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  • Civil Rights

    Growing up in Boyle Heights, I witnessed racism firsthand. Driven in part by this formative experience, I have worked hard throughout my career in Congress to defend the civil rights of every American. Despite the great strides our country has taken—...

  • Economy

    While the American economy is beginning to show signs of recovery, millions of Americans remain unemployed, homeowners remain at risk and credit markets remain tight. During these uncertain economic times I support policies that protect those at risk...

  • Budget



  • Education

    I believe that we must do everything we can to encourage the academic success of our nation’s students. That is why as a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee I am committed to providing the educatio...

  • Energy & Environment

    Environmental stewardship remains one of the most important responsibilities of the federal government. Congress needs to continue and strengthen our national efforts to clean our air, clean our water, and preserve our natural resources, understandin...

  • Health

    We are at a critical juncture in the state of America’s health. Our country spends over $2 trillion dollars each year on health care -- more than any other country in the world -- yet we are dying younger and have the highest rate of preventable deat...

  • Homeland Security

    As members of Congress, my colleagues and I have an obligation to ensure that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is equipped to meet the complex challenge of protecting the American people in an increasingly dangerous world. Through my positio...

  • Housing

    The nation’s foreclosure crisis hit homeowners in the Los Angeles metropolitan area particularly hard. I have been working with my colleagues in Congress to take action to help families stay in their homes, and help revitalize our communities that ha...

  • Immigration

    Responsible reform of our broken immigration system is long overdue. Countless men and women across America lack legal status but contribute to our communities and our country and we should create the means for them to come out of the shadows. With m...

  • Labor

    I believe that during these challenging economic times we need to support those Americans that work hard day in and day out to make ends meet. That is why I support efforts to ensure living wages, adequate health care coverage and safe, secure work p...

  • Los Angeles River Revitalization

    The Los Angeles River Revitalization effort is an exciting ecosystem restoration project that has the potential to transform the city of Los Angeles. The entire river runs fifty one miles through urban Los Angeles as well as several other cities, and...

  • Seniors

    I believe that we have an obligation to ensure that all of our seniors have the opportunity to enjoy their golden years in health and economic security. As a member of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee and...

  • Social Security



  • Transportation

    As a native Angelino, I am well aware that the effective and efficient movement of people and goods is a never ending challenge for our Los Angeles communities. The Red and Yellow cars, the automobile, buses, and expanding light rail and subway lines...

  • Veterans

    Throughout my time in Congress I have been working to increase the availability and quality of veteran’s benefits. Under the leadership of the Democratic majority in the 111th Congress, the U.S. House of Representatives passed landmark legislation ex...