Email update: President Trump
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As you know, President Trump and the new Congress are now moving ahead with their agenda. This is a time of great change, with decisions that may affect our nation for years to come. Here’s what I’m working on for you during this important time:
Hearing from you:
Last Saturday, I hosted a Community Engagement Forum in Elk Grove to hear from neighbors across our community and to address their concerns. Hundreds of people from Folsom to Elk Grove participated.
Many at the forum shared their serious reservations about President Trump. My office has also received hundreds of letters and phone calls expressing similar views.
I want you to know that I share your concerns. As we move forward with this new Administration, you as always can count on me to stand-up for our core American values.
I will continue to find common ground with people of good will in both parties to move our nation forward. But we should never compromise core American values as a tolerant and welcoming nation for every citizen.
That’s why I strongly opposed the President’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as one of his top advisors, am supporting a bill to prohibit the creation of a religious registry, and have fought back against attempts to limit free speech. These actions are contrary to who we are.
Please click here to take my survey on President Trump to share your thoughts if you haven’t already.
Opposing the Executive Order on Immigrants and Refugees:
As you may know, President Trump recently issued an Executive Order to ban refugees and legal immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries.
As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, it’s my job to work with people in both parties to keep America safe. But I’m very concerned this Executive Order undermines both our security and core American values.
By using religion as a factor to determine who can enter our country, we not only contradict our long history of religious freedom and acceptance, but we risk damaging critical regional alliances that aid our efforts in the fight against terrorism.
Please click here to watch me speak against this Executive Order in front of the U.S. Capitol.
Almost every American family has its roots with people who came here to seek a better life. Those loved ones may have come from a distant place, but they came to work hard and to play by the rules. We should give new refugees and immigrants who have already gone through a thorough screening process the same chance to contribute to America. It’s not the American way to turn our backs on them.
We must continue to work to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other terrorist groups. But being vigilant and relentless is not enough. We must also be strong and wise - and that must include staying true to our values.
If you or someone you know has been hurt by this Executive Order, please call my office for help. My office regularly works to help people who are having trouble with the federal government, including immigration issues. We’ll do whatever we can to assist you.
Please call my office at (916) 635-0505 or learn more about how my office can help at bera.house.gov/gethelp.
Improving Health Care for Every Family:
President Trump and congressional leaders are also now making it a priority to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, and I’ve worked with people in both parties to fix what’s wrong, lower costs and improve health care for everyone.
More than 20 million Americans now receive care because of the Affordable Care Act. That’s more than 4.2 million people in California alone. Without a meaningful and immediate replacement in place, repealing the Affordable Care Act would do irreparable damage.
Please click here to see me speak out about this issue on the House floor.
Please click here to learn more about how I’m working to improve health care for area families.
Supporting Sacramento County Veterans:
Regardless of what happens in Washington, we should never lose sight of our commitment to the men and women who have served us in uniform. As a doctor who has helped care for veterans, I’ve seen their sacrifices first-hand. They deserve nothing less than our unwavering support.
That’s why I was so happy to pick up Valentine’s Day cards for veterans made by schoolchildren at Skycrest and Kingswood Elementary schools in Citrus Heights. On Valentine’s Day, my office will deliver these cards to veterans who are receiving care at Mather VA hospital.
If you or someone you know is a veteran who needs help with backlogged benefits or health care, please contact my office for help. My local office has helped local vets recover more than $1.9 million in earned benefits they were owed. We’d be honored to help you, too.
Please call my office at (916) 635-0505 or visit my Help for Veterans page to learn more.
As always, it is a pleasure and an honor to serve you. Please always feel free to contact me to share your views or to ask a question.
Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress