Issues & Legislation
As a former member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a Vietnam combat veteran, I’m well aware of the threats America faces. I’m committed to providing our Armed Forces and Intelligence Community everything they need to defend our nation. However, military action should always be our last resort.
The one essential element to our nation’s long-term economic success is education. It is the foundation on which our next generation will gain the knowledge and skills they need to keep America on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery. I am committed to increasing educational opportunities, supporting our hard working teachers, and improving our classrooms.
We should invest in new energy sources and strengthen established ones as we work towards energy independence. By doing this, we can create jobs, strengthen our national security, improve the environment and combat climate change.
Northern California’s incredible landscapes and natural resources are the economic and cultural cornerstone of our district’s communities. I am committed to protecting these natural resources in a fair and equitable manner for future generations, and I will keep working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help protect our air, water, public lands, and wildlife.
While things may be improving, the federal government has run deficits in excess of $1 trillion each of the last few years. Our national debt recently surpassed $15 trillion. If our debt was divided among the U.S. labor force, every single American worker would owe more than $100,000.
As the husband of a family nurse practitioner, and a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, I know firsthand the challenges that exist in our current health care system.
Home prices are gradually increasing and foreclosures are declining, but our slow-moving housing recovery still leaves many Californians with significant financial struggles. Many families are either barely able to make mortgage payments or stuck in a home that is still worth less than the amount owed.
Immigrants are an integral part of our nation’s history, culture, and economy. They strengthen America and contribute greatly to its success. However, our current immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed. Comprehensive reform that secures our borders while honoring our immigrant heritage is long overdue.
My number one priority in Congress is creating jobs and growing our economy.
Investing in Infrastructure
All couples – gay or straight – should have the right to marry who they love. And, every couple should have the right to receive the benefits that come along with marriage.
Seniors play an integral role in our country and it’s important that we make sure they get the retirement benefits they have earned though a lifetime of hard work.
As a Vietnam combat veteran and Co-Chair of the Congressional Veterans Caucus, I understand that we have a responsibility to work to support those who have bravely served our country. There are more than 21 million military veterans in our country, including some 50,000 in California’s Fifth Congressional district alone.
California’s Fifth Congressional District is a world-renowned food and wine destination because of our vibrant agricultural and viticultural heritage. As an organic grower myself, I’m fully committed to protecting and strengthening our farming and grapegrowing communities.
The United States has made remarkable strides in the last several decades in breaking down barriers for women. Despite this progress, there is more work that needs to be done to honor women and expand their opportunities.