Spring is almost here in Washington. That means warmer temperatures and the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, which is quite beautiful and draws folks from all over the country. As we all look forward to flowers blooming and hope for more rain at home, I’m pleased to once again report back to you about what I have been working on.
The Way We Finance Elections
Last month I unveiled my plan to completely change the way we finance election campaigns in this country. I want to return the power to voters and make sure your voices are heard over the loud voices of corporations, SuperPACs and big money from who knows where. My constitutional amendment would get rid of all contributions and spending except by individuals. Any money from folks outside that district couldn’t exceed the money coming from inside. Read my op-ed about my plan in the Sacramento Bee here.
Helping Small Businesses Succeed
Over the past couple of weeks I have been working on legislation to help our small businesses succeed. I’m proud to say the House unanimously passed my amendment to Amtrak’s funding bill that requires the rail carrier to include the needs of economically and socially disadvantaged small businesses as it looks to build or repair its train stations. I also recently introduced a bill for our service disabled veteran owned small businesses that would protect those businesses from losing their federal contracts right away if the veteran-owner passes away. It’s the right thing to do for our brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country and their family.
Bringing Home Transportation Funding
This past month I was also honored to bring home two transportation-related federal grants. San Joaquin County’s RTD will get $4.7 million to purchase new zero-emissions buses and a charging station at the Stockton downtown transit center. And Contra Costa County will get $200,000 to help turn SR-4 into a “High Tech Highway” so that commuters can get real-time updates through television, radio, and even their smart phones to help them plan their trips and avoid backups.
I wasn’t a professional politician when I ran for Congress for the first time in 2004. Just because I got elected doesn’t make me a professional politician today. I’m still a public servant, and I remain dedicated to serving our communities and our nation. Unfortunately, there are already two Republicans running for my seat who are already dissing my accomplishments in Congress. Let them talk, because you and I know the truth. I’m glad to have you on my side and I look forward to continuing our dialogue as I run for reelection in 2016.
P.S.: Since I am always looking for ways to stay in contact with you more frequently, I started a blog on my website. Please check it out jerrymcnerney.org/blog and let me know what you think!