We are on the path to recovery. We are steadily creating jobs, and we’re restoring the security the middle class has lost. While we have clearly seen progress, much more work must be done to expand our economy and put people back to work. Each day I serve as your Representative, I am working to make progress to put Americans back to work and push our economy forward for American families, and making targeted investments in the areas that will grow our economy like clean energy, education, health care and infrastructure. Unfortunately, the Republican Majority of the 114th Congress has not acted yet to bring a single jobs package to the House floor.
Congress Matsui has been a leader in Congress on a broad range of healthcare issues, from passing the Affordable Care Act, to reforming mental health care, to ensuring that medical research and the delivery system provide Americans with 21st Century cures and care.
The Congresswoman is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee, which oversees agencies and writes laws pertaining to public health, health insurance, the regulation of food, drugs and cosmetics, medical research, health information technology, and more.
One of Congresswoman Matsui’s top priorities is to minimize our risk of flooding, which includes maintaining and strengthening the region’s levee and dam system while taking a wider, watershed approach to managing high-water events.
As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Co-Chair of the House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), I have made it a top priority to bring clean energy technology to Sacramento and transform our district into a global leader.
Congresswoman Matsui believes that there are enormous opportunities in Sacramento to spur the innovation economy. She has supported policies that ensure multiple sectors of our economy – from health care, to clean energy, to technology – are prospering as the region continues to grow.
We have a duty to the men and women who have bravely put their lives on the line to defend our country, and we must ensure that we provide them with the assistance they need and deserve as they return home. The Congresswoman has fought to ensure that our veterans receive the physical, mental, education, housing, and financial assistance they need. For example, the Congresswoman’s Excellence in Mental Health demonstration project, which was signed into law, ensures that community mental health clinics are able to provide services to the 200,000 veterans expected to seek care at these facilities. The Congresswoman also continues to monitor the Veterans Administration to ensure that our veterans are getting timely access to the benefits and services they have earned.
As Co-Chair of the High Tech Caucus and a member of the Energy & Commerce Communications & Technology Subcommittee, Congresswoman Matsui is working to address the pressing tech issues of today and tomorrow while increasing the accessibility and affordability of communications services.
As co-chair of the Democratic Caucus Congressional Task Force on Seniors in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Matsui has consistently supported policies that are important to seniors in Sacramento, such as protecting and strengthening Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Older Americans Act programs. Congresswoman Matsui is committed to ensuring all Americans have the tools they need to achieve the retirement security they have earned.
By safely linking neighborhoods through investments in our region’s transportation infrastructure, we connect all of our residents to jobs, promote a sense of community, and ensure that no one is left behind as Sacramento continues to grow.
In addressing Sacramento’s transportation needs, the Congresswoman is committed to the mutual alliance of federal, state, and local agencies that have come together to build and grow our region’s infrastructure. The Sacramento Region Blueprint, put forth by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), is helping to make the Sacramento region’s streets an example for the nation.
Universal access to quality education is one of my top priorities in Congress: improving education from Pre-K through college, both in Sacramento and nationwide.
Enacting policies that assist in our ongoing efforts to reverse the effects of a changing climate, while protecting our air, water, lands, oceans, and wildlife remains a priority of the Congresswoman’s. Throughout America’s history, we have often been presented the challenge of protecting and preserving the environment while maintaining growth and responsible industrial progress. The Congresswoman believes that today, we can do both.
Immigrants have made important contributions throughout our nation’s history, and the Congresswoman is supportive of programs that ensure they are able to continue to live the American dream for generations to come. Specifically, she is supportive of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, including the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the creation of a new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program to offer temporary protection from removal to the parents of American citizens and lawful permanent residents.
Congresswoman Matsui is committed to protecting women’s rights and advancing an economic agenda that supports women and families.
The Congresswoman believes that a woman’s access to reproductive healthcare should not be politicized. She has stood with women in Sacramento and across the country to fight for the preservation of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, so all women can make healthcare choices that are right for them.
More than 30,000 lives are claimed by gun violence in the United States every year. The Congresswoman believes it is past time that we take action together to prevent gun violence from taking the life of more victims. Congresswoman Matsui has advocated for common sense solutions like strengthening background checks and increasing gun safety research, to promote responsible gun ownership and keep guns out of the hands of criminals.