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Pelosi picks Democrats for special panel tackling inequality

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) this week tapped the Democrats who will lead a special committee designed to tackle the yawning disparity between the wealthiest Americans and the nation's working classes. The panel was created in January, as part of the House rules governing the 117th Congress, but has sat idle and unoccupied through the first five months of the session. Pelosi on Tuesday changed ...

Bipartisan lawmakers call on Biden to 'immediately' evacuate Afghans who helped the US

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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on the Biden administration to immediately evacuate thousands of Afghans who have assisted the United States, saying in a letter Friday that those "Afghan friends and allies are at greater risk than ever before" as the US military withdrawal from the country is underway. "After examining this situation through multiple hearings, briefings, and our own of...

Congressional Delegation United on Restoring ‘SALT’ Deduction, Fixing Infrastructure

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The five members of the San Diego County congressional delegation on Wednesday stressed the need to work together and appeared united in seeking to raise the “SALT” tax deduction limit and invest in infrastructure. Democrats Sara Jacobs, Mike Levin, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas met in person for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce‘s annual congressional conversation, while Republican Darrel...

Rep. Jacobs Asks Navy to Name Warship After World War I Filipino American Hero

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Rep. Sara Jacobs has asked the Navy to name a new ship after Telesforo Trinidad, a Filipino American sailor who received the Medal of Honor in 1915. Trinidad, who saved his crewmembers after boiler explosions aboard the armored cruiser USS San Diego, is the only Filipino American and the only Asian American sailor to receive the Medal of Honor. A future USS Telesforo Trinidad would be the first wa...

National push to name next Navy ship after early AAPI hero

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In the US Navy's long history, there has only been one Asian American sailor to have ever received the Medal of Honor. More than 100 years later, there is a national campaign to honor Telesforo Trinidad's legacy. The family room in Daniel Gruta's Mira Mesa home is like a museum. Almost every inch of his wall is covered by many displays of his US Navy achievements and memorabilia. The retired Capta...

Dignitaries tour the 60% completed USNS Harvey Milk

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The construction work on the future U.S. Navy fleet oiler named for slain gay San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk is nearly sixty-percent completed according to a spokesperson for the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company division of General Dynamics Corporation commonly referred to as NASSCO. This past week on the eve of what would have been Milk’s 91st birthday on Saturday, Milk’s nephew Stua...

Elizabeth Warren Wants Joe Biden to Go Bigger on Child Care

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When Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ran for president, one of the first policies she unveiled to establish herself as the wonk candidate was a proposal for universal child care and pre-K. Warren delivered her speech for last summer’s virtual Democratic National Convention from a pandemic-shuttered daycare and used her five minutes of primetime to elevate child care as “the basic infrastructure of...

LGBTQ leaders get sneak peek of Milk naval ship

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LGBTQ leaders are getting a sneak peek this week of the naval ship named after the late gay San Francisco supervisor Harvey Milk. Work on the USNS Harvey Milk, the first Navy vessel to be named after a member of the LGBTQ community, is set to wrap up later this year on schedule. The Navy had announced in 2016 that a fleet replenishment oiler, T-AO 206, would be named in honor of Milk, the first ga...

San Diego's Congressional Delegation Vote in Favor Insurrection Commission

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Democratic representatives Juan Vargas, Sara Jacobs, Mike Levin and Scott Peters all voted in favor of a bill that will create a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection on the Capitol building on Jan. 6. Republican Representative Darrell Issa from the 50th District voted against the commission, saying Congress is already investigating the insurrection attempt from both sides of the a...

Members of Congress critical of military housing

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Members of Congress are responding to a Team 10 investigation that uncovered claims that some San Diego military housing was unsafe and had areas with mold. The claims are outlined in several lawsuits filed by San Diego area families. The lawsuits filed against Lincoln Property Management and San Diego Family Housing claim their military housing was unsafe, saying it had microbial contamination an...