Press Releases

February 20, 2024

Rep. Vargas Statement on President Biden Declaring Federal Disaster in San Diego County

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 20th, 2024) - Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), issued the following statement: “I am extremely grateful for President Biden’s decision to respond to the severe storms and flooding experienced in the 52nd Congressional District and across San Diego County by issuing a federal declaration that will allow people harmed by the flooding to access additional resources,” said Rep. Vargas. … Continue Reading


February 15, 2024

Rep. Vargas Leads Letter to President Biden Urging an Expeditious Approval of California’s Major Disaster Declaration Request

Media Contact: Rep. Vargas | Anzueth Barela | anzueth.barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 15th, 2024) - This week, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), led a letter with 27 California Representatives to President Biden urging him to approve the State of California’s Major Disaster Declaration request in response to the severe storm that impacted San Diego County in late-January. The storms caused severe flooding that affected many individuals, businesses, and local farms. A major disaster … Continue Reading


February 01, 2024

Vargas, Casten, and Whitehouse, lead 65 Colleagues in letter to Appropriations Leadership Opposing Anti-Sustainable Investing Riders

Media Contact: Rep. Vargas | Anzueth Barela | (619) 405-3555 | anzueth.barela@mail.house.gov Washington, D.C. (February 1 , 2024) - Today, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-52), Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), led 65 of their colleagues in a letter to the House and Senate appropriations leadership opposing several anti-ESG riders spread across the FY 2024 appropriations bills. “These appropriations riders follow a dangerous trend of political interference … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Rep. Vargas Introduces Bipartisan Legislation for Middle East FDA Office

Media Contact: Rep. Vargas | Anzueth Barela | anzueth.barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 31, 2024) — Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52) and Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN-01) introduced the United States-Abraham Accords Cooperation and Security Act of 2024 (H.R. 7155), which calls for the establishment of a U.S. FDA Bureau in the Abraham Accords region.  “I’m pleased to cosponsor the United States-Abraham Accords Cooperation and Security Act, which would establish an FDA office in … Continue Reading


January 31, 2024

Rep. Vargas Leads Introduction of Bipartisan Legislation to Unlock Federal Funds for Safe Parking Programs Nationwide

Media Contact: Rep. Vargas | Anzueth Barela | anzueth.barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 31, 2024) — Yesterday, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), introduced bipartisan legislation to unlock federal dollars for safe parking programs with California Representatives Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA-01), and David Valadao (R-CA-22). The Naomi Schwartz and Susan Rose Safe Parking Act, which is named in honor of the two Santa Barbara County Supervisors who first developed the 2004 … Continue Reading


January 25, 2024

Sustainable Investment Caucus Celebrates One-Year of Protecting Investor Freedom

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov Washington, D.C. (January 25, 2024) - Today, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-52) and Congressman Sean Casten (IL-06), co-chairs of the Congressional Sustainable Investment Caucus (CSIC), released the following statement celebrating the first anniversary of the establishment of the caucus:  “When we started the Congressional Sustainable Investment Caucus one year ago, we did so to better inform policymaking by … Continue Reading


January 24, 2024

Rep. Vargas Statement on Extensive Damage Caused by the Recent Storm in San Diego County

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov SAN DIEGO, CA (January 24, 2024) — Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), issued the following statement: “I witnessed the extensive damage caused by the recent storm and since only 8,128 out of 1.15 million households in San Diego County have flood insurance, many in the 52nd Congressional District could face significant challenges in covering damages,” said Rep. Vargas. “We need to use all available tools to respond … Continue Reading


January 17, 2024

Reps. Vargas, Meeks, Beatty, and Horsford Lead Letter to Financial Agencies Calling for Small Business Credit Accessibility and Mortgage Affordability

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 17th, 2024) - Today, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-52), Reps. Gregory W. Meeks (NY-05), Joyce Beatty (OH-03), and Steven Horsford (NV-04) were joined by more than 50 members of Congress in sending a letter to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency commenting on implementation of the … Continue Reading


January 10, 2024

Rep. Vargas Leads Bipartisan Coalition to Expand Affordable Lending Options

WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 10th, 2024) - Today, Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-52), Congressman Scott Fitzgerald (WI-05), Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-32), and Congresswoman Young Kim (CA-39) co-introduced the Expanding Access to Lending Options Act. This bill would expand credit options for Americans by giving credit unions the flexibility to offer longer loan terms and lower monthly payments, thus creating greater competition for lending products including small business, student, and … Continue Reading


December 22, 2023

Rep. Vargas Leads Letter Urging Secretary Mayorkas to Reverse the Closure of PedWest at the San Ysidro Port of Entry

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov SAN DIEGO, CA (December 22, 2023) - Recently, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-51), Rep. Scott Peters (CA-50), and Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) urging Secretary Mayorkas to immediately reverse the decision to transfer 40 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel from the San Diego Region while considering the negative impacts on our communities … Continue Reading


