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?
As a Member of the House Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I fought for and personally secured additional funding for the Title XVI water recycling program during consideration of the Energy and Water Appropriations bill. This additional funding will bring the total appropriation for this critical program to $25 million – $4 million above the president’s budget request.
In September 2016, I was proud to help pass H.R. 5303, the bipartisan Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which reauthorizes water infrastructure projects nationwide. Developing our water infrastructure is critical to growing our water supply and encouraging water efficiency.
At a time when every drop counts, Southern Californians are heavily dependent on water recycling programs to maximize our existing resources. I will continue to fight for the federal resources our communities need to increase our water supply and water quality, and to combat our severe drought.
Should immigration laws be changed? What changes would you support? Please explain why.
Our immigration system is broken and needs to be reformed. As a nation of laws, we need to protect our borders and closely monitor who we let into the country. However, that does not address the issue of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in our nation who contribute to our communities and our economy and many who have US citizen children. Most have been in our country for years, pay taxes and are members of their communities. They should be brought out of the shadows and our laws should prioritize the removal of undocumented immigrants who have criminal records and are threats to society.
What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Robust funding must be provided to our US intelligence agencies working abroad to provide our nation with the information necessary to keep our nation safe. Similarly, our local law enforcement agencies must work with community members to ensure early detection of radicalization of American youth.
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?
The atmosphere in Washington has been noticeably challenging in recent years. Despite this partisan climate I have worked in a bipartisan fashion to pass legislation I authored including legislation to protect new born infants and to help stop underage drinking. Additionally, as the senior Democrat on the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, I have worked with my Republican colleagues to avoid partisan fights and fund programs that protect our nation.