• July 2016
  • Why I Joined the House Sit-In

    There seems to be a script. Each incidence of gun violence is followed by outrage, heartbreak, a moment of silence, a muddying of the waters by cable show pundits and then … nothing. Whether motivated by hate, a result of mental illness, driven by extremism, racism, or as a domestic dispute — the why varies but the response remains the same.

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  • February 2016
  • Congress Must Act to Stop Female Veteran Suicide

    In 1973, the United States eliminated the draft and moved to an all-volunteer force. Our men and women have served multiple deployments and extended missions in Iraq and Afghanistan honorably, but what are we doing to properly support our heroes when they return to their communities?

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  • November 2015
  • September 2015
  • A Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood is a Vote to Defund Women’s Health

    As a woman, a mother and a member of Congress, I have been a tireless advocate for protecting women’s health. Reproductive health is a cornerstone of women’s equality and economic opportunity. Every woman should have access to reproductive health services like cancer screenings, tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, preventive care and birth control.

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  • August 2015
  • Why I am Supporting the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Iran has long worked to develop a nuclear weapon, and the international community has long struggled with the best way to stop them. There have been sanctions, negotiations and considerations of military strikes.

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  • May 2015
  • Returning the Levers of Democracy to the People

    Let’s face it, our democracy is in danger. Between districts across the country being drawn by legislators with the sole purpose of preserving their jobs, the push to further restrict the ability of average citizens to even be able to vote, and the Supreme Court’s recent moves to weaken campaign finance laws, we are truly at a crossroad.

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  • February 2015
  • September 2014
  • Working Together to Better Serve our Veterans

    As the daughter, sister, and niece of military servicemen, I am keenly aware of the sacred promise we have made to our veterans and their families in return for the sacrifices they have made for our country.

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  • August 2014
  • Keep the Focus on Those We Serve

    After being sworn in as Ventura County’s congresswoman a little over a year ago, one of my first tasks was to choose the committees I wanted to serve on. As the daughter, sister and niece of veterans, the proud representative of Naval Base Ventura County, and of the more than 40,000 veterans who call our community home, there was no question that I wanted to sit on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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  • July 2014
  • A Shortsighted Supreme Court

    Last week was a bad week for women and their families. Like many of you, I was deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s shortsighted 5-4 Hobby Lobby decision allowing some employers to deny basic health care to their workers. At stake was whether the owners of a corporation have the right to impose their religious beliefs on their employees, at the cost of a woman’s health or even her life.

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  • June 2014
  • Our Veterans Deserve No Less

    As a congresswoman and as the ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs subcommittee on health, I am deeply troubled and disturbed by recent allegations of misconduct at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs facility and other facilities across the country.

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  • March 2014
  • Helping our Veterans Succeed

    Far too many veterans in Ventura County — and across the country — are unemployed, and I believe we have a solemn obligation to do whatever we can to retrain them for the jobs of the future.

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  • Securing Funds for Dredging a Real Team Effort

    Last week, I was pleased to announce nearly $12 million in federal funds for the dredging of the Channel Islands Harbor and $10.5 million for the Ventura Harbor dredging project. It’s a big win for Ventura County, our harbors, Hueneme Beach and Ventura County’s economy.

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  • February 2014
  • Saving AG Land from Drying Up Takes Teamwork

    Because of agriculture, Ventura County has a unique beauty, heritage, community and economy — but our community depends on reliable access to fresh water. Without it, our rivers dry up and our crops cannot grow.

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  • January 2014
  • Abortion Ruse Threatens the Rights of Women

    It has been more than 40 years since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade. In that decision, the highest court in the land determined that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s privacy and her right to choose what is best for her and her family when it comes to making decisions about her own health.

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  • December 2013
  • Urgent Need to Extend Lifeline to Unemployed

    Everyone remembers what happened five years ago when our economy fell into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Everyone knows someone — or knows of someone — who lost their job through no fault of their own during this severe economic downturn.

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  • November 2013
  • Making the Affordable Care Act Work for You

    Since I was elected to Congress, I’ve been hearing from many groups and organizations who have been preparing for the launch of the Affordable Care Act for years. They have reached out to explain how the Affordable Care Act works for them, and how it doesn’t.

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  • September 2013
  • In Our Time of Need, a Bipartisan Call to Action

    As Ventura County’s representative in Congress, I view everything I do through the lens of how it will create jobs and grow our economy. From our ports, to our large and small businesses, to our naval base, to our agricultural community, I strive to advance federal policy that will support our diverse job creators.

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