Weekly Update from Rep. Denham - August 9, 2013
I’ve had a great time this week at home, where I’ve toured businesses throughout our district, met with many constituents, and visited some of my favorite spots. I’m looking forward to speaking with many more of you at our rolling townhall meeting this Thursday. I’ll be boarding ACE Train #08 out of the San Jose station at 5:35 and will be onboard in a specially-marked car until the train pulls into the Stockton station at 7:47. Please stop by the car to meet with me and let me know what issues are important to you. A detailed schedule for the train is below if you would like to hop on at another stop.
Thursday, August 15, 2013: ACE Train #08 – San Jose to Stockton – Eastbound Train
5:35 p.m. – Departs San Jose Station, 65 Cahill Street, San Jose, CA 95110
5:40 p.m. – Departs Santa Clara Station, 1001 Railroad Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050
5:49 p.m. – Departs Great America Station, 5099 Stars & Stripes, Santa Clara, CA 95054
6:05 p.m. – Departs Fremont Station, 37260 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont, CA 94536
6:28 p.m. – Departs Pleasanton Station, 4950 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566
6:37 p.m. – Departs Livermore Station, 2418 Railroad Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550
6:42 p.m. – Departs Vasco Road Station, 575 South Vasco Road, Livermore, CA 94550
7:11 p.m. – Departs Tracy Station, 4800 Tracy Boulevard, Tracy, CA 95377
7:23 p.m. – Departs Lathrop/Manteca Station, 17800 Shideler Parkway, Lathrop, CA 95330
7:47 p.m. – Arrives Stockton Station, Robert J. Cabral Station, 949 E. Channel Street, Stockton, CA 95202
The President is expected to sign into law today a student loan fix based on the one the House came up with, and I supported, in May. I acted months ago to pass a market-based solution which takes Washington politicians out of the rate-setting game and ensures that student loan rates are tied to the market itself, hoping to prevent loan rates from doubling. Unfortunately, the Senate delayed the process by a month, only passing a student loan solution resembling ours at the end of July. The law that the President signs today will retroactively fix the rates which doubled July 1. As the father of two kids nearing college age, I am pleased to see this important fix signed into law. It will help your family plan for your children's futures and their educations. The bill is available online here.
On Monday I toured the DaVita Dialysis Center in Manteca, where I met with some of their patients, physicians, nurses, social workers, and dieticians. DaVita is one of the leading providers of kidney care in the United States. I’ve been working in Congress to make sure that while we reduce spending, we protect programs like Medicare for current seniors and those near the retirement age, who depend on it for a variety of their healthcare needs. I appreciated being able to hear firsthand from the dialysis patients about their experience. They and many others remind me each day of what I’m working to protect.
I spoke with several dialysis patients at DaVita in Manteca on Monday.
I met with Manteca Police Chief Nick Obligacion, who showed me his new Interceptor. I’m thankful for the hard work Nick, his department, and all law enforcement are doing to keep our communities safe.
Nick Obligacion and the Manteca PD are working hard to keep the Manteca community safe. Thankful for his efforts and the work of all our law enforcement officers.
On Wednesday, I participated in an immigration roundtable discussion with business leaders and technology entrepreneurs to discuss the importance of a top-to-bottom approach to immigration reform for America. I believe there is an economic imperative for reform that will create jobs and spur growth moving forward. I enjoyed the opportunity to hear from some of the leaders in the technology field about their own stories and how fixing our immigration system will allow for more job growth and prosperity.
On Thursday we set up our Mobile District Office in Hughson. My staff and I conduct these Mobile District Office Hours throughout the district on a regular basis, so look for us in your community soon. We are always here to address concerns, help you work with government agencies, and hear your feedback. A schedule of our office hours is available here. While I was in town I was able to have breakfast at Hamilton’s, one of my favorite spots to grab a bite.
Also on Thursday I toured the Modesto Citadel Berberian Homeless Shelter and Transitional Living Center, which is run by the Salvation Army and provides support for men and women throughout our community in need of a temporary place to stay. There are a number of church congregations which provide meals to the shelter, preparing and serving them to residents, and opportunities for individuals and groups to give back to the community. If you would like to volunteer, please use this online form to contact the shelter.
Finally I participated in a meeting to discuss immigration reform with a group of community organizers and religious leaders. I’ve held ongoing conversations with many members of our community to try to chart the best route forward on this issue. I hope to discuss this important topic with as many people as I can in the coming weeks.
I met with community organizers and religious leaders on Thursday to discuss immigration reform as it stands in the House.
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