Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA47), who will retire at the end of this term, is asking his constituents to tell him what Congress should make a priority during 2022. (See list below.)
Everyone in California Congressional District 47 should be encouraged to fill out and submit a survey.
Registered voter, or not registered. Natural-born citizen, naturalized citizen, legal resident, undocumented.
Rep. Lowenthal represents everyone who resides in his Congressional District.
Democrats are well-known for seeking to push the envelope on who is eligible to vote. I think voting should be limited to citizens who register to vote. I also think that voting rolls should be regularly and transparently cleaned up — removing dead people and felons and those who have moved to other jurisdictions.
However, once elected, a representative at any level should represent all the residents within his or her district.
When filling out the survey, I ask that you, first, stop and think about whether the particular issue should be addressed by the government at any level; and, second, whether the federal government is the best level to address the issue.
For instance “Fixing the national supply chain problems” and “Resolve supply chain challenges”s are not problems that the government can unknot — the most that government can do is get out of the way and make it easier on the private sector to find solutions.
Another example is “Addressing police brutality” which is a local issue. We do not want the federal government micromanaging our local police departments. That doesn’t mean that there are no problems with local police departments, nor that local police departments should go unsupervised. It means that the federal government is the wrong level of government to provide management and supervision of local police departments.
Below is a list of suggestions provided by Rep. Lowenthal. Remember to click through to actually fill out and submit a survey.
Congressional legislative priorities for 2022
What should the second session of the 117th Congress focus on throughout 2022?
- Rebuilding the economy and creating more jobs
- Taking steps to address inflation
- Resolve supply chain challenges
- Raising the federal minimum wage
- Protecting workers’ rights to organize
- Addressing homelessness and expanding affordable housing
- Addressing food insecurity
- Tax reform for middle-class families
- Balancing the budget/Reducing the deficit
- Addressing climate change
- Addressing environmental justice
- Protecting environmental laws and rebuilding the EPA
- Moving U.S. toward renewable energy sources
- Increasing vaccination and booster rates
- Ensuring continued distribution of COVID-19 vaccines
- Delivering relief to small businesses affected by the pandemic
- Approving additional financial aid to individuals impacted by the pandemic
- Expanding and improving healthcare coverage, including Medicare
- Continuing to improve healthcare/resources for veterans
- Addressing our mental health care system
- Addressing the drug/opioid crisis
- Addressing high drug costs
- Addressing police brutality
- Addressing hate crimes
- Addressing systemic racism and inequalities
- Ensuring equality and freedom from discrimination for the LGBTQ community
- Protecting reproductive rights and access to safe and legal abortion
- Protecting the rights of Americans with disabilities
- Investing in transportation infrastructure
- Investing in zero-emission transportation strategies
- Fixing the national supply chain problems
- Reducing crime
- Reducing gun violence
- Reforming marijuana policy
- Criminal justice reform
- Ending partisan gerrymandering of Congressional districts
- Protecting voting rights for all Americans
- Take a strong stance against China’s aggressive behaviors
- Take a strong stance against Russia’s aggressive behaviors
- Advocating for human rights and religious freedom in oppressed countries
- Bolstering cybersecurity
- Addressing the threat posed by foreign terrorism
- Comprehensive immigration reform
- Reducing student loan debt
- Improving education/school systems
- Funding/Fixing the Post Office
- Other (please specify)
(Select all answers that apply)