February 24th, 2017 | News
MFV Reaction to President Donald Trump’s SCOTUS
Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The following is a statement from Ben Monterroso, executive director of Mi Familia Vota:
“The power of the Supreme Court goes beyond partisanship. The Supreme Court Justices hold the future of this country and its people in their hands. The Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment and Justices should uphold equal treatment under the law for all and not any political party’s agenda. We need only remember the hearts broken by the split United States v. Texas decision, that indefinitely halted implementation of the expansion of DACA and DAPA, to know what is at stake.
“President Donald Trump promised he would nominate a Supreme Court Justice to replace Antonin Scalia that would be true to Scalia’s approach to the law. He has found that in Judge Neil Gorsuch. His record shows outright hostility to a woman’s right to choose, and his appointment would threaten important protections for clean air, clean water, workers, and safe food and medicine that we all depend on each day.
“Latino families support stronger protections for workers and our children deserve someone who would hold accountable corporations polluting our air and water. . The most important question we can ask ourselves about Judge Gorsuch at the end of the day is whether he will be impartial and fair and use his power as a Supreme Court Justice to serve as check to the radical actions undertaken by Trump. Will Judge Gorsuch uphold the U.S. Constitution or will he simply follow Trump’s lead?
“The American people deserve a full and fair process to determine whether Judge Gorsuch is the right candidate to fill the bench. We are confidant that if our Senators perform an independent and thorough evaluation of Judge Gorsuch, their findings will show he is the wrong choice for the Supreme Court.”
February 24th, 2017 | News
Each February, we celebrate Black History Month and reflect on the countless contributions that African Americans have made to this nation throughout its history. The history of African Americans in the United States has existed since well before our nation’s founding, and, since then, we have come a long way to living up to the words of our founding document: “liberty and justice for all.” This month, join me in thanking those who contributed to this cause, especially those in the Civil Rights Movement and those who have contributed so much to the San Joaquin Valley.
While there are many worthy individuals in our Valley who deserve recognition, I want to take this opportunity to honor the life of Henry Lemay. Henry’s life story embodies the American dream, and is one of perseverance, hard work, sacrifice, and service to others. Henry’s service in the Korean War, and tireless efforts to help our Valley’s Veterans, serve as an inspiration to us all.
Click here to watch my video celebrating Black History Month and honoring the life of Henry Lemay.
While we have made progress as a nation, we still have a ways to go. The sad reality is that bigotry and racism still exists in parts of this country and our communities. This month should serve as a reminder to recommit ourselves to the goal of equality and prosperity for all.
As we wind down this February, please join me in celebrating the progress we have made as a nation, remaining vigilant in reaching our common goals, and honoring a beloved member of the Valley community, veteran, tireless public servant, and true American hero: Henry Lemay.
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Member of Congress
February 24th, 2017 | News
Padilla denounced voter fraud claims: ‘Now I know how Elizabeth Warren felt’
I don’t have to tell you that President Trump’s administration is misleading the public, especially when it comes to voting and elections.
By repeating his claim that voter fraud blocked him from winning the popular vote, President Trump is attacking the legitimacy of our free and fair elections and is taking a jackhammer to the foundation of our democracy. These are not “alternative facts.” They are corrosive lies without evidence.
When the President and his administration make baseless allegations, it’s dangerous and we must speak out. Defending the right to vote should not be a partisan issue.
Last week I attended the National Association of Secretaries of State’s Conference in Washington, DC where I proposed a resolution calling on President Trump to stop his baseless voter fraud allegations. My Republican colleagues would not even bring it up for discussion, much less a vote.
This resolution was something we should have all agreed on. Now I know how Elizabeth Warren felt when she was silenced.
Want to fight back? Sign this petition and tell Trump to stop his baseless voter fraud allegations.
This blatant disregard for voting rights is not acceptable for a Secretary of State, the President, or any other leader in the United States.
As your Secretary of State, I will fight tooth and nail to defend every Californian’s right to vote, and to fight President Trump’s dangerous agenda.
We have a lot of work to do. Will you join me in the fight?
February 23rd, 2017 | News
February 22nd, 2017 | News
If you haven’t had a chance to see the survey we’ve put together for Kamala, know that there’s still time for you to add your thoughts on the important issues that matter to you.
We’ll be compiling the results and sending them to her tomorrow. We’re sure she will want your feedback included in this process. Please add it here:
Thanks for everything you do to advance the cause of justice and equality.
