Good afternoon. I would like to provide you with a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
In the wake of multiple major cyber attacks in recent months, including the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) and I introduced the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program Act. This bill seeks to bolster America’s cybersecurity capabilities to match the heightened threats of the digital age.
Specifically, the bill will establish the Federal Rotational Cyber Workforce Program (FRCWP), which would allow cybersecurity professionals to rotate through multiple federal agencies to enhance their expertise. The bill also encourages federal leadership to identify positions within their agencies for cybersecurity professionals to rotate through. The Office of Personnel Management will hold jurisdiction over the FRCWP and would be required to distribute a list of open cybersecurity positions to federal government employees.
If we want to continue the era of excellence in American innovation, we need to make a bold investment in our cyber workforce. Silicon Valley has and will continue to lead the world in creativity and scientific discovery, but we can’t rely on private investment alone to protect our cyber-infrastructure from bad actors. The federal government, America’s largest employer, must lead. This dynamic rotational program will give our cyber professionals the wide-ranging experience they need to defend us from growing threats abroad.
Manufactured Housing Tenant’s Bill of Rights
I recently met with mobile homeowners in Sunnyvale who told me that new changes to their mobile home park have made their homes nearly unsellable. These changes also endanger one of the last opportunities for affordable housing in Silicon Valley. To address the concerns of mobile homeowners in the Bay and across the country, I worked with Rep. Cindy Axne (IA) to introduce two pieces of legislation, the Manufactured Housing Tenant’s Bill of Rights and the Manufactured Housing Community Preservation Act, which will protect residents of manufactured housing communities (MHCs) from predatory financial practices, provide them with fundamental rights as tenants, and help keep communities affordable.
The Manufactured Housing Tenant’s Bill of Rights would establish a set of minimum landlord-tenant standards that owners of manufactured housing communities who receive federal financing would have to meet. The bill would require those protections to be posted publicly wherever they apply. It also lays out penalties for any property owner that fails to meet these standards, including compensation for the residents who were harmed.
The Manufactured Housing Community Preservation Act will create a new grant program to help nonprofits, resident-formed cooperatives, and other local entities purchase and maintain an MHC through awards of up to $2 million. It also includes oversight provisions to ensure rents remain affordable for residents after purchase by grant recipients.
For every 100 extremely low-income family in Santa Clara County, there’s only 29 affordable housing units. The federal government must step up and protect manufactured housing and mobile home communities. These two pieces of legislation will help provide those protections.
Endless Frontiers Act Advances in the Senate
In April, I introduced the Endless Frontier Act with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senator Todd Young (R-IN), and Representative Mike Gallagher (R-WI), which seeks to advance and solidify the United States’ leadership in scientific and technological innovation. This legislation will increase investments in the discovery, creation, and manufacturing of technology critical to U.S. national security and economic competitiveness.
Earlier this month, the Endless Frontier Act completed markup and passed in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, bringing it one step closer to law. Currently, it is poised to pass the full Senate in the coming days. I am working to help move this legislation out of the House.
America is in desperate need of major economic and innovative investment. The Endless Frontier Act is precisely the kind of bold, transformative, once-in-a-generation legislation this moment of economic, racial, and scientific uncertainty requires. We cannot maintain a competitive economic and innovative edge against China if we don’t invest in the technologies of the future. Global and technological leadership necessitates a substantial financial commitment to encouraging American science and innovation. I look forward to working with my colleagues in both chambers to ensure this legislation makes it to President Biden’s desk and becomes the law of the land.
House Approves January 6th Commission
On May 19th, I voted with the majority of the House of Representatives to pass legislation establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. The commission would be divided into an evenly split panel of appointed Democrats and Republicans to investigate the incident.
We must determine how and why that horrific attack took place so those responsible can be held accountable, and so we can prevent such a thing from ever happening again. We owe that much to the American people and to those whose lives were lost during the attack, including multiple Capitol Police officers.
Now, it is up to the Senate to pass legislation creating the commission. Hopefully the Senate puts partisanship aside and votes in favor of this initiative.
Updates in the District
Last month, I returned to the 17th district and personally thanked front-line health care workers at Washington Hospital in Fremont, as well as those administering COVID vaccinations at several locations. I also visited the Bill Wilson Center in Santa Clara, West Valley Community Services in Cupertino, and the African American Service Agency in San Jose. Then, I attended the grand opening of an affordable housing project and heard from mobile home residents in Sunnyvale. As we recover from the pandemic, it’s up to all of us to ensure that our most vulnerable are taken care of, and it was a pleasure to see so many in our community doing their part to make that happen.
Our District Office continues to prioritize constituent services and federal agency casework. We have worked hard to create an efficient system to serve you virtually, and in the coming months we will have a gradual return to the physical office. In the meantime, please refer to my website for help with federal agencies or to leave a question, comment, or concern.
Facebook Live Town Halls
Thank you to all who participated in this month’s Facebook Live town hall. In June, I will host a Facebook Live town hall on June 8th at 6:30pm PT. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
Calling for a Ceasefire between Israel and Palestine
Like many of you, I was devastated and heartbroken by the latest outbreak of violence that killed so many Palestinians and Israelis, including children. That is why I led a letter with 137 other members of Congress asking President Biden to take decisive action to end the violence.
Adding a 3rd Gender Marker on Federal IDs
As of 2015, only 11% of trans people nationwide had an accurate name and gender marker on all IDs and records. To address this issue, I introduced legislation to put a third gender option on federal IDs during the last Congress. Recently, I took the next step by sending a letter with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and nearly two dozen of their colleagues to President Biden urging his administration to add a gender inclusive marker (“X”) on all federal IDs. No one should have to lie about who they are on a federal document.
Caseworkers in my Santa Clara office are available to help Silicon Valley residents navigate the bureaucracy of federal agencies and any other concerns during the COVID-19 crisis. My staff can help you solve problems with immigration, visas, Social Security payments and VA paperwork, among other areas. Please call my office at (408) 436-2720 between 9:00am and 5:00pm Monday-Friday if you need assistance. Your call will be promptly answered (remotely) by my staff. You can also contact me online at any time at Khanna.house.gov/contact. While we are unable to meet in-person, my staff is ready to help. Visit my website for more information.