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John Hein's picture
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Bera or Grant

Can anyone fill me in on anything Ami Bera has done in his congressional career for our region in the 6 years he has represented us?

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Jerry Pasek's picture
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 Broke the code

 

You broke the code! Do nothing, say nothing is concistent with Ami's approach.

Jerry Pasek

John Hein's picture
Joined: 08/07/2007
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We're waiting

Come on liberals, we're waiting. Surely he has congressional accomplishments. 

John Hein

Scott Adams's picture
Joined: 03/24/2009
Posts: 63
Doctor No

John and Jerry, you are absolutely right. Ami Bera is consistently rated one of the least productive members of Congress when it comes to authoring and passing legislation. The Center for Effective Lawmaking ranked Bera 171st out of 193 Democrats in the 114th Congress. I looked but could not find a single bill Bera has ever sponsored. He sends us those fictitious letters that make him appear more moderate than he really is. Don’t be fooled.

Here is an example: Earlier this month, you may have received a letter from Bera describing his support for the COPS Initiative, which supports police departments. I looked up COPS and discovered that many Democrat candidates across the country are making the same claim of support, apparently in an attempt to look more “middle of the road” than they really are. That is a cynical political ploy.

Last year, the House passed a bipartisan bill that a Democrat supporter said provides “more tools to combat transnational street gangs” such as the ultra-violent MS-13. It was a pro-law enforcement bill. That legislation, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, passed the House with a bipartisan majority of 233-175. Ami Bera voted against that bill.

The only thing Bera is good at is running for re-election. He really doesn’t do much else except vote in lockstep with ultra-left Nancy Pelosi and collect big corporate money. Have you seen his voting record over the last two years? It’s anti-economy, anti-military, anti-law enforcement, anti-small business, anti-middle class, and anti-tax reform. We can do better in this district especially with the quality candidate we have in Andrew Grant who is a former intelligence officer in the Marine Corps and has economic acumen as CEO of the Northern California World Trade Center. Andrew Grant will support the growing economy, the military, law enforcement, the middle class, and small business. Bera has already proven that he won't.

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Scott

Pretty sure we're not going to get any response because there's no supporting arguments for Bera.

John Hein

John Brock's picture
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Bera VS Grant

Gentlemen, just a few comments from an e-mail from Congressman Bera.

"We’ve now helped more than 11,000 people in Sacramento County with everything from Social Security issues to stalled tax refunds. We’ve also helped veterans with housing, supported critical infrastructure projects, helped keep our neighborhoods safe, and much more. That’s what Making Government Work for Sacramento County is all about."

I’ve cared for veterans as a doctor and have seen their sacrifices firsthand. I’ve been working to fix problems at the VA since my first month in office and have directed my office to do all it can to help local veterans and servicemembers.

• Helping Veterans’ access their earned benefits and health care: My office has now helped more than 2,600 service members and veterans in Sacramento County with their backlogged benefits, health care issues, and more. We’ve also helped recover more than $2.3 million owed to servicemembers and veterans in our region.

• Completing the Mather Veterans Village for homeless and disabled veterans: I worked with local community leaders to make the new Mather Veterans Village a reality. My office secured the federal housing vouchers that were needed to complete this project, which provides housing for homeless and disabled veterans.

• Serving local veterans and their families: I helped secure funding for the Volunteers of America of Greater Sacramento and Northern Nevada to serve veterans in our region. This federal grant is helping them prevent veteran homelessness, support health care, and provide child care for veterans.

• Helping local seniors with Social Security and Medicare: We’ve helped more than 1,600 people in our district with their Social Security and Medicare issues. We’ve also helped return more than $1.8 million in earned Social Security and Medicare benefits.

• Protecting Medicare Advantage: More than 100,000 seniors rely on Medicare Advantage in Sacramento County. I introduced and helped pass legislation to roll back a flawed health insurance tax, which saved the average senior enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan $350 in 2017. I’ve also successfully worked with both Republicans and Democrats to stop Medicare Advantage cuts.

• Preventing spikes in Medicare premiums: Many seniors on Medicare Part B were facing a possible 52% increase in their premium costs in 2016. According to the AARP, this would have been the largest premium increase in Medicare’s history. I supported a two year bipartisan budget agreement that prevented this premium spike.
In addition so we can be objective about his voting record and not just speak in generalalities here is the link to his voting record where he has supported the military, small business and others mentioned in the comments.

https://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/120030/ami-bera#.W9JXE-JRdPY

 

Dave Wallace's picture
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Bera or Grant

John Brock, thanks for taking the time to make a concise factual post. I think most Democrats have ignored the original post because of the “teaching a pig to sing” thing. By the way, I have great respect for Andrew Grant. I just don’t believe in his political positions.

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Doctor Do Little

John, I noticed you didn’t specifcally describe Ami Bera’s voting record in Congress. You just copied and pasted what Bera told you. That says a lot. Andrew Grant would support those issues as well. You and Dave should try to look objectively and independently at Bera's voting record. Let's look in a "concise" way, just for last year. 

