Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
House Passes my Bipartisan Prohibition of Unconstitutional War with Iran
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives took a historic step by passing my bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act which would prohibit any military strike against Iran without Congressional approval. In a decisive and bipartisan vote of 251 to 170, the House reasserted Congress’s constitutionally-granted authority on matters of war and peace.
In addition to blocking funds for another endless war, my amendment clarifies that neither the 2001 nor 2002 Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs) can be invoked to justify the use of military force against Iran. I have spent my career standing up against costly wars needlessly endangering our troops and destabilizing entire regions. This was a big victory for returning to a sensible and restrained foreign policy.
Update on Landfill Odor and Airplane Noise Issues
Our district office team continues working on two regional problems affecting our constituents: airplane noise and landfill odor.
Airplane noise continues to be a problem in Silicon Valley neighborhoods. Our office has been active in the Santa Clara/Santa Cruz Counties Airport/Community Roundtable since it first convened in February. I am working to bring the stakeholders together. Constituents, local representatives and FAA officials are focusing on concrete solutions with the goal of alleviating residents of the noise and disruption.
Another of our top priorities is addressing the effects of odors and airborne particulates on our constituents, particularly those in Milpitas. Broad participation in the South Bay Odor Stakeholders Group in recent months resulted in the year-long Bay Area Air Quality Management District odor source study. We look forward to the results of the upcoming odor monitoring program. Source identification will lead to improvements in mitigation, oversight and enforcement, which are all necessary to improve the quality of life in Milpitas.
Last month, our office won the Democracy Award for Constituent Service from the Congressional Management Foundation. Please contact us if you would like more information about either issue.
It was great to see so many of you and answer your questions at this month’s town hall in Milpitas. I hope to see you again at my next town hall in Sunnyvale on August 24 starting at 3:30 PM at Peterson 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.
Introduction of Bipartisan Broadband Economic Impact Bill
Access to broadband is critically important for opportunity and success but remains unavailable to many Americans living in rural and under-served areas. I introduced a bipartisan and bicameral bill that moves America closer to universal broadband, a necessity if we truly want to lead the 21st century and the Digital Age. Read more at Morning Consult.
Introduction of Farmer Fairness Act
In response to the abuses of monopolies and trusts spreading to the agriculture industry, I have introduced a bill that takes those large corporate interests head on. The Farmer Fairness Act requires major agribusiness companies to abide by the same rules to which they subject their farmers, so that these international conglomerates cannot escape liability while their farmer subcontractors pay for all of it. Read more at Feedstuffs.
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.