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May 2024 Congressional Update

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I’d like to take time in this newsletter to give an update on what I was up to in D.C. and back home during the month of May.

Since the beginning of this year my office has taken over 900 constituent meetings, opened 379 casework cases, closed 224 cases and returned over $434,000 back into the pockets of people across Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. My office is here to serve you. If you have an issue with a federal agency or need help securing an earned benefit, call us at (541) 465-6732 or go to hoyle.house.gov.

                                 Snapshots from Home

My office just finalized our latest Community Project Funding request submissions, requesting over $28 million in funding for projects across the 4th District. This is part of my effort to make sure the tax dollars Oregonians send to Washington D.C. come back to our communities and invest in local priorities like affordable housing, workforce development, public safety and more.

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I recently visited Lane County and joined public officials and staff to celebrate $1 million in funding that we were able to secure for a new radio tower and communications equipment at Bear Mountain. This funding will help our first responders be better able to communicate and respond to emergencies.

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National Youth Apprenticeship Week happens in May every year. I am encouraged by the work being done by this administration to create more apprenticeship opportunities for students across our country.

Earlier this year, Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su came to Springfield to visit the SPARK at Booth-Kelly program where she spoke with students about their STEM projects and their plans for the future.

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Snapshots from Washington 

In a major win, the FAA Reauthorization was signed into law after passing the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support. This legislation promotes aviation safety and innovation and provides critical investments for the aviation sector and its workforce. Two of my priority pro-worker bills were included in the final package:

The first is the bipartisan AIR PUMP Act which supports families and guarantees nursing moms who work as pilots or flight attendants have a space and protected time to pump breast milk at work.

The second is the bipartisan Airport Ramp Worker Safety Act which will help make sure proper training and safety standards to protect airport ground crew workers.

Read more about these wins in the FAA Reauthorization bill here.

I welcomed Oregon Fire Chiefs to my office to talk about their efforts to curb wildfires and the resources they need to continue keeping our communities safe.

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During a Natural Resources Committee hearing, I pushed the Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning to maintain BLM’s commitment to the Western Oregon Operating Plan (WOOP) to make sure we have a coordinated wildfire response across federal, state and private land ownerships in Western Oregon.

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The Congressional Labor Caucus hosted David McCall, the president of the United Steelworkers, to talk about the work we are doing in Congress to fight for greater workplace safety protections and advocating for worker’s voices across industries.

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Alongside my Mental Health Caucus colleagues, we gathered on the House steps to commemorate Mental Health Awareness month and remind everyone that mental health is just as important as physical health.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call 988 for 24/7 support. 

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To stay up to date on all of my work and continue getting messages like these subscribe to my newsletter here and follow along on my social media pages on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Sincerely,
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Val Hoyle
Member of Congress

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