We’re 100 days into Congress. Here are a few highlights:
Reforming Our Democracy
House Democrats were able to pass a sweeping democracy reform bill that will clean up the culture of corruption in Washington and return power back to the people. I offered four amendments that were unanimously accepted, including a bipartisan amendment that codifies a transparency standard for both the House and the Senate. We need to make democracy more accessible and transparent if we’re going to return power to the people. The legislation reduces the impact of big money in our elections, by empowering grassroots donors, requiring disclosure, and reining in the Super PACs; imposes higher ethics standards so that candidates behave themselves when they get to Congress and the White House; and strengthens democracy by ending partisan gerrymandering, registering voters automatically, requiring paper ballots, and cracking down on voter suppression.
A bill I introduced to encourage small business innovation passed unanimously. Through this legislation, we seek to create new investment in small business research and technology while spurring market competition and increasing the diversity of offerings.
I introduced legislation to jumpstart national research into improved buildings and infrastructure to better withstand extreme weather conditions and to provide grant funding for the coastal communities that need to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
Rising sea levels pose a great risk to Orange County residents. Our district alone has over 3,400 miles of tidal shoreline—the property damage from rising tides is projected at over $4 billion and would impact more than 9,000 community members.
I also introduced legislation to permanently extend the Qualified Fuel Cell Motor Vehicles Tax Credit. This incentive helps offset the cost of owning and operating more energy-efficient and environmentally conscious cars.
We voted in the House to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. The four amendments I offered for the legislation were accepted. Through these amendments, I sought to acknowledge the increased instances of violence against transgender Americans, and increase measures on college campuses to prevent intimate partner violence.
I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together, but there’s still so much work to be done.