Congressman Hunter's October Newsletter

Oct 2, 2018

With fall in full swing, our economy is looking better than ever.  By reforming our tax code and regulatory environment, we have grown our economy, given business owners the confidence needed to grow their businesses and hire new workers, and families have more money in their pockets—in fact, recent census data shows that between 2016 and 2017, the median income for households in our district rose 7.6 percent, or $5,463.  Those are real results that make a meaningful difference in the lives of families in our district.

Fiscal Year 2019 Funding

Of all my responsibilities as a member of Congress, among the most important is ensuring that our men and women in uniform have the resources they need to successfully complete their mission.  Unfortunately, for the past 10 years, our military has been subjected to unstable and unpredictable funding, which has harmed readiness and contributed to unneeded risks and training accidents for our service members.  Last week, the House and the President acted to reverse that course.    

I was proud to support the Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Appropriations bill, which was signed into law by President Trump.  It provides the funding needed to rebuild our military.  That includes replacing aging and broken planes that put service members at risk, and providing new ships, aircraft and tanks needed to confront emerging threats.  It also provides a 2.6 percent pay raise for our troops – the largest in nine years.  

As the House moves forward to complete the appropriations process for the remaining departments and agencies by years end, a number of issues will continue to be discussed, and I remain committed to fight for additional resources to strengthen border infrastructure. 

The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has existed for decades to ensure safety and efficiency in our nation's airspace, and after several weeks of negotiations, I’m proud to let you know that the House and Senate agreed on a bicameral, bipartisan multi-year reauthorization of the FAA.  

The measure supports American aviation jobs and will help drive innovation in the aviation sector.  The bill sets the stage for our country to be the leader in unmanned aircraft technology (UAS), and begins the process to integrate UAS devices into our airspace, and provides safeguards against errant UAS devices that could do us harm.  The measure also improves aviation safety and contains important consumer protections to protect you and your family from unfair practices—including limiting the involuntary bumping of passengers once they have boarded an aircraft.

Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop

Mark your calendar.  On October 18, 2018, the Ramona West End Fire Safe Council will be hosting a Wildfire Preparedness Community Workshop in partnership with Ramona Ranch Winery and Hatfield Creek Winery.  This is a free event, giving residents in our district an opportunity to connect with emergency first responders to better prepare businesses, residents and their families in the event of a wildfire.

This event is scheduled between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM at Ramona Community Library on Main Street (1275 Main St, Ramona, CA 92065).  To find this and even more information, including a link for registering, the Ramona Community Library has created a convenient and informational Facebook event page that you can access by clicking here.

Why is this workshop important? It gives residents in our district an opportunity to meet, hear and question our local fire, law enforcement and animal service professionals to better prepare yourself and your loved ones for emergency fire response.  Topics include evacuation, emergency communications, emergency response, emergency preparedness, creating your own evacuation plan, and more.

Participants Include:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • CAL FIRE, Battalion Chief Randy Scales
  • CAL FIRE/Ramona Fire, Battalion Chief Larry Converse
  • California Highway Patrol                               
  • SD County Fire Authority / Community Group Support, Bob Uribe
  • SD County Fire Authority/Fire Prevention Specialist, Jeremy Davis
  • County Department of Animal Services, Lt. D.J. Gove              
  • County Office of Emergency Services, Ryan DeHart     
  • Internal Revenue Service, Neki Cox – Personal & Business Financial Record Preparedness
  • Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society (ROARS), Steve Sampson
  • Ramona Sheriff’s Substation, Lt. Chris Davis                            
  • Small Business Administration

I am supporting every effort to bring fire relief resources to California.  It is important that we continue to pursue legitimate fire prevention and control measures for public safety concerns such as access to communication and emergency services, particularly for disabled and senior citizens, that are far too often overlooked.For more information, please contact Kristi Mansolf at: 760-445-8545 or at kmansolf@gmail.com.

Military Academy Nomination Applications

Each year I have the privilege of nominating a limited number of candidates of the 50th District to four of the five U.S. Service Academies.  Applications for a service academy nomination for this year are due by October 31st.  For more information on Military Academy Nominations, please contact Angelica Rodriguez in my El Cajon office at 619-448-5201 or by email at Angelica.Rodriguez@mail.house.gov.

Social Media

If you haven’t already, visit my home page at hunter.house.gov or be sure to follow me online on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on our work in Congress.

In the meantime

Hearing from my constituents is crucial to my ability to represent our District in Congress. My positions on legislation are based on the effect they will have on California’s 50th District and the future of our country as a whole, regardless of which party occupies the White House.  Especially right now while our country is facing a number of major decisions, it is important for me to hear your views on how the laws passed in Washington will affect families in California.  I hope that you will take the time to let me know about the issues that are important to you and your family.