Press Releases

Jun 30, 2016

Capps Statement on DOD Announcement to Allow Open Transgender Military Service

Issues: LBGT

Rep. Capps released the following statement regarding Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s announcement that the Department of Defense will now formally allow transgender individuals to join and serve openly in the military.

Jun 28, 2016

Capps Congratulates Local Community Partnership for Receiving National Clean Air Excellence Award

Issues: Energy & Environment

Rep. Capps recognized the partners behind the Protecting Blue Whales and Blue Skies project for winning the Clean Air Excellence Award from the EPA. The award was presented today by Janet McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA Office of Air and Radiation in Washington, D.C.

Jun 23, 2016

Capps Statement on House Floor Sit-In Against Gun Violence

Twenty-six hours after a sit-in on the House floor to call for a debate on gun safety measures was started by House Democrats, Rep. Capps released the following statement.

Jun 22, 2016

Capps Celebrates Pipeline Safety Measure Becoming Law

Issues: Energy & Environment

Rep. Capps hailed the signing of the PIPES Act into law today by President Barack Obama. His signature on the bill is the culmination of Capps’s efforts over the past year to strengthen the safety of our country’s natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline system and to improve oversight of the energy industry.

Jun 21, 2016

Capps Statement on PG&E’s Announcement to Not Seek Relicensing for Diablo Canyon Power Plant

Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy & Environment

Rep. Capps released a statement regarding Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) announcement that they will not seek relicensing for continued operation of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant beyond 2025.

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.