Making Government Work | Congressman Ami Bera

Making Government Work

Back at home in Sacramento County, I know sometimes it can feel like Washington is out of touch and doesn’t listen. People are frustrated when politicians in both parties blame one another without offering solutions, while special interests set the agenda and middle class families struggle in a changing economy.

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.

That’s why the first bill I helped introduce and pass was No Budget, No Pay because if Members of Congress don’t do their jobs and pass a budget on time, they shouldn’t get paid. I’ve repeatedly voted against congressional pay raises and am fighting perks like letting Members of Congress fly on first class while having taxpayers pick up the bill.  I’m supporting strong legislation to restore trust in our democracy so more people can participate and so special interest groups and billionaires don’t have undue influence over our government.

My office is working hard to do all it can to serve local families. That includes help with Social Security and Medicare issues, backlogged veterans’ benefits, and much more. We’ve now helped more than 15,000 local residents and have helped return more than $7 million that was owed to local taxpayers.

Getting work done in our nation’s capital isn’t always easy, but it’s my job as your representative. Instead of gridlock, we need to find common ground and work together to move forward. Through community meetings and the messages you send to my office, I'm here to bring your voice to Washington.

More on Making Government Work

Dec 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) voted today to provide urgently needed relief to American families and small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. H.R. 133, which passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support, provides $900 billion in emergency coronavirus relief and sufficient funding to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2021.

Oct 5, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) today sent a letter to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Kathy Kraninger urging the release of CFPB guidance for lenders and credit reporting agencies to protect consumers who pay their bills by mail and are being impacted by United States Postal Service (USPS) delays.

Sep 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives voted today to pass Representative Ami Bera’s Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act, legislation that would provide critical mental health resources to our nation’s first responders. Studies show that first responders are at an elevated risk of suicide compared to other professions and more first responders die by suicide than on the line of duty.

Aug 28, 2020 Ami's Updates

I'm hosting a 2020 Census virtual workshop on Thursday, September 3 from 3:30-4:30 PM PT.

The workshop will cover the importance of data in the Census, the impact on our community, and local resources available through the Census Bureau. Also hear from local partners on how to receive help filling out the Census.

Please use the below form to RSVP for the workshop, which is open to the public.

**Please note: the workshop will be held online via Zoom. A link and instructions to join the workshop will be sent to those who have RSVP'd.**

Aug 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) today voted to help pass the bipartisan H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act which protects and strengthens the U.S. Postal Service and the right to vote. The Delivering for America Act prohibits the Postal Service from implementing any changes to operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020, and provides $25 billion in critical funding to support the Postal Service.

Aug 21, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Government Operations Subcommittee Chairman Gerry Connolly (VA-11) led 65 Members of Congress in a letter requesting Postmaster General Louis DeJoy share information on what actions the United States Postal Service (USPS) is taking to ensure the timely and accurate delivery of prescriptions to veterans.

Jul 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to pass Representative Ami Bera’s (D-CA) bipartisan Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act, legislation that would provide additional mental health resources to our nation’s first responders responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jun 10, 2020 Ami's Updates
June 15 Telephone Town Hall
I’m holding a Telephone Town Hall on Monday, June 15 from 6:00-7:00 PDT.
May 13, 2020 In The News

U.S. Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, on May 7 praised Sacramento area residents for following Sacramento County’s stay-at-home order, and helping to “flatten the curve” against the spreading of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We can be proud of ourselves in the Sacramento area for really following the stay-at-home order and avoiding the worst of this pandemic,” he said.

Mar 31, 2020 In The News

(KTXL) — Congressman Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, hosted a telephone town hall Tuesday night to provide an update on the federal response to COVID-19. 

The local lawmaker who represents California’s seventh district was joined by public health experts as they took the time to answer community questions about what’s being done to protect people both physically and financially. 

“This is a time for us to come together, not just as a community but a country and a world,” Rep. Bera said.