Issue Priorities | Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera

Representing the 7th District of California
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Issue Priorities

Growing the Economy

Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities in Congress.
Really enjoyed meeting with the great folks at CEAR - California Electronic Asset Recovery. They’ve created 70 great jobs in our region and partner with local organizations to hold over 200 community events each year, where proceeds from the events are sp

Creating Jobs

Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities in Congress. People in our area continue to feel the effects of the economic crisis, and I’m doing all that I can to bring new jobs to our area. That’s why I won’t take a congressional pay raise until the unemployment rate in Sacramento County is below 5 percent.

Making Government Work

As your representative, I took an oath to serve you. This is why I’ve made it my priority to make government work, so we put people ahead of politics to move our country forward. Congress should be a place for service, not for politicians who only look out to protect their own careers, pay, and perks.
Listening to you is my most important responsibility, so I held a local budget workshop where community members could participate and propose their own solutions to our nation’s budget problems.

Responsible Budgeting

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.
Rep. Bera with his wife, Dr. Janine Bera, at the Irmani health clinic.  The Congressman and his wife, both physicians, have volunteered at the clinic for 19 years to help people in need.

Women's equality

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.

Health Care

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.

Supporting our Military and Veterans

As a doctor who has helped care for veterans, I've seen firsthand how much they've sacrificed for us. After giving so much for our country and our safety, the least we can do is make sure they have access to basic resources.

Honoring Promises to Seniors

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.
I toured Folsom Lake to assess the drought’s impact on Sacramento County.

Addressing California’s Drought

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.

Rebuilding Our Infrastructure

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.
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 on

Investing in Education

As a former educator and a father of a daughter who’s now going to college, investing in the next generation is very important to me. Ensuring our youth are ready for tomorrow’s jobs is one of the most critical things we can do to make our economy work for the middle class.

National Security

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 yo

Agriculture

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.
Participating in a tree and grass planting near the American River.

Energy and Environment

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. Creating a clean energy economy will also protect our planet for future generations and create new jobs to make America globally competitive.

Local issues in Sacramento County

Like people all across the country, many Sacramento area residents are still struggling to find work and pay their bills. We also face challenges that are more 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.