June 8th, 2017 | News

District 1 2017 Summer Newsletter!



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“I am proud to represent District 1 on the Fresno City Council. Working together we will make our neighborhoods safer and stronger.”
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria






June 8th, 2017 | News

Comey’s testimony

Kamala Harris

As you know, I had the opportunity to question former FBI Director James Comey earlier this morning as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

It was a productive and informative hearing, one where we confirmed many of the news stories that show Trump attempted to interfere in the FBI investigation—a troubling revelation that we must continue to investigate.

In my limited time speaking to Mr. Comey I focused on three main threads:

First, in regards to the debate over President Trump’s intentions when telling Comey he hoped he would let the investigation into Michael Flynn go, I said the following: “In my experience, when a robber holds a gun to your head and ‘hopes’ for your wallet, ‘hope’ is not the operative word.”

Second, I asked Mr. Comey a series of questions about potential secret contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, which he declined to answer in the open session.

Finally, I worked to shed light on Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ involvement in the Russian investigation—asking Mr. Comey about Sessions’ recusal and his participation in the firing of the man in charge of said investigation. At this point, there are still far too many questions about whether Jeff Sessions has truly recused himself after being caught lying to Congress.

At the end of the day, today’s testimony was about uncovering the facts, the information, and the truth about this investigation. This is about the office of the presidency, a hostile foreign government interfering in our elections, and the integrity of our government. We deserve answers.

Today, we got some of them—but the fight continues, especially as this White House continues to lie and muddy the facts.

From here on out, we need to be mindful of two things: one, this is not a TV show—it is a very serious matter and must be treated that way; and two, this process should not make us forget the fact that Senate Republicans are still trying to rip health care away from millions of Americans, undo consumer protections put in place after the 2008 recession, and so much more.

Thank you again for standing with me yesterday when the GOP tried to shut me down, and for continuing to fight for truth, justice, and a government that is accountable to the public.

I know that you’ll stay vigilant, as will I.

All my best,

Kamala Harris
​U.S. Senator, California




“Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”
– Coretta Scott King

June 7th, 2017 | News

They told me to be “courteous”

Kamala Harris

Earlier today I asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to assure the American people that special counsel Bob Mueller has the independence and ability to investigate Donald Trump and his campaign’s ties to the Russian government.

Rosenstein dodged my question again and again—and as I pressed him to assure the American people, the Republicans tried to shut me down, saying I needed to be more “courteous”.

This is hardly the first time the GOP has done this—let us not forget when they silenced my friend and colleague Elizabeth Warren for trying to read a letter from Coretta Scott King about Jeff Sessions.

Well here is the truth, Jeff: I will not be silenced. We will not be silenced. The American people, who deserve the truth, will not be silenced. Not when the faith and integrity of our democracy is at stake.

Make a contribution today to send a message that we will not be silenced. We will always fight to get to the truth.

Like Senator Warren—and so many others—we will continue to persist and never give an inch when it comes to truth and accountability in our government.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

June 3rd, 2017 | News

CDP Responds to Ellis; Election Process Was Fair and Transparent


Chris Masami Myers, Executive Director of the California Democratic Party, issued the following statement in response to Kimberly Ellis, who was a candidate for Chair of the CDP:

“The California Democratic Party held an open, fair election of officers on May 20, 2017.  The ballots were counted and then counted again in the presence of observers from all candidates.  As a result of the balloting, Eric C. Bauman was elected Chair of the California Democratic Party.”

“Ms. Ellis has stated that the CDP rejected her call for an “independent” audit of the election results.  In fact, the CDP has already permitted Ms. Ellis and her team to review all the ballots and registration materials.  The Ellis campaign team spent 4 days reviewing each and every ballot cast in the Chair’s race.  During the review, Ms. Ellis was represented by an attorney and a CPA who specializes in auditing.”

“During her review, Ms. Ellis submitted a challenge to the election results.  That communication, however, did not include any facts, allegations or any basis whatsoever for the challenge.  Consequently, I provided her with an additional 7 days to provide support for her claim.”

