Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
The Need for an Impeachment Inquiry
President Trump’s actions have made it abundantly clear that the House Judiciary Committee must move forward with an impeachment inquiry. I fully support Judiciary Chairman Nadler’s decision to begin formal impeachment proceedings, and will vote in favor of the committee’s recommendation on the House floor. The President must be held accountable for any information on wrongdoing that may arise from the six House committees investigating his campaign, administration, and personal finances.
Responding to Police Violence
On the fifth anniversary of the tragic police killing of young Michael Brown, Jr., I stood with my colleague Congressman Lacy Clay in Ferguson, Missouri to announce our bill, the PEACE Act. This groundbreaking piece of legislation would change the federal standard for the use of force by federal officers to require that force be used only when necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury. It would also require officers to employ de-escalation techniques and encourage states to pass similar laws to be applied to local law enforcement.
Following last year’s police shooting of Stephon Clark, an unarmed man standing in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento, and the 2009 police shooting of Oscar Grant at the Fruitvale BART Station, California has set an example in passing an improved use-of-force standard. My bill takes this force-reduction approach and applies it nationwide. Too many Americans, especially young men of color, have been wrongfully beaten or killed at the hands of police. It is time to take the common-sense approach to solve this issue and make everyone safer.
Congressional Gold Medal for Local Hero
It was my honor to posthumously present the Congressional Gold Medal to Mr. Shunso Watanabe. Mr. Watanabe was held as a teenager in a WWII Japanese American internment camp before joining the U.S Army at the age of 18. He was assigned to the Military Intelligence Service Language School at the Presidio of Monterey where his role was to translate secret Japanese documents.
With help from his family, our office determined that Mr. Watanabe was eligible for the Congressional Gold Medal designated for the Nisei soldiers who served during WWII and were able to procure his rightful award. Heroes like him deserve our unqualified respect.
It was great to see so many of you and answer your questions at this month’s town hall in Sunnyvale. I hope to see you again at my next town hall in North San Jose on September 15th starting at 3:30 PM at Morrill Middle School in the Multipurpose Room. If you can’t attend, you can watch on Facebook Live. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
Preventing the Next Cambridge Analytica Scandal
In the Digital Era, it is more important now than ever that internet users feel that their data and privacy are protected online. Massive scandals like Cambridge Analytica and the Equifax hack have degraded the public’s confidence in our digital institutions. Read my full profile in GQ on how government and tech firms can work together to restore the trust of all Americans.
Ensuring Our Veterans Receive the Benefits They Earned
Every year, some veterans encounter barriers when attempting to enroll in disability and pension benefits, delaying their ability to access the compensation they have earned through their sacrifice. I introduced the bipartisan BARRIERS Act which seeks to understand the obstacles they face and how the process can improve. Read more at Connecting Vets.
Caseworkers in my Santa Clara office are available to help Silicon Valley residents navigate the bureaucracy of federal agencies. My staff can help you solve problems with immigration, visas, Social Security payments and VA paperwork, among other areas. Please note our new location at 3150 De La Cruz Blvd., Suite 240, Santa Clara, CA 95054. We are just north of the Trimble/De La Cruz exit off Highway 101. Visit my website for more information.