The California State Assembly is the lower house of the California State Legislature. There are 80 members in the Assembly, representing an approximately equal number of constituents, with each district having a population of at least 420,000. Due to the state's large population and relatively small legislature, the Assembly has the largest population per representative ratio of any state legislature lower house and second largest of any legislative lower house in the United States; only the federal U.S. House of Representatives has a larger ratio. Since a ballot initiative in 1990, members of the Assembly are restricted by term limits, confining them to three two-year terms (six years). The Assembly convenes at the California State Capitol in Sacramento.
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While Barack Obama toured rural parts of the Midwest this week, the Congressional Black Caucus drew thousands of people to job fairs in Detroit and Atlanta. Driving the turnout was a sobering fact: The unemployment rate among blacks hovers around 16% Among the most prominent voices in this week’s discussion has been California Rep. Maxine Waters, a former Black Caucus chair. In a series of interviews with TIME, she explains the potential ways to create jobs in cities, the President’s relationship with blacks, and what’s at stake as Congress prepares to consider more cuts in ...
On Meet the Press today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters called for President Obama to take a more forceful approach to a jobs program, and likely made Republicans drop their jaws with the amount of money she argued the United States should invest in such a plan.
David Gregory asked Waters if it would be possible for the president to take on an ambitious role in working on job creation in Congress, given the recent partisan fights over the debt ceiling. Waters put the impetus on Obama to take the first step.
by Josh Feldman
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) had some harsh words for the Tea Party at a forum in Inglewood, California Saturday.
With California's jobless rate now 12 percent, the second-highest rate of unemployment in the nation after Nevada, talk about jobs, the economy and the partisan squabbling in Congress dominated the “Kitchen Table Summit.”
Rep. Maxine Waters Statement on Passage of H.R. 5: 'Student Success Act' Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Committee on Financial Services, issued the following statement in response to the passage of H.R. 5, the ‘Student Success Act’:
“Today I was disappointed by the passage of H.R. 5 – the so called ‘Student Success Act’ – which guts funding for education across the board, shifts resources away from the most needy students, fails to guarantee educational equality for all students, and fails to support teachers and principals around the country.
Under H.R. 5, federal dollars would be intentionally shifted away from districts with the highest levels of poverty. In my district alone, this could result in a funding loss of $80.6 million – a cut of 23.8%, more than any other district in the nation. We must ensure that a child’s zip code does not determine the quality of education he or she may receive, and H.R. 5 is an inherent step backward for educational equity.”
Congresswoman Waters Applauds U.S.-Cuba Agreement to Open Embassies Congresswoman Waters Applauds U.S.-Cuba Agreement to Open Embassies
July 1, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to reopen embassies in each other’s capitals after more than 50 years:
“Today President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba have agreed to open embassies in each other's capitals and reestablish diplomatic relations. This is another momentous step in the normalization of relations between our two great nations. I applaud the President for his effort in ushering in a new area of diplomatic relations with our neighbors in the Caribbean, and I applaud all those Members of Congress who worked tireless to open up diplomatic relations and end the embargo.
As a long-time advocate of improved relations with Cuba, who has traveled to
Rep. Waters Applauds Department of Education’s ‘Gainful Employment’ Rule Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, issued the following statement in response to the Department of Education’s enactment of the ‘gainful employment’ rule:
“Today’s enactment of the ‘gainful employment’ rule was a victory for students and consumers, and additionally those of us who’ve been fighting on their behalf against predatory for-profit institutions, " said Rep. Waters. “Many for-profit institutions exist not to give their students a quality education, but simply to line the pockets of CEOs and shareholders. This rule is an important and necessary first step towards additional oversight over the for-profit college industry, and cracking down on their misleading representation of employment prospects upon graduation.”
The Department’s ‘gainful employment’ rule will require colleges to ensure their employed graduates do not spend more than 8% of total income on loan repayments. Institutions tha
Congresswoman Waters Commends FAA’s Decision to Extend Comment Period for FAA Metroplex Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, commended the decision of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to grant her request to extend the public comment period on the FAA’s Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Southern California Metroplex (SoCal Metroplex) project. The public comment period on the Draft EA has been extended by 60 calendar days to September 8, 2015.
“I am delighted that the FAA granted my request to allow a sufficient period for interested parties to read, analyze, and comment on a very complicated plan, which will hopefully result in a more efficient and environmentally friendly system of managing the arrivals and departures at the airports in our region,” said Congresswoman Waters.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx dated June 18, 2015, Congresswoman Waters stressed that the initial 30-day comment period announced by the FAA when the Draft EA was relea