“The CDP Compliance Review Commission (CRC), an independent party committee appointed by former Chair John Burton, is currently considering the challenge submitted by Ms. Ellis.  To date, the CRC still has not received any information to enable it to address Ms. Ellis’ challenge.”

Stephen J. Kaufman, Counsel to the California Democratic Party, stated:

“The California Democratic Party is committed to resolving any challenges consistent with its bylaws.  To that end, it is unfortunate that the Ellis campaign has chosen to litigate this issue in the press, rather than providing the CDP with any grounds supporting her challenge.  The CDP has acted in good faith throughout this process to provide Ms. Ellis and her team with the information they’ve requested.  In fact, the Party has gone above and beyond.”

Chris Masami Myers continued:

“As Democrats, we are all focused on achieving the same goals, and we should support the independent process that our Party uses to resolve these issues.”

“Consistent with the CDP’s by-laws and procedures, Eric C. Bauman took office as Chair of the CDP when he was passed the gavel by Chairman Burton at the close of the Convention on May 21, 2017.  Chair Bauman has already begun the process of reorganizing and strengthening our Party to prepare for the challenges that lay ahead for the 2018 elections, for which the primary will be held exactly one year from now.”

June 2nd, 2017 | News

Science fiction

Kamala Harris

I wanted to take a second this morning to share my thoughts with you on Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. It’ll only take a quick moment and I hope you’ll read them, take action, and then forward this email to ask your friends to do the same.

Make no mistake: climate change is real. The science is undeniable. That’s why Donald Trump’s reasoning for withdrawing is so irrational. Corporate greed and science fiction should never influence public policy.

Make no mistake: no responsible government official would recommend abandoning the world community on climate change. Our obligation, both as a global leader and as the planet’s second largest polluter, is to combat this threat to public health and safety here at home, and abroad.

I’m proud that California will be one of the first to pick up the torch and join the Paris Climate Agreement despite Trump’s decision. No state has a bigger role to play in addressing this crisis than ours, and it’s no surprise that our state’s leaders are already hard at work.

Now we must organize together in this moment to ensure other state and local governments do the same:

Sign my petition encouraging state and local governments to join the Paris Climate Agreement in resistance to Trump >>

Since we cannot formally exit the agreement until November of 2020, there is still time to undo this damage. Every election is now a referendum on climate change and we must do everything in our power to elect candidates who will stand with us in combating this global emergency.

Together, I’m convinced America can meet the challenge of climate change head-on. It’s up to our generation to do what is necessary and secure a safe, healthy future for our kids and grandkids.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

P.S. I’m mindful in this moment that the worst effects of Trump’s decisions will not be felt by those in power who made it. People of color and those experiencing poverty in this country are more likely to live near coal plants and have higher asthma rates than the average American. It’s only going to get worse unless we do something about it. Sign our petition to local and state governments today >>



June 2nd, 2017 | News

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“I am proud to represent District 1 on the Fresno City Council. Working together we will make our neighborhoods safer and stronger.”
Councilmember Esmeralda Soria


June 2nd, 2017 | News

Statement of California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman on SB 562:


This evening, Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement on the passage of SB 562 in the Senate:

“Once again, California Democrats are leading where it matters most — the health of our people. Today we’ve taken a historic first step to put universal healthcare within reach of every Californian.

“California Democrats, I thank each and every one of you who made today’s Senate victory on SB 562 possible. You led our Party to declare, loudly and proudly, that ‘California Democrats believe that healthcare is a human right not a privilege‘ as we adopted a resolution re-affirming our commitment to single-payer healthcare. You dug deep into your hearts to share your stories of the pain, loss, and bankruptcy imposed on families by a healthcare system that puts profits ahead of patients. You were relentless in pressing for votes on the phones, online, and in the halls of the Capitol. Today’s victory belongs to you.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senators Lara and Atkins who are tireless in their pursuit of healthcare for all.

“I am proud to stand with patients, healthcare workers, and grassroots Democrats from across California as we take this fight to the State Assembly and beyond. With Donald Trump taking a wrecking ball to healthcare at the federal level, Californians have never counted on us more to create a comprehensive, secure, healthcare system that excludes no Californian.”

