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Congresswoman Jacobs Announces Highlights from First Year in Office

San Diego, CA, January 3, 2022 | Will McDonald (12028454864)

San Diego, CA - On the first anniversary of being sworn into office, Congresswoman Jacobs released the highlights from her first year in office.

Congresswoman Jacobs releases the following statement: 

“I am honored to represent the people of California’s 53rd District in Congress and to fight for them in Washington, D.C. and San Diego. I am proud to have helped pass historic legislation like the American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill in my first year in office, along with securing significant funding for our communities, and big wins for local military families in the Defense Authorization bill. My office has returned more than $1.2 million dollars to constituents through casework this year and participated in more than 1,800 meetings. I look forward to continuing to work for a brighter future for all, in CA-53 and across the country, in 2022.” 

Leading on Legislation and Policy

  • Introduced legislation calling on the U.S. to prioritize children in global COVID-19 recovery efforts

  • Introduced the U.S. Commitment to Peacekeeping Act to invest more in UN peacekeeping

  • Introduced the bipartisan Diplomatic Support and Security Act to empower diplomats abroad

  • Led and moved in House Foreign Affairs Committee markup a bipartisan resolution calling for stability and cessation of violence in northern Mozambique

  • Introduced the bipartisan Ending Veterans Homelessness Act to support low-income veterans

  • Secured child care and housing benefits for military families through the FY 2022 National Defense Authorization Act

  • Helped create a new basic needs allowance for low-income servicemembers through the FY 2022 NDAA

  • Led the NDAA amendment to rebalance our defense budget

  • Led the successful bicameral push to ensure humanitarian aid and safeguard education in Afghanistan

  • Led the push to name a naval ship after Trinidad Telesforo, the only AAPI sailor to receive the Medal of Honor

  • Successfully urged the Biden Administration to include a third gender marker on U.S. passports

  • Passed amendments in the House on the conflict in Haiti, human rights vetting on counterterrorism assistance, lessons learned on assistance in the Sahel region, and increased oversight of security assistance funding.

Leadership Roles in the House

  • Served as the sole freshman Democrat on the Honorary Escort Committee for Speaker Pelosi’s election as Speaker of the House

  • Appointed by Speaker Pelosi as the Freshman Representative to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the committee that determines committee membership and leadership and sets the policy priorities of the House Democratic Caucus

  • Serves as the highest ranking freshman on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Armed Services Committee

  • Serves as Vice Chair on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on International Development, International Organizations, and Global Corporate Social Impact  

  • Serves as San Diego’s sole representative on the House Armed Services Committee

  • Appointed by Speaker Pelosi as the only freshman Democrat on the House Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth

  • Serves as Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Future Caucus, the bipartisan caucus of millennial Members of Congress

  • Serves as the Vice-Chair of Future Forum, the caucus of the youngest Democratic members

  • Serves as the New Member Representative on the executive board of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus

  • Serves as a founding member of the Honoring Our Promises Working Group, focused on supporting Afghan SIV holders before, during, and after the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan

  • Serves on the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Funds secured for CA-53:

  • Secured $3 million in Community Project Funding to create additional child care spots in San Diego and address the region’s child care crisis, build an outdoor children’s area and homework center at Linda Vista Branch Library, support ADA enhancements for the Balboa Park Starlight Bowl, and revitalize the City Heights/Weingart Library

  • Returned $1,266,176.16 to constituents through federal casework

  • Secured more than $44 billion in infrastructure funding for California through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

  • Secured more than $1 billion in American Rescue Plan funding for local governments and institutions of higher learning in San Diego County to get schools open, keep essential workers on payroll, and maintain services during the pandemic  

Providing For Our Children

  • Returned $192 million to more than 80,000 CA-53 families through the Child Tax Credit

  • Fought to expand and improve the Child Tax Credit for the families of more than 129,000 children in CA-53

  • Secured child care benefits for families in high-cost areas through President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda

Connecting with the Community

  • Participated in five town halls

  • Held more than 1,800 meetings and events

  • Responded to more than 35,000 letters from constituents

  • Completed more than 1,000 constituent cases