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 18,000 local residents and have helped return more than $8.5 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

Nov 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) today voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, landmark legislation that will make generational investments in American families by lowering child care and health care costs, cutting taxes for the middle class, and creating millions of good-paying jobs across the country.

Nov 5, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) issued the following statement after voting for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, historic legislation that will modernize and upgrade our roads, bridges, highways, and broadband access, while creating thousands of good-paying jobs across the country.

Oct 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) released the following statement after meeting today at the White House with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and a bicameral group of Members of Congress to discuss the need to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Act.

“I appreciate President Biden for inviting me to the White House to discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Act.

Jul 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) announced that he secured in the House Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations package $450,000 to support critical job training programs for Sacramento-area young adults on the autism spectrum.

Jul 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) announced that he secured $1.2 million for three Sacramento County community recreation projects. Funding for these projects were included in the House Labor-HHS and Transportation-HUD Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations bills, which passed the House of Representatives today.

Jul 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-07) announced that he helped secure $735,000 for three Sacramento-area community funding projects meant to bolster our region’s access to a safe and reliable water supply.

Funding for these projects were included in the House Energy and Water Development, and Interior-Environment Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations bills, which passed the House of Representatives today.

Jun 10, 2021 Press Release

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, Representative Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) announced he secured $19 million of funding for transportation projects in California’s 7th Congressional District through the Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, legislation that will reauthorize surface transportation, transit, rail and safety programs for the next five years.

Funding secured by Representative Bera will support projects located in Elk Grove, Folsom, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, and Orangevale. 

May 12, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome (HERO) Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) that would provide critical mental health resources to our nation’s first responders and health care providers.

Mar 10, 2021 Press Release

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.

Mar 2, 2021 Press Release

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.