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 …

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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 …

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Knight Legislation Signed Into Law

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, In the News

  In the past several weeks, Congressman Steve Knight has seen three of his bills signed into law. The Better Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Act, Flight R&D Act, and Friendly Airports for Mothers Act have been signed into law since late October, marking a string of legislative accomplishments for Knight. The first of these bills to pass through Congress and get signed by the President was the BEST Act. The bill invests in programs to develop and implement large-scale renewable energy storage technologies, which would enable energy companies and consumers to use more of the energy produced by solar panels and wind turbines. Moreover, the BEST Act is particularly important for the residents in Knight’s district. The Antelope Valley has taken long strides to develop …

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Re-elect Steve Knight for Congress

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, In the News

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD | [email protected] | In one of the most closely watched House races in the nation, voters are faced with distinctive candidates offering competing visions for America.  While we admire Katie Hill’s convictions, Steve Knight is the right choice for the district. First elected to the House of Representatives in 2014 after serving in the state Legislature and on the Palmdale City Council, Knight has been comfortably elected and re-elected in the district. That’s no small feat considering the growing shifts in the district, which went for Mitt Romney in 2012, but went for Hillary Clinton by an even larger margin in 2016. To his credit, Knight has been a fairly consistent member of Congress. While on the one hand he has stood with his party …

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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 …

SCV CHAMBER Announces Candidate Endorsments

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The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce announces endorsements in several key races in the November 6, 2018 election. SANTA CLARITA, October 1, 2018 – The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsements for a number of candidates running to represent the Santa Clarita Valley in federal, state, regional and local races on the Tuesday, November 6, 2018 election. “The Chamber is pleased to endorse a group of candidates for office which we feel best represents the business interests of the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Troy Hooper, Chairman of the Board for the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce.  “We appreciated the diversity of voices, breadth of new ideas, fresh thoughts and leadership displayed by those running for office.  We were diligent in …

SIGNAL: School board hopefuls voice grievances

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The William S. Hart Union High School District and Saugus Union School District board candidates who weren’t invited to last week’s forum hosted by CA25 United for Progress are expressing their grievances and reminding the public that their races are nonpartisan. Six school board candidates — Laura Arrowsmith, David Barlavi, Chris Trunkey, Donna Robert, Kelly Trunkey and Chris Werthe — attended a Sept. 19 forum where they participated in a one-on-one discussion with the organization’s co-chair Hilary Schardein before taking the stage as a group to speak on charter. schools, district funding and other topics. “The six candidates that appeared were the ones who were invited,” in addition to Joe Messina, who was sent a Facebook invitation, Schardein said. The candidates who attended have met …

SIGNAL: Local union endorses two Saugus Union candidates

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The California School Employees Association announced its endorsement of two Saugus Union School District school board candidates on Wednesday. CSEA will endorse Judy Umeck of area No. 2 and Sharlene Duzick of area No. 5, union President Michele Hill said, citing they are both running for the right reasons — our kids. “Our membership appreciates what these candidates stand for and are excited at the prospect of working with them,” she said. “We appreciate that both Judy and Sharlene are present and visible participants in our community and have been throughout the year — not just during the election season.” “I’m honored and humbled,” Umeck said. “Our classified personnel are the backbone of the operations of our schools and to have their support means everything,” …

SIGNAL: Teachers association endorses two additional candidates

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The Saugus Teachers Association endorsed two additional candidates after Thursday night’s school board forum, which was hosted by STA union members and the California School Employees Association. The teachers union had previously announced its endorsement of board member Judy Umeck, who’s running to represent area No. 2, but the STA declared Friday that it will also support candidates Sharlene Duzick of area No. 5 and Evan Patlian of area No. 1. “We feel they are the best candidates to join our school board,” STA President Debbie Rocha said. “They’re both committed to kids and (are) active in our district.” Union members said they appreciated the fact that Duzick and Patlian have been involved with the district prior to the election season and that they’ve been …

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Steve Knight Earns Endorsement From U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Steve Knight Congressman Steve Knight, Press Releases

Last Wednesday, the United States Chamber of Commerce hosted an endorsement event for Steve Knight for the Congressional election in California’s 25th District. The Chamber lauded Congressman Knight for his work supporting small business, promoting free trade, and encouraging economic growth. Jennings Imel, Executive Director of the Western Region for the Chamber, helped organize the event at the Junkyard Cafe in Simi Valley. At the event, both Knight and officials from the Chamber expressed gratitude for the positive work each had done to encourage America’s new economic prosperity. “Steve Knight has been a steadfast supporter of free enterprise policies and has demonstrated the courage to govern and get things done,” said Imel. In Congress, Knight sits on the House Small Business Committee, and has passed …