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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 7

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Ami Bera

Doctor/Teacher/Congressman
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fighting for affordable and accessible health care
  • Investing in middle class families by creating jobs and supporting small businesses
  • Serving the 7th congressional district with effective constituent services

Experience

Experience

Profession:Doctor / Teacher / Congressman
U.S. Representative, CA-07, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2013–current)
Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, Davis (2004–2009)
Associate Dean for Admissions and Outreach, University of California, Davis (2004–2008)
Chief of Primary Health Services Division, County of Sacramento (2003–2004)
Medical Director, Primary Health Services Division, County of Sacramento (1999–2003)

Education

University of California, Irvine Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), Internal Medicine (1991)
University of California, Irvine Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biological Sciences (1987)

Questions & Answers

Questions from The Sacramento Bee (3)

In an era of polarized politics, which issues show the most promise for bipartisan agreement?
Answer from Ami Bera:
One of the most pressing issues facing American families is the skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs. Fortunately, this is an area for bipartisan support and the President has stated that he wants to act on prescription drugs. I was proud to help pass H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, but the Senate has failed to take a vote on this important piece of legislation. We need to move past politics to get prescription drug pricing done for the American people. I’m working with other members of Congress, including the Senate, to try to reach a bipartisan deal on this important issue. We were sent to Congress to deliver for the American people - it’s time that we deliver on this issue.
Should the federal government help California with its homelessness problem? If so, how? If not, why not?
Answer from Ami Bera:

Yes, the federal government has a role to play in helping California with homelessness, which has reached crisis proportions across the state. The most immediate action the federal government can take is by increasing the availability of tax credits, grants, and housing vouchers. The federal government must also work with local communities and governments to find ways to expand shelter capacity, including support for more permanent housing. I’ll continue to be a strong advocate for cities and communities across the 7th Congressional District to ensure they are receiving adequate resources from the federal government. We also cannot lose sight of the growing homelessness crisis facing our veterans. Our veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and we must be there when they need us the most. I’ve repeatedly pressed the Veterans Affairs Department to ensure funding for programs that reduce homelessness among our veterans. I’m also proud that I helped secure housing vouchers for the Mather Veterans Village in Rancho Cordova to stay on schedule. The Village provides critical assistance and housing to homeless and disabled veterans.

Should federal income taxes be reduced again? If so, for whom? If not, why not?
Answer from Ami Bera:
As I talk to neighbors and meet with constituents, I hear about the rising costs of living and the burden it places on so many working families and seniors in our area. The fact is, income inequality is a reality in California and throughout America, with lower and middle income families struggling. For too many, America’s promise of opportunity is beginning to seem empty. We need tax reform that allows middle class families to not just get by but thrive in our ever-evolving economy. Unfortunately, the Republicans tax break for millionaires did just the opposite, placing the burden on middle class families. Those at the top should expect to pay their fair share and that is why I support the need to raise the marginal tax rate for those at the top of the tax bracket. I’ll continue to work towards tax reform that benefits middle-class families.

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Ami Bera:

As a doctor, I know that health care should be a right, not a privilege. And getting sick shouldn’t mean bankruptcy or a second mortgage. Our nation deserves a healthcare system that enables both opportunity and prosperity.

 

I am proud to be leading the bipartisan efforts in Congress in bringing about universal coverage to ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. While not perfect, the Affordable Care Act has insured more Americans across the country, including in California. We have to continue to build upon the gains made under the ACA, including expanding coverage and reducing premiums. I have introduced two pieces of legislation to do just that. The Pathway to Universal Coverage Act would provide grants for states to experiment with auto-enrollment for the uninsured, with the potential of expanding health care coverage to millions of Americans. The Easy Enrollment Act would help maximize health insurance coverage by aligning tax season with health care open enrollment, which would allow families to make more informed decisions when they are not financially strained.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Ami Bera:

As the son of parents who immigrated to America in the 1950s, I know the value of hard work and that America is a land of opportunity. Unfortunately, our immigration system is broken, and Washington gridlock has gotten in the way of meaningful reform. We need policies that make our country safe and our economy strong. I continue to support bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform, much like which passed the Senate under the previous administration, which would secure our border, allow our economy to grow, and provide a pathway for citizenship. We need policies that keep families safe while encouraging the best and brightest people to stay in America so they can start their companies and create jobs here in the U.S.

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Ami Bera:

Like communities across the country, Sacramento is facing an aging infrastructure. Poor infrastructure endangers residents, discourages new business, and slows down our economy. To create jobs and build an economy that works for the middle class, we need to get back to the bipartisan American tradition of investing in our future. We should be exploring new revenue streams such as infrastructure banks in order to pay for the much-needed increase in investments for infrastructure. Improving Sacramento County’s infrastructure will help modernize our economy, help our businesses, and make our communities safer.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,419,741

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Boeing Company
$13,000
2
American Association of Neurological Surgeons
$10,000
2
American College of Physicians
$10,000
2
American Crystal Sugar
$10,000
2
American Hotel & Lodging Association
$10,000
2
Anthem
$10,000
2
Asian American Hotel Owners Association
$10,000
2
Ball Corporation
$10,000
2
Credit Union National Association
$10,000
2
Ernst & Young
$10,000
2
Home Depot
$10,000
2
International Association of Fire Fighters
$10,000
2
International Franchise Association
$10,000
2
KPMG
$10,000
2
UnitedHealth Group
$10,000
2
Visa
$10,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 40.60%
District of Columbia 33.29%
Virginia 6.68%
Illinois 3.76%
Other 15.68%
40.60%33.29%15.68%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.23%)
Small contributions (6.77%)
93.23%

By Type:

From organizations (54.75%)
From individuals (45.25%)
54.75%45.25%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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