WORKING FOR THE PEOPLE

Since being sworn into office in January 2019, Mike has focused on remaining as accessible as possible to the people he serves. Whether he’s visiting local businesses and hosting house parties or meeting with constituents virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mike is determined to spend as much time as possible with the families and organizations he represents. 

 

During his first campaign for Congress, Mike pledged to hold a public town hall every single month he is in office, and that’s exactly what he has done. When the pandemic started, he immediately converted his town halls to a virtual format, increased the frequency of them, and invited local public health experts to join to make sure his constituents had the information they needed. He has also held hundreds of house parties with voters in neighborhoods across the district since announcing his candidacy in 2017, including an ongoing series of virtual house parties during the pandemic.

 

Mike is also committed to delivering results on local priorities for our communities. He has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to support institutions in our district like UC San Diego, Scripps Research, and many others.
 

He played a leading role in securing $300 million to clean up the water pollution in the Tijuana River Valley, hundreds of millions for Camp Pendleton, and key federal funding to help secure our coastal bluffs, expand desalination projects, modernize North County Transit District infrastructure, and much more.

Since the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was signed into law, Mike has worked with local officials throughout the district to secure federal funding to improve local infrastructure like the Interstate 15 and state Route 78 interchange, the Coastal Rail Trail, the Cassidy Street Bridge, and much more.

 

For as long as he serves, Mike’s top priority will be to work across the aisle and remain accessible to constituents in our district.

 

ACCELERATING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION 

Our district is home to more than 50 miles of beautiful California coastline and other cherished lands and waters like San Onofre State Park and the San Elijo Lagoon. Unfortunately, these natural treasures are threatened by the climate crisis, including more extreme heat waves and longer droughts fueling year-round wildfires, and rising sea levels and storm surges driving unprecedented coastal erosion.

 

As a longtime advocate for climate action and member of the House Natural Resources Committee and Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, Mike has led aggressive legislation to protect our planet for future generations. One of the first bills he supported in Congress banned new offshore drilling along our coast and protected the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He also introduced the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act to ban new offshore drilling activity along the Southern California coast. Following the October 2021 oil spill off the coast of Orange County, Mike led the effort to advance legislation ending new drilling and strengthening oversight of offshore drilling companies.

 

Mike knows that we can protect our environment, combat the climate crisis, and grow our economy at the same time. California has proven it is possible and Mike has used our success as a model for action in Washington. He introduced legislation to transition America to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs), expand charging infrastructure, and convert Park Service and Forest Service fleets to ZEVs so that we can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and manufacture the cars of the future right here in America.

 

Mike has also worked across the aisle on bipartisan efforts to combat climate change. He fought for the inclusion of provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure law to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure, invest in the supply chain for batteries, provide $1.5 billion for clean hydrogen manufacturing, invest $550 million in the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program, and much more.  

 

In our district, we also face environmental threats from the decommissioning San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Since the first days of his campaign for Congress, Mike has focused on increasing transparency and accountability at San Onofre and getting the waste off our beach as quickly and safely as possible. 

 

To ensure local stakeholders were heard, Mike created a SONGS Task Force of experts and community leaders around the region to identify policy solutions. The SONGS Task Force released a comprehensive report containing recommendations on how to address the safe storage and removal of nuclear waste from our coast.

 

Informed by the recommendations of the SONGS Task Force, Mike introduced legislation to expedite the removal of nuclear waste from decommissioned plants in areas with high population density and seismic hazard, such as San Onofre; repeatedly pushed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to increase oversight at San Onofre; created a bipartisan Spent Nuclear Fuel Solutions Caucus in Congress; and secured federal funding that has allowed the Department of Energy to restart a consent-based siting program. He also led legislation that was signed into law to spur innovation and research in the storage, transportation, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

 

With two young children at home, Mike will always work to protect our planet for future generations. 

 

HONORING OUR VETERANS 

 

As the representative for Camp Pendleton and thousands of veterans in our communities, Mike is proud to serve as Vice Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Chair the Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity, where has been able to make important progress for our veterans. 

 

During his first term in Congress, Mike introduced more than 20 bipartisan bills to support veterans, many of which were signed into law, a rare accomplishment for a first-term Member of Congress. He also led comprehensive and historic legislation, the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020 (H.R. 7105), to strengthen and expand benefits for veterans, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

His bipartisan bills that were signed into law include:

 

  • The Protect the GI Bill Act to strengthen protections against colleges that prey on veterans.

