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 Urges Continued Vigilance Against HIV/AIDS on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Today, in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a longtime leader of congressional efforts to promote HIV/AIDS awareness, research, testing, and treatment, called for continued vigilance in the fight against HIV/AIDS. She made her remarks at a press conference organized by the Black AIDS Institute in Carson, CA.
"Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is a day we set aside to increase HIV awareness and promote prevention, testing and treatment among African-Americans, and also to recognize the progress that has been made in the ongoing fight to combat this horrible illness. According to data compiled by the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are more than 510,000 African-Americans living with HIV/AIDS today.
"This number speaks to the need for the Minority AIDS Initiative, which I established in 1998 when I was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. The initiative was founded to direct resourc
Waters Calls for Immediate Passage of Legislation to Delay Flood Insurance Rate Hikes Today, House Republicans rejected a Democratic procedural motion to bring bipartisan legislation that would delay the implementation of flood insurance increases up for a vote.
Using a parliamentary procedure called the "previous question," House Republicans blocked an effort to bring H.R. 3370, the bipartisan Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, to the House floor. This legislation, which has 182 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle, recently passed the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming majority of 67-32.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