Email update: Making government work for Sacramento County
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Hope you and your family are well! Here’s a new update on how I’m working to make government work for you:
Fighting for a responsible budget
Last week, the congressional leadership missed the deadline to introduce a new budget. This is inexcusable. Writing and passing a budget on time is core to our job.
That’s why the first bill I introduced and helped passed into law for 2013 was No Budget, No Pay. This bill says if Members of Congress don’t do their jobs and pass a budget, they don’t get paid.
Both parties have a duty to stop the name calling and pass a responsible budget that lowers our debt and invests in our future. That’s why I was proud to vote for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 in October, which is now law. This new budget lasts for two years and was broadly supported by both Republicans and Democrats, a critical step towards making our government work.
But the failure to introduce a new budget to plan for what should come next shows more than ever why we need to make No Budget, No Pay permanent. Truck drivers, nurses, and store clerks don’t get paid if they don’t do their jobs. The same should be true for Congress.
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Working for you in Sacramento County
It’s always great to meet with and hear from local folks when I’m back home in Sacramento County. Listening to you is my most important job because I’m here to bring your voice to our nation’s capital.
That’s why I was so pleased to help commemorate the completion of more than 20 miles of levee repairs. This is an important step to help protect our communities from flooding. Though we’re still experiencing a drought, our region also has one of the highest flood risks in America, so we need to be prepared.
Fixing our levees and boosting our area’s flood protection has long been a concern of mine. That’s why I voted for the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act. This bill is now law and will help ensure crucial support for flood safety projects in our area.
Later on, I was glad to catch up with CleanWorld & Atlas Industries, a leader in clean and renewable energy in our area. Their BioDigesters convert organic waste to renewable natural gas, electricity, and soil for California farms.
They’re the only fuel producer in California that has a net negative carbon footprint – protecting our planet from climate change. As a member of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I’m committed to investing in clean energy to help drive innovation in our economy and to create new jobs.
Staying in touch with Sacramento County is a crucial part of making government work for you. That means not only listening to you and fighting for our region in Washington, but also helping local families however I can.
That’s why I’ve directed my local office to help families who are having trouble with the federal government. This includes help with backlogged Veterans’ benefits, Social Security and Medicare issues, and even stalled passports. And to better serve you, my staff is continuing to hold office hours at area libraries to be available in more convenient locations to better serve you.
Our next office hours will be next Tuesday, April 26th – Please click here to learn more or call us at (916) 635 0505 if you need help right away.
An important event for our region: Cap-to-Cap
Last week, I was happy to take part in the 45th annual “Cap-to-Cap.”
Short for Capitol to Capitol, this is a time when hundreds of local business leaders, elected officials, and other stakeholders from the Sacramento area come to Washington, D.C. Historically, Cap-to-Cap has been the largest meeting of its type in our nation’s capital.
Organized by the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, Cap-to-Cap is an especially important time to see how business and government can work together to help Sacramento County succeed and thrive in the 21st century.
As the son of small business owners, I understand how hard our business owners work. They’re vital to growing our economy and creating good-paying, middle class jobs. Government should be a strategic partner for growth – not an obstacle.
My office is also here to connect area businesses with resources they can use to grow and hire. We may be able to help local businesses cut through unnecessary government red tape. We may also be able to connect you with help from the Small Business Administration and elsewhere.
Please click here to visit my Help for Businesses page to learn more about how my office can serve you.
Congress should be a place for service, and I’m honored to serve you. Please always feel free to contact me to share your views and questions.
Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress