Congressman Jimmy Gomez is leading the fight for a progressive future. That’s why Jimmy has either sponsored or cosponsored more than 200 pieces of legislation including:
- Medicare for All Act – H.R. 1384
- Green New Deal by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – H. Res. 109
- George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 – H.R. 7120
- Emergency Money for the People Act – monthly cash assistance – R. 6496
- Dream and American Promise Act – H.R. 6
- Rent Relief Act, with Senator Kamala Harris – H.R. 2169 & S.1106
- For the 99.8% Act, with Senator Bernie Sanders – H.R. 4857 & S. 3090
Jimmy sits on the Oversight and Reform Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. He is at the forefront of holding the Trump Administration accountable for its anti-immigrant agenda, and its effort to undermine the 2020 Census and the U.S. Postal Service. Jimmy is also a founding member of the Medicare for All Caucus and the Expand Social Security Caucus.
“Congressman Jimmy Gomez has stood up and fought for progressive values during his short-time in Congress. He has opposed Trump’s anti-immigrant policies, supported Medicare for All and fought to protect our environment.” – Senator Bernie Sanders, October 15, 2018.
Congressman Gomez has distinguished himself as a progressive champion in Congress. Here are few highlights:
- Cosponsor of Medicare Care for All Act since being elected to congress in 2017, H.R. 676 (2017) and HR 1884 (2019): Congressman Gomez grew up without health insurance and understands the burden it placed on his family. That’s why Congressman Gomez, Senator Bernie Sanders and the Progressive Caucus are fighting to pass Medicare for All, so other families don’t have to go through the same thing as his family. This bill will provide comprehensive benefits, lifetime enrollment, no premiums, lowers prescription drug prices, and much more.
- Founding member of the Medicare for All Congressional Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Medicare for All Caucus primary purpose is to fight for and pass legislation to implement Medicare for All.
- Sponsor, 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.
- Sponsor, Language Access for Medicare Beneficiaries Act (H.R. 4675): This bill “would require Medicare’s enrollment materials to be translated into additional languages beyond English and Spanish. Congressman Gomez previously called for this action in a letter signed by 62 of his colleagues in May.”
- Supports and voted for The Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3): This legislation will lower drug costs by giving “Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies, makes lower drug prices negotiated by Medicare available to all Americans, stops drug companies from ripping off Americans while charging other countries less for the same drug, and limits the out-of-pocket costs for prescription drug for Medicare beneficiaries.”
- Other cosponsored legislation includes: H.R. 1516 – Healthy Families Act, H.R. 5942 – Health Equity and Accountability Act.
- Cosponsor of the GREEN NEW DEAL by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Congressman Gomez believes that climate change poses an existential threat 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.
- Lead Cosponsor, Climate Solutions Act of 2019: Energy consumption accounts for 73 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Congressman Ted W. Lieu and Congressman Gomez introduced one of the boldest climate bills in Congress. This bill encourages strong renewable energy standards by requiring that 100 percent of electricity sold in the United States be generated by renewable sources by 2035.
- Sponsor, Affordable EVs for Working Families Act (H.R. 5161): To reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions in the US we also need to get more electric vehicles on the road. That’s why Congressman Gomez introduced the Affordable EVs for Working Families Act, to lower the cost of EVs to ensure that they become the dominate choice of vehicle across the country.
- Sponsor, Home Energy Savings Act (H.R. 4506) and New Home Energy Efficiency Act (H.R. 4646): Residential energy use accounts for roughly 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. This bill will lower energy costs for working families, while also combating climate change.
- Cosponsored, California Clean Coast Act (HR 731) to permanently protect our coast from oil drilling and gas leasing.
- Led efforts with Congressman Adam Schiff and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard to receive more funding for the Los Angeles River Restoration Project
- Other co-sponsored legislation includes: H.R. 4636 – Prioritizing Energy-Efficient Renewables Act of 2017, H.R. 4246 – No Drilling in Our Backyards Act, and H.R. 3039 – San Gabriel Mountains Forever Act of 2017.
Ending Police Brutality and Criminal Justice Reform
- Cosponsor, George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 7120): Congressman Gomez believes ending police brutality must be a top priority for Congress. This bill will hold police officers and departments accountable and increase transparency, make structural changes to our justice system, ban chokeholds and eliminate qualified immunity.
- Leading investigation into systemic abuses by “criminal gangs” within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. As a member of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Sub-Committee, Congressman Gomez is taking steps to investigate and expose aggressive policing tactics committed by ‘clique” affiliated deputies and rid the Department of deputies who engage in them.
- Cosponsor, A Resolution to Condemn All Acts of Police Brutality with Rep. Ayanna Pressley (H. Res. 988) : This resolution condemns all acts of police brutality, racial profiling, and the use of excessive and militarized force throughout the country.
- Voted to pass the FIRST STEP Act, which was signed into law, that shortened mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offences.
