On The Issues

COVID-19 Pandemic and Relief

The COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating for our communities, state and country. Yet, Congressman Jimmy Gomez recognizes that the pandemic has disproportionately impacted people of color, the working class, immigrants, seniors, students, people with pre-existing conditions, and small businesses. That why Jimmy has fought to ensure any COVID-19 relief legislation puts people first, not big corporations or the super wealthy. Here are some of the actions Jimmy has taken:

  • Sponsored the Emergency Money for the People Act (H.R. 6496): This bill on the CARES ACT and “expands relief to more Americans and includes a $2,000 monthly payment to every qualifying American over the age of 16 for up to 12 months.” Congressman Gomez believes a one-time payment is not enough for people survive this pandemic.
  • Secured over $80 million in emergency funding for hospitals and community health centers in Los Angeles to help patients during the COVID-19 pandemic through the CARES Act.
  • Helped secure and deliver personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers and community organizations who did not have sufficient inventory for their employees or the public.
  • Voted to provide $1200 dollar direct cash payments to individuals through the CARES ACT.
  • Voted for the $600 per week in federal unemployment payments and is fighting to extent the payments to the end of the year.
  • Voted to provide essential workers with $200 billion in hazard pay and guaranteed paid sick leavethrough the HEROES Act.
  • Voted for an additional $75 million for COVID-19 testing
  • Voted to pass over $1 trillion dollars in forgivable loans for local small businesses to help them survive the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout.
  • Voted to defer student loan payments through the CARES Act, and voted to cancel up to $10,000 in student loan debt per person through the HEROES Act.

Healthcare / Medicare for All

Congressman Jimmy Gomez has been a cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act since he got elected in 2017, and is a founding member of the Medicare for All Caucus. Jimmy grew up without health insurance and knows first-hand the burden a family experiences when they don’t have access to quality affordable healthcare. He doesn’t want anyone to go through what his family went through. That’s why Jimmy, Senator Bernie Sanders and the Progressive Caucus are fighting to make Medicare for All a reality.

Jimmy is the only candidate endorsed by the United Nurses Associations of California and the National Union of Healthcare Workers.

Combating Climate Change and the Green New Deal

Congressman Gomez believes that climate change poses an existential threat to humanity and that bold legislative actions are required to reverse the environmental, health and economic damage caused by global warming to communities across the globe before it’s too late. Jimmy is a cosponsor of the Green New Deal with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Additionally, in Congress, Jimmy helped secure over $300 million to clean up a polluted river in California and sponsored the Climate Solutions Act of 2019 to reduce green gas emissions and transition to a 100 percent renewable energy future by 2035.

Jimmy is an environmental champion and received the Green Leadership Award for “bold environmental leadership” from Green California, a coalition of over 100 environmental organizations, and is endorsed by the Sierra Club.

Ending Police Brutality and Criminal Justice Reform

Congressman Jimmy Gomez believes ending police brutality and criminal justice reform must be a top priority for Congress. Jimmy is a cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120). This bill will hold police officers and departments accountable, increase transparency, make structural changes to our justice system, ban chokeholds and eliminate qualified immunity.

As a member of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Sub-Committee, Congressman Gomez is leading efforts to investigate, and expose aggressive policing tactics committed by “cliques” of affiliated deputies within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

Jimmy supports safe communities, which includes criminal justice reform to ensure equal access to justice regardless of income. As an Assemblyman, Jimmy co-authored legislation to ban the use of for-profit prisons in California and supported bail reform and sentencing reform for non-violent offenses. In Congress, he voted to pass the FIRST STEP Act that shortened mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offences.

Jimmy is endorsed by Representative Karen Bass, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus

Debt Free College / Quality Education

Congressman Jimmy Gomez believes every student should have the opportunity to attend college without taking on debt. Jimmy was the beneficiary of a public education and attended community college and UCLA. He knows that a good education can transform a student’s life, but only if they are not burdened by hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loans. As someone who graduated with student loan debt himself, Jimmy understands the pressure that recent graduates face when trying to start their lives and careers while simultaneously paying their student loan debt. Jimmy cosponsored the Debt-Free College Act (H.R 1571), the College for All Act (H.R. 1880) and supports student loan forgiveness.

Jimmy will also continue the fight against the DeVos agenda to take resources out of public education through vouchers, and is committed to protecting funding for community colleges, vocational education, universities, public schools (including libraries, museums, arts education and STEM), IDEA programs and Head Start so that every child has access to a quality education. Jimmy also supports investing in resources for teacher training and retention programs through loan forgiveness.

Jimmy is the only candidate endorsed by classroom teachers, community college faculty, and the National Education Association.

Campaign Finance Reform

Congressman Gomez has been a champion of campaign finance reform in the Assembly and Congress. Jimmy was the principal author of the California DISCLOSE Act, which expanded campaign reform and disclosures in California. He supports the overturn of Citizen’s United with the goal of public financing of elections. Jimmy helped pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, which is the most comprehensive anti-corruption and democracy reform bill to pass the House since Watergate. This legislation will limit the influence of big money in politics, strengthen ethics rules for public servants” and create a small-donor public financing matching system.

