Working for Working Americans


For nearly 16 years I have been fighting for working families in the Valley. I have worked to bring jobs to our community, and to make sure that those who already have jobs receive all the healthcare and benefits to which they are entitled – but there is much work yet to be done.

I support the President’s proposal to create over one million jobs for those who build our roads, teach our kids, and police our streets. But we cannot pass this bill without bipartisan compromise, and I stand ready to work with Republicans to write a bipartisan bill.

In the Valley, I secured two million dollars for theValleyEconomicDevelopmentCenterto spur job creation and economic growth by providing small businesses with financing, consulting, training, and referral services for local residents.

I have also fought to save jobs, particularly those in the entertainment industry which employs many Valley residents. The motion picture industry loses millions of dollars from phony DVD sales and other forms of piracy, which eliminates thousands of American jobs. I cosponsored and helped pass the PRO-IP Act, legislation that helps protect intellectual property.

One of the most important things our office does is assist businesses and employers located in theSan Fernando Valley. We provide information about the various federal agencies that assist small businesses and entrepreneurial development, business regulations, financing, government contracting, and export assistance. Our office also can provide information on how to sell to the federal government, and we will work on your behalf to request timely action on your proposals, and to ensure that they receive full consideration.

I continue to believe that there are more good ideas in the Valley than in Washington, which is why I appreciate hearing from you. Listening to Valley residents helps me serve well; that is why I have held over 160 town hall meetings. Do not hesitate to contact my San Fernando Valleyoffice at (818) 501-9200 to share your views or visit my website at

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