Washington – Today Co-Chair of the Military Veterans Caucus Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) led a bipartisan group of 8 Members of the Military Veterans Caucus in a letter asking Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to develop a plan to rename military bases currently named after Confederate leaders. The letter was signed by Representatives Bobby L. Rush (IL-01), Ted W. Lieu (CA-33), Don Bacon (NE-02), Salud Carbajal (CA-24), Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), Conor Lamb (PA-17), Jason Crow (CO-06), and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06). Thompson led a similar letter asking for these military installations to be renamed in August 2017. A copy of the letter is below and attached.
Thompson, Military Veterans Caucus Ask Defense Secretary to Rename Military Bases Bearing Names of Confederate Leaders Bipartisan military veteran members join the call
Thompson, Eshoo, Lofgren, Matsui, Bera, Huffman, LaMalfa, Swalwell, DeSaulnier, Khanna, Panetta Introduce Utility Resilience and Reliability Act Bill to help power grid better withstand extreme weather events
Napa, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Members of the Bay Area Delegation – Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06), Rep. Ami Bera (CA-07), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02), Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) – announced the introduction of the bipartisan Utility Resilience and Reliability Act. The bill will help build in resiliency into Federal power standards and help provide programs and recommendations on responding to and mitigating the impact of extreme weather events. Plans for this bill were first announced in late November and in response to last year’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs that hit Northern California and left millions without power.
Thompson Announces Contra Costa County’s Allison Patrick as Art Competition Winner Winning piece to hang in U.S. Capitol for the next year
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that local judges have selected Allison Patrick from Alhambra High School in Contra Costa County as the 2020 Congressional Art Competition Grand Prize Winner. Her piece, Black Water Lilies, which is a paper and light abstract photograph, will hang in the Capitol for the next year. A copy of her photograph is attached.
Thompson Announces 2020 Summer Reading Challenge Encourages all CA-05 pre-K through 8 students to join
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced the beginning of his 2020 Summer Reading Challenge open to students through eighth grade who live in the Fifth Congressional District. A statement from Thompson is below.
Thompson Votes to Pass Bill to Improve Small Business Assistance Programs Legislation improves flexibility of Paycheck Protection Program
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 7010, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act. This bipartisan bill was introduced to improve the small business assistance programs launched in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and help get assistance to the businesses that need them the most. A statement from Thompson is below.
Thompson Votes to Pass Heroes Act Legislation boosts state and local governments, invests in relief efforts to help working families
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) voted to pass H.R. 6800, the Heroes Act. This is the fifth Coronavirus relief bill passed by the House since March and includes critical provisions for which Thompson advocated to provide relief for state and local governments, food assistance and to help small businesses keep their lights on. A statement from Thompson is below.
Thompson Releases Results of Coronavirus Relief Survey Sees support for expanding Federal assistance, cautious approach to reopening
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) released the results of his Coronavirus Relief Survey, polling constituents about their experience during the Coronavirus pandemic. This survey was conducted from May 1 through May 8 and results include answers from 4605 respondents. The survey was emailed out to constituents via Thompson’s mail records list as well as circulated via press reports and Thompson’s social media accounts. Respondents were chosen by self-selection. A statement from Thompson is below.
Thompson, Kind, Panetta, Horsford Join to Release Keeping the Lights On Act of 2020 Bill addresses economic crisis by providing fully refundable tax credit for critical business costs like rent and utilities
Washington – Today Ways and Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Ron Kind (WI-03), Rep. Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), and Rep. Steven Horsford (NV-04) announced the Keeping the Lights On Act of 2020. The bill, which will be introduced in the next pro-forma session, provides Federal support to businesses in order to cover essential fixed costs—rent, utility, and mortgage payments—during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Thompson, McGovern, Davis, Harris, Scott Join Chef José Andrés to Introduce the FEED Act Bill allows Feds to pay all costs to states to partner with restaurants and provide food to vulnerable populations
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02), Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen in introducing the FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act. This bill allows the Federal government to pay 100 percent of the cost to states and localities so that they can partner with restaurants and nonprofits to prepare nutritious meals for vulnerable populations, such as seniors and underprivileged children. These partnerships will support businesses and small farmers as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.
Thompson Launches Coronavirus Survey for Constituents Asks all CA05 residents to share their opinions
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that he has launched an online Coronavirus Relief Survey to allow constituents to share their thoughts on the current pandemic and what should be done to bring relief to our district. Launched in an easy-to-complete form on his site, this survey will be open to responses for the next week.