Thompson Reacts to 2020 State of the Union Address Calls on President to address health care, gun violence
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) issued the following statement in response to the President’s State of the Union address. Thompson was chosen by Pelosi as a designated survivor for the House of Representatives and watched the speech from offsite.
Thompson Announces Andrew Blackshear as 2020 State of the Union Guest Blackshear to highlight pre-existing conditions protections
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, announced that his guest to the 2020 State of the Union will be Andrew Blackshear, a Benicia resident who lives with a pre-existing condition. Blackshear suffered from a health scare in 2015 that required two emergency surgeries, including open-heart surgery. The Affordable Care Act allowed him to purchase insurance and live without medical debt, despite his pre-existing condition. Blackshear’s story will highlight the need for protections for Americans like him who live with pre-existing conditions.
USMCA Trade Agreement Becomes Law Includes key changes negotiated by Thompson and fellow Working Group Members
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a member of the eight-person United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) Working Group, marked the implementation of the USMCA trade agreement, a landmark trade agreement that replaces NAFTA and boosts American trade interests across the hemisphere. Thompson released the following statement after the implementing legislation was signed into law.
Co-Chairs Thompson, Newhouse, 106 Wine Caucus Members Urge USTR Not to Target Wine in Trade Disputes Highlight potential negative impact on American wineries, local economy
Washington – Today Congressional Wine Caucus Co-Chair Mike Thompson (CA-05), Co-Chair Dan Newhouse (WA-04) and 106 bipartisan Members of the caucus wrote to United States Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer asking him to refrain from including wine in potential retaliatory tariffs in response to the European Union’s illegal Airbus subsidies. Signers highlighted the potential harmful effects on the American wine community, which has a year impact of $220 billion on our economy.
Thompson, Huffman, 38 Members Tell FEMA to Reconsider Claim to Wildfire Victims Fund Tell FEMA that needs of 2017 and 2018 fires should be prioritized
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Jared Huffman (CA-02) and 38 Members of Congress from both parties wrote to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asking it to drop its claim to funding in the settlement fund set up for survivors of the 2017 and 2018 Northern California wildfires. The fund was established by Pacific Gas and Electric to help the thousands still rebuilding since the fires. Thompson, Huffman, and the signers believe FEMA should not be asking to receive those funds as they are first and foremost owed to those survivors still trying to rebuild their lives.
Thompson Marks One Year Since Introduction of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act Bill has been blocked by McConnell for nearly a year
Washington – Today Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) marked one year since the introduction of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. The bill was introduced eight years to the day after then Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her staff and her constituents were shot at a community event in her district. Upon passage with bipartisan support in February 2019, the Chairman’s legislation was the first major action to help prevent gun violence in a generation. Thompson released the following statement commemorating this anniversary.
Thompson Hails Passage of Bill to Repeal SALT Cap, Restore Fairness for CA-05 Taxpayers Legislation addresses double taxation, provides tax relief
Washington – Today Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) hailed the passage of his legislation H.R. 5377, the Restoring Tax Fairness for State and Localities Act. This bill temporarily repeals the State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction Cap, a change that was hastily made in the 2017 Republican tax law and unfairly penalized taxpayers in districts like California’s Fifth Congressional District. Thompson led debate on the House floor and released the following statement after today’s debate.
Thompson Votes for Articles of Impeachment Against the President Supports efforts centered around abuse of power and obstruction of Congress
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a former member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, voted for the two articles of impeachment offered by the House Committee on the Judiciary after weeks of an impeachment inquiry conducted by the Intelligence Committee. The first article charges the President with an abuse of power and the second with an obstruction of Congress. A statement from Thompson on his vote is below.
Chairman Thompson Hails Inclusion of Gun Violence Research And NICS Funding in Spending Deal Thompson, Task Force have long fought for these priorities
Washington – Gun Violence Prevention Task Force Chairman Mike Thompson (CA-05) applauded House and Senate negotiators for including in the spending deal $25 million for research into our nation’s gun violence epidemic and $78 million in federal funding for the National Instant Background Checks System (NICS). This is the first time Congress has funded gun violence research in over 20 years and is $3 million more in NICS funding than was provided for in last year’s budget. A vote on this deal with this funding included is set to happen later this week.
Thompson Votes to Pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act Bill will reduce cost of medications, expand Medicare
Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), a senior member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health, voted to pass H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. As statement from Thompson on the vote is below.