February 22nd, 2017 | News

Sen. Kamala Harris Short Survey Last Chance

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:

TAKE OUR SURVEY »

Thanks for everything you do to advance the cause of justice and equality.

February 21st, 2017 | News

Dear Friend:

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.

To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please sign up for my e-newsletters.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

February 21st, 2017 | News

Quick survey

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?

TAKE KAMALA’S
ISSUE SURVEY »

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,

Team Kamala

February 16th, 2017 | Events, News

February 14th, 2017 | News

You want to run for office. What’s next?

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!

Team Kamala

TAKE OUR SURVEY

February 10th, 2017 | News

Nunes should meet with voters

 

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:
Washington 202-225-2523
Clovis 559-323-5235
Visalia 559-733-3861
https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/

 

Call Rep. Devin Nunes and tell him to hold a town hall meeting.

Clovis Office: 559-323-5235; Washington DC Office: 202-225-2523

 

February 10th, 2017 | News

Rep. Jim Costa on Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees

February 10th, 2017 | News

Appeals Court Tells Trump “NO”

Dear Friends and Supporters,
As I write this, we are well into the 3rd week of the Trump Presidency. Some call it the Trump Monarchy; others have gone so far as to call it the Trump Reich. But whatever your preferred characterization—harsh or simply critical—it is clear to most of us that the 45th President of the U.S. has little regard for the will of the people, is eager to attack the independence of the federal judiciary, and relishes in childish slurs and insults—frequently conveyed by Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled Congress remains largely mute, paralyzed either by fear or silent acquiescence. Presidential lies, falsehoods, “alternative facts”, assaults on the news media and rhetorical admiration for Vladimir Putin are treated as normal behavior by too many Representatives and Senators, including the Congressman from California’s Fourth District, and my opponent in 2016, Tom McClintock.

The stream of dictatorial orders emanating from the White House seems endless, and many will certainly be overturned in court. And while a few judges and other legal authorities have taken tepid swipes at some of these orders, it was not until last Friday that a brave Federal Judge in Seattle, Justice James Robart, said “No!” to President Trump’s Muslim travel ban. Judge Robart’s ruling was upheld the by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday. The battle may yet go to the U.S. Supreme Court. Regardless of the outcome in this particular case, however, we all must support any judicial effort that stands a chance of derailing the Trump runaway train toward an American autocracy!

Our Founders warned of the danger of autocratic rule, believing no people nor nation is immune to its possibility. Knowing that, they built into our Constitution a series of checks and balances among the three branches of our federal government. Those checks and balances are now being challenged by a headstrong and dangerous chief executive to an extent not seen in recent memory.

Regrettably, one of the three branches—the legislative—is not holding up its end of the bargain. And that means the precarious balance engineered by those who met in Philadelphia nearly 230 years ago is at risk. So far, the legislative branch has failed in its mission, and I harbor little hope that it will step up to its responsibilities given its composition.

But, here too, the framers of the Constitution anticipated stormy inter-branch waters, and they provided a life vest: Every two years the people can throw out and elect an entirely new set of the 435 representatives in the House. And our singular mission must be to replace Republicans with Democrats in 2018.

I was delighted to see so many caring residents of this district attend Congressman Tom McClintock’s town hall last Saturday in Roseville. One of the photos of the events was seen around the globe on a New York Times website. That photo showed a young women holding up a sign that read simply “Resist” as the Congressman was escorted out of the building by (an unnecessary) phalanx of police officers. And I am particularly proud of that young woman, Nicole, as she was one of the many enthusiastic, committed supporters of my own recent campaign for the U.S. Congress.

To resist the impending tyranny, many new groups of concerned citizens have been formed throughout the district, including several in my home county of Tuolumne. Their goals, including the election of progressive Democrats at every level from School Boards, to County Boards of Supervisors, to the State Legislature, to the Congress and ultimately to the White House, are right and they are achievable. Along the way, we will actively and continuously confront those already in office with the truth about healthcare costs, Wall Street Robber Barons, the need to protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare, to defend the rights of all Americans, and to stop and then reverse the disastrous global climate changes threatening our very existence.

I encourage everyone to be active in this fight. I want to again thank you all from the bottom of my heart for the tremendous support you showed in my 2016 Campaign for the US Congress in District 4; and I thank you for what you are doing now—and will do—to help preserve our right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;”
Bob
rwderlet@gmail.com

February 10th, 2017 | News

Kamala Harris: My first bill

When the Trump Administration began implementing its Muslim Ban, I received troubling reports of refugees, green-card holders, and U.S. citizens who were detained without access to volunteer lawyers.

This morning, I introduced my first piece of legislation, specifically designed to rectify this injustice.

My bill, the Access to Legal Counsel Act, would guarantee legal counsel for refugees and other travelers blocked at U.S. ports of entry.

With the Republicans in control of the Senate, we are going to need to create a coalition of people who will stand with us in support of this legislation, which is why I’m asking:

Can you add your name to become a “citizen co-sponsor” of the Access to Legal Counsel Act, which will guarantee access to legal counsel for refugees and immigrants coming to the United States?

Since Trump’s Muslim ban was announced, there have been reports of elderly people with medical conditions, children, and students who were pressured by immigration officers to sign forms that forced these individuals to give up their legal, permanent resident status. With proper legal counsel, they could have better understood the ramifications of signing these documents.

These individuals should be able to communicate with their legal counsel who can advocate for their rights under the law, particularly when detention could endanger their health, safety, or human rights.

Here’s the bottom line: detention without access to representation goes against the fundamental values of our judicial system. The people affected by this unlawful ban deserve access to a lawyer during interactions with border officials that could fundamentally alter the course of their lives.

No one should be exploited because of a lack of knowledge about our legal system. Add your name to “citizen co-sponsor” my first piece of legislation, the Access to Legal Counsel Act >>

When the Muslim ban was implemented, I wrote to you and said we must demonstrate to our brothers, sisters, and friends in refugee and immigrant communities that they are not alone in this fight.

That is why I am working so hard to push this legislation in the Senate, and why we must continue advocating against this unconstitutional ban.

Thanks for everything you do.

Fight on,

– Kamala

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February 8th, 2017 | News

“Nevertheless, she persisted.”

It is outrageous that the Republicans silenced Senator Warren last night for reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King opposing Jeff Sessions’ nomination as a federal judge.

The suggestion that reciting the true words of a civil rights leader somehow violates Senate rules is preposterous.

I want you to know that this does not mean we will stop speaking out against Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General. In fact, it means the exact opposite: We will redouble our efforts to fight Trump’s radical cabinet and to support fearless women like Senator Elizabeth Warren who have the courage to speak up and resist.

Rush an urgent contribution of $3 to Senator Warren’s campaign. She is under attack by the Republicans, and we cannot afford to lose her leadership in the Senate with so much at stake >>

Here’s a portion of what the Republicans don’t want you to hear:

“I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.” — Coretta Scott King

Later today, I will speak on the floor to discuss Senator Sessions’ troubling disregard for laws that protect the rights of all Americans. I hope you’ll be watching and will stay engaged with these fights in the coming days and weeks.

Contribute $3 now and stand with Senator Warren’s campaign as a way of saying you’re with her as the Republicans work so hard to silence her voice >>

Let’s make sure Elizabeth Warren knows we have her back right now, more than ever.

Fight on,

Kamala

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