Progressive Record

Jimmy Gomez, Congressman for the 34th Congressional District, has lived up to his progressive record.  Jimmy has co-sponsored more than 200 pieces of legislation including the 2017 DREAM Act, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and the HELP Separated Children Act, which protects children affected by immigration enforcement actions. Jimmy sits on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Natural Resources 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. Jimmy is also a founding member of the Medicare for All Caucus and the Expand Social Security Caucus.

Congressman Gomez has distinguished himself as a progressive champion during his first 14 months in Congress. Here are some highlights:

Immigration

  • Opposed all Republican attempts to implement Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
  • 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).
  • Co-sponsored legislation (H.R. 3227, Justice is Not For Sale Act) with Congressman Raul Grijalva to ban the use of private for-profit prisons and private detention centers.
  • 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.

Environment

  • Demanded the ouster of Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
  • Co-sponsored legislation (H.R. 731 – California Clean Coast Act) 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.  

Healthcare

  • Opposed and Voted against Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
  • Founding member of the first ever “Medicare for All” Congressional Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Co-Sponsor of H.R. 676 – Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act.
  • Introduced the Jeanette Acosta Invest in Women’s Health Act with Planned Parenthood to help local healthcare providers better serve their patients and ensure everyone has access to life-saving cancer screenings.
  • Other co-sponsored legislation includes: H.R. 1516 – Healthy Families Act, H.R. 5942 – Health Equity and Accountability Act.  

Working Families

  • 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.
  • Co-Sponsored H.R. 15 – the Raise the Wage Act, to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 dollars per hour. Jimmy also voted for a higher minimum wage in the California State Legislature.  
  • Co-Sponsored H.R. 5384, the Debt Free College Act, to provide students the opportunity to attain a higher education without debt.
  • Co-Sponsored H.R. 947, the FAMILY ACT, to provide paid family leave and sick leave to families regardless of what state they live in.
  • Other co-sponsored legislation includes: H.R. – the Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 821 – the Child Tax Credit Improvement Act, and H.R. 1880 – the College for All 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.

Jimmy received the Champion of Choice Award from Planned Parenthood in 2015 and the Green Leadership Award for “bold environmental leadership” from Green California, a coalition of over 100 environmental organizations.

Congressman Gomez Legislative Accomplishments:

  • The Sierra Club 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

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 908 (2015-16) – Paid Family Leave Expansion

AB 908 significantly expands California’s Paid Family Leave Program (PFL) by increasing wage replacement payments from 55% to 60% – 70%, depending on income level, to ensure that every individual who pays into this vital program can afford to use it. Currently, California’s first-in-the-nation PFL program provides workers with a 55% wage replacement for up to 6 weeks to bond with a new child or care for an ill family member. Although the program has benefited millions of Californians, its current benefit structure is fundamentally inaccessible to those on the lowest rungs of our state’s economic ladder. With AB 908, California will once again lead the nation in Paid Family Leave and ensure that the program works for all.

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1671 (2015-16) – Planned Parenthood/Confidential Communications

AB 1671 protects the privacy and safety of doctors and other health care providers by making it a crime to disclose or distribute confidential electronic communications of health care providers that were recorded illegally without the consent of all parties. This bill balances the rights of privacy and the rights of free speech and is narrowly tailored to address the growing threat to healthcare providers.

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – PASSED AB 1550 (2015-16) – GGRF/ Disadvantaged and Low-Income Communities

AB 1550 increases California’s investment in our most environmentally and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities. It requires at least 25 percent of the state’s cap-and-trade dollars to be invested directly within disadvantaged communities and at least 10 percent to benefit low-income households. Everyone deserves clean air and water, and AB 1550 will enable more Californians to power their homes with clean energy, obtain a clean vehicle rebate, green their neighborhoods, and participate in the green economy.

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1685 (2015-16) – Volkswagen/ Increased Penalties for Violations

AB 1685 increases maximum penalties for violations such as the recent Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. These penalties have not changed since they were first established in the 1970s when cars cost a fraction of what they do now. Despite California’s strict emissions standards and worst-in-the-nation air pollution, the state’s penalty levels have trailed far behind those at the federal level for similar violations. AB 1685 brings California’s penalties for mobile source violations in line with their federal counterparts to deter bad actors, prevent unfair competition for car manufacturers who follow the rules, and protect our air quality and public health.

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1937 (2015-16) – Environmental Justice in Energy Procurement

AB 1937 will ensure that California’s highly-polluted communities see less fossil fuel generation and more clean and renewable energy. If an investor-owned utility must procure new gas-fired generation, this bill requires the utility to give preference to resources that are not located in communities that have borne the brunt of multiple pollution burdens for decades.
It also clarifies existing law as it relates to eligible renewable resources to ensure that as California moves towards a clean energy economy, our underserved communities are not left behind.

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1230 (2015-16) – ADA Compliance Financing for Small Businesses

Creates the California Americans with Disabilities Small Business Capital Access Loan Program to assist small businesses in qualifying for loans to retrofit existing facilities to comply with the federal American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1177 (2015-16) – Access to Reproductive Care

Repeals an outdated regulation for a primary care clinic to have a written transfer agreement with a nearby hospital as a condition of licensure. Additionally, requires specific patient information to be transferred with the patient when moving a patient from a clinic to a nearby hospital for emergency treatment.

CURRENTLY REINTRODUCED – AB 700 (2015-16) – Campaign Disclosure Reform

The California Disclose Act would have required all ballot measure committees and PACs supporting or opposing candidates to display the names of their top three true funders no matter how many layers of front committees they try to hide behind. The measure was designed to shine light on Dark Money and require the true funders of political ads to be disclosed on the ads themselves. This measure, which has been reintroduced in the new legislative session as AB 14, failed passage last session due to the failure of State Senate Republicans to cast one vote for the bill, despite overwhelming support from the public, including petition signatures from more than 106,000 Californians.

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 2000 (2013-14) – Immigrants:

Qualifying for In-state tuition 
Allows students to access in-state non-resident tuition when they complete at least 3 years’ worth of high school credit. Previously, the law required these students, often referred to as “AB 540 students,” to complete three full years of high school, along with certain other requirements. This bill allows an “AB 540 student” who is excelling quicker than the average high school student to qualify for AB 540 status as an “AB 540 student” if they complete three years’ worth of credit or three full years of high school, middle school or elementary school along with obtaining a high school degree.

SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN – AB 1147 (2013-14) – Massage Parlor Reform: Returning the voice to communities

This bill fixes a prior law that took away the ability of local governments and neighborhoods to say no to where and how many massage parlors can operate in their areas. A significant number of these new massage parlors served simply as fronts for prostitution, and often involving human trafficking. The legislation requires ongoing training in massage therapy in the remaining massage businesses, creates better oversight on the businesses, and returns decision-making back to the local level – where it belongs.

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