Recently, President Joe Biden released his 2024 budget, outlining his vision to build on the historic accomplishments like the Inflation Reduction Act that Democrats have delivered over the last two years. The yearly budget is an opportunity to show our values, and President Biden made it clear that Democrats are prioritizing people over politics with a budget reflecting a fiscally responsible blueprint to invest in America, lower costs, protect critical social programs, and secure a clean energy future.
This budget will shape my work over the coming months, and I’d like to know what you want to see me prioritize. Please take a moment to share your thoughts in the survey below:
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With Democrats' budget plan, we can continue to invest in programs that help people and protect the planet in effective ways. We can also cut the deficit by nearly $3 trillion over the next decade by making corporations pay their fair share, cracking down on fraud, and cutting wasteful spending on Big Pharma, Big Oil, and other special interests—all while ensuring no one making less than $400,000 a year pays a penny in new taxes. Meanwhile, extreme MAGA Republicans have made proposals that would make devastating cuts to programs on which every single person in America relies. Medicare, Social Security, mental health care access, small business assistance, energy savings for middle- to low-income families, and more are all on the chopping block.
Other Priorities I’m Working On:
Rep. Huffman answers questions from constituents at his latest Town Hall.
- Engaging with Constituents: This week I hosted a town hall in San Rafael where I shared an update on the current state of play in Washington and answered questions from constituents. It was my first in-person town hall in a while, and it was great to be back. Thank you to all the folks who joined – I always appreciate every opportunity to engage directly with my constituents. If you weren’t able to attend, you can watch a recording on my Youtube page.
- Standing Up to Dirty Fossil Fuels: The Biden administration recently decided to move forward with the Willow Project, right as the world’s top scientists published the new IPCC report, which states that our chance for a livable and sustainable future requires drastic and transformative climate action immediately. The last thing we need is a new fossil fuel development on pristine public lands. The fight for our planet isn’t over; I’ll keep working to stop this climate disaster and protect the tribes and wildlife that depend on keeping the Arctic safe, healthy, and fossil fuel-free.
- Touring the North Coast: During the California work period I spent time meeting with community members to learn more about the work they’re doing. Last week, I visited Make It Home, a local furniture bank that provides gently used and refurbished furniture to formerly homeless families, newly-housed foster kids, and other individuals in need. I hosted a roundtable with local leaders in Novato, where we discussed local issues, federal investments, grant opportunities, and other ways the federal government can best support the community. I also visited with students at San Andreas High School and appreciated engaging with the bright young minds of CA-02 students.
- Visiting Imperial County: Last week I joined Congressman Raul Ruiz on a tour of the Salton Sea, California’s largest lake. The Salton Sea was once a popular destination for fishing, swimming, and boating, but it has been shrinking and salinity levels have risen dramatically, creating serious environmental risks to wildlife and exposing the community to toxic fumes. Congressman Ruiz and I met with community leaders and discussed how we can work together to address this crisis.
- Calling All High School Artists: I am pleased to announce that my office is now accepting submissions for the annual Congressional Art Competition. The deadline for submissions is April 21, 2023, and instructions on how to apply can be found on my website.
Whether it’s help working with a federal agency, or providing information about legislation and policy, don’t forget – my staff and I are here to help.
"After our school lost electricity for more than a week due to recent winter snowstorms we contacted Rep. Huffman. We needed electricity to make it possible to get our students back in class. Rep. Huffman’s staff contacted our electricity provider and asked them to loan us an emergency generator, which was installed the next day. We were able to reopen school! We are so grateful to Rep. Huffman for their immediate response, and for referring us to resources that might help fund a permanent generator for our school.”
- Joanie Potter, Leggett Valley Unified School District
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