Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
Khanna Office #1 at Constituent Service
Today, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) announced that our office is a winner for the 2019 Democracy Awards, CMF’s honors program recognizing non-legislative achievement by congressional offices and Members of Congress. Our office is recognized as the most excellent in the Constituent Service category out of 435 House offices.
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.
Recouping Millions of Taxpayer Dollars
Last week, defense contractor TransDigm refunded $16.1 million in excess profits to the Department of Defense (DoD) after I chaired a hearing of the House Oversight Committee to investigate its monopolistic business practices. The hearing was convened in response to my request of DoD’s inspector to explain how TransDigm was price-gouging the U.S. Armed Forces for spare aircraft parts with profit margins of almost 4,500 percent!
In February, the inspector concluded that TransDigm was operating as a hidden monopolist. At the hearing, members on both sides of the aisle condemned TransDigm’s behavior and demanded a refund. This is a good example of what happens when Congress exercises its oversight power to hold bad actors accountable to the American people. I was proud to lead this investigation resulting in the refund, and you can be assured that I will continue to closely monitor defense spending to improve competition and efficiency.
Honoring Community Leaders
Our Congressional District (CA-17) is the only district in the continental United States with an Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) majority. Our district is 60.1 percent AAPI and the next largest in the continental U.S. is 43.1 percent (CA-27 in Southern California).
It was my privilege to honor a group of constituents at this month’s town hall meeting in Santa Clara in recognition of AAPI Heritage Month. The honorees were:
• Thelma Boac: Berryessa Union School District Governing Board Trustee.
• Bindu Fernandes: Executive Director of Narika, which helps domestic violence survivors.
• Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto: Director of Housing at the YWCA Silicon Valley and FUHSD School Board Trustee.
• Nathan Ganeshan: Founder & President of the Board of Community SEVA, which feeds the hungry and serves the homeless.
• Evelyn Chua: Milpitas Planning Commissioner and community activist
Thank you all for your commitment to making our schools, neighborhoods and entire community a better place to live!
Speaking of town halls, it was great to see so many of you and answer your questions at this month’s town hall in Santa Clara. This was our 28th consecutive monthly town hall meeting!
I invite you to my next town hall in Alviso on June 7th starting at 7:30pm at George Mayne Elementary School in the cafeteria. If you can’t attend, you can watch on Facebook Live. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
America Must Not Let China Win
China is the United States’ chief competitor in the race for dominance of the 21st century. Over the previous 40 years, China’s authoritarian government has heavily invested in technology and infrastructure while avoiding expensive military conflict. In that same timeframe, America has remained embroiled in war. Read my full op-ed at the Berggruen Institute on our strategy for how America wins the 21st century.