Issues & Legislation
The United States was founded on the principle of liberty and justice for all. However, our nation has not always lived up to this high ideal. Congress must act to ensure this most American value is made a reality.
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.
Education is the foundation of a strong middle class and vital to our nation’s long-term success. Congress must invest in early childhood, special, technical and higher education programs to ensure everyone benefits from our 21st century economy.
As Co-Chair of the Land Conservation Caucus, Co-Chair of the Wildlife Refuge Caucus, and a lifelong outdoorsman, preserving America’s natural heritage has always been a priority of mine. That’s why I strongly support investing in land conservation, acting to prevent climate change and transitioning to a clean energy economy.
For far too long, Washington has avoided making the tough choices necessary to get our fiscal house in order. The Congressional Budget Office projects our annual deficit, the difference between federal tax revenue and spending in a given year, will exceed $1 trillion and continue increasing indefinitely.
While we’ve made great strides in recent years, too many people in our country still can’t get the health care they need. Health care is a right. Congress must ensure everyone in America has access to quality, affordable health care.
Lack of affordable housing is devastating California families. Even with help, too many people in our district face housing insecurity. Sadly, the 2017 fires have only exacerbated this crisis.
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.
Too many folks have been left behind in this economy. More than 6 million Americans who want a job don’t have one. Another 4.3 million are involuntarily working a part-time job instead of a well-paying, full-time job. Congress must do more to ensure everyone in our country shares in the benefits of growth.
My grandmother worked her entire adult life to provide for her family. She owned and operated a small business with my grandfather. She sewed gloves at the Napa glove factory and labeled wine bottles at Inglenook Winery. When she retired, my grandmother had a small pension of $53 per month. Social Security and Medicare gave my grandmother comfort and security.
As a Vietnam combat veteran and Co-Chair of the Military Veterans Caucus, I understand our nation’s sacred responsibility to our men and women in uniform. No person who served honorably in our Armed Forces should have to fight for a paycheck, proper health care, or a roof over their head.
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.