More on Congressional Issues
This has been a busy time in Washington, to say the least, and I’ve been inspired by the level of civic engagement and community involvement here in the second congressional district — and across the nation. Thousands of you have attended my recent community town halls and events, and my offices have received many hundreds of phone calls, emails, and letters from informed and concerned constituents from up and down the North Coast.
Hearing from you at community town halls and local events
Sonoma County’s two members of Congress said President Donald Trump made expansive promises and talked about spending trillions of taxpayer dollars in a speech Tuesday night that was short on explaining how any of it will be done.
“He made a lot of lofty promises that quite honestly I don’t see how they can be achieved,” said Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, in a telephone interview shortly after the president’s first speech to a joint session of Congress.
Sonoma County’s two Democratic congressmen, Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, called Wednesday for an independent investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to Russia and castigated their House Republican colleagues for stonewalling amid the escalating scandal.
D.C. - Congressmen Jared Huffman co-authored a letter with Raul M. Grijalva, of the Committee on Natural Resources, to express what they call “grave concern” over an executive order issued by President Trump earlier this week.
The executive order, among other things, requires lawmakers to identify two regulations to be repealed when proposing a new regulation. Both Huffman and Grijalva’s major issue with the executive order is the impact they could have on fisheries.
Washington—Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) along with 11 congressional colleagues today wrote Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack requesting that the department finalize a proposed rule that updates marine mammal standards under the Animal Welfare Act. The members of Congress requested that the final rule include the strongest possible animal welfare standards.
“The current marine mammal regulations are sorely outdated. They do not provide sufficient protections for highly intelligent and social species like dolphins and orcas,” the members of Congress wrote.
Congressman Jared Huffman is "standing strong," reported his communications director Alexa Schaffer from Washington this morning. Of course, Huffman is not actually standing, but sitting, on the House chamber floor along with about a dozen other congressional Democrats, to make a point about gun violence. The sit-in commenced yesterday morning, with around 168 House members (out of 188) and 34 senators (out of 44) on the floor and in the aisles by evening. Fortified by doughnuts from Sen.
Rebellious Democrats shut down the House’s legislative work on Wednesday, staging a sit-in on the House floor and refusing to leave until they secured a vote on gun control measures before lawmakers’ weeklong break.
Exasperated Republicans were forced to recess while cutting off cameras that showed the protest. But in an unprecedented step, C-SPAN used live video feeds from one lawmaker’s Periscope account and another’s Facebook page to transmit words and images from the House chamber.
Rep. Jared Huffman, our congressman, is among those estimated 70 members of the House of Representatives’ Democratic Caucus staging a sit-in on the floor of their chamber today. They’re protesting the House leadership’s refusal to bring gun control legislation to a vote in the wake of the Orlando massacre.
Here’s Huffman’s statement on the subject, from his Facebook page:
This week, North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman voted against H.R. 4909, the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act on the House floor.
“This year’s defense authorization bill would do real harm to many Americans while playing budget games that jeopardize our men and women in uniform,” Huffman said in the release. “It is unacceptable that this bill enables defense contractors to discriminate against LGBT employees and prevents the implementation of the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.