Big Pharma says they need to charge astronomical prices to pay for research and development. Yet, the amount they spend on manipulating the market to enrich shareholders completely eclipses what's spent on R&D. Today, I confronted a CEO about the industry's lies, with visuals ⤵️
Orange County is blessed to be enriched by the third largest Asian-American population in the United States. Wishing all of our neighbors who are celebrating the #MidAutumnFestival, #Chuseok, and #Tsukimi tonight a joyful celebration!
Deductions exist so families are taxed on what's left after they pay mandatory expenses, like food, health care, and yes—state and local taxes. We should crack down on the ultra-wealthy, but not at the expense of families in high cost of living areas. Families need SALT relief.
Our democracy cannot survive without accountability. I'm proud my proposal to crack down on government officials that skirt the vetting process was included in the #ProtectingOurDemocracyAct, a package of reforms my colleagues and I introduced today.
Learn more about my bill ⬇️
No one should serve in a top government job without proper vetting. During the last administration, some officials worked for months—even years—without ever being confirmed by Congress.
I talked with ethics expert @waltshaub about my bill to close loopholes that let this happen.
We can't leave anyone behind in our economic recovery, including those who've left the workforce due to high child care costs. @RepMondaire, @RepSherrill, @RepJahanaHayes, and I are leading 100+ colleagues to demand Congress cap *all* families’ child care costs at 7% of income.
Our most successful businesses know there are costs to not offering paid leave. Without it, talent exits the workforce—and sometimes never comes back. If they do, there are costs to retraining and productivity.
Paid leave makes workplaces stronger. We need #PaidLeaveForAll.
The organ transplant industry has long been a haven for fraud and abuse. I'm glad @theNASEM is working to hold bad actors within the industry accountable, but @CongressmanRaja and I are concerned that potential conflicts of interest could cloud their judgement. We want answers.
Today is #CoastalCleanupDay, one of California's largest volunteer events. My son and I picked up 148 pieces of trash in Trabuco Canyon alongside @OCCoastkeeper.
As Paul said earlier, "All of this trash is truly polluting our natural resources. Keep Orange County clean!"
On #HungerActionDay, I want to highlight how the Child Tax Credit is helping families put food on the table. Census data shows that half of those who received this tax cut are using it to buy food. We need to make this help permanent.
It's #ConstitutionDay! AKA a chance to highlight my favorite Constitutional power: Oversight. Article One grants Congress all legislative powers, including the ability to verify government is working as it should.
If you see a minivan with "OVRSITE" plates in OC today—say hi!
The American Rescue Plan makes it easier for low-income pregnant women and young kids to get nutritious food, but I'm concerned that families will go hungry again when this help expires in a few weeks.
I broke down how this aid is helping families—and how it still falls short ⬇️
I want to extend my warmest wishes to all who are observing #YomKippur. For the Jewish community, this holy day is a time to reflect on the past and recommit to peace and kindness in the future. G'mar Chatima Tovah.
Today marks the start of #HispanicHeritageMonth. I'm proud to represent a district where nearly one in five of our neighbors has Hispanic or Latino ancestry. This diversity makes our community stronger.
As part of the Build Back Better budget, Medicare should be able to negotiate drug prices. This would:
💰 Save $600B in taxpayer dollars
💊 Lower the cost of prescription drugs
🔬 Allow our health agencies to spend more money on research
The lack of affordable child care is creating a productivity crisis. Millions aren't fully participating in the workforce due to soaring child care costs, and that's making it harder for businesses—both large and small—that need workers.
Congress needs to invest in child care.
Today is ELECTION DAY for the 2021 California Gubernatorial Recall Election! You may return your ballot at a ballot drop box or visit any Vote Center to register, drop off your ballot, or vote in-person until 8pm tonight. Visit ocvote.gov/voting for more info.