Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to President Obama urging him to confront Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung about ongoing human rights violations in Vietnam. Later in the day Sanchez questioned military and administration officials on nuclear weapons policy.
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Vietnam, today announced that her visa application was ignored by Vietnam’s government. Rep. Sanchez, who just concluded a Congressional Delegation visit throughout critical parts of Southeast Asia, had hoped to meet with Vietnamese human rights activists and other officials during her trip.Â Rep. Sanchez has been blocked from visiting the Communist country multiple times during her time in Congress.
If the headline looks familiar, it should.Â Back in December, the Orange Juice blog and New Santa Ana Blogs roundly criticized Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for hosting a fundraiser.Â “Admin” for NewSantaAna wrote then that “Families in Santa Ana are lucky to make $789 a week and Sanchez wants up to $2,400 from them, for the…
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85yMOPKR94M[/youtube] Orange Punch blogger Brian Calle called out Loretta Sanchez’s vote for healthcare reform as a vote against her district’s best interest.Â I completely disagree.Â Loretta represents blue collar and working class communities in Santa Ana and Anaheim, the very people healthcare reform will benefit most. â€œLorettaâ€™s vote in favor of Obamacare is out of…
Calls on colleagues to sign letter urging Secretary Clinton to label Vietnam a â€œCountry of Particular Concernâ€ for abusing religious freedom. â€œMy colleagues in the Congressional Vietnam Caucus and I are urging Secretary Clinton to take concrete action to hold Vietnam accountable for its severe abuses of religious freedom,â€ said Rep. Sanchez, who is Co-Chair of the Caucus. â€œVietnam has shown a complete disregard for the rights of its citizens, actively suppressing religious activity and persecuting people of faith. Itâ€™s time for our country to actually penalize these abuses and place Vietnam back on the State Departmentâ€™s â€˜Countries of Particular Concernâ€™ list.â€
â€œThis was probably the most difficult vote Iâ€™ve cast during my time in Congress. After decades of failed attempts at reform, this Congress was given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finally fix our broken health care system. And just like any once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, there was a lot of pressure to deliver a perfect bill, one that would be cost-effective and deficit-neutral while increasing health care quality and decreasing the number of uninsured.
â€œIn these tough economic times, Orange County canâ€™t afford to lose out on crucial federal funding,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œFilling out your Census form is easy, and it helps ensure our community gets its fair share of resources for schools, hospitals, senior centers, libraries, and other important programs. Make sure youâ€™re counted!â€â€¬â€ª