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July 2, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, praised unanimous passage of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) out of committee and to the floor of the House. The annual NDAA authorizes funding for Department of Defense (DoD) programs and activities. The annual national defense budget involves millions of military and civilian personnel, thousands of facilities, and commands located around the world.

July 1, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Anthony Brown (MD-04), and Veronica Escobar (TX-16) led a bipartisan letter with 36 other House Members urging Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Mark Esper to clarify active duty personnel policy on prohibited activities surrounding extremist and white supremacist ideology and activity.

June 16, 2020 Press Release

FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) asked military leaders about the connection between recruitment of communities of color and diverse representation in the officer ranks and racial disparities in the military justice system. In the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, the members focused on how to fix culture and racial disparity in the military justice system. To watch the hearing, click here.

June 8, 2020 Press Release

FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) joined a bicameral group of 80 congressional colleagues in urging President Trump not to resume explosive nuclear testing after a 28-year hiatus. This letter comes in response to reports indicating the administration is considering taking this step. A copy of the letter can be found here.

June 4, 2020 Press Release

FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Navy Veteran and Member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined 15 members of Congress in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper, expressing concern with rhetoric and actions employed by the secretary in response to nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd. To view the letter, click here.

May 22, 2020 Press Release

FULLERTON, CA - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) joined a bipartisan group of 125 Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the frontlines of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts across the nation receive the federal benefits they have earned.

May 20, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Francis Rooney (R-FL-19) introduced the Department of Defense (DOD) Non-Tactical Vehicle Reduced Petroleum Consumption Act. This bill directs the DOD to replace such vehicles, from passenger cars to construction vehicles like bulldozers and forklifts, as they age with zero-emission vehicles.

May 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39), Representative Brian Mast (R-FL-18), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) introduced the End Military-Connected Child Abuse and Neglect Act. The bipartisan and bicameral bill would improve how the Department of Defense tracks and responds to incidents of child abuse and neglect occurring on military installations or involving military dependents.

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.