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

Legislative Week of Sept 6 –Sept 9, 2016

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

There are four legislative weeks this Congress before the election and there are significant issues that need to be resolved in Congress by then. One is funding the federal government. Funding runs out by the end of September. Another pressing issue is funding to help stop the spread of the Zika virus, which causes severe

Labor Day

Monday, 05 September 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

With August behind us and Congress getting ready to reconvene after Labor Day, I thought I would outline some of my legislative priorities for the remaining months of the year. Producing positive legislation to help make California and the western states more water sustainable. Develop consensus climate change legislation with fellow members who have made

Gun violence is exploding in America, and so far, there has not been legislation at the federal level to help reduce the problem. In fact, the Congress recently let a law reducing the availability of automatic weapons expire. This Congress has not been able to pass even the most commonsense methods to reduce the violence,

Week of May 10-13, 2016

Friday, 13 May 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

For many weeks I have been lamenting the fact that week after week the House has passed pure partisan messaging bills. This week is a change. The House considered and passed two bipartisan bills to address the opioid abuse crisis in this country. The first one is H.R. 4641 “To provides for the establishment of

Week of April 25-29, 2016

Monday, 02 May 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

I’ve been writing about my frustrations with the House legislative achievements. Week after week, House Republicans have brought message bills to the floor for votes. This is while the nation faces some very important and difficult challenges. Message bills may sound nice back home in some of the highly gerrymandered districts, but no bill will