Why We Need Campaign Finance Reform

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

It’s been a while since I posted a blog entry. I had been decrying what had been happening in the GOP-led House: the prominence of legislation that serves as political messaging rather than having serious legislative intent to become law. You see, if you want a bill to become law, you really have to work

We’re only three months away from the primary election in California, and my challengers are just like the Republican Presidential candidates – they want to move our country backward instead of forward.  As your voice in Congress, I fight for you every day, to build a better future for all of us. I know a

A Supreme Court Vacancy and Republican Obstructionism

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 Published in 2016, Blog

With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, the United States Supreme Court loses one of its sharpest conservative minds, opening up a potential swing seat. Filling Justice Scalia’s seat with a more liberal-leaning justice would change the direction of the Court and possibly result in different outcomes for cases that involve challenges to environmental laws,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already December. It has been a very busy year for everyone I know, balancing work, family life, and all the activities that fill out lives. I’m encouraged by the progress we’ve made as a country and the work I’m doing in Congress to improve the lives of my constituents

Freedom Caucus Causing Chaos

Sunday, 18 October 2015 Published in 2015, Blog

Background Most people understand that our government needs to be more efficient and effective. The Tea Party grew feverishly in 2009 because of concerns over high taxes and government spending, helping to win a majority in the House of Representatives and many state legislatures in the 2010 elections. I know there are problems with our

Marching in Lockstep Down the Party Line

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 Published in 2015, Blog

The debate around the agreement between the United States, its allies, and Iran to curtail the Iranian nuclear weapons program has illustrated a disturbing, partisan trend in American politics today. Since President Obama first announced the agreement, we have seen Republicans in Congress declare their opposition to it in lock step, with not a single

House of Action: Week of July 21 – July 24

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 Published in 2015, Blog

This week we considered three major bills on the House floor, all three of which are Republican message bills, and I had several significant committee hearings. I will discuss the bills first. 1. H.R. 1734, “Improving Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation Act of 2015”. My friend David McKinley, a Republican from West Virginia brought it to

House of Action: Week of July 13 – July 17

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 Published in 2015, Blog

GOP Water Bill Does Nothing to Solve California’s Drought This week the only major piece of legislation before the House was H.R. 2898, this year’s version of the infamous water grab brought to us by Republican Congressman David Valadao. The bill would override the state’s ability to carefully allocate the precious water supply and simply

House of Action: Week of July 7 – July 10

Monday, 13 July 2015 Published in 2015, Blog

A very hot and humid week in Washington was met with some very interesting legislation on the House floor and in two subcommittee hearings I attended. EPA/Interior Approps bill The real focus of the week was H.R. 2822: “Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016,” which had more than 50 amendments. During

House of Action: Weeks of June 22 – June 25

Saturday, 27 June 2015 Published in 2015, Blog

This week was decidedly mixed in terms of partisanship and policy. On the one hand, the House easily passed H.R. 2576 the Toxic Chemical Control Act, and other bipartisan acts. I was proud of passing TSCA because it was badly needed and because it represented a significant degree of compromise. Full Energy and Commerce Committee