In 2017, Bera voted against forming a commission that would look at cutting unnecessary and burdensome regulations on private citizens and small businesses. (HR 998.) He voted against fining lawyers whose lawsuits are deemed to be without merit. (HR 720.) He voted against the Working Families Flexibility Act, a pro-family bill which requires employers to offer employees compensating time off instead of overtime pay. (HR 1180.) He voted against the Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act, a pro-middle class bill. (HR 1699.)

Bera thinks you are undertaxed. On three occasions, he voted against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1), which doubles standard deductions, cuts corporate tax rates, and provides higher child tax credits. It became law, and despite the left’s doomsday predictions, it was a boost to our booming economy.  Millions of Americans saw a raise or a bonus or both as a result. He is economically illiterate.

On Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act (the only accurate word being “Act”), Bera voted against tort reform (HR 1215), and other major reforms on premiums, tax credits, and tax relief that would have actually improved ACA. (HR 1628.)

Bera voted against Kate’s law, which increased criminal penalties for illegal immigrants who had been deported but illegally re-entered the U.S. to commit more crimes such as the murder of the bill's namesake. (HR 3004.) As I mentioned before, Bera voted against a law that authorized the deportation of illegal immigrants who had gang memberships. (HR 3697.) This abysmal voting record was all in 2017! Was this "concise" enough Dave?

If you love Nancy Pelosi’s extremist views, Bera is your candidate. He will vote in lockstep with Pelosi.  If you are everyone else who wants to send someone to Congress who represents our common sense values, Andrew Grant will protect the middle class, the military, law enforcement, small businesses and working families.  

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Scott,

Scott,

With all due respect, I suggest you read the entire post and refer to the link to the posted voting records. By the way, you can see everybodies voting record if you do the search. So, not only did I post what I did receive from the Congressman but did provide the source for the voting record. What I do see is the amount of help he and his office has provided to his constituants. If you are suggesting that what he has sent is not true, then I think you are barking up the wrong tree. I happen to be one of the 11,000 he has helped.

The one thing we don't know is why he voted the way he did on those specific issues you raised. The one thing we do know is that there can be parts of a bill that is not even connected to the main issue that causes someone to vote differently.  The one thing I do like and respect is integrity. I will send your post to his office to find out the why.

And you mention that Grant will support all of those issues as well. How do I know that?

 

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Thanks John Brock

Thank you John Brock for giving us a factual assessment of Ami Bera's record. And if anyone would take the time to check into his voting record...they would see that he is pretty much a moderate. Voting 40% of the time in line with Trump...on things that make sense. A moderate. We need a lot more of that nowadays. And he definitely has our veterans backs. Hes got my vote.

Scott Adams's picture
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Dr, Strange

Thanks John, I saw your link. Most people don’t click on a link to spend several hours trying to figure out how someone in Congress votes. Unfortunately, I am that political-junkie who has followed Bera’s voting record. (See the VoteSmart website.) I appreciate your excuses, but when a bill, for example is called “The Working Families Flexibility Act” and that bill is directly related to that name, it really isn’t a rider John. Ami Bera has lots of excuses on his voting record which, by the way, is just as bad in 2018. Would you like to discuss that in detail? It's not "moderate" Bunky, unless you think Nancy Pelosi is a moderate.

I am sure he has helped constituents and I appreciate that he helped you as he should. But don’t dichotomize. There is no congressman that wouldn’t.  What I find ironic is that Bera brags about how much money he returns to constituents who have been wronged by government, while at the same time supporting that same burdensome government that has wronged them.  Do you recognize the irony in that?

Thank you for sending my posts to his office for a response.  Could you do me a favor and ask him something else for me? I can’t get a straight answer from him. Twice in the last 12 months I called and asked if he in January 2017 (after the 2016 election) voted for Nancy Pelosi as speaker. Twice I called his Sacramento office. Twice I was told “I’m just an intern and I don't know.” Twice I was directed to his Washington D.C. office. Twice I called the Washington D.C. office and was told they didn't know but someone would get back to me. Twice, nobody got back to me.  (I have the dates and names.) Since you are reaching out to him, can you ask him those questions, and  get those answers, and then post them here?   Thank you.

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Trust But Verify

Bunky, could you please give me your source that 40% of the time, Dr. Do Little is "voting-in-line-with-Trump"?  I know there are many mundane bills that both parties all agree on that don't have a substantive impact on the economy or foreign policy but I looked for your numbers and couldn't find support for them. I would like to double check them to see what you are referring to. Thank you in advance for the info.

John Brock's picture
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Thanks for the lesson in

Thanks for the lesson in politics Scott. It sure looks like you have a bone to pick with the Congressman. I am not sure why he or his office did not respond but I find the name calling and the tone of your response somewhat offensive and a little hostle. Perhaps it is the attitude that caused them to not reply.

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Dr. No - 179th Out of 193

Let's stick with the subject John. I was very polite when I called his office. The fact is, Bera doesn't want his constituents to know that he voted Nancy Pelosi for Speaker. You and I both know why.  And yes, I am very unhappy with his voting record and the fact that he is ranked 179th out of 193 Democrats for ineffectiveness. He is anti-economy, anti-middle class, anti-law enforcement, and pretty much anti-anything that supports economic progress. I am a big fan of 3-4% GDP which would never have happened had Bera and Pelosi had their way. And I didn't give him that lousy ranking either. An independent organization did.

