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House OKs Protections for ‘Dreamers’ and Farmworkers; Issa Is Sole San Diego Delegation ‘No’

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The House of Representatives on Thursday passed bills providing a pathway to citizenship for the “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, as well as for a large number of immigrant farmworkers. Nearly 200,000 people covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program live in California. Many speak only English, have no connection to the count... Read more »

House OKs Dems’ immigration bills for Dreamers, farm workers

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The House voted Thursday to unlatch a gateway to citizenship for young Dreamers, migrant farm workers and immigrants who’ve fled war or natural disasters, giving Democrats wins in the year’s first votes on an issue that once again faces an uphill climb to make progress in the Senate. On a near party-line 228-197 vote, lawmakers approved one bill offering legal status to around 2 million Dreamers, ... Read more »

Congresswoman Sara Jacobs explains how COVID-19 relief bill will impact San Diegans

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President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion relief package Thursday he says will help the U.S. defeat the coronavirus and nurse the economy back to health. Congresswoman Sara Jacobs applauded the passage of American Rescue Plan and released the following statement: “The American Rescue Plan will save lives, jobs, and businesses, and I was proud to vote for it. I am particularly excited t... Read more »

Jacobs, Peters Tell Why They Voted for Background Checks

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Two San Diego members of Congress – Democrats Sara Jacobs and Scott Peters –had personal reasons for joining with the majority in the House of Representatives that passed companion gun safety measures on Thursday. Jacobs told her colleagues that “as a millennial, I am a member of what is known as the Columbine generation, a generation that grew up in the shadow of gun violence and school shootings... Read more »

$1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill Passes With Only Rep. Issa Among San Diego Delegation Opposing

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The House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday to one of the largest economic stimulus measures in U.S. history, a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that gives President Joe Biden his first major victory in office. Rep. Darrell Issa was the only member of the San Diego congressional delegation to oppose the bill, saying “the bill contains no coherent commitment to fully op... Read more »

Bill Introduced to Address Water Pollution at U.S.-Mexico Border

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A coalition of San Diego County elected representatives introduced a bill Monday to address water pollution along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Border Water Quality Restoration and Protection Act would designate the Environmental Protection Agency as the lead coordinating federal, state, and local agencies’ efforts to build and maintain infrastructure projects aimed at reducing pollution along the b... Read more »

San Diego lawmakers spell out spending in national COVID-19 relief bill

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San Diego — Federal COVID-19 relief funding could jump-start struggling businesses and restaurants and fuel a wartime production effort to manufacture vaccines, local congressional delegates said at a press conference in San Diego on Friday. Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-San Diego) organized the event at Veterans Village with several other lawmakers, nonprofit executives and business owners, to discuss the ... Read more »

San Diego’s Democrats in Congress Urge Support of $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill

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The four Democrats who represent the San Diego region in Congress urged support of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan on Friday, promising that “help is on the way” to end economic devastation wrought by the pandemic “This is not about going back to the way things were. This is about reimagining,” said Rep. Sara Jacobs, who organized a press briefing at Veterans Village of San Diego. Joining h... Read more »

4 S.D. Congressmembers extol $1.9T American Rescue Plan

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SAN DIEGO – Just how much is $1.9 trillion, and what can be done with that much money? Well, on Friday, just to cover the basics of the American Rescue Plan that they all voted for, it took speeches by four Democratic members of Congress who represent San Diego County. Another eight speakers amplified on various aspects of the landmark legislation. Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, who organized the pres... Read more »

House votes to pass Equality Act, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity

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The House voted Thursday to pass the Equality Act, a far-reaching measure that has been decades in the making and would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The legislation was passed by the House in 2019 but blocked in the Republican-led Senate. This time, Democrats control the White House, House and Senate. President Biden has signaled his support for the mea... Read more »