Assembly Member Beall Returns From Bipartisan Assembly Lobbying Effort To Washington, D.C.

March 20, 2007
Contact: Richard Woonacott @  (916) 319-3687

SACRAMENTO – Today, Assembly Member Jim Beall, Jr. (D - San Jose) returned from a visit to Washington, D.C. to lobby the Bush Administration and Congress for more federal funds for California and for learning about the status of federal legislation and programs that impact the state. Beall, Chair of the Assembly Human Services Committee and Author of AJR 4, was on Capitol Hill from Monday, March 19 through Wednesday, March 21, 2007.

AJR 4, which passed the Assembly with tremendous support, urges the United States (U.S.) Congress and President to revise and repeal elements of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) affecting the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (Cal Works) and child support programs.

“All of us believe that California deserves to get a fair shake in Washington,” said Assembly Member Beall. “After extensive bipartisan lobbying, we expect Congress to listen to California’s concerns and ensure that more of California’s federal tax dollars are actually reinvested in California.”

“After speaking to the Administration, Senators, and Congresspersons, I am confident that California’s concerns will be addressed,” Beall said. “California has been ignored for far too long.”

“For many years, California has subsidized other states with its federal tax dollars,” said Beall. “Now that California Republicans and Democrats have presented a united front on this issue, I expect the new Congress to be more sympathetic to our concerns.”

In addition to a meeting with White House officials, the delegation talked with California’s two U.S Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and met with the U.S. Representatives from California who serve on the House Appropriations Committee.

Other meetings included: Senator Ted Kennedy on immigration; Rep. Henry Waxman, who is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health; Rep. Lois Capps, who Co-Chairs the Congressional Women’s Caucus and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the California Congressional delegation and chair of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration.