Email update: Latest on making government work for you | Congressman Ami Bera

Email update: Latest on making government work for you

Jul 13, 2016
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Email update sent on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

I sent an email update on Wednesday on my latest work to make government work for Sacramento County. Join my email updates now so don't miss any in the future!

Getting work done in our nation’s capital isn’t always easy, but it’s my job as your representative. Here’s a new update on how I’m serving you and your family:

Update: Bera Bill to Address Opioid & Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic Set to Become Law

Across our country, we’ve tragically seen a spike in the abuse of highly addictive pain killers called opioids. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than ever before.

As a doctor, I’ve seen firsthand how our families have been torn apart by the opioid epidemic. One Sacramento County mother, Deborah, tragically saw her son become addicted. She shared: “I cannot tell you the suffering my family went through over five years because of prescription drug abuse.”

That’s why I’m pleased to share with you that my bipartisan bill to help address this emergency, the DROP Act, is now on its way to becoming law.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the majority of people who abuse painkillers get them from a friend or family member. If you have unused or expired prescriptions, chances are a child, friend, or family member can stumble onto them. Safely disposing of any unused prescriptions in your medicine cabinet could help save a life.

Please click here to find places in our area where you can drop off your unused or expired prescriptions.

Improving our Response to Wildfires

In California, we've all seen the terrible damage wildfires can do to homes, ecosystems, and entire communities. Our firefighters do an incredible job battling these fires, protecting lives, and protecting property. 

Unfortunately, Congress hasn't been doing a good enough job of helping them succeed. Federal firefighters are regularly forced into "fire borrowing" because of how they're funded. This means taking money away from other crucial projects to cover the cost of putting out a wildfire. This even includes projects that can prevent wildfires from happening in the first place.

That’s why I’m leading a new bipartisan effort to push for an immediate fix to fire borrowing to protect our communities.

When I met with representatives at CAL-Fire in my local office to hear how Congress can help our firefighters.

We need to start treating wildfires like every other natural disaster. Just like earthquakes or hurricanes, wildfires threaten lives and property. We need to make sure we dedicate resources to fighting and preventing wildfires too.

Please click here to learn about our new effort to fix fire borrowing on KFBK.

Making Government Work for Sacramento County

Back at home in Sacramento County, I know sometimes it can feel like Washington is out of touch and doesn’t listen. 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.

And I’ve been happy to have the chance to hear directly from many area residents over these past few weeks. Recently, for instance, I was glad to attend the Folsom Rodeo with my wife Janine over the fourth of July weekend and to chat with local residents who were celebrating our great country.

Staying connected and making government work for you is core to my job. Congress should be a place for service, not for politicians who only look out for their own best interests.

This is why we’re continuing to hold office hours at local libraries throughout Sacramento County to serve you in your own neighborhood. We may be able to help you with backlogged veterans’ benefits, Social Security and Medicare issues, and more. We’ve already helped return more than $3 million to local taxpayers and we’d be honored to serve you, too.

Our next office hours are next Tuesday, July 19th, from 10:00 AM to noon at the Fair Oaks Library. Please click here to learn more and to see the full office hours schedule.

As always, it’s crucial for me to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Listening to you is my most important job – so please feel free to contact me at any time.

Be well,

Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress

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