Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities in Congress.
The people of Sacramento County elected me to Washington to solve problems and make our government work again. I believe we need to work together, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans, to start solving our nation’s problems.
As a father, I often worry about the future that lies ahead for my daughter. We cannot in good conscience burden our children and grandchildren with a mountain of debt. I am fighting to make sure that Washington is more responsible with your hard-earned taxpayer dollars.
As a doctor, I took an oath to care for the well-being of my patients. As the Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County, I fought to deliver quality healthcare to thousands of residents. As your Congressman, I am working with my colleagues to prioritize patient care, lower health care costs, and protect Medicare for our seniors.
The infrastructure in Sacramento County is in dire need of improvement. Our levees in have been designated “unacceptable” by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The roads and bridges we rely on every day are crumbling. Our energy grid is outdated and wasteful. This endangers residents, discourages new businesses, and ultimately slows down our economy.
Since the founding of our nation, we have come far in the march toward equality but we are not finished yet. Women are still paid less than men for doing the same work, reproductive rights are challenged and attacked far too often, and many women lack access to basic health care. In Congress, I’m working to remedy these injustices.
California’s severe drought is hurting many Sacramento County families, small businesses, and farmers, and my office is working to help those being impacted. In Congress, I’m also fighting for comprehensive, long-term solutions to secure water access and storage in California that doesn't pit Republicans against Democrats and doesn't place southern delta interests ahead of Northern Californians.
As an educator and a parent, I recognize the importance of investing in future generations, and supporting education is one of my top priorities in Congress. Strengthening our public schools is crucial to our nation’s success. Our children should not only be good test takers, but also thoughtful and innovative citizens. We need to let teachers teach, encourage more parental involvement, reduce class sizes, and make college more affordable.
As a doctor who has worked in the VA system and worked with World War II and Korean War veterans, I believe we must do a better job of ensuring our heroes have access to the health care and support services they have earned while they are serving, and when they return.
One of the federal government's most important roles is ensuring the safety and security of the American people. I believe we must give our military and intelligence agencies the tools they need to keep us safe, while also protecting and defending the ideals that define us as the world's greatest democracy.
California is one of the most productive agriculture regions in the world. In Sacramento County, our Agriculture economy generated over $400 million in 2011, supporting jobs from farm workers, to truckers, to grocery store clerks - even the cashier at your local nursery. I am committed to supporting the unique needs of our local farmers, who help form the backbone of crucial sectors like wine grapes, dairy, and pears.
Like people all across the country, many Sacramento area residents are still struggling to find work and pay the bills. We also face challenges that are unique to our area, from protecting our communities against flooding to dealing with California water access issues. As your representative in Congress, I am committed to confronting the obstacles we face and working in Congress to address our community’s needs.
As a father, I have no greater responsibility than making sure I leave our world better off for the next generation. I love our state’s natural beauty and some of my favorite things to do are camping, hiking, and fishing. But not only is protecting our environment important for our well-being and recreation, creating a clean energy economy will protect our planet for future generations and create new jobs to make America globally competitive.
We must honor the promises we have made to our seniors so they can get the support and health care they need, and have a secure and dignified retirement. That’s why I have pledged to not take a congressional pension until Medicare and Social Security are secure for this generation and future generations.