  • The Homeless Veteran Coronavirus Response Act to allow the VA to provide a greater variety of services.

  • The Protect Affordable Mortgages for Veterans Act to improve the veteran home loan market.

  • A bill to make STEM scholarship programs more available for veterans.

  • The Ryan Kules and Paul Benne Specially Adaptive Housing Improvement Act of 2019 to strengthen the VA's Specially Adapted Housing program.

  • An amendment to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to address some personal financial losses that military families incurred during the pandemic.

  • The Reducing Veteran Homelessness Act to make sure that homeless veterans receive the resources they need by filling gaps in HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) case management.

  • The Pandemic Assistance for Student Veterans Act to minimize the harmful effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on student veterans.

  • The Veteran HOUSE Act to make sure that chronically homeless veterans discharged under conditions other-than-honorable (OTH) are eligible for HUD-VASH housing vouchers and supportive case management.

  • The Brian Tally VA Employment Transparency Act to support veterans with legal claims against the VA or its contractors.

  • The Vet Center Eligibility Expansion Act to allow more veterans to receive counseling from VA Vet Centers.

  • The Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer William "Bill" Mulder (Ret.) Transition Improvement Act to improve the Transition Assistance Program for servicemembers transitioning to civilian life.

  • The Housing for Women Veterans Act to direct funding specifically for services to support homeless women veterans.

  • The bipartisan Training in High-demand Roles to Improve Veteran Employment (THRIVE) Act to improve veterans’ job training and education benefits

  • The Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act to protect education benefits for veterans amid the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Mike has been a strong advocate against efforts to privatize the VA. He believes that we owe it to the men, women, and their families who have the honor and courage to serve our country to guarantee the absolute best care and services.

 

Ensuring safe and quality housing for our veterans and their families has been one of Mike’s top priorities. Mike strongly believes that even one homeless veteran is one too many, and he’ll work tirelessly until veteran homelessness is an issue of the past. No one who sacrifices so much to serve our country should ever have to worry about having a place to live.

 

Mike will continue to use his position on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee to advocate for local veterans and pass bipartisan legislation on their behalf.

 

HOLDING WASHINGTON ACCOUNTABLE

 

Mike believes it’s critically important, now more than ever, that we strengthen accountability and transparency in government and campaigns. He also believes that we must protect the truth, defend our democracy and put our country over our political party.

 

Since he began campaigning in March of 2017, Mike has not accepted a dime of corporate PAC money and is proud to have the continued endorsement of End Citizens United.

 

One of the first bills Mike supported in Congress was the For the People Act, which would expand voting rights, secure our election system against foreign interference, and remove the corrupting influence of “dark money” from American politics. He also signed on to legislation to restore the Voting Rights Act of 1965, make elections more transparent, and make sure every eligible voter can participate in our elections. He supports targeted exceptions to Senate rules in order to overcome Republicans’ filibuster of voting rights and civil rights legislation.

 

Mike also cosponsored the No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Act to exclude Members of Congress from receiving retirement benefits if the member is convicted of specified campaign finance violations relating to the use of campaign funds for personal use, including conspiracy to commit such an offense.

 

Mike believes that Congress has a responsibility to secure our election systems against foreign interference and prevent further attempts by foreign powers to influence the results of our elections. He supported $425 million that was allocated in the 2020 appropriations package for election security.

 

Mike will continue to fight for more transparency and accountability in Washington.

 

ACHIEVING WORLD-CLASS EDUCATION 

Mike believes we must ensure that every child in our communities has the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of the neighborhood they come from, and that our education system must prepare students well for the jobs of the future. He believes that our teachers are heroes and should be at the core of any plan to improve public schools. 

 

Mike has been an advocate for our local public schools, working to make sure they receive the resources they need to hire and keep excellent teachers, reduce class sizes, and invest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. Mike believes we need to focus on training and retraining teachers, especially in STEM, special education, and bilingual instruction. Mike believes that we must address an increasingly dire teacher shortage by improving college loan forgiveness programs; addressing housing accessibility; and making it easier for retired teachers to return to the classroom and provide mentorship.

