Update | Congressman Ami Bera


Nov 9, 2013
Ami's Updates

I sent along this e-mail update to share how I have been working for you around Sacramento County.  Don't miss out on future updates - join e-newsletter today if you haven't already!  Democracy works best when we stay in touch.


I’ve had the privilege of listening to Sacramento County small business owners, students, and families these past several days. Listening to you is my most important responsibility, because it’s your ideas that I take back to Washington. So here are some brief updates on how I have been working for you.

Working with Small Businesses to Lower Health Costs

I visited with members of the Sacramento County business community earlier this week to discuss my new bipartisan bill that helps protect small businesses and their employees from a new health insurance tax.

Part of the Affordable Care Act, this new tax threatens to raise health care costs for small businesses throughout California, hurting job growth and our economy.

That’s why my new bill – the Small Business and Family Relief Act – would delay this new tax for two years to provide immediate relief to small businesses, families, and seniors. 

At local Folsom business Brothers Boats, business owners expressed their deep concerns about this new tax with me, which is expected to cost the typical family $660 in 2014 and 2015 alone.

As a doctor and the former Chief Medical Officer of Sacramento County, I believe we owe it to the millions of Americans who own or work for a small business to help bring down the sky rocketing cost of health care. 

Local Fox 40 aired story about our meeting, which you can watch by clicking here.


Congress on Your Corner: Elk Grove

I held my latest Congress on Your Corner in Elk Grove earlier this week, and it was great to listen to your concerns and suggestions.

I regularly hold Congress on Your Corner meetings throughout Sacramento County so I can hear directly from you. A Congress on Your Corner is your opportunity to let me know your views on the crucial issues facing our country.

At Pleasant Grove High School, I took questions from community members about the harmful government shutdown, how we can strengthen our public schools, and how we bring more good-paying jobs back to Sacramento County.

I also had the chance to talk to some Elk Grove residents afterwards to hear their perspective on the challenges we face as a country.
I will be holding additional Congress on Your Corners in the weeks and months ahead to continue our conversation, and I hope to see you and your family the next time I’m back in Sacramento County. 

Stay tuned to my e-mail updates to learn about the next Congress on Your Corner nearest you, and please make sure to Like me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter to always get the latest news.

Congress at Your Company Tour

Creating jobs in Sacramento County and building an economy that works for middle class families are my top priorities in Congress.

That’s why I held my latest Congress at Your Company tour, visiting several sustainable businesses in Sacramento County. I wanted to hear from our local business owners about how we can create new green jobs in a sustainable 21st century economy.

Visited with Buzz and Cindy Raley of T3 Toner LLC in Rancho Cordova. They’re California's leading recycler of printer cartridges, storage media and surplus imaging supplies, taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of the products being sold.

Sacramento County is consistently rated as a national leader in the green job sector, and I’m working to help our region capitalize on the growing green technology industry by incentivizing clean energy initiatives and encouraging private investment in clean energy programs.

Met with CEO and President of Glide Cruisers, Christopher Wiggins, which specializes in green and clean energy products serving the personal transportation and industrial patrol markets.
Our region is slowly regaining jobs, but the work is far from over. To fully regain our economic foothold we must attract more jobs to the region, in areas like high tech, clean energy and manufacturing, improve our infrastructure, and maintain high-quality schools to educate the next generation of innovators.

It is always a privilege to hear from you - as always, please always feel free to call or write to share your thoughts. 

Be well,

Ami Bera, M.D.
Member of Congress