Help for Homeowners

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As you are aware, the Sacramento region’s housing market has been one of the hardest hit in the nation. I have heard from hundreds of homeowners who are frustrated and angry at the banks for giving them the run around when they are trying to work with them to stay in their homes and avoid foreclosure. With more than 40% of homes in our region underwater, and increasing rates of foreclosure, helpin...

Supporting Our Small Businesses

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I strongly believe that even as Congress works to reduce our nation’s deficit, our first priority must be the creation of jobs for American workers. We know that we cannot reduce the debt without growing our economy; we cannot have growth without job creation; and we cannot create jobs without small businesses.In fact, 64 percent of all new job growth in this country comes from small businesses an...

Forty-Six Years Ago Today

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As Congress continues to work towards an agreement that will keep the United States from defaulting on its loans, I wanted to reiterate to you my commitment to protecting Medicare and Medicaid, on this, the 46th anniversary of the law’s signing.Forty-six years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the legislation that created two of our country’s most important programs. For the last forty-six year...

Fighting for Our Flood Protection Priorities

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I continue to work every day to see that Sacramento’s flood protection needs are met and flood insurance is affordable. This week on the House floor, we considered two bills that are of the utmost importance not only to Sacramento families and businesses, but to the needs of families and businesses all across the nation.The first, H.R. 1309, the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011, reautho...

Working to Lower Energy Bills

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As we go to crank up our air conditioners this summer season, I wanted to let you know about a bill I recently introduced that would help us reduce our energy bills.Last month, I introduced H.R. 2095, the Energy Conservation Through Trees Act, which would help support utility companies’ shade tree planting programs across the nation in order to reduce the need for air conditioners, and, in turn, l...

Supporting our Troops and Veterans

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This Monday, we will celebrate Memorial Day – a day where we pause to honor those heroes whose lives were lost in service to our country. We are forever indebted to their sacrifice.As we take this time to remember these fallen service members, it is essential that we persist in working to support all of the men and women who are still fighting everyday to protect our country. I wanted to take this...

Strengthen Medicare in a Responsible Way

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I wanted to make sure you saw the op-ed I wrote with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in today's Sacramento Bee. Together, we explain why it is so important to responsibly strengthen Medicare:Strengthen Medicare in a Responsible WayBy Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Secretary Kathleen SebeliusToday, nearly 48 million people – our parents, grandparents, neighbors and friend...

Make It In America

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Today, my Democratic colleagues and I re-launched the Make It In America initiative for the 112th Congress, and I wanted to share with you why I believe investments in manufacturing can help us sustain an economic recovery. America’s economy became a world leader in large part due to our manufacturing sector, and increased manufacturing leads to well-paying jobs and a strong middle class. But, ove...

The Federal Budget Should Reflect Our Nation's Values

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Today, the new House Republican majority brought their budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2012 to the House floor for a vote. While I share in the belief that we need to reduce our nation’s deficit, I sharply disagree with their proposal for doing so. Their plan would hurt America’s seniors by targeting Medicare and Medicaid, hurt our students by cutting investments in education, and hurt our economy...

Fighting Cuts to the Affordable Care Act

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Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, of which I am a member, considered a series of Republican health care bills – all of which are intended to chip away at investments in health care and patient protections created by the Affordable Care Act. To fight back against these measures, I submitted three different amendments intended to assist women, children, and seniors, as well as to p...