Jul 22

Pelosi Statement on President Obama’s Executive Order Protecting LGBT Workers

July 22, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement following a White House ceremony at which President Barack Obama signed an executive order that bans discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in federal contracts, and takes the historic step of protecting transgender Americans in the federal workplace:

“Today, we reaffirm the great promise of our nation: E pluribus unum.  ‘Out of many, we are one.’  Each generation of Americans moves us closer to fulfilling that promise.  By advocating for fairness and speaking out against injustice, we have an opportunity to continue that legacy.

“The President’s executive order represents long-awaited progress for LGBT Americans, but we must act to ensure these basic standards of fairness apply to all Americans.  We must work to pass a strengthened Employment Non-Discrimination Act in the House of Representatives, where Republicans have been blocking bipartisan legislation passed in the Senate from debate and amendment in the House.  Discrimination has no place in our nation – not in our workplaces, not in our schools, not in our society and not in our government.”

Jul 19

Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

July 19, 2014

In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

Jul 18

Announcement from Betty Yee

July 18, 2014

Betty Yee

Betty Yee, the California Democratic Party-endorsed candidate for Controller, issued the following statement this afternoon:

“I want to thank Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez for doing the right thing in recognizing that the recount was unlikely to reverse the outcome of the June primary election.  This allows us to move forward and to be united for the November general election.  John A. Perez is an outstanding leader who has played an important role in helping to put California back on sound fiscal footing.  He ran a strong and positive campaign and will have a long career of leadership and public service.” 

Jul 15

The Sacramento Bee Viewpoints: Pérez should pull plug on recount

July 15, 2014

By Becky Curry and Jamie Beutler
Special to The Bee

Nearly all who followed the close race for second place in the state controller primary know that Democrat Betty Yee prevailed after the last ballots in Lake County were tallied in late June.

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Jamie Beutler Vice-Chairwoman of the Democratic Party in El-Dorado-County

Becky Curry Chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party

Becky Curry Chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party

But fellow Democrat John A. Pérez has now called for a time-consuming recount in hopes of overcoming his 481-vote deficit.

That’s a decision we hope he reconsiders.

First, the protracted recount process threatens to drag on for weeks. It covers hundreds of precincts in 15 counties and could take long enough to hamper preparations for the Nov. 4 general election.

Second, a recount threatens to undermine what most Democrats consider a core value of our party – putting the public interest ahead of self-interest. This is not the first time Pérez has put his own goals ahead of party unity. This spring he ignored advice from party elders not to demand a vote seeking endorsement over Yee at the party convention in Los Angeles. Pérez, from Los Angeles and then still the Assembly speaker, pressed ahead with the motion to endorse – and lost, capturing less than 50 percent of the ballots. Calling off the recount now would only work to his advantage. It’s not too late to show party unity and back Yee with all the resources he’s got.

 

Jul 14

Betty Yee Endorsed for State Controller

July 14, 2014

 

EBoard members deliver roaring welcome for Endorsed state controller candidate @BettyYee2014 pic.twitter.com/6MlDb1hU8k

Jul 12

Expanding Opportunity – It’s Time for Congressional Republicans to Do Their Part

July 12, 2014

In this week’s address, the President recapped his visits with folks who have written him letters about their own American stories — their successes and struggles. While Congressional Republicans are blocking meaningful measures that would strengthen the middle class, the President continues looking for ways to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.

Jul 12

Garamendi Signs Discharge Petition to Compel Vote for Wildfire Disaster Aid

July 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – As the scourge of wildfires in California continues, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA-03), former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior, today joined 85 of his colleagues in signing a discharge petition that would force consideration of H.R. 3992, the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2014. When a majority of Members of the House of Representatives sign onto a discharge petition, the bill automatically comes to the House Floor for a vote.

“This commonsense bipartisan legislation would enable us to better protect our communities and land from the dangerous spread of wildfires,” said Garamendi. “The historic drought in the West has turned California into a tinderbox. While these are both natural disasters, they are both within our control to effectively manage.”

