Reflections from the Arctic

Thursday, 10 August 2017 Published in Blog

The Space, Science & Technology Committee (SST) and the Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) recently sponsored  Congressional Delegations (CODELs) to the Arctic to perform due diligence on federally funded science within the committee jurisdiction and to learn about policies and activities that are related to issue areas of jurisdiction. During the first CODEL with the

Work across party lines to improve the ACA

Monday, 27 March 2017 Published in 2018, Blog

For seven years, the Republicans have done everything they could to make the ACA fail. But in states that have embraced the ACA, such as California, the ACA has been a big success. Since the Republican health care legislation has failed, the Republican Party will continue to do everything it can to make the ACA

Week of March 20 – March 24

Thursday, 23 March 2017 Published in 2018, Blog, Campaign

The big legislative issue this week is the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Their replacement plan is fatally flawed. It will throw our health care system into chaos. Literally millions of people will lose health care coverage, which will cause a sharp rise in preventable acute and life-threatening illnesses. Many

Trump’s Address to Congress

Friday, 03 March 2017 Published in 2018, Blog

President Trump managed to deliver an address on Tuesday night to a joint session of congress that avoided outrageous accusations or rants, and was therefore considered a big success by his supporters. The bottom line is that Trump’s speech laid out no new policies, and just reiterated his campaign promises to make his base feel good. The

Yesterday, the Subcommittees on the Environment and Oversight of the Science Committee held a hearing on the social cost of carbon, SCC, a measure of how much a ton of carbon burdens the economy through climate change impacts. The SCC is used to determine the regulatory measures of controlling carbon emissions. The hearing was like

Support Science

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 Published in 2018, Blog

America leads by innovation. I don’t need to tell you how much science and innovation have helped make America the great country that it is, but I do want to mention Thomas Edison and the Wright brothers. That trend has continued right up to today with the amazing achievements of Silicon Valley and other tech

Gearing Up for the Next Congress

Friday, 02 December 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

The 114th Congress is now in the final lap, with only two more weeks left for votes.   This week, we had a big win with the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which will provide billions for medical research over the next 10 years.  Soon, we will be voting on an appropriations bill, probably

Bridging the Bipartisan Divide

Monday, 07 November 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

Okay, I know, I’ve railed against Mr. Trump, and we are all sick of people railing against him, so I’ll try not to do that anymore. I want to instead address the anger that we see in this country. People are sick and tired of how dysfunctional our government is and want it to change.

Thursday Night Candidate Forum 10.13.16

Saturday, 15 October 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

Thursday, the League of Women Voters, along with the NAACP and Delta College, held a candidate’s forum with my opponent, Tony Amador, and me. The forum was broadcast live on WDCU radio.  If you weren’t able to tune-in or attend the forum, it will be available on YouTube soon. The forum was well run and

The Lessons of History

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

To: Vladimir Putin From: J McNerney Subject: The Lessons of History   Mr. Putin – You’ve probably already read this from my email outbox, but just in case you haven’t, I know the U.S. elections seem to be an easy target for your hacking machine. I also realize you believe that a weakened United States