February 21st, 2017 | News
As we gear up for another storm system today and into the weekend, I will be monitoring flood damages and impacts closely. If the time comes, I will be sending letters and picking up the phone to call Governor Brown and the White House to ensure that residents in Fresno, Madera, and Merced counties receive the resources they need to address any catastrophic damages.
Since January, there have been mandatory evacuations up and down the state of California. In Merced County, families have been forced to leave their homes, and the county estimates that there is $3-3.5 million in damage due to the storms during the beginning of January. As a result of the storm events in the past four weeks, the cost of damages is continuing to rise, so while I welcome the major disaster declaration issued by Governor Brown and President Trump, it’s simply not enough. The current declaration only enables public entities in Merced, not individuals, to recoup costs from flood damages that took place in January.
I strongly encourage you to sign up for emergency alerts for the county you live in.
PLEASE SIGN-UP FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS IN MERCED, MADERA, AND FRESNO.
On February 14, President Donald Trump issued a major disaster declaration for the State of California. The major disaster declaration activates support and resources from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to counties in California that have been affected by storm events that took place January 3 through January 12. Merced County is one of 34 counties that are eligible to apply for public assistance grants. For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible to apply for public assistance grants.
Separately, on February 14, President Trump issued an emergency declaration for Butte, Sutter, and Yuba counties for storms events that began on February 7 and is continuous.
Most recently, on February 16, FEMA announced a time extension for the major disaster declaration due to storms that occurred during January 18 through the 23. The counties eligible to apply for grants during that time period have not been announced yet.
Again, I encourage to sign-up for the emergency alert for the county you live in. Please do what you can to stay safe this weekend.
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Member of Congress
February 21st, 2017 | News
While millions of Americans continue to resist Trump’s radical agenda in the streets, Kamala is back in California this week to discuss the future of our resistance movement with immigrants, refugees, and activists.
So we thought this would be a good time to check in on your priorities and concerns for the coming weeks and months ahead. We’ll be sending the results to Kamala later in the week.
If you can spare a few moments today to give us your feedback, it will be immensely helpful in informing Kamala’s work going forward.
can we count on you to take Kamala’s issue survey today?
So much of the progress we’ve made on civil rights, equality, and justice is under attack by this administration. We are the last line of defense for the most vulnerable and voiceless in our society.
Keep fighting. Keep calling. Keep marching. Your action is making a difference.
Thanks for everything,
February 16th, 2017 | Events, News
February 14th, 2017 | News
This is a time in our history when we need millions of Americans to rise up and get directly involved in shaping the future of our nation. That’s why we were heartened to see you and so many others express your interest in running for office earlier this month.
We need leaders like you to be fearless advocates for the vulnerable and voiceless in our society. That’s why our team would like to help advance your goal of running for office.
Here’s what we need to do from here: we want to pass your information onto your local state Democratic Party and other partner organizations who are working hard to recruit and prepare progressives to run for political office in the coming years.
In order to do that, we need some additional information about you and your express permission to share that information.
Can you take a moment to fill out this short follow-up survey, which will allow us to better help you run for office?
Together, we can create a diverse, inclusive society, just like the kind we have always strived to build in California. We’re glad to see you taking a larger role in this cause. Best of luck!
February 10th, 2017 | News
Rep. Devin Nunes (R‒Tulare) has been a vocal supporter of ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. In doing so, he has put his blind ideology before the interests of the country.
Nunes represents a Congressional district that includes Clovis and North Fresno, as well as much of Tulare County.
A related story in the Fresno Bee (http://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/political-notebook/article133005064.html) includes the following:
Michael D. Evans, chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party, said Nunes is not the right person to head the intelligence committee.
“I read the book (‘Restoring the Republic: A Clear, Concise, and Colorful Blueprint for America’s Future’) he wrote a number of years ago,” Evans said. “I saw how surprisingly lightweight he is. This is a person who does not bring a lot to the table. He’s overwhelmed in his position and is not effectively representing his constituents.”
Nunes has publicly stated he does not think an investigation of Flynn’s activity with a Russian diplomat needs further action. If you are concerned about further security problems, contacts with Russia that members of the Trump campaign may have had before the election, and possible ethics violations or outright criminal activity, contact Rep. Nunes today. Help ensure the safety and security of our nation.
To contact Rep. Devin Nunes:
Call Rep. Devin Nunes and tell him to hold a town hall meeting.
Clovis Office: 559-323-5235; Washington DC Office: 202-225-2523