News from Representative Sánchez


Dear Friend,

The 115th Congress convened on January 3, 2017 and we transitioned to a new presidential administration on January 20, 2017. Despite these changes, my focus remains on helping working families get ahead: through strengthening programs like Social Security and Medicare, reforming the tax code to level the playing field for the middle class, and raising wages so that good paying jobs are accessible.  Unfortunately, the new Congress has instead focused on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as quickly as possible.

The ACA established basic protections for all Americans that we now take for granted. As a result of the law, millions of Americans, including the 156 million Americans who currently get their health insurance through their employer, cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. Nor can insurance companies cap your lifetime coverage or charge women higher premiums than men, which was common practice before the law’s enactment. In addition, employers must provide coverage to their employees’ children until age 26 and millions of Americans who work more than 30 hours per week are guaranteed health coverage.

Not only would a repeal of the ACA severely reduce quality of healthcare we all receive, the state of California would lose approximately 209,000 jobs. I am concerned that some 30 million Americans could lose their coverage with only the vague promise of “something better” that has yet to materialize. Ever since passage of the ACA in 2010, I have been ready and willing to work with my colleagues on either side of the aisle to improve the law. I remain committed to doing so, but I will fight against efforts to turn back the clock on life-saving protections for patients and healthcare coverage for millions of Americans. 

My first priority in this debate is the health of our community. While the ACA is far from perfect, millions of Americans, including those who receive health insurance through their employers, depend on its protections. As Congress considers repealing it, I will fight any efforts to take away the law’s protections without a replacement that maintains or improves the ACA’s coverage and standard of care. 


Linda Sánchez
Member of Congress

Highlights from the District

Defending the Affordable Care Act

As Congress considers proposals to repeal the ACA, which I believe would be reckless and hurt working families, I am keeping members of our community informed at every step of the way. Though potential policy changes remain unclear, our entire community will be affected by any changes adopted by Congress. 

Pictured above, I convened one of several roundtable discussions with local healthcare stakeholders for a productive discussion on the ACA and to share with them how I am fighting to protect our community.

Boosting Good-Paying Jobs in our Community

As I fight for the creation of U.S. jobs, I believe it is important to hear from businesses in our community about federal policies that help them sell their goods and services around the world. Last week, I was pleased to visit Steven Label Corporation in Santa Fe Springs, which is a beneficiary of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM). Since the 1930s, EXIM has backed financing for American businesses to sell their goods and services oversees when private financing is unavailable. Steven Label Corp., which manufactures labels, decals, and nameplates for the pharmaceutical and medical industries, has been an EXIM beneficiary since 2000 and exports goods around the world, including China, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Sweden.

In our district alone, 17 businesses benefit from EXIM-backed financing. I will continue to support EXIM’s efforts and other common sense ideas to create good-paying jobs right here at home. 

Upcoming Community Office Hours

Whittier Community Office Hours
Whittier Public Library
7344 Washington Avenue
Whittier, CA 90602
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

South El Monte Community Office Hours
South El Monte Senior Center
1556 Central Avenue
South El Monte, CA 91733
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Pico Rivera Community Office Hours
Pico Rivera Senior Center
9200 Mines Avenue
Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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