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.”
Congresswoman Waters Leads 10 Southern California Delegation Members Requesting 90-day Comment Period for FAA Metroplex Congresswoman Waters Leads 10 Southern California Delegation Members Requesting 90-day Comment Period for FAA Metroplex
Members Express Concern Regarding Metroplex Impact on Airport Noise
June 18, 2015
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, sent a letter today to Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, urging an extension of the comment period to at least 90 days for the Draft Environmental Assessment on the Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed Southern California Metroplex project. The letter was signed by 10 Members of Congress from the Southern California region. A copy was sent to FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta.
The full text of the letter can be seen below and found online here:
Dear Secretary Foxx:
We write out of concern regarding
Rep. Maxine Waters Reacts to Shooting in Historic African American South Carolina Church I join with the President and my colleagues in Congress in mourning the senseless massacre of the nine Emanuel A.M.E. victims in Charleston, SC. As the oldest black congregation south of Baltimore, Emanuel A.M.E. has been a beacon of hope and inspiration for African Americans since the early 1800s. From the early days of slavery, to the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Emanuel A.M.E. has been a foundation for Charleston’s black community. That this unspeakable terror could occur within a sanctuary held in such high regard is chilling and all too familiar to many of us who lived at the peak of the Civil Rights movement.
While we do not yet know the full details regarding why this happened, we do know that nine lives were stolen from us too soon. And in an instance, a community and nation is once again called to reflect on our history and how we can forge a better future in which the dignity of all people is respected – among them the liberty and lives of bla
Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on King v. Burwell Congresswoman Waters’ Statement on King v. Burwell
June 25, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement after the Supreme Court announced its decision in King v. Burwell:
“Today, for the second time, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act. The Court’s decision ensures that all eligible Americans will continue to have access to affordable health insurance, regardless of their home state.
This decision is a victory for the American people and President Obama. Despite the many attacks by the conservative right wing, President Obama’s signature legislation, commonly referred to as Obamacare, has been upheld and protected by the Supreme Court on a 6-3 vote.
The Affordable Care Act is working for American families. The tax credits that were targeted by this court case have helped millions of Americ
Congresswoman Waters to Introduce Alzheimer’s Action Now Congresswoman Waters to Introduce Alzheimer’s Action Now
June 16, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C. – During a House Floor “Special Order Hour” on Alzheimer’s disease today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, announced plans to introduce Alzheimer’s Action Now, a set of bills that together will help Alzheimer’s patients and their families; promote public awareness about Alzheimer’s disease; and encourage voluntary contributions to research efforts. The hour was organized by Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3) in honor of Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, which is celebrated in June.
Her remarks as prepared for delivery follow:
“As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease, I know how devastating this disease can be for patients, families, and caregivers. I am proud to lead th