Email update: Building a brighter future for Sacramento County
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You’ve probably heard some of the fighting and posturing coming out of our nation’s capital these days. In Sacramento County, sometimes it can feel like Washington doesn’t listen and is out of touch.
Instead of unending gridlock, we need to find common ground and work together to move forward. Getting work done in our nation’s capital isn’t always easy, but it’s my job as your representative. Through community meetings and the messages you send to my office, my priority is to bring your voice to Washington to meet the challenges we face.
So for today, here’s an update on some of the ways my staff and I are delivering results for our area. Together, we’re working to build a brighter future for Sacramento County:
Creating Jobs for Sacramento County
Helping middle class families and putting Sacramento County back to work must be our priority.
That’s why here at home I worked to bring a new Small Business Development Center to Elk Grove to help people develop business plans, access low-cost loans, and to provide free technical help.
Discussed the state of our economy with a constituent during a review of infrastructure projects in Sacramento County.
In Washington, I’ve supported a new law to reform the nation’s job training programs to get people back to work, as well as the bipartisan Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act to provide tax relief for small businesses, extend tax credits that help start-up businesses, encourage clean energy jobs, help teachers afford classroom supplies, and make college more affordable for families.
More than 40,200 jobs have been created in Sacramento County since 2012, but we still have a ways to go. Visit bera.house.gov/jobseekerguide to see my office’s comprehensive Job Seeker Guide to get help with your job search.
Keeping Americans Healthy
As a doctor, I know firsthand from sitting with my patients how crucial it is to ensure access to affordable and quality health care. We need to focus on lowering costs and solutions to fix what isn’t working.
That’s why I introduced and passed the bipartisan Small Business and Family Relief Act, which rolls back an insurance tax to lower costs for families, small businesses, and seniors.
Discussed health care policy with U.C. Davis medical students.
I also voted to invest in disease research by supporting the 21st Century Cures Act, successfully led an effort to close loopholes to lower drug prices, and fought to address prescription drug abuse epidemic by passing the bipartisan DROP Act to expand drug take-back programs to prevkhent addiction.
Our office has helped more than 6,000 local residents navigate their government, including help with health care. Visit bera.house.gov/gethelp to see how we can serve you.
Balancing our Budget
I introduced and helped pass No Budget, No Pay into law in 2013, and am fighting to make it permanent.
This bill says that if members of Congress don’t do their jobs and pass a budget, they don’t get paid.
Since then I’ve supported two bipartisan budgets that have become law and am supporting bipartisan bills like the SAVE Act to cut $479 billion in wasteful spending over the next decade, as well as the Duplication Elimination Act to weed out inefficient programs that non-partisan experts agree are wasteful.
Our office has helped return more than $3 million to Sacramento County taxpayers in Social Security checks, tax returns, and other payments. Think you may be owed? Visit bera.house.gov/taxhelp to get help.
My staff is here to help local residents with backlogged veterans’ benefits, Social Security and Medicare issues, and even stalled passports. We’d be honored to help you too. Please call us at (916) 635-0505 or visitbera.house.gov/upcomingevents to see when we are holding office hours at an area library near you.
Congress should be a place for service, where we put people ahead of politics and work to find common ground. As always, please feel free to contact my office to share your views or to ask a question.
Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress
P.S. Your thoughtful suggestions always help my office do a better job of serving you.
Listening to you is my most important job. Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts.