I want to provide a few updates on the past month in Congress and share some important information from my office.
The House passed the Republican budget resolution today. This budget opens the door for their majority to pass tax cuts for the rich at a cost of $1.5 trillion. More than 80 percent of the benefits of these tax cuts would go to the top one percent. I am sure you agree there are better ways to invest $1.5 trillion.
For example, Congress could have reauthorized the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which expired at the end of September. This important program provides nine million children with low-cost health insurance. In response, I joined my colleagues in signing a letter to the Speaker of the House calling for an immediate legislative solution. I will keep fighting to protect health care coverage for all Americans.
I also offered an amendment opposing the budget resolution’s repeal of the estate tax, which also disproportionately favors the super-wealthy, but the Republican leadership refused to allow it to come up for a vote on the House floor.
It was great to see so many constituents at the October town hall meeting in Cupertino and to answer your questions. I hope to see you at my next town hall at 2:00 p.m. on Veterans’ Day, November 11th at Newark Memorial High School. If you can’t make it, you can watch on Facebook Live. And be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.
Silicon Valley Washington Post Op-Ed
I wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post about Silicon Valley’s role in our country and how tech can be an aspirational vehicle for good. Tech companies should expand their search for talent to Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a focus on gender equity and invest in under-served regions of the country that have not prospered as much. Read my full opinion in The Washington Post.
The VALOR Act was passed by a subcommittee and sent to the full House Veterans’ Affairs Committee for further consideration. I introduced this bipartisan bill to streamline apprenticeship opportunities for veterans – expanding availability for training in tech and other in-demand occupations. Read more from my colleague Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
I have introduced a bipartisan congressional resolution to withdraw U.S. support for unauthorized hostilities in Yemen. Thirty-six Democrats and Republicans agree with me that this will help put an end to the suffering of a country approaching “a famine of biblical proportions." Read our op-ed in The New York Times.
Case workers in my Santa Clara office are available to help CA-17 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.