 

Since he was elected, Mike has promoted policies to help guarantee that any student can afford college. He authored legislation to provide stronger protections for students if their college or university shuts down, to make the student loan process more transparent, and to expand the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for graduates who work at Veteran Service Organizations. All of those bills were included in the College Affordability Act, a comprehensive reauthorization of the Higher Education Act that makes higher education more affordable and strengthens the quality of colleges and universities.

 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mike joined legislation to allow 2020 graduates to defer federal student loan payments, fought for more relief funding for schools like San Onofre Elementary and Mary Fay Elementary that qualify for the federal Impact Aid program, and helped secure more than $44 million in federal funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, more than half of which went directly to students in the form of emergency cash grants to help them pay for housing, food, and other essentials. And throughout the pandemic, he fought for more state and local funding to help schools educate safely and reopen when appropriate. Local school districts in North County San Diego and South Orange County received $125 million in federal relief from the American Rescue Plan to help reopen safely.

 

Mike will always look out for public schools, our heroic teachers, and students who are struggling to afford higher education. 

 

 

COVID-19: PUBLIC HEALTH & ECONOMIC RESPONSE 

 

Since the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mike has worked to mitigate the public health and economic crises and fought to provide relief for families, local small businesses, and countless others in the 49th District and across the nation.

 

Mike immediately converted his monthly town halls into a virtual format and held them frequently with local public health experts to answer his constituents’ questions and make sure they had the information and resources they needed. He also created a COVID-19 resource guide to help families and small businesses better understand the new resources that were available to them. 

 

Mike worked to pass multiple bipartisan relief packages to bolster the nation’s public health response to the virus, support those who lost their jobs, and help local small businesses stay afloat. In the first weeks of the pandemic, he helped pass the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act included $2.2 trillion in aid for hospitals and frontline medical professionals, more than a billion for San Diego and Orange County governments, a $600 weekly increase in unemployment benefits, direct cash assistance for those in need, $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers on payroll, and much more. He also supported the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to ensure the Paycheck Protection Program worked for the smallest local businesses and increased funding for testing and health care workers.

 

Despite those legislative successes, it was clear that additional relief was urgently needed to limit the spread of the virus and help our economy endure the pandemic. Mike fought to pass the HEROES Act, a comprehensive bill that met the scale of the crisis we were facing. While then Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked that relief, Mike continued to advocate for state and local funding to help maintain essential services, increase funding for testing and vaccine development, provide another round of Paycheck Protection Program and direct cash assistance, feed hungry families, get veterans back on their feet, and much more. 

 

After months of pushing for bipartisan compromise on another relief bill, Mike helped pass legislation that included $600 in direct cash assistance, a $300 per week increase in unemployment, $325 billion for small businesses, $32 billion for vaccine procurement and distribution, $82 billion for schools, and much more. 

 

Under President Biden, Rep. Levin was proud to help pass the American Rescue Plan Act, which included $20 billion to distribute vaccines, $1,400 direct payments, stronger unemployment benefits, $27.5 billion in rental assistance, $7.25 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, strengthened SNAP benefits, and provided more than $105 million for state and local governments and nearly $125 million for school districts in North County San Diego and South Orange County.

 

The American Rescue Plan also made the child tax credit fully refundable for 2021 and increased the annual amount from $2,000 per child to $3,000 per child, which benefited 124,800 children in the district.

 

CREATING JOBS FOR THE FUTURE 

 

 The 49th District hosts vibrant biotechnology, IT, clean energy, and tourism industries that Mike has been proud to support. Since he was first sworn into Congress, institutions in these fields and other employers have received hundreds of millions in federal grants to continue their important work.

 

Mike believes that no full-time American worker should ever live in poverty, and he cosponsored legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, implemented at a pace that allows employers to adapt their business plans. That bill also ties additional minimum wage increases to wage growth and ensures that all workers receive the full federal minimum wage or more by phasing out the subminimum wages for tipped workers, youth workers, and workers with disabilities. He has also cosponsored legislation to expand coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and protect union jobs. 

 

Mike has also worked to support mom-and-pop businesses and grow our local tourism economy by signing onto legislation to reauthorize the Brand USA public-private partnership, increase the amount that a bank can invest in Small Business Investment Companies, give small businesses more opportunities to compete for federal contracts, and reauthorize the Small Business Development Center Program.

 

Mike also worked with the Biden Administration and his colleagues in Congress to build our economy back better by investing in our infrastructure and growing the clean energy jobs of the future right here in America. 