December 21, 2023

Rep. Vargas Co-Leads Letter Urging U.S. Border Patrol and Department of Homeland Security to Allocate Resources to Assist with Asylum Seekers Awaiting Processing in San Diego’s Rural Border Region

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov SAN DIEGO, CA (December 21, 2023) - Recently, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), co-led a letter with Rep. Sara Jacobs (CA-51), along with Rep. Scott Peters (CA-50), Rep. Mike Levin (CA-49), and Rep. Raul Ruiz (CA-25) urging Border Patrol Chief Jason Owens and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas to allocate resources that will help assist with processing asylum seekers in Jacumba. As we approach … Continue Reading


December 08, 2023

Rep. Vargas Statement on Secretary Mayorkas and CBP’s Plans to Pull Agents from the Busiest Land Port of Entry

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov SAN DIEGO, CA (December 8, 2023) — Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), issued the following statement in response to CBP’s plans to close PedWest: “I urgently call upon Secretary Mayorkas to rescind CBP’s plans to pull agents from the busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere. The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the most utilized gateway into the United States, and Mayorkas should prioritize it as such.  … Continue Reading


November 29, 2023

Rep. Vargas Cosponsors the Bipartisan Filipino Veterans Fairness Act

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 29, 2023) — Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), serving on the House Financial Services committee, issued the following statement in support of the Bipartisan Filipino Veterans Fairness Act: "Last month, I was a proud cosponsor on the bipartisan Filipino Veterans Fairness Act. This critical piece of legislation will restore benefits to Filipino veterans who fought under U.S. command in World War … Continue Reading


November 16, 2023

Rep. Vargas Stands with the Biden Administration in the Creation of Humanitarian Corridors in Gaza

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 16, 2023) — Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52), serving on the House Financial Services committee, issued the following statement in support of the Biden Administration's creation of Humanitarian Corridors in Gaza: "I support Israel's right to defend itself and its citizens. Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Houthis continue to plan calculated and ruthless attacks on Israel, and they should be exposed for … Continue Reading


November 08, 2023

Sustainable Investment Caucus Statement on FSGG Appropriations Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 8, 2023) - Congressional Sustainable Investment Caucus co-chairs Juan Vargas (CA-52) and Sean Casten (IL-06) have released the following statement urging Members to vote against the FY 2024 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill: “From stripping funding that allows the US to develop climate reporting rules to anti-ESG restrictions on the retirement savings of federal employees, House Republicans are once again attempting to legislate away key … Continue Reading


November 07, 2023

Reps. Vargas and Sherman’s Statement on FHFA’s Federal Home Loan Bank Review

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 7, 2023) - Today, Rep. Juan Vargas (CA-52) and Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-32) released the following statement upon the release of the Federal Housing Finance Administration’s (FHFA) report on the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) system, FHLBanks at 100: Focusing on the Future: “As Members of the House Financial Services Committee from the most populous state in the nation, we appreciate the … Continue Reading


October 25, 2023

Rep. Vargas Leads Bipartisan Bill to Hold Iranian Leaders Accountable

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 25, 2023) - Today, Rep. Vargas and Rep. Hill introduced bipartisan legislation, the Holding Iranian Leaders Accountable Act, which would expose the finances of Iran’s authoritarian, theocratic leaders and crack down on financial institutions that maintain accounts in connection with those funds. "Iran has spent decades funding terrorism against the United States and our allies. According … Continue Reading


October 23, 2023

Rep. Vargas Supports Bipartisan Bill to Increase Health Care Language Access and Reduce Costs

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 23, 2023) - Today, Rep. Vargas supported Rep. Steel’s bill known as the Supporting Patient Education and Knowledge (SPEAK) Act of 2023. This will require the Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, to create a task force with stakeholders dedicated to improving language access in health care for Americans with limited English proficiency. The task force would develop … Continue Reading


October 12, 2023

Reps. Vargas, Schiff, Colleagues Urge SEC to Include Stricter Greenhouse Gas Emissions Disclosures for the Biggest Corporations

Media Contact: Anzueth Barela | (202) 225-8045 | Anzueth.Barela@mail.house.gov Washington, D.C. — Today, Representatives Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) led a letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler, urging the Commission to require the largest corporations to fully disclose their greenhouse gas emissions. Schiff and Vargas were joined by 24 members of the California delegation. California recently passed legislation that takes on the … Continue Reading


September 14, 2023

Sustainable Investment Caucus Statement on Education and Workforce Committee Markup of Anti-ESG Bills

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Congressmen Juan Vargas (CA-52) and Sean Casten (IL-06), co-chairs of the Congressional Sustainable Investment Caucus, released the following statement regarding the Education and Workforce Committee markup on anti-ESG legislation: “We are once again disappointed, but not surprised, by House Republicans' ongoing attacks on investor freedom and the free market. Today’s Education and Workforce Committee markup makes it clear that House Republicans believe that … Continue Reading

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