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February 13, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) blasted the Administration’s recent announcement that it would divert $3.8 billion from the fiscal 2020 equipment procurement budget, including ships, vehicles, and aircraft, to fund the President’s border wall. The Administration is taking $2.202 billion from FY2020 Defense Appropriations and $1.629 billion from FY2020 overseas contingency operations funding.

February 6, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Jack Bergman (R-MI-1), Co-Chairs of the Military Transition Assistance Pathway (MTAP) Caucus, hosted an off-the-record roundtable with several Veteran Service Organization (VSOs) and members of the MTAP Caucus. The discussion focused on insight into the transition assistance curriculum and how Congress can better improve transition assistance for our servicemembers and veterans.
January 30, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 and for the No War Against Iran Act, which prohibits federal funding for any use of military force in or against Iran unless Congress has declared war. Rep. Cisneros is a cosponsor of both amendments. The amendment to repeal the 2002 AUMF was offered by Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and the No War Against Iran Act amendment was offered by Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)
January 22, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), House Armed Services Committee Vice Chair Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and 27 lawmakers sent a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper about the administration’s plan to divert billions of dollars in military funds to the construction of additional fencing and barriers along the U.S.- Mexico border.
January 9, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) voted in favor of the War Powers Resolution which reclaims Congress’ constitutional power to declare war and limits the President’s authority to take military action against Iran. Earlier this evening, Rep. Cisneros spoke on the House floor about why the House should pass the resolution and Congress should re-establish itself as an equal branch of government. View his floor speech here.
January 8, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) joined more than 35 of his colleagues to demand answers on the White House’s decision to carry out the airstrike against Qasem Soleimani and the national security strategy towards curbing Iran’s aggression and nuclear ambitions.
January 3, 2020 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) released the following statement in response to the United States’ airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Quds Force Commander Major General Qasem Soleimani and several high-level Iraqi militia officials.
December 28, 2019 Press Release

FULLERTON, CA - This past week, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) visited and spent Christmas with U.S. troops in the Middle East and Italy as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL). The CODEL departed the U.S. on Sunday, December 22 and returned today, December 27. The CODEL visited U.S. Army Installation Camp Arifjan in Kuwait, United State Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain, Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, and Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy. Rep.

December 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) praised the signing of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. Rep. Cisneros is a Navy veteran, Member of the House Armed Services Committee, and a conferee on the NDAA Conference Committee reconciling the House and Senate versions of the FY 2020 NDAA. The annual NDAA authorizes funding for Department of Defense (DoD) and involves millions of military and civilian personnel, thousands of facilities, and commands located around the world.

December 12, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House-Senate NDAA conference committee, released the following statement after voting in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The annual NDAA authorizes funding for Department of Defense (DoD) and involves millions of military and civilian personnel, thousands of facilities, and commands located around the world.