Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
No War with Iran Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support
Today, a bipartisan majority of the House voted to pass my bill restricting any taxpayer funding for an unauthorized, unconstitutional war with Iran. The President’s strikes assassinating Iranian general Qasem Soleimani earlier this month were a dangerous act of military interventionism without Congressional notification or approval. The Constitution is very clear on delegation of power when it comes to matters of war and the power of the purse. Passing this bill is an important step towards reclaiming the important checks and balances established by the Framers.
The President ran on ending our foreign military entanglements, but all he has done in office is further deepen the quagmire. I co-wrote an op-ed in CNN with Sen. Sanders explaining why we must push for less military interventionism, not more. We must dedicate ourselves to pursuing a responsible, thoughtful foreign policy prioritizing diplomacy and open communication.
Medicare for All Town Hall
Last week, we co-hosted a special Medicare for All town hall in San Jose with Assemblymember Ash Kalra and moderated by Ryan Skolnick, a Medicare For All expert from the California Nurses Association. It was an informed and well-attended discussion including a Q&A session with the audience. Every American deserves quality health care without risk of bankruptcy, restrictive networks, and surprise medical bills. Medicare for All is the best and most cost-effective solution we have.
February Town hall
It was great to see so many of you and answer your questions at this month’s general issues town hall in Newark. I hope to see you again at my next town hall in Santa Clara on Friday, February 21, starting at 7:30 PM at the Recital Hall, Music & Dance Building, Santa Clara University.
Preserving Affordable Housing
The housing crisis in the Bay Area is forcing the cost of living in our district to continue skyrocketing. In response, I introduced the Manufactured Housing Community Preservation Act with my colleague, Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA), to help the most vulnerable among us. The bill creates a grant fund to help non-profits and resident-formed cooperatives purchase their manufactured housing communities in order to save them from demolition. Read more from the Mercury News.
Bipartisan Op-ed on Addressing Inequality
The crisis of rapidly expanding inequality is a problem that both Democrats and Republicans agree must be addressed. I co-wrote an op-ed with my colleague from across the aisle, (and the country!) Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), proposing how we can close the ever-widening gap between the haves and have-nots. Read the full piece at Real Clear Policy.
Caseworkers in my Santa Clara office are available to help Silicon Valley residents navigate the bureaucracy of federal agencies. My staff can help you solve problems with immigration, visas, Social Security payments and VA paperwork, among other areas. Constituents are welcome to visit us at 3150 De La Cruz Blvd., Suite 240, Santa Clara, CA 95054. We are just north of the Trimble/De La Cruz exit off Highway 101. Visit my website for more information.