 

The bipartisan infrastructure law is creating good-paying union jobs repairing our roads and bridges, replacing lead pipes, and building energy transmission lines. It invests in clean energy manufacturing and zero-emission vehicles ensuring that the jobs in the clean energy industry are good-paying American jobs. The bill also includes a Buy America requirement to ensure that all taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects are built with American iron, steel, manufactured products, and construction materials.

 

The bipartisan infrastructure law also extends prevailing wage protections to all energy infrastructure provisions, including the construction of EV charging stations on highways and in communities, ensuring that these critical jobs come with good wages and benefits and support local unions.

 

 

WOMEN’S HEALTH AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

 

Mike will always defend women’s access to contraception and the right to make her own reproductive choices. He believes that only a woman, her family, and her doctor should be able to decide what is best for her health.

 

Mike will continue to defend Planned Parenthood, which provides essential preventative and reproductive health care services like cancer screenings, STD testing, and low-cost birth control to millions of American women, and he was honored to have the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund for his re-election to Congress in 2020.

 

Mike cosponsored the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance (EACH) Woman Act to ensure reproductive justice for women with Medicare and Medicaid. He also cosponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act to protect a woman’s ability to determine what is best for her body, health, and family, while ensuring that health care providers are able to provide valuable reproductive health care services, including abortion. Mike strongly supports action by the Department of Justice to defend women’s constitutional right under Roe v. Wade to access reproductive health care, particularly in light of attacks on that right from states like Texas and Mississippi.

 

Mike is a vocal advocate for equal pay for equal work and has fought every effort to allow wage discrimination against women. He strongly believes that it is unconscionable for women to earn less than men for the same work. He cosponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act to guarantee equal pay for equal work and end pay discrimination against women, and the BE HEARD in the Workplace Act, which would help end workplace discrimination and harassment.

 

Mike has been fighting for federal legislation that specifically bans sexual harassment and believes the federal definition of domestic violence must be updated to include stalking and dating violence. Among other things, this would help prohibit stalkers and violent dating partners from having access to firearms. Mike cosponsored the SAFE Act to protect the economic security of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

 

Finally, Mike will continue to work toward ending military sexual assault, which is one of the priorities of his service in Congress.

 

TREATING IMMIGRANTS WITH DIGNITY 

 

Mike is the grandson of Mexican immigrants on his mother’s side. Having not graduated high school themselves, his grandparents sent all five of their daughters to college. At age 50, his grandfather, Rosendo Bringas, became an American citizen, and it was among the proudest days of his life.

 

Mike wants to preserve the values and aspirations of so many immigrants like his grandparents, who dream of the uniquely American opportunity for self-improvement. Mike believes that immigrants should be treated with dignity and respect.

 

Mike proudly cosponsored the American Dream and Promise Act to protect DACA recipients, many of whom serve in our military, on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, or make incredible contributions to our country in other ways.

 

Mike worked to prevent the Trump Administration’s hateful immigration policies throughout his time in office. He cosponsored several pieces of legislation to prevent family separation at the border and help families who had been separated reunite, including the Keep Families Together Act, the Reuniting Families Act, and the REUNITE Act. 

 

He also cosponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody Act, and the Homeland Security Improvement Act. Mike opposed efforts to ban entry into the United States on the basis of race or religion and co-sponsored the NO BAN Act. 

 

Mike supports more funding for smart border security technology, but he knows a wall from sea to shining sea along our southern border isn’t going to make us any safer – it’s a waste of taxpayer dollars. He has been to the border, toured ports of entry, and met with immigration officials. He knows what they need is 21st Century infrastructure and better technology, and he voted several times to provide funding for modern technology.

 

Ultimately, Mike believes that members of both parties need to come together on comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship. 

 

STANDING FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS

 

Mike has always been a strong ally for the LGBTQ+ community. He believes that no one should face discrimination or harassment based on their gender identity or sexual orientation, and that no one should face hostility because of their sexuality.

 

Mike co-sponsored and voted for the Equality Act, which provides anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people throughout society, including in employment, housing, credit, education, public services, and more.

 

Mike supported and cosponsored a House resolution to oppose former President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the Armed Forces, and he was glad to see the Biden Administration reverse that decision. He knows that any qualified person with the courage and dedication to serve our country should not be discriminated against due to their gender or gender identity.

