Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
Centers of Excellence
I am pleased to report that my fourth bill to be signed into law (H.R.5901) will establish an Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program. It is intended to help bring state of the art technology and cybersecurity to the federal government in order to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of federal information. I am hopeful this program will make government more efficient and more helpful to the American people.
The Centers of Excellence program will save money for taxpayers and bring state of the art technology to the federal government at a time when cybersecurity is paramount.
Regrettably, negotiations to deliver urgent relief to Americans struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic have not advanced. The House passed the $2 trillion CARES Act in March, the $3.4 trillion Heroes Act in May, and a second $2.2 trillion Heroes Act in October. However, the Senate has only passed the CARES Act and failed to pass any version of the Heroes Act. Right now, Senate Leader McConnell is in favor of a lean $500 billion stimulus bill, while Secretary Mnuchin is willing to sign off on a relief package of around $2 trillion.
I will continue to push leadership to make a deal that will prioritize workers over big corporations. Struggling American families need help now, we cannot afford to wait.
Updates in the District
In addition to hosting two virtual town hall meetings per month since March, my district office recently hosted its first episode in the ‘Series on Race,’ featuring Dr. Algernon Austin. We will continue hosting important roundtables and town halls to discuss some of the most important issues affecting the district and the country. Hearing your input and having your engagement is the most important aspect of these discussions, so please be sure to tune in to Facebook to learn more about upcoming events.
My district office continues to prioritize resolving federal agency issues for constituents. If we can provide assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us here: https://khanna.house.gov/services/help-with-a-federal-agency.
Facebook Live Town Halls
Thank you to all who participated in this month’s Facebook Live town halls. In December, I will host a Facebook Live town hall on December 15th at 12:30pm Pacific. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
21st Century Jobs Act
Last month, I introduced the 21st Century Jobs Act, which was recently highlighted in the San Jose Spotlight. The 21st Century Jobs Act would allocate $900 billion over ten years for research and development in emerging technologies and create a Federal Institute of Technology with locations strategically placed in areas left behind by the tech economy. America must invest in tech jobs in order to compete in the 21st century, and that is what my bill will do.
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 9:00 am 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.