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Sep 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (September 17, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement after a nurse, employed at a U.S.

Aug 24, 2020 Press Release

San Diego, CA (August 24, 2020) – Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-51) released the following statement in response to new U.S.

Jul 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 29, 2020) – Today, language submitted by Reps.

Jul 21, 2020 Press Release
REP. VARGAS’ COVID-19 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SUPPLIES ENHANCEMENT ACT INCLUDED IN THE NATIONAL DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION ACT Washington, D.C. (July 21, 2020) – Rep. Vargas’ (CA-51) COVID-19 Emergency Medical Supplies Enhancement Act was included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation clarifies that the President is authorized to exercise authorities of the Defense Production Act to be used for the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies needed to combat and reduce the impact of COVID-19. The amendment is also led by Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) and Reps. Chrissy Houlahan (PA-6), Lori Trahan (MA-3), Donna Shalala (FL-27), Mark Pocan (WI-2), Elissa Slotkin (MI-8), Joe Kennedy (MA-4), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Jason Crow (CO-6), and Tony Cárdenas (CA-29). Reps. Andy Levin (MI-9) and Susan Davis (CA-53) were also cosponsors of the amendment. “I’m very pleased that my legislation was included in the National Defense Authorization Act,” said Rep. Vargas. “The administration must do everything in their power to protect healthcare workers and save as many lives as they can.” The legislation would also require the President to issue a series of public reports on how authorities of the DPA were used and an evaluation of the immediate and future need for materials to address the COVID-19 crisis. The legislation also requires a full explanation of purchases and contracts the administration has signed under the DPA. “It’s long overdue for the President and his administration to create a strategic plan for the production of personal protective equipment and other supplies needed to reduce the impact of COVID-19,” said Rep. Vargas. “My legislation will hold the administration accountable by requiring them to report and monitor the pricing of materials used to combat COVID-19." The legislation also requires the administration to set a target level for each state in terms of testing and creates a point person for improved coordination between the private sector and the federal government. Vargas represents California’s 51st Congressional District which includes the southern portion of San Diego County, all of Imperial County, and California’s entire U.S.-Mexico border. Vargas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 and is currently serving his fourth term in Congress. ###


In The News

Sep 24, 2019 In The News

Members of the San Diego delegation began to embrace or reject the plan for a presidential impeachment inquiry along party lines.

Democratic Reps. Juan Vargas and Mike Levin quickly issued statements following Pelosi’s announcement to express support for the inquiry, saying the probe is necessary to uphold the rule of law.

Feb 4, 2016 In The News

Rep. Juan Vargas will be on the dais at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning as President Obama addresses what has become a must-attend event for many politicians.

Sep 18, 2015 In The News

Last year, for the first time in more than 2,000 years, there was no church service in Mosul after a radical Sunni Islamist terrorist group known as the Islamic State expanded its control into northwest Iraq. Christians living in their historic homeland in the Nineveh Plains were warned to either convert to Islam, pay a cumbersome tax or be executed.

Sep 14, 2015 In The News

When Rep. Juan C. Vargas attends Pope Francis’ address to Congress next week, it won’t be his first time in the pontiff’s presence.

Aug 4, 2015 In The News

After a long day fighting over the Confederate battle flag, it is unclear where the issue might flare up next for the House of Representatives.

Mar 28, 2015 In The News

Two San Diego area congressmen are among the sponsors of a bill to rescue members of religious minorities threatened with violence by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - possibly helping them join the large Middle Eastern immigrant community in eastern San Diego County.

Mar 27, 2015 In The News

San Diego’s Mark Arabo, a spokesman for the Iraqi Chaldean Christian community in America, is working to gather congressional support for HR 1568, the Protecting Religious Minorities Persecuted by ISIS Act.

Mar 25, 2015 In The News

Seventy years ago, as World War II came to a close, America took the lead in addressing the most urgent challenge of the conflict’s aftermath: finding homes and livelihoods for tens of millions of refugees and internally displaced persons.

Jan 26, 2014 In The News

Cross-border advocates got a major wish fulfilled last week when the San Ysidro Port of Entry renovation and expansion project officially received $226 million in federal funding.

Jan 22, 2014 In The News

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, along with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle, came together on Dec. 23, 2013 to ask for one thing for Christmas: full funding for the next phase of the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry Renovation and Expansion Project in the fiscal year 2014 budget.