Jimmy is the only candidate for CA 34 endorsed by End Citizens United, the group leading efforts to get big money out of politics.  

Immigration Reform

Jimmy Gomez, as a son of immigrants, knows that immigration and diversity contributes to the fabric of this country and makes us better. That’s why Jimmy has fought against Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, including efforts to ban immigrants based on religion, splitting up families to deport parents of U.S. citizens and separating families at the border. In Congress, Jimmy was only 1 of 19 democrats who voted against legislation to fund Donald Trump’s border wall, his demand for more detention beds, and increased funding for ICE. source: www.rollcall.com https://tinyurl.com/y3muxuc7

Jimmy supports banning the use of private prisons by ICE and co-sponsored the Justice is Not for Sale Act by Rep. Raul Grijalva to do just that. He also is fighting to allow unannounced visits by Members of Congress to ICE and Custom Border Patrol Facilities to provide greater oversight and accountability.

Jimmy will always stand up and fight for all of us by protecting immigrants through the passage of the Dream and Promise Act, implementing comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together, and bringing undocumented persons out of the shadows with a path to citizenship.

Jimmy is the only candidate endorsed by the United Farm Workers of American, and Civil Rights Leader Dolores Huerta.

Working Families and Jobs

Congressman Gomez believes that government should work for the people and not the large corporations or special interests. As a former labor organizer, Jimmy continues the fight against income inequality and is committed to raising the minimum wage and securing worker protections under attack by the Trump Administration. Congressman Gomez also supports establishing a hazard pay fund for essential workers who put their lives on the line daily during the COVID19 pandemic.

Last year, Jimmy also sponsored the For the 99.8% Act (H.R. 4857), with Senator Bernie Sanders. This bill will close a Trump tax loophole for billionaires while raising the trillions of dollars needed for essential services, including healthcare, education, housing and more. Senator Bernie Sanders is the sponsor of the companion bill in the Senate (S.309).

Paid Family Leave

Jimmy is a national champion on Paid Family Leave. He authored and passed landmark legislation, Assembly Bill 908 in California, the nation’s most progressive expansion of Paid Family Leave that President Obama hailed as a model for Congress. Now, Jimmy is fighting to pass the Family Act, with Representative Rosa DeLauro, to implement a national paid family leave program.

Jimmy is the only candidate endorsed by the California Labor Federation, the National Association of Letter Carriers, SEIU, AFSCME International, Nurses, Teachers, Firefighters and Grocery workers.

Women’s Rights

Jimmy received the Champion of Choice Award from Planned Parenthood because of his record of standing for gender equality, and is endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL Pro-Choice America. He has sponsored the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act, (H.R. 3129) with Planned Parenthood to help local healthcare providers better serve their patients and ensure everyone has access to life-saving cancer screenings. Jimmy supports equal pay for equal work, the Paycheck Fairness Act and will fight the GOP’s war against women and access to health care. Jimmy supports rigorous enforcement of Title IX, passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act, and foreign policies that help women break through social, legal and economic barriers throughout the world.

Seniors

Jimmy will protect Medicare and Social Security from GOP “restructuring” and oppose cuts to safety net programs like Meals on Wheels and heating assistance. He supports Windfall Elimination Provision reform and expanding Social Security to strengthen the program in the long term. He opposes Donald Trump’s payroll tax cut because it will undermine the short and long-term solvency of Social Security.

LGBTQIA Rights

Jimmy is a strong ally in the fight for LGBTQIA Rights. In Congress, Jimmy has opposed any effort to advance so-called “religious liberty” bills which are attempts to legitimize discrimination against LGBT individuals and families and maintain advances made by the Obama Administration to protect LGBT rights, protections and services. In the Assembly, Jimmy successfully sponsored bills signed into law, which required senior care facilities to undergo training on serving LGBTQIA seniors, and another to change birth certificates for same gender couples.

Jimmy is the only candidate endorsed by Equality California and the Stonewall Democratic Club. 

Veterans

Through their service, veterans have sacrificed for all of us. America needs to repay that service and sacrifice by fully funding veterans programs, including VA medical benefits and mental health support programs, job training, VHA loans, housing and other support programs. We need to ensure that our veterans have the support they need. Congressman Gomez introduced the Wage Adjustment for Veterans Enrolled in School (WAVES) Act. The bill would raise the minimum wage standard for full-time or 3/4-time students within the Federal Work Study program under the GI Bill.

Animal Welfare

As the owner of a shelter dog, Austin, Jimmy Gomez is a huge proponent of animal adoption from shelters and rescues. In Congress, Jimmy has pushed to increase enforcement funding to protect endangered species from poaching, add penalties for animal cruelty and allow expanded access for service animals for veterans.

Jimmy is the only candidate endorsed by the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

 

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