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  • Ami Bera Honors Pledge to Return Pension to Taxpayers

    By: Christopher Cadelago

    Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, two years ago promised not to take a congressional pension until key entitlement programs were secured for years into the future.

    In addition to underscoring his support for reinforcing Medicare and Social Security, Bera's pledge also helped draw a contrast in his grudge match with Dan Lungren, who is entitled to taxpayer-funded retirement benefits from service in state and federal office.

  • When Women Succeed, America Succeeds

    Guest Opinion By: Rep. Ami Bera

    As a son, a father and a husband, I have spent my life surrounded by strong women. My mother worked as a public school teacher for many years, educating future generations of Americans. My wife Janine, a practicing physician, has dedicated her life to making our community healthier and happier. And, thanks to the perseverance of past generations of women, my teenage daughter Sydra has the opportunity to pursue her passions and dreams.

  • Working together to take care of our service men, women and returning vets

    By: Jonathan Miller

    When California Congressman Ami Bera met New York Rep. Christopher Gibson at a dinner last April, they began a conversation about how the two of them -- a physician and a retired Army colonel, a Democrat and a Republican -- might work together in Congress to advance the country’s interests.

    It didn’t take them long to come up with an idea.

  • Editorial: Obama is Hurting Himself by Not Reaching Out

    By the Editorial Board, February 19, 2014

    It’s a safe bet that more than a few rank-and-file Democrats in Congress are thinking it, but Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove is willing to say it publicly: President Barack Obama is hurting his own cause by not being more inclusive.

    Bera points to two issues of major concern to Californians – health care and water – and he’s absolutely right.

  • Rep. Ami Bera to Host Drought Resources Workshop

  • Reps. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Ami Bera (D-CA) Deliver "No Labels" SOTU Response

  • Rep. Ami Bera on the Privilege of Public Service

  • Bera Discusses First Year in Office

    Congressman reflects on new budget deal

    By Bryan M. Gold - Citizen Staff Writer

    Published: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 9:44 AM PST

    U.S. Rep. Dr. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove) said he approached his first year in office knowing that Democrats and Republicans had to work together.

    He said Congress had not approved a budget in four years, and the leaders of both chambers were not – and still don’t – get along.

  • California Rep. Ami Bera Sheds Labels to Reach Across Aisle in Congress

    By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor

    FOLSOM, CA - In a sit-down interview at the Folsom Telegraph, Democratic freshman Rep. Ami Bera spoke frankly about the dysfunction he found in the nation’s capital, his accomplishments following his first 10 months in office and what he hopes legislators have learned from the government shutdown.

    What did you and your colleagues learn from the government shutdown?

  • It's Time to Put People First

    By Ami Bera, MD

    On Tuesday, if the United States Congress fails to pass a temporary funding bill called a continuing resolution, the federal government will shut down. While essential services like air traffic control, and homeland security will continue to function, many employees, including our military serving overseas, will report to work, but not receive pay. Many federal services will also cease: our National Parks will close, visa and passport applications will come to a halt, and the Centers for Disease Control will close. A shutdown will affect millions of Americans, and could also impact our slowly recovering economy.

    How did we get to this point of impasse and what can Congress do to begin functioning in some sort of regular process?