the For the People Act, H.R. 1, an anti-corruption reform bill that includes a section co-authored by Brownley aimed at ending partisan gerrymandering by requiring states to adopt a citizen redistricting commission.

“The American people sent a resounding message on Election Day rejecting President Trump’s culture of chaos and corruption,” said Brownley. “My Democratic colleagues and I are hard at work now to restore our democracy and return our government to one of, by and for the people once again.”

Also introduced by Brownley: Honoring Our Fallen TSA Officers Act, federal Transportation Security Administration employees killed in the line of duty would receive the same death benefits as other federal law enforcement officers. This bill was introduced in response to the death of TSA Officer Gerardo I. Hernandez at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

Finally, Brownley has introduced three bills aimed at assisting veterans find work. The “Help Hire Our Heroes Act,” “Reduce Unemployment for Veterans of All Ages Act,” and the “Veteran Entrepreneurs Act” all aim to provide assistance and reduce barriers for veterans in finding a job, receiving assistance or starting their own business.

The full text of each of these bills can be read at www.juliabrownley.house.gov.”…

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