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September 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) joined Reps. Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-02), Sylvia Garcia (D-TX-29), John Carter (R-TX-31), Veronica Escobar (D-TX-16), Pete Olson (R-TX-22), Jason Crow (D-CO-06), Troy Balderson (R-OH-12), and Will Hurd (R-TX-23), and 94 additional cosponsors, in introducing the I Am Vanessa Guillén Act in honor of the late SPC Vanessa Guillén and the many survivors of military sexual violence who have bravely come forward in the wake of her disappearance and brutal murder.

September 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Jackie Speier (CA-14), Anthony Brown (MD-04), Jason Crow (CO-6), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Deb Haaland (NM-1), and Lori Trahan (MA-3) led two letters urging the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to retain provisions addressing sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in the military in any conference agreement for the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

September 8, 2020 Press Release

FULLERTON, CA - On Saturday, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) went on CNN with Bianna Golodryga to talk about President Trump’s comments that Americans who died in war are "losers" and "suckers", as reported by the Atlantic.

September 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Mark Takano (CA-41), Jason Crow (CO-06), Elaine Luria (VA-02), and Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) held a press call today to condemn President Trump’s comments that Americans who died in war are ‘losers’ and ‘suckers, as reported yesterday by the Atlantic. The Members said the President should apologize to veterans, service members and military families.

August 27, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39), Mike Turner (R-OH-10), Jackie Speier (D-CA-14), Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01), Anthony G. Brown (D-MD-04), Deb Haaland (D-NM-01), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA-16), and Veronica Escobar (TX-16) introduced legislation that would codify amendments included in the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act to foster and improve diversity and inclusion within the armed services. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) will introduce companion legislation in the Senate.

August 26, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39), Paul Mitchell (R-MI-10), Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-8), Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE-2), Rep. Kendra Horn (D-OK-5), Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA-2), Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ-11), Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM-2), Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA-9), and Rep. Lori Trahan (D-MA-3) released the following statement after news reports indicated a Russian vehicle intentionally rammed a coalition vehicle and injured U.S. troops in Syria:

August 24, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representatives Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (D-CA-39) and Brian Mast (R-FL-18) and Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Mike Rounds (R-SD) urged for the inclusion of their bipartisan, bicameral bill to end military-connected child abuse and neglect in the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. The members sent a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

August 12, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39), member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined over 115 members of Congress from both parties in a letter urging President Trump to provide full Federal funding for the National Guard COVID-19 response in all states and territories. Last week, President Trump extended authority under Title 32 for the National Guard to support COVID-19, but he imposed a 25% cost share on the majority of states and territories.

August 7, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) joined 35 of his colleagues in a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging the Department of Defense (DoD) to close child care gaps for military families. According to the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, in light of COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures, approximately 1.2 million children under the age of thirteen in military families will now require child care.