The January 2011 Jobs Report was released on Friday indicating that the unemployment rate dropped down to 9 percent, which is four-tenths of a percent less than last month and the lowest level since April 2009. In addition, the economy added 36,000 private sector jobs.
I am honored that my Democratic colleagues on the Armed Services Committee have selected me to serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œThere is perhaps no greater responsibility than ensuring our nation is properly prepared for a potential missile or nuclear attack. I look forward to working with Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, and Subcommittee Chair Turner as we look for new, more effective ways to assess and protect against threats to Americaâ€™s security.â€
â€œI am honored to have been nominated to serve on the Vietnamese Education Foundation,â€ said Rep. Sanchez, who is Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam. â€œIn Congress, I have always fought for the issues that are important to Vietnamese-Americans, including strengthening education, cutting taxes for the middle class, increasing lending to small businesses, and expanding basic human rights in Vietnam. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the VEF to create positive change in Vietnam and new opportunities for growth and advancement in the U.S.â€
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) today introduced a tough new bill that would strengthen federal anti-stalking laws to address the new technology predators are using to harass their victims. In addition to clarifying existing laws, H.R. 196, the Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe (STALKERS) Act of 2011, would give law enforcement authorities the tools they need to prevent and prosecute stalking in the digital age. The House of Representatives passed this legislation in the 111th Congress.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) Thursday slammed health insurer Blue Shield of California for its decision to seek huge rate increases for tens of thousands of Californians on March 1. Under Blue Shieldâ€™s proposal, some individual policyholders would see cumulative rate hikes as high as 59%. Over 190,000 policyholders would see increases averaging 30% to 35%.
Last night the House Democratic Caucus selected Congressman Adam Smith (WA-9) as ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee. Major news media gave Congresswoman Sanchez little chance at defeating Smith. Her showing was however quite significant. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) and Silvestre Reyes of Texas had challenged Smith for the leadership position.
â€œRepealing â€˜Donâ€™t Ask, Donâ€™t Tellâ€™ is the right thing to do,â€ said Rep. Loretta Sanchez. â€œEveryone who is willing and able to serve their country should be able to do so, regardless of sexual orientation. This is an issue of national security as well as fairness that affects every single American.â€