Thompson, City of Santa Rosa Celebrate $33M in Federal Funding for Fire Recovery Community Development Block Grant funding can be used to rebuild station that burned in Tubbs Fire
Santa Rosa, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and the City of Santa Rosa announced $33,988,033.19 in Federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program to fulfill other unmet fire recovery needs, such as rebuilding the Fire Station. The station burned in the tragic 2017 Tubbs Fire and Thompson presented a ceremonial check for this Federal funding to city officials today.
Chairman Thompson, Task Force Show Strong Support for David Chipman to head ATF Write to Senate leaders ahead of confirmation hearing
Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Members of the Task Force wrote to both the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Minority Leader McConnell expressing strong support for David Chipman to be confirmed as Director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). They noted his strong record of advocacy to help prevent gun violence and the urgency of the issue, as ATF has gone the last six years without a Senate-confirmed director. A copy of the letter is below and a signed copy can be found here.
Thompson Announces 2021 Summer Reading Challenge Invites all local students in pre-k through 8th grade to join
Napa – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced the start of his 2021 Summer Reading Challenge, which is open to Fifth Congressional District students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. A statement from Thompson is below.
Thompson Announces that Sonoma County Artist Emma Chen is the 2021 Art Competition Grand Prize Winner Artwork to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for the next year
Napa – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that local judges have selected Emma Chen from Maria Carrillo High School in Sonoma County as the 2021 Art Competition Grand Prize Winner for her piece Hotpot. Her artwork will be displayed in the United States Capitol for the next year and a photograph is attached.
Chairman Thompson, Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Call on President Biden to Take Action on 3-D Printed Guns Call on him to prevent online publication of files that enable 3-D printing of firearms
Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Leadership of the Task Force wrote to President Biden asking him to prevent the publication of the online files that allow people to 3-D print firearms at home. They urged him to maintain the controls that have previously prevented a release of these files, citing the urgent need to prevent further printing of these untraceable firearms. A copy of the letter is below.
Thompson Announces Start of Federal Coronavirus Relief Funding for Restaurants Restaurant revitalization fund created through the American Rescue Plan
Napa – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced the opening of the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, Federal relief for local restaurants hit hard by the pandemic. This program was created by the American Rescue Plan that Thompson voted to pass this Congress and included key provisions from the RESTAURANTS Act, which Thompson also coauthored last Congress.
Thompson, Welch, Johnson, Schweikert, Matsui Introduce CONNECT Act Bipartisan, bicameral bill expands the use of telehealth
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Co-Chair of the Congressional Telehealth Caucus, along with fellow Co-Chairs Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-06) and Rep David Schweikert (AZ-06) and caucus member Rep. Doris Matsui (CA-06) announced the introduction of the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act. This bipartisan and bicameral comprehensive package expands the use of telehealth services, delivering cost effective and efficient care to patients. Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cardin, Thune, Warner, and Hyde-Smith introduced the companion Senate legislation.
Thompson Announces Ceremonial Guests for Upcoming Presidential Address to Congress Highlight deep impact of pandemic, help from American Rescue Plan
Napa, CA – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) announced that he has invited a ceremonial guest from each county in his district to virtually attend President Biden’s first Address to Congress. Typically, Members of Congress can invite one guest to view the speech in the House gallery but this year, those invites are ceremonial due to the Coronavirus pandemic. A statement from Thompson is below.
Thompson, LaMalfa Eshoo, Matsui, Garamendi, Huffman, DeSaulnier, Khanna and Panetta Introduce Utility Resilience and Reliability Act Bipartisan bill works to shore up the national energy grid
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) along with Representatives Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Doris Matsui (CA-06), John Garamendi (CA-03), Jared Huffman (CA-02), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Ro Khanna (CA-17), and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the Utility Resilience and Reliability Act, a bipartisan bill to make the national energy grid more reliable and resilient to natural disasters and extreme weather events. Text of the bill can be found here.
Thompson, Newhouse, Axne, Feenstra, Sewell, Higgins, DeFazio, Panetta Ask Appropriators to Extend and Fully Fund WHIP+ program Help for agricultural producers impacted by 2020 natural disasters
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Representatives Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Cynthia Axne (IA-03), Randy Feenstra (IA-04), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Clay Higgins (LA-03), Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) and 21 other signers wrote to House leaders and Appropriators asking that they extend and fully fund the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2020 natural disasters. The bipartisan group of lead signers represent regions that were hit hard by natural disasters, such as wildfires, in 2020 during the Coronavirus pandemic. Thompson has introduced legislation to reactivate this program for 2020 disasters. A copy of the letter is below.