COVID-19 Pandemic Relief
- Secured over $80 million in emergency funding for hospitals and community health centers 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 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 and is fighting to extend the $600 per week in federal unemployment 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
- Sponsor, Emergency Money for the People Act (H.R. 6496): This builds 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.
- Congressman Gomez Opposes all Republican attempts to implement Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
- Cosponsor, Dream & American Promise Act (H.R. 6): Congressman Gomez cosponsored and voted to pass HR 6 because it will protect immigrant youth who are DACA recipients and immigrants who have temporary protective status (TPS) from deportation, and provide them with a path to citizenship.
- Cosponsored legislation to ban the use of private for-profit prisons and private detention centerswith Congressman Raul Grijalva – H.R. 3227, Justice is Not For Sale Act.
- Voted against Republican legislation to fund Donald Trump’s border wall, his demand for more detention beds, and increased funding for ICE (H.R. 1892 – the Budget Act of 2018, H.R. 1625 – Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, H.R.1370 Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017, H. JRes 123 and H.R. 195).
- Visited the US – Mexican Border with over 20 organizations and hundreds of people to protest Trump’s Child Separation Policy and demand the better treatment of undocumented children.
- Introduced legislation (H.R. 6055) to prohibit the federal government from prosecuting local and state officials for implementing Sanctuary City laws.
- Other co-sponsored legislation includes: H.R. 6326 – Reunite Separated Families Act of 2018, H.R. 3440 – Dream Act of 2017, H.R. 2788 – HEAL for Immigrant Women and Families Act.
Housing and Homelessness
- Sponsor, Rent Relief Act (H.R. 2169) with Senator Kamala Harris (S. 1106): Congressman Gomez thinks that no one should be paying more than 30 percent of their income towards housing costs. That’s why he introduced the Rent Relief Act. Renters who spend at least 30% of their gross income on rent and utilities would receive a monthly tax credit payment. That means putting money directly in the pockets of renters. Senator Kamala Harris leads the companion bill S.1106 in the Senate.
- Cosponsor, Ending Homelessness Act of 2019 (H.R. 1856): This bill would appropriate $13.27 billion in mandatory emergency relief funding over five years to several critical federal housing programs and initiatives, providing the resources that these programs need to effectively address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles and across the country.
- Cosponsor, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019: Congressman Gomez believes working families deserve to live in quality affordable housing. This bill help produce approximately 1.9 million units of new affordable housing over the next decade.
- Congressman Gomez is also fighting for a robust funding increase for federal public housing programs including, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA) programs and more.
- Congressman Gomez supports expanding the Fair Housing Act to bar discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and source of income (e.g., housing vouchers).
- Sponsor, For the 99.8% Act (H.R. 4857), with Senator Bernie Sanders (S.309): 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 lead of the companion bill S.309 in the Senate.
- Cosponsor, the Debt Free College Act (R. 1571) to provide students the opportunity to attain a higher education without debt.
- Cosponsor, the College for All Act (H.R. 1880): This legislation would make “public colleges and universities tuition-free for working families and significantly reduce student debt.”
- Cosponsor, Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582), to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 dollars per hour. Jimmy also voted for a higher minimum wage in the California State Legislature.
- Cosponsor, the FAMILY ACT (H.R.1185) to provide paid family leave and sick leave to families regardless of what state they live in.
- Opposed and voted against the $2 trillion dollar tax scam that Republicans passed to benefit the largest corporations in the country at the expense of working families.
- Opposed all efforts to cut Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid.
- Founding member of the Expand Social Security Caucus.
- Other co-sponsored legislation includes: H.R. – the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 821 – the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act.
Prior to being elected to Congress, Jimmy Gomez was one of the most effective members of the California State Legislature. He passed laws and carried bills to expand paid family leave, promote environmental justice, prevent domestic violence, protect Planned Parenthood, disclose money in political ads and stop President Trump’s anti-immigrant orders.
Congressman Gomez’s Awards*:
- The Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter Political Leadership Award – 2018
- Green Leadership Award for “bold environmental leadership” from Green California, a coalition of over 100 environmental organizations.
- Habitat for Humanity California: Legacy Award, 2016
- Planned Parenthood Los Angeles: Champion of Choice Award, 2015
- Faculty Association of California Community Colleges: Freshman Legislator of the Year, 2014
- California Clean Money Campaign Champion, DISCLOSE Act, 2015
- Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters: Smith-Weiss Environmental Champion Award 2016
- Inner City Struggle: Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez Leadership Award 2015
- East Los Business Association, Advocacy Award 2016
- United Nurses Associations of California, Community Leader of the Year 2013
- California Women in Agriculture Cornucopia Award, 2016
- Community Health Center Champion Award, 2016
- California Podiatric Medical Association 2014 Legislature of the Year
- California Community College EOPS Association Hero Award 2013 for AB 595
- Audubon Center, Debs Park: 2016 Puro Audubon Award
- California Victim Compensation Program, Excellence in Victims’ Rights Award 2014
*received while in Congress and in CA State Assembly