A quick update from Rep. Huffman
This week, I am returning to Washington after a busy few weeks at home in California. I have been truly impressed by the level of civic engagement in our communities. Thousands of you, especially young people, have been attending my public meetings and voicing your opinions through emails, phone calls, and letters.
Fighting for Commonsense Gun Violence Prevention
In response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students and young people are leading a movement to say “enough is enough” to our nation’s gun violence epidemic. I recently hosted a student summit on gun violence with hundreds of students, parents, and educators at Dominican University where I had the opportunity to hear from young people and to answer their questions. Listen to highlights of our conversation on my podcast here: https://medium.com/@RepHuffman/new-episode-gun-violence-student-summit-69fcb22d92a2
Stopping Offshore Drilling
Recently, I joined my colleagues Reps. Mike Thompson and Jackie Speier in hosting a public discussion to highlight just how dangerous the new offshore drilling proposal from the Trump administration proposal will be. The message received was loud and clear: “no drilling off our coast!”
I’m so grateful to everyone who joined the conversation, and I promise that I’ll keep leading the fight in Congress to make sure there’s not one drop of oil from new drilling leases off our coast.
Back in Washington
- I introduced a bill to modernize America’s schools: This legislation provides schools and public libraries a new funding stream to pay for construction and repair of their facilities, including the repair of leaking roofs, crumbling walls, poor ventilation, asbestos removal, energy efficiency improvements, and reducing energy use. You can learn more about it here.
- I invited Sonoma County supervisor Susan Gorin to testify before Congress about wildfire impacts and recovery: I invited Supervisor Gorin to share lessons from Sonoma County as well as her personal story during the devastating wildfires and long path to recovery. You can read more here.
- I urged Secretary Ross to swiftly and robustly fund Pacific Coast fishery disasters: The bipartisan budget deal that passed Congress in February provided $200 million in long-overdue fishery disaster relief for coastal communities. This funding will be divided between several fishery disasters nationwide, but first Commerce Secretary Ross needs to release the funding. Learn more about our bipartisan effort.
Please don’t be a stranger. Contact me via Twitter, Facebook, email, or call one of my district offices and we will continue to help to the best of our ability. And check out my Instagram account to see photos from my Washington, D.C., office and across the 2nd district!
With Best Regards,
Member of Congress