He doesn't represent this district's values. We can do better and we have an opportunity to do that in just over a week.

Thank you you contacting his office and getting me the answer they won't give me. 

 

John Hein's picture
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Reality

Scott,

These gentlemen have on thing in common. They all want the House to flip blue so they can stop the successes of America under the Trump administration, of which there are a few hundred. We could list them but they would not believe anyway. Fact of the matter is they most likely would never vote conservative because they appear to not in believe conservative values and likely think the constitution is an old worn out document.

More government control, more illegals, more useless liberal regulations, MORE TAXES, more of everything that held this country down during the last president. Our current president has a full plate cleaning up the mess made by the last three or four presidents, none of which I was a fan of. Evem though two were "conservative" in name only.

Democrats taking back congress will not help america in my opinion. Returning to their regressive policies will do nothing for America except destroy the gains we have made in the last two years. It's time for a change.Ami Bera talking points are just that talking points!

John Hein

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Ami Bera and Integrity

Mr. Brock posts: "The one thing I do like and respect is integrity"...ed: referring to his support of Ami Bera's campaign flyers statements in his bid for reelection.

"Babulal Bera gets one-year prison sentence for election fraud

By Denny Walsh dwalsh@sacbee.com August 18, 2016 12:07 PM

"Babulal Bera, the father of Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, was sentenced Thursday in Sacramento federal court to a year and a day in prison for election fraud in connection with his son’s campaigns in 2010 and 2012.

Bera solicited people to give the maximum allowable to the campaigns and then reimbursed the straw donors, thus violating the legal limit an individual may donate directly to a campaign in a single election cycle and a ban on contributions under a name other than the actual donor. “Mr. Bera’s very, very serious crime cut to the heart of integrity in our election system,” the judge said. “The truth is, the defendant’s offense was calculated” and sophisticated. The straw donors “live in various states,” and Bera “wrote checks on different accounts.” Nunley also noted Bera recruited “bundlers” to organize and collect contributions from others."

(Sheriff ) Jones issued a statement, saying in part that “the court handed down a tough sentence to Mr. Bera for his part in a very serious crime committed to further Ami Bera’s political ambitions.”

"The congressman (Ami Bera) has said he had no knowledge of the illegal fundraising tactics employed by his father until federal authorities came calling."

Ed: And we're supposed to believe Congressman Bera saying in effect "I no nothing of how my large campaign funds were raised,  I'm not responsible for knowing, and I had nothing to do with raising my campaign funds" ?.

Campaign funds are the heartblood of Congressional campaigns. So much for Congressman Bera's purported integrity. I'll support the integrity in duty, honor, Country, of a USMC Officer, Andy Grant, any day over the apparent hypocrisy of Amy Bera.

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John, Scott and Mr. Hanson

John, Scott and Mr. Hanson

First of all, just because I might support one candidate don't assume that you can pigeon hole me into a label that is probably outdated anyway. I don't believe any of you know what my voting record has been. And to suggest I and others having posted something don't believe in the Constitution is a real stretch and quite insulting. Maybe we should sit down and have a review of what it and The Bill of Rights says and how it is interpreted today.

My comment regarding integrity was not directed solely to The Congressman but to everyone and to single out his Father is a little one sided considering everything going on today. Furthermore, being a veteran myself, I appreciate anyone who has served in our armed forces but that does not automatically qualify them for public office.

Lastly, I am not a fan of the "in your face" politics and the leaning towards personal attacks or name calling. In my opinion all it does is create a further divide in our country and in all types of relationships and I don't think that can be good for our country or even our community.

So, I will leave it at that. You utilize your right to vote and I will as well.

Scott Adams's picture
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Dr. Do Little and that Leftist Voting Record

There is nothing "in your face" about these posts John. These posts describe objective facts about Ami Bera that you may not like. I refer to Bera as "Dr. Do Little" because, well, he does very little in congress, which is why he is ranked among the worst at effectiveness. I refer to him as "Dr. Strange" because of the significant dissimilarities between those letters he sends to us constituents (appearing to be moderate) and that hard left Nancy Pelosi voting record he actually has. I have no idea why you referred to the Constitution or Bill of Rights. I'd be happy to discuss both with you, but that is not related to the subject of a sitting congressman whose votes reflect a radical ideologically that offends his own district.

Do you know (or even care) about Ami Bera's voting record in 2018? Its worse than 2017. I'm still waiting for your response to my inquiry about Bera's support for Nancy Pelosi.  I'm waiting for Bunky's "source" that supports the idea that Ami Bera is a "moderate". 

We have a candidate running for this district who can actually make a difference. Unfortunately, we have a current congressman who is nothing but a second vote for Nancy Pelosi. We can do better. Andrew Grant is a former Marine and small business owner who actually understands this district.

 

John Hein's picture
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Andrew Grant

Heard an interview with Grant this morning. No question he should get your vote!

John Hein

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