June 2nd, 2017 | News

Trump won’t lead, so we will

With Trump in the White House, California must be a strong leader for climate action. Tell your assemblymember: Vote YES on AB 378.


Call 916-596-0818

Donald Trump just announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement — ceding America’s climate leadership to our competitors.

But America’s leadership comes from its people — and Trump can’t stop us when we stand together.

By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump has betrayed the moral, political, and economic leadership position America has achieved over centuries at the cost of American lives. Yet the voice of the people remains the most powerful force in the land, and we will be heard.

Trump refuses to lead, and California must step up. Call 916-596-0818: Urge your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 378, California’s landmark polluters pay bill.

Alert: Special counsel appointed to investigate Trump

AB 378 will make polluters pay to clean up their pollution and reinvest that money in energy efficiency, public transit, and clean energy. With a president determined to hinder renewable energy and let corporate polluters off the hook, it’s up to our state and local officials to take the lead.

Together, we can do this.

Tom Steyer
NextGen Climate

June 2nd, 2017 | News

Joe Biden: America has always thought big.


American Possibilities

It’s stamped into our DNA.

We’re the people who built the Hoover Dam and the Transcontinental Railroad, landed a man on the moon, cured polio, built the internet, and sequenced the human genome. And yes — soon we will be the people who will find a cure for cancer.

That’s why the negativity, the pettiness, the small-mindedness of our politics drives me crazy.

It’s not who we are.

The history of this nation is one of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

And that’s who we still are.

It’s time for big dreams and American possibilities.

If that’s what you believe — and if you’re ready to help elect folks who believe that, and to support groups and causes that embody that spirit — then I’m asking you to join me today:


See you out there.

– Joe

June 2nd, 2017 | News

Fighting for our Valley in Washington

Dear Friends,

This past week in Washington has been quite busy, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what I have been doing to fight on behalf of the people of the San Joaquin Valley. The House discussed a number of critical issues that impact all Americans, and I made sure that the voice of the people of the Valley was heard in the legislation that was voted on this week.

Social Security Fraud Protection Passes in the House

This past Wednesday, the House passed the Social Security Fraud Prevention Act, a bill introduced by Rep. David Valadao, which I cosponsored and supported. This legislation would enact measures to help protect Americans – especially children, veterans, and seniors – from identity theft and fraud by requiring the federal government be stricter with when and how it includes social security numbers on documents it mails to individuals. This bipartisan effort to help protect Americans from fraud and theft, a practice that in 2014 impacted 13 million Americans to the tune of $16 billion, is a great example of how Congress can still come together to protect the American people. I will continue to work with Rep. Valadao to advance this legislation and hope to see this bill taken up in the Senate on a bipartisan basis and then signed into law.

Reducing Regulatory Burdens for our Valley’s Farmers

The House also passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act last week. This bill, which I cosponsored and supported, would eliminate the requirement to acquire two permits for the same pesticide application under two separate laws, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Clean Water Act. These redundant requirements are not only expensive but also time consuming, with permit costs ranging from $150,000 to $270,000 and taking up to two years to obtain. This legislation, if enacted into law, would be a big win for our Valley farmers and businesses!

Rep. Costa Advocates for Reducing Unnecessary Regulations

Rep. Costa Advocates for Stronger Protections of Young Victims from Sexual Assault 

Last week I gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives to urge my colleagues to support the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act. Sexual assault, in any form, is a horrible crime that leaves lasting damage to its victims, and it is critical that we do whatever we can to prevent it and report it upon discovery. This particular bill would add protections for our young athletes by requiring adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any sex-abuse allegations to the amateur athletic governing bodies. Those bodies would then be required to report allegations to the proper local or federal authorities. As a co-founder of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, protecting and fighting for victims is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, so I was very pleased when the legislation passed the House by a vote of 415 to 3. I hope to see this legislation protecting our young athletes signed into law in the near future.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up to date on the work I am doing in Congress please visit my website at costa.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter here.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


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