 

Mike is also an advocate for the equal treatment of LGBTQ+ couples who hope to adopt a foster child. He cosponsored the Every Child Deserves a Family Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), and marital status in the administration and provision of child welfare services, and to improve the safety, well-being, and permanency for LGBTQ+ foster youth.

 

Finally, he believes that our country has a role to play in helping protect the rights of LGBTQ+ people around the world, and he will work with the Biden Administration to advocate for them.

 

PROVIDING AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR ALL 

 

Mike believes that every American should have access to affordable, quality health care, and that nobody should have to choose to pay for rent or groceries instead of seeing a doctor or paying for a prescription.

 

Mike is committed to expanding access to affordable health care, which includes protecting and strengthening Medicare and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), protecting those with pre-existing conditions, and lowering prescription drug costs. All options should be on the table - including addressing the Medicare eligibility age - to ensure individuals and families get the medical support they need. 

 

Mike is a cosponsor of the Protecting Pre-existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act to improve health insurance access and affordability, and to undo the Trump Administration’s sabotage of the ACA. This includes strengthening tax credits for middle class families, requiring plans to cover all essential health benefits, ensuring broad coverage of prescription drugs, and funding outreach and education.

 

Mike believes that many ideas to improve the ACA must be explored, including the implementation of a “public option,” early buy-in to Medicare coverage within health insurance marketplaces, and the hiring of new full-time federal enrollment assisters to help Americans enroll.

 

Mike has also cosponsored legislation to lower prescription drug costs. He supported and voted for the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which establishes a fair prescription price negotiation program, protects the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establishes an out-of-pocket maximum for Medicare part D enrollees.

 

PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

 

Mike is a strong proponent of legislation to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country. He is proud to be endorsed by Moms Demand Action, Everytown for Gun Safety, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and other advocates for gun safety.  

 

One of the first caucuses he joined as a Member of Congress was the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, and one of the first bills he signed onto was the bipartisan Background Checks Act, which would require universal background checks on all gun sales and transfers, with very limited exceptions for gifts to family members and temporary transfers for hunting.

 

Mike also worked across the aisle to introduce the Prevent Family Fire Act with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), which would encourage safe firearm storage and prevent accidental injuries or deaths by implementing a small tax credit for storage devices like gun safes.

 

Mike has also worked to institute an assault weapons ban and expand Brady background checks to all gun sales, including those made over the Internet and at gun shows. He cosponsored the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021, the Extreme Risk Protection Order Act of 2021, and Jaime’s Law.

 

He also helped secure $25 million in appropriations legislation for federal research at the Center for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health into the nation’s gun violence epidemic.

 

 

PROTECTING ANIMAL WELFARE 

 

Mike believes that the way we treat animals reflects the values that we hold, which is why he has been such a strong advocate for the protection of wild and domestic animals, and the protection of the habitats of threatened and endangered species.

 

Throughout the Trump Administration, Mike stood up to protect endangered species and their habitats. He cosponsored the Endangered Species Act to protect threatened wildlife, the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act to block new offshore drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines, and he cosponsored the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

 

Mike was also proud to vote for the Great American Outdoors Act, landmark legislation he cosponsored that provides permanent and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

 

Mike also cosponsored a variety of legislation to eliminate cruel treatment toward animals in the United States, including the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act of 2019, and the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act of 2019. He also signed onto the WOOF! Act to prevent licenses from being issued to dealers of dogs who have had their license revoked, and the Big Cat Public Safety Act to ban private ownership of big cats like tigers, lions, and leopards.

 

Mike will work with the Biden Administration to reverse actions by the Trump Administration that undermine animal welfare. These actions by the Trump Administration include overturning the ability of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prevent shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for grizzly bears to shoot, trapping bears with cruel steel-jawed leghold traps and wire snares, and luring grizzly bears with food to get a point blank kill.  


 

DEFENDING OUR SENIORS

 

Mike is fighting every day to make sure older Americans can retire with dignity and never go without health care or fall into poverty and homelessness.

 

He believes that we must preserve and strengthen Medicare and Social Security, essential programs that reflect our shared commitment to support seniors. He knows we must oppose all Republican efforts to privatize Social Security or raise the retirement age — an unfair idea that will hurt seniors who worked hard throughout their lives to earn their benefits. This is why Mike cosponsored the Social Security Fairness Act and the Social Security 2100 Act to protect and strengthen benefits for our seniors and future retirees.

