Good afternoon. I would like to provide a few updates about recent developments in Congress and share some important information.
Aftermath of the Wildfires
We had good reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving. It finally rained, which put out the fire in Butte County and washed the smoke out of the air. The air quality above Silicon Valley is no longer hazardous, and this fire will no longer threaten California homes and lives. The multiple northern California fires last year and this year’s Camp Fire are examples of extreme weather events exacerbated by global warming and are becoming a recurring problem for our region.
Following the recent release of the federal government’s alarming climate change report, I support establishing a congressional select committee on a Green New Deal. The new majority in Congress, of which I will be proud to become a member in January, must respond to the climate crisis with smart and innovative environmental policies. Climate change is not a problem we can afford to put off for the future. We must address it now to save lives, homes and our planet.
Lowering Prescription Drug Prices for All Americans
Senator Sanders and I recently announced our bill that will take on Big Pharma’s price-gouging of sick and aging Americans. Big Pharma upcharges us because we don’t have any patient protections, but this bill changes that. If a drug company decides to sell their product for higher than the median price that they sell that same drug to our friends in Canada, Japan, and Europe, then the company loses their government-granted market monopoly, and generic drug producers can enter the market and bring the price down through competition.
One in four Americans reports difficulty paying for their prescription drugs and, overall, Americans pay 40 percent or more for pharmaceuticals than similar countries. That’s just not right. Medicine should not condemn a person to a lifetime of debt. Sick and elderly Americans should not be forced to choose between food and lifesaving prescriptions. It is past time for Congress to stand up to the powerful Pharma lobbyists, and Senator Sanders and I will be leading that fight.
It was great to see so many of you and to answer your questions at my November town hall meeting in Sunnyvale. I hope to see you at my next town hall starting at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 16th in the Multipurpose Room at the Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, in San Jose. If you can’t make it, you can watch on Facebook Live. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @RepRoKhanna.
Healing America’s Divisions with an Inclusive Economy
As our country moves forward, it’s crucial that we build an inclusive and geographically diverse 21st century economy. Prosperity should not be limited to a few powerful coastal regions and city centers. I joined The New York Times podcast “The Argument” with David Leonhardt to discuss how a polarized America can heal its divides and thrive under inclusive patriotism.
Secretary Clinton Discusses My Internet Bill of Rights
At the request of Leader Nancy Pelosi, I have spent the past seven months working with tech companies and experts including Tim Berners Lee, who is widely credited with inventing the internet, on crafting an Internet Bill of Rights. The recent data privacy scandals such as the Equifax breach and Cambridge Analytica have made clear that Americans need clearly defined online protections. During a speech at the University of Oxford last month, Secretary Clinton took a moment to discuss how the principles that I’ve developed are crucial to the future of our data privacy in the 21st century.
Democratic Priorities for the House Majority in 2019
Next year, my fellow Democrats and I will take the reins of the U.S. House of Representatives. We will work tirelessly to advance the issues that matter to everyday Americans, like raising the minimum wage, expanding health coverage, and protecting your privacy online. Read more from The Mercury News on what California Democrats have planned for the 116th Congress.
Reshaping American Foreign Policy
American military spending is near the highest it has ever been with U.S. troops deployed in combat operations in over a dozen countries across the globe. As a nation, we must consider the American lives we are risking and the allocation of our resources, such as our military aid to the Saudi coalition wreaking havoc on Yemeni civilians. Read more from Vox on Democratic priorities for American foreign policy in 2019.
Case workers in my Santa Clara office are available to help Silicon Valley residents navigate through the bureaucracy of federal agencies. My staff can assist with immigration or visa issues, Social Security payments and VA paperwork, among other areas. Visit my website for more information.