The Wildfire Disaster Funding Act, a bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID-02) and Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05), makes commonsense changes to treat the budget for federal wildfires like those for similar major disasters, such as floods and hurricanes.  It ensures that money intended for forest management activities is used as it was originally intended. For example, it would ensure resources go to needed ongoing services like general forest management and hazardous fuel reductions that would help to prevent catastrophic fires. When firefighting costs balloon beyond appropriated levels, the bill would require the use of contingency money rather than dipping into forest management money.

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Jul 10

Garamendi Supports Bipartisan Job Training Reform Bill that Heads to President’s Desk

July 10, 2014

Biggest Overhaul of Workforce Training System in Two Decades Set to Become Law

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressman John Garamendi (CA-03) voted for the bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (H.R. 803) which helps American workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, improves existing federal job training programs, and connects businesses with the skilled employees they need. The legislation, which passed the Senate by a 95-3 vote, just passed the House by a 415-6 vote and is expected to be quickly signed by the President.

“America is the land of second chances. When forces beyond our control knock us down, we get back up again,” said Congressman Garamendi. “This bipartisan job training bill will help American workers sharpen their skills to land secure middle-class employment at the businesses that need their skills. It will more effectively leverage the resources at our community colleges and bring more out-of-school youth and Americans with disabilities into the workforce. Simply put, it will ensure that more people can Make It In America once again.”

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Jul 09

Senators Introduce Legislation to Expand Tax Credit, Help Families Afford Child Care

July 9, 2014

Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act would respond to rising child care costs for American parents

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced legislation today to support working families across the country by enhancing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) to help make child care more affordable. The Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act addresses the challenge millions of families face in paying for child care by increasing the amount of eligible child care expenses used to calculate the CDCTC, and by expanding the credit to countless low-income families who currently are not eligible.

The bill would adjust the CDCTC, enacted in 1976 to defray the cost of child care for working families, to more accurately account for current child care costs. The size of the current credit is outdated and does not reflect the rising costs of care faced by today’s working parents, which in some parts of the country can exceed $10,000 annually.

“For working parents juggling work and family obligations, access to affordable child care is a necessity,” Senator Shaheen said. “The rising cost of child care is a challenge for families, children and our economy as a whole. The Helping Working Families Afford Child Care Act would help working parents, especially mothers, afford child care so they can get to work and support their families.”

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Jul 07

Lake County Town Hall with Assemblymember Mariko Yamada and State Senate Candidate Mike McGuire

July 7, 2014

Mike McGuire Town HallDear Neighbor,

I hope this finds you well!

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, August 7, for an important countywide town hall meeting featuring Assemblymember Mariko Yamada as the special guest.

We’ll share ideas for moving Lake County forward – and share an incredible Italian dinner catered by the Pasta King! Here are the details:

WHO: Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, State Senate Candidate Mike McGuire and Lake County neighbors

WHAT: Town Hall Meeting focusing on important issues facing Lake County and California

WHEN: Thursday, August 7, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Library Park, 222 Park Street in Lakeport

COMPLIMENTARY DINNER: Mike will be serving up an incredible Italian Dinner with all of the fixings catered by the Pasta King. Complimentary refreshments and dessert will also be available for all attendees.

MORE INFO: Contact Karlene Rebich at 
(707) 838-3279 or Karlene@MikeMcGuireForSenate.com

I am especially grateful that Assemblymember Yamada will join us. Her career spans more than 38 years of public service and she has always been a champion for families and seniors.

Speaking about the town hall, Assemblymember Yamada said, “Mike McGuire is a fierce advocate for our rural communities and one of the hardest working people I know. Mike will make Lake County’s prosperity a priority – and put his proven experience to work creating good jobs, improving our public schools and protecting our environment. Our joint town hall meeting is a great opportunity to share your ideas for moving Lake County forward.”

I look forward to seeing you in person at our August 7 town hall meeting!

Warmest regards,

Mike

 

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