 

Social Security benefits are a lifeline for millions of Americans, keeping them and their families out of poverty. In 2013, Social Security kept over 22 million Americans out of poverty, including over a million children (under age 18), over 6 million adults (between the ages of 18 and 64), and nearly 15 million people ages 65 and older. More than 10 million older Americans depend on Social Security for the majority of their income.

 

Mike also cosponsored the Supporting Older Americans Act of 2020, which reauthorizes the Older Americans Act and invests in important programs like Meals on Wheels.

 

Seniors have paid into these programs for decades and we cannot let them down. Mike will continue to be a vocal advocate for our seniors for as long as he serves in office.

 

 

OPPOSING THE TOLL ROAD EXTENSION THROUGH SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY

 

Mike and his family are longtime residents of South Orange County, and he has opposed the Toll Road Extension since the idea was first announced. 

 

In a statement to the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) Board, Mike said, “I do believe that we need to mitigate traffic in the area. But I do not support any of the proposals for the Toll Road Extension. The Extension would encroach on existing communities, schools, and on protected open space. I think it’s really important that we come up with other creative solutions, particularly an expansion of public transit or perhaps arterial roads that can also help to alleviate traffic. I also want to make sure that we remain environmentally responsible and don’t impose too much harm to our local neighborhoods.”

 

Following allegations of overspent and misused public funds by the TCA in 2019, Mike pushed Governor Gavin Newsom to make sure that ethical and transparency measures were in place to protect taxpayers.

 

Mike will continue to do everything he can to prevent a Toll Road Extension. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

 

Mike has a strong history of supporting public safety and law enforcement. He believes we can support law enforcement and improve policing at the same time. Mike has never supported defunding the police, and he never will. Instead, Mike believes we should increase funding for police in a way that helps them stay safe, do their jobs more effectively, and earn the trust of the communities they serve.

Mike cosponsored the Invest to Protect Act, a bipartisan bill to authorize $50 million a year for five years to help strengthen and modernize smaller police departments, including a number here in San Diego and Orange counties. He stood with members of the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) and the Carlsbad Police Office Association (CPOA) to call on Congress to pass this bill, and he will continue to push for that funding.

Mike has also prioritized federal investments in local police through government funding legislation. He successfully secured federal funding for the Oceanside Police Department to pay for patrol car cameras, which was a priority for local police and community members who want more transparency and accountability.

Mike has also worked to stop dangerous drugs like fentanyl from crossing the border and reaching our communities. He has repeatedly supported funding for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, which assists law enforcement in critical drug trafficking areas, including the Southwest Border and through San Diego and Orange Counties. He also supported legislation to withhold foreign aid for any countries that allow the production of fentanyl, and to help global law enforcement agencies identify, track, and detect synthetic drugs.

Mike will continue to work across the aisle to support local law enforcement and keep our communities safe.

PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS

 

As we continue to manage COVID-19, Mike is working hard to help prevent future pandemics.

 

Mike is fighting for action to combat so-called superbugs, strains of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics, which the World Health Organization has warned is one of the top ten threats to global health. The rapid global spread of superbugs is making infections increasingly difficult to cure with existing antimicrobial remedies. These superbugs infect three million Americans and kill more than 35,000 people every year, according to the CDC. Mike introduced the bipartisan Saving Us from Pandemic Era Resistance by Building a Unified Global Strategy (SUPER BUGS) Act, which directs the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of State to work with our allies around the world to develop and commercialize new antimicrobial drugs that can cure infections from superbugs.

 

Mike also introduced the Biomedical Innovation Expansion Act to provide the National Institutes of Health with more than $1.6 billion to help address superbugs. The bill also provides resources through the NIH Innovation Fund and increases support for all current NIH Innovation Fund activities to 2030.

 

In addition to his leadership on superbugs, Mike has cosponsored the:

 

  • Preventing Future Pandemics Act to address public health risks that wildlife markets pose

  • Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act to create a grant program in support of state and local health department immunization systems

  • And the Medical Supplies for Pandemics Act to reform the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and increase domestic manufacturing of important public health supplies

 

Mike has voted to increase investments in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other agencies that protect public health, and he will continue to support additional federal investments for the work our health agencies do to prevent and better prepare for future pandemics.