Congressman Steve Knight

SECRET Act Signed Into Law

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, Op-Ed

In a district with thousands of people employed by companies that contract with the federal government, we expect our representatives to hold the bureaucracy accountable and help these companies create jobs. Steve Knight’s legislation which recently became law does just that. H.R. 3210, the Securely Expediting Clearances Through Reporting Transparency Act of 2018, helps find a way to eliminate security clearance backlogs that have slowed local contractors from hiring qualified candidates in our area. Before Knight got this legislation signed into law in May, the security clearance process, whereby employers have new hires cleared to work by the federal government, would take as long as two years with no hope of improvement in sight. These backlogs slow people from doing the jobs they were hired …

Congressman Steve Knight

More Economic Growth In October

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, Op-Ed

The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued a report this week showing yet another month of economic growth and low unemployment. It also reported stronger labor-force participation and continued growth in the manufacturing sector. Unemployment among blacks, hispanics, asians and young people is also down, and wages are growing faster than they have in years. In October, 250,000 jobs were added, most of which were in the healthcare, manufacturing, construction, warehousing and transportation industries. In the manufacturing sector alone, 300,000 jobs have been added since the beginning of the year. Immediately following the 2008 recession, job growth was largely limited to service industries, but today’s numbers indicate that manufacturing is making a comeback and our economy is diversifying. This economic progress has also been widely shared …

Congressman Steve Knight

Knight Protects Coverage of Pre-Existing Conditions

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, Op-Ed

Last week, Congressman Steve Knight introduced legislation to protect healthcare coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions. H.R. 6898, the Maintaining Protections for Patients with Pre-Existing Conditions Act of 2018, is a response to cases in federal courts that threaten to repeal the entire Affordable Care Act — including its coverage of pre-existing conditions. More specifically, the legislation amends the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act by adding provisions from the ACA in order that they remain law even if the ACA is struck down. The law will ensure nobody receives limited coverage or is denied outright because of their medical history. The bill also stops risk-rating — whereby healthcare providers assess a patient’s medical history and inflate their costs if a patient is more likely …

Congressman Steve Knight

NDAA Signed Into Law

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, Op-Ed

On Monday, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 was signed into law, giving American troops their biggest raise in nearly a decade. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Steve Knight helped craft the legislation and secure funds for local aerospace projects. The bill works to rebuild the United States armed forces — including appropriations for thirteen new ships, seventy-seven F-35 jets, and several other improvements to military technology and preparedness. More importantly, it gives the men and women who serve in the military a 2.9% raise, the largest in nine years. Steve Knight has long been an advocate for a strong military, and serving on the Armed Services Committee has given him the chance to work on issues related …

Congressman Steve Knight

Congressman Steve Knight: In support of net neutrality

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, In the News, Op-Ed

The Signal | January 09, 2018 –  I support Net Neutrality. As a representative of a district with thousands of small businesses and bold entrepreneurs, I understand the need to establish a light-touch regulatory environment that supports innovation and competition. However, I believe the recent vote by the Federal Communications Commission to reverse the 2015 classification of broadband internet as a Title II Common Carrier communications service may unintentionally compromise this goal. This is why, prior to the FCC vote, I personally called Chairman Ajit Pai to express my concerns with the Commission’s plan and request that he work with Congress to seek a legislative solution to protect consumers and allow internet companies to innovate and thrive. While I was disappointed in the FCC’s vote …

Congressman Steve Knight

Knight: Porter Ranch needs leadership, not politics

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, Op-Ed

Originally posted at the Los Angeles Daily News.  By Rep. Steve Knight.  In late October, SoCalGas crews discovered a leak at one of the natural gas storage wells at its Aliso Canyon storage field. Shortly thereafter, residents of the Porter Ranch community began reporting unpleasant odors and expressed concerns about potential health effects. SoCalGas announced that it was in the process of fixing the leak, but realistically it could not be completely stopped until late February or early March. When I first heard about the incident, I immediately started thinking of ways I could help. My priority was to ensure that this situation is resolved as quickly and effectively as possible, and to take any steps that would mitigate the effects of the gas leak …