Email update: Grateful to serve you
I sent an email update on Monday about some of the new bipartisan successes of 2015. Join my email updates now so you don't miss any in the future!
As we approach the end of 2015, I continue to be grateful for the privilege of serving you in Congress. And despite the name calling in Washington, I'm glad both parties came together and made crucial progress these past few weeks.
For instance, last week both parties came together to pass a bipartisan government funding bill. This will keep our government open and makes critical investments in America's future. It includes permanent tax credits to help working families and small businesses, full funding for upgrades to Folsom Dam, and more support to fight prescription drug abuse.
I was also pleased this bill includes my proposal to rollback a health insurance tax. This will save the average person more than $200 in insurance costs and seniors on Medicare Advantage plans will save $350.
In addition, earlier this month I was proud to vote for a major bipartisan infrastructure bill. This is a long-term, five year bill that was widely supported by both parties. It will help ensure that we continue to rebuild our roads, bridges, and public transportation.
Reinvesting in our infrastructure is critical to the economic growth of our area and creating good jobs.
And as a former educator, I’m pleased both parties passed a major education bill, the Every Student Succeeds Act. This new law eliminates the unworkable standards created by No Child Left Behind. It means more fairness and flexibility for both teachers and students while maintaining accountability.
Instead of a one-size fits all approach, states and local school districts will be able to implement what they know works best. It also ensures funding goes to schools that need it and is targeted for at-risk students so all may realize the American dream.
There’s still a lot more we have to do to move our country forward. But these steps show what we can do when both parties stop the finger-pointing and find common ground. As a member of the Problem Solvers, a bipartisan group of Republicans and Democrats, I will keep pushing for progress and compromise in 2016.
It’s an incredible honor to serve you, and I hope you’re able to spend time with your family and loved ones over the next several days. As always, don’t ever hesitate to contact me.
Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress