On the Issues | Congressman Ami Bera

On the Issues

An Economic Roadmap for Sacramento County

As our economy changes, we must to do a better job of keeping up. We need a plan for Sacramento County to create more high-paying jobs and opportunities and to help more families join the middle class and get ahead in life.

Keeping Sacramento County Safe

Keeping Americans safe is my greatest responsibility as your representative in Congress. We have to be vigilant and relentless, but also strong and wise, as we move forward to defeat ISIL and other terrorist groups. We also need to holistically address other serious threats to the safety of our families.

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.

Women's Equality

Since the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848, we have certainly made great progress towards women’s equality. At the same time, we still have so much more to do. As a father, I want my daughter to grow up in a country where her gender is not a barrier to her success.

Seniors and Social Security

As a doctor who’s cared for countless seniors, I’m committed to honoring the promises we’ve made to our parents and grandparents. We need to make sure our seniors can access the support and health care they need in a secure and dignified retirement.

Helping Everyone Get Ahead

Today, many families have to work harder and harder to realize their American dream. I know many are worried that their children may end up worse off than they are. We’re living in a different and changing economy. We have to do a better job of keeping up with these changes so more families can be a part of the middle class and get ahead in life.

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.
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

As a father, I often worry about the future that lies ahead for my daughter. We cannot in good conscience continue to bury our children and grandchildren under a mountain of debt. We need to make Congress a place for service, where both parties work to address our debt and deficit and protect important investments in our children’s futures.

Jobs and the Economy

In May of 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that more than 40,000 jobs had been created in Sacramento County since 2012. This is welcome progress considering the depths of our economic and financial crisis. But there’s certainly a lot more that we need to do. We need to recognize and understand changes in our economy so that we can make the smart choices necessary to create more jobs and opportunities in Sacramento County.

National Security and Foreign Policy

We need strong leadership to help navigate security and global challenges to put the interests of our nation and people first, not politics. We need to work together to give our military and intelligence agencies the tools they need to keep us safe, and also protect and defend the ideals that define us as the world’s greatest democracy.

Transportation and Infrastructure

In America, both parties have to get back to dreaming big and building big things to invest in our future. Poor infrastructure endangers residents, discourages new business, and slows down our economy. To create jobs and build an economy that works for the middle class, we need to get back to the bipartisan American tradition of investing in our future.
Doctor Bera

Health Care

As a doctor, I took an oath to care for the well-being of my patients. Core to that oath are three general principles: To do good, to do no harm, and to empower my patients with the best available information so they can make the decisions that work best for them and their personal circumstances. Now that I have the honor and privilege of serving as your representative, I’m staying true to my oath to improve health care for Sacramento County families.


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.

Addressing California’s Drought

We’ve thankfully received some much needed rain this season. But after several years of drought, our state continues to face a water shortage. I know California’s drought is hurting many Sacramento County families, farmers, and small businesses. Responding to our drought has to be about people, not politics.

Supporting Sacramento County Agriculture

Agriculture is a cornerstone of our region’s economy. Our local agriculture economy supports jobs from farm workers, to truck drivers, to grocery store clerks - even the cashier at your local nursery. We should do whatever we can to support this innovation and the growth in Sacramento County agriculture.

Environment and Agriculture

As a lifelong Californian, I’ve spent much of my time camping, hiking, and fishing. I love the natural beauty of our state and know that we have a moral responsibility to care for our planet for our children and grandchildren.

Housing and Homelessness

Congressman Bera is fighting for more high quality and affordable housing options for Sacramento County. He knows that many homeowners are having trouble in our changing economy, and many families are struggling to keep up with high monthly rent payments. Congressman Bera is also working hard to bring resources to Sacramento County to combat homelessness.