Press Releases

Jun 15, 2016

Capps Applauds Committee Passage of Mental Health Legislation

Issues: Healthcare

Rep. Capps joined her colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in support of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), which passed unanimously, by a vote of 53 to 0. Following a lengthy revision process, Committee members were able to come together to pass H.R. 2646 in a bipartisan effort to address gaps in the American mental health care system. The bill contains several provisions to strengthen current mental health care services and practices.

Jun 14, 2016

Capps, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Strengthen Oversight of PHMSA

Issues: Energy & Environment

Rep. Capps announced the introduction of legislation to hold the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) accountable for lapses in pipeline safety oversight, joining Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Charles Rangel, and Rep. Paul Tonko as co-authors. The PHMSA Accountability Act, H.R. 5443, would ensure the right for communities to seek legal recourse against PHMSA if the agency fails to perform its required pipeline safety duties.

Jun 14, 2016

Capps Hails New White House Investments to Reduce Organ Transplant Waiting List

Issues: Healthcare

Rep. Capps applauded the Obama Administration’s announcement of new efforts to reduce the organ transplant waiting list and enable more transplants for patients in need. This research initiative is a direct result of Capps’s HOPE Act, signed into law by President Obama in November 2013, which removed the blanket ban on HIV-positive organ transplant research and set up a science-based path for medical research to proceed on the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of organ transplants between HIV-positive patients.

Jun 8, 2016

Capps Applauds House Passage of Pipeline Safety Act

Issues: Energy & Environment

The House of Representatives unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to improve federal oil and gas pipeline safety regulations. Rep. Capps was one of several House and Senate members that were directly responsible for co-authoring the final language, which was based on legislation that originated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate.

Jun 1, 2016

Capps Attends 15th Anniversary Carrizo Plain National Monument Event

Issues: Energy & Environment, Central Coast Heritage Protection Act

Rep. Capps participated in a tour of the Carrizo Plain National Monument that highlighted the changes in the area over the last 15 years since the Monument gained federal designation.

May 27, 2016

Capps Statement on Joint Agency Assessment on Impact of Well Stimulation Treatments in California

Issues: Energy & Environment

Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) released a statement regarding the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s environmental assessment evaluating the potential impacts from the use of well stimulation treatments on the 23 oil and gas platforms currently in operation on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (POCS).

May 23, 2016

Bill to Rename Santa Barbara Post Office for Local Navy SEAL Passes House

Legislation authored by Rep. Lois Capps to rename the U.S. Postal Service office located at 1221 State Street, Suite 12, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building,” passed the House

May 19, 2016

PHMSA Releases Final Report on Plains Oil Spill

Issues: Energy & Environment

Today, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released their final report on the findings from the investigation into the causes of the Plains Pipeline oil spill that affected the Gaviota Coast one year ago today.

May 16, 2016

White House Youth Empowerment Project Coming to Santa Maria

Capps applauds efforts to connect young people with employment opportunities