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  • Capital Public Radio: At Matsui Health Care Town Hall, A Lot Of Preaching To The Choir
    Posted in In The News on February 20, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Ben Adler With Congress on recess this week, voters who support or oppose President Trump have the chance to get some face time with their local representatives. Sacramento Democrat Doris Matsui held a town hall meeting on health care Monday. The crowd at Sutter Middle School in East Sacramento was largely liberal, supportive – and white, which was noteworthy for a congressional district as diverse as Matsui’s. The audience cheered loudly at mentions of Planned Parenthood and health care cove... Read more

  • AP: Two dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs
    Posted in In The News on February 19, 2017 | Preview rr

    By Michael R. Blood Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms. The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, scheduled to be completed later this year, stands in contrast to the troubles 75 miles away at the state-run Oroville Dam, where thousand... Read more

  • Business, civic leaders push for driverless-car testing in Sacramento
    Posted in In The News on December 15, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Innovation, Transportation

    Fully driverless cars could be rolling down Sacramento streets in just more than a year, following a push by Mayor Darrell Steinberg, U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui and state Sen. Richard Pan to gain federal approval for automated-vehicle testing, the three lawmakers announced Thursday. “It’s about knocking on the doors of all these car companies and saying, ‘We want you here. Come to Sacramento,'” Steinberg said. The plan, described Thursday at a press conference at the California Automobile Museum, ma... Read more

  • Dem urges Trump to disavow supporter's remarks on internment camps
    Posted in In The News on November 17, 2016 | Preview rr

    A Democratic lawmaker is calling on President-elect Donald Trump to denounce a surrogate who approvingly cited the mass internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as "precedent" for a registry of Muslim immigrants. “The imprisonment of thousands of Japanese-Americans during World War II, including my parents and grandparents, is widely understood to be one of the darkest chapters in American history,” Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) said in a statement Thursday. “I am horrified that people... Read more

  • Travelers can now get 1st comprehensive reports of cruise-ship crime
    Posted in In The News on October 6, 2016 | Preview rr

    Oceangoing travelers for the first time can see what crimes are being reported aboard ships operating in U.S. ports — and the numbers compared with last year could make some of them seasick. The number of reported sexual assaults on cruise ships jumped 550 percent in the first six months of 2016, going to 39 from six in 2015. Overall, reported crimes on ships jumped 408 percent to 61 from 12. The dramatic increase doesn't mean cruise ships are more dangerous or violent than they were last year. ... Read more

  • A better way to police
    Posted in In The News on September 29, 2016 | Preview rr

    A man with schizophrenia barricaded himself inside his apartment after breaking into a neighbor’s house. Instead of breaking down his door, responding officers instead used their new mental health training to deescalate the crisis. Within an hour, the situation was safely defused and the man was taken not to jail, but to the hospital for evaluation. Thanks to a training program called Mental Health First Aid, Warwick, Rhode Island officers and many more across the nation are responding to these ... Read more

  • Matsui-Jenkins Mental Health First Aid Act Passes Out of Energy & Commerce Committee
    Posted in In The News on September 17, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Healthcare

    Today, the Energy & Commerce Committee unanimously passed H.R. 1877, the Mental Health First Aid Act. Co-authored by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-KS), the bipartisan bill would expand Mental Health First Aid training to help emergency services personnel, police officers, educators, and the public identify, understand, and respond to people experiencing mental health issues and substance use disorders. “For too long, stigma has prevented people from seeking... Read more

  • Doris Matsui calls for lower EpiPen prices
    Posted in In The News on September 9, 2016 | Preview rr

    Rep. Doris Matsui issued a letter Friday demanding that pharmaceutical company Mylan lower the price of the EpiPen, a device that helps millions of people stem severe allergy attacks. Over the past month, public outrage has grown over the rising cost of the injector device, which dispenses a life-saving drug called epinephrine. That cost has jumped by about 400 percent in the last decade; it now costs about $600 out of pocket for a set of two. Critics say Mylan has been using its market dominanc... Read more

  • Growing Sacramento airport scores $16 million federal grant
    Posted in In The News on September 1, 2016 | Preview rr

    Sacramento International Airport has won $16 million to help refurbish its east taxiway, Sacramento Rep. Doris Matsui said Thursday. The money, from the Federal Aviation Administration, boosts the airport’s plans for a $35 million airport flight field upgrade, and helps reduce the amount the airport needs to draw from airline and flier fees for the project. “This grant will help us meet important capital improvement objectives in modernizing and rehabilitating our airfield for future growth,” sa... Read more

  • Matsui calls on GAO to investigate Afghan refugee resettlement process
    Posted in In The News on August 30, 2016 | Preview rr

    Rep. Doris Matsui, reacting to an investigation by The Sacramento Bee, has formally requested that the federal Government Accountability Office evaluate how to improve the resettlement process for Afghan refugees arriving in the United States on Special Immigrant Visas. The visas are awarded to people who served the U.S. during the war in Afghanistan, along with their immediate family members. California has received more of these newcomers than any other state, and Sacramento – with 2,000 recen... Read more

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