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.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) released the following statement after voting for final passage of the American Rescue Plan, which now heads to President Biden’s desk for signature into law.
WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) today re-introduced the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act, bipartisan legislation to provide critical mental health resources to our nation’s first responders and health care providers.
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.
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.
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.
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.**
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.
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.
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.