Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
National Census Day is Right Around the Corner
National Census Day is on April 1st, and over the next three weeks every household in America will receive official mail from the Census Bureau with instructions on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail. It is important that you respond and account for your entire household in order to ensure that everyone is counted.
The Census is a constitutionally mandated count of our nation’s population once every ten years. The results are used to ensure fair representation by reapportioning the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the electoral college for the next decade. The Census also helps decide the distribution of federal spending throughout the country—that is taxpayer money for public schools, hospitals, and other important community services from which we all benefit.
Federal law protects your responses and prohibits the government from sharing your information with anyone, including immigration and law enforcement agencies. The law also prohibits your responses from being used to deny or determine your eligibility for government benefits.
It is so important for everyone to respond and be counted in the Census. You and your whole family deserve to be represented and to be able to access your fair share of vital community resources.
African American Jobs Fair and Census Town Hall Recap
On February 22nd, our office held a 2020 Census Town Hall in Milpitas and an African American Jobs Fair at San Jose State University. Our Census event included a panel discussion highlighting the need to address the unique perspectives and concerns of all our constituents when promoting a complete count in 2020. At our jobs fair, I encouraged tech companies to take thoughtful, deliberate efforts to include more black students in the technological revolution, and to develop lasting partnerships with underrepresented communities.
February Town hall
It was great to see so many of you and answer your questions at this month’s general issues town hall in Santa Clara and Census town hall in Milpitas. I hope to see you again at my next town hall in Milpitas on Sunday, March 29, starting at 3:30 pm at the Milpitas Community Center Auditorium. RSVP here.
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Introducing the 21st Century Jobs Act
In the coming weeks, I will introduce a $900 billion proposal to expand job growth, economic development and opportunities across America. This will vastly increase federal investment in research and development initiatives targeting many of the communities that have been left behind in the tech booms of the last few decades. Read more in Vanity Fair.
Making Passports Gender-Inclusive
Currently, 15 states (including California), the District of Columbia, and at least 10 other countries offer individuals the option of indicating a non-binary gender identity on state-issued ID cards. Unfortunately, the U.S. State Department has not followed suit with passport options, effectively discriminating against countless Americans. I introduced a bill that would fix that by requiring the State Department to offer a third option of “X” for non-binary and Americans applying for passports. Read full coverage in The Washington Post.
Modernizing Apprenticeships for the New Economy
While the 21st Century economy has expanded opportunities, it has also revealed weaknesses in our workforce training. Many high-skill, high-wage jobs that do not necessarily need a bachelor’s degree remain vacant. To address this, I introduced the bipartisan Student Apprenticeship Act, which will help colleges and employers partner to establish apprenticeship programs where students work and get paid as apprentices learning a trade while also taking classes and working towards a degree. Read more in TIME.
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. Constituents are welcome to visit us 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.