The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws. What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
I introduced the sustainable Water Supplies Act (H.R. 4862) that would expand an existing pilot program allowing the Bureau of Reclamation to lease excess storage capacity in Los Vaqueros and other nonfederal reservoirs in order to provide more operational flexibility for the Central Valley Project. I am also a proud cosponsor of the Drought Recovery and Resilience Act of 2015 (H.R. 2983), the Water Recycling Acceleration Act of 2015 (H.R. 2993), and the California Water Recycling and Drought Relief Act (H.R. 3045). Each of these important bills would facilitate Bay Area efforts to address water shortages caused by drought.
Should immigration laws be changed? What changes would you support? Please explain why.
There is broad bipartisan consensus that our nation’s immigration system is broken. I strongly supported President Obama’s executive actions to begin to address our broken system, including deferred action programs that have helped millions of unauthorized immigrants come out of the shadows and work legally in the US. I strongly support comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, creates a roadmap to citizenship, and prevents unscrupulous employers from taking advantage of our broken immigration system. Any immigration proposal must protect U.S. workers and reduce immigrant worker exploitation to gain my full support. Regardless of status, all workers have a right to robust workplace protections and employer oversight.
What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
As your member of Congress, the safety and security of the United States is my top priority. I support President Obama’s efforts around the world to engage diplomatically, not only with our traditional allies, but with nations that historically have opposed the U.S. We must provide leadership through the identification of workable, longterm solutions to our most pressing national security challenges. This means we can’t rely only on traditional mechanisms to protect our homeland
The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
It is sometimes disheartening to observe actions in Congress that are clearly aimed at gaining partisan advantage rather than addressing the challenges our nation faces. I have a long history of working with partners of all backgrounds and perspectives to improve the lives of Californians in the Bay Area. I bring that roll up the sleeves mentality to Washington D.C. where I have partnered with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to discuss ideas and differences, and work to craft legislative solutions.