â€œAt a time when budget shortfalls and staff cuts have stretched resources for local law enforcement, UASI grants have been a real lifeline for our county,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œNothing could be more important than protecting Orange County families against potential terrorist threats. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™m thrilled to announce that our county will be receiving over $12.7 million to help secure our community.â€
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) today called for an extension of the increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) â€“ the share of Medicaid expenditures paid by the federal government. Currently, the federal government pays about 62 cents for every dollar of Medi-Cal services used. This rate will expire at the end of this year, on December 31 unless Congress approves an extension.
Cecilia Iglesias worked in a federally funded position with the Social Services Agency, in violation of the Hatch Act, for 8½ months before she resigned. Her resignation from SSA was likely not voluntary since the only option for SSA was to either dismiss her or forfeit a portion of its federal assistance.
â€œPhysical stalking, cyberstalking, and other acts of intimidation are serious crimes that deserve serious consequences,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œUnfortunately, existing federal law doesnâ€™t do enough to protect victims and empower prosecutors. My bill would do both by strengthening existing laws to ensure all forms of harassment are taken seriously in the eyes of the law.â€
UPDATED: “House votes to extend jobless benefits” – On Tuesday, House Democrats revived legislation to extend unemployment benefits after previous legislation failed to pass the Senate. The new House bill, HR 5618, only addresses the unemployment extension. If approved, it would have allowed the more recently-unemployed to continue getting extended benefits and Fed-Ed aid through November. It would be retroactive to May and June.
â€œAs we rebuild Orange Countyâ€™s economy, we must put in place common-sense rules to ensure Wall Street and the Big Banks never again gamble with our money and our future,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œWall Street firms may be bouncing back, but Californians continue to suffer from the consequences of their actions. This bill is about whose side youâ€™re on, and Iâ€™m on the side of working families.â€
â€œOne of the saddest consequences of the recession has been the foreclosure crisis, which continues to affect the entire Orange County community,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œThe California Housing Financing Agency needs to hear how badly weâ€™re hurting before it decides how to distribute millions in federal funding. I hope this letter will get Orange County families their fair share.â€