Our district has vibrant biotechnology, information technology, and clean energy industries and Mike has been an active proponent for federal policies to support their continued growth.
He has been a champion for increasing the funding for basic scientific research through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and helped secure the $41.7 billion for the NIH in the 2020 appropriations package.
Because no full-time American worker should ever live in poverty, Mike supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, implemented at a pace that allows employers to adapt their business plans. Exhaustive research over the past few decades suggests raising the minimum wage produces better outcomes not only for workers, but also for their children and families. Mike co-sponsored the Raise the Wage Act, which passed in the House this past year.
Finally, Mike believes that we must fight for additional Wall Street reform and prevent corporations from sending jobs and profits overseas. We also must guard against the sort of risky business and lending practices that led to our last financial collapse.
During his first term, Mike has:
- Worked to repeal the state and local tax (SALT) deduction cap, which has been especially harmful for California’s families. He co-sponsored the bipartisan Restoring Tax Fairness for States and Localities Act, to eliminate the SALT cap, which recently passed in the House, as well as the SALT Deductibility Act.
- Passed three of his bills in the House earlier this year as part of the comprehensive infrastructure package known as the Moving Forward Act, a more than $1.5 trillion plan to invest in upgrading America’s infrastructure, create millions of jobs nationwide, and move our country forward towards a clean energy future.
- Proudly co-sponsored the Raise the Wage Act, to implement a $15 per hour federal minimum wage.
- Helped secure $41.7 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the 2020 appropriations package.
- Co-sponsored two pieces of legislation to ensure that government employees received the backpay they earned during the government shutdown.
- Co-sponsored the Protecting America’s Workers Act, to expand coverage under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, to increase protections for whistleblowers, to increase penalties for high gravity violations, to adjust penalties for inflation, to provide rights for victims or their family members.
- Has strongly advocated for working families throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting four bipartisan economic relief packages that were signed into law since March of this year, as well as the Heroes Act which passed in the House. For more information on Mike’s efforts to support working families during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here.