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Newsletter: 07/15/2014


Location: Washington, DC

Dear Friend,

In recent weeks I have had the privilege of meeting with several San Diegans, including a group of Aaron Price Fellows and Howard and Jean Somers, Coronado residents who are working to make positive changes in the San Diego community and our country. This newsletter also has an update on the disappointing Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case and a recent staff transition in my office.

Joining the Somers to Raise Awareness for Veterans

Since their son's death, Dr. Howard and Jean Somers have become tireless advocates for raising awareness around Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) in our military and veterans' community. I was honored to join them at a forum at the American Legion in Linda Vista. They will also be testifying in front of the House Veterans Affairs Committee in Washington to continue their focus on ensuring that our brave men and women receive the care they need when returning to civilian life.

Welcoming the Aaron Price Fellows to DC

One of my favorite things to do in Washington is talk with San Diegans who are visiting the Capitol. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with a group of San Diego students who were in Washington, D.C., as part of the Aaron Price Fellows program. The students were also able to hear from respected civil-rights leader Congressman John Lewis about the importance of civic engagement. These all-star students had thoughtful questions about college affordability, how to get Congress working again, and what they can do to be engaged in the San Diego community. This was quite an impressive group, who I know will have a positive impact in San Diego and across the country.

Decisions for a Woman and Her Doctor

As a husband, father, and longtime advocate for women's rights, I was extremely disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby Case, to allow corporations to decide which contraceptives its health plans will cover. It seems pretty clear to me that women and their doctors, not bosses, should be in charge of personal health care decisions. The fight for birth control is about much more than family planning -- it's about the right of women to access affordable, safe preventative care wherever they live or work. It is astonishing to me that in 2014 we are still having this debate.

Transitions in my DC office

Recently, Lumay Wang, a Legislative Assistant in my Washington, D.C., office who handled energy, environment, housing, transportation, and more, headed off to graduate-level business school at Northwestern University. She's a smart, talented individual and I want to thank her for serving our constituents with distinction.

Stay in Touch

I hope you'll stay connected with what I am working on and tell me what's important to you. Like my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, add my Google + page to your circles, or visit my website for more information.

One of the most important jobs I have in Congress is providing a number of constituent services. As always if you have any questions, are having trouble with a federal agency, or want to weigh in on a particular issue, feel free to email me or call my offices at 202-225-0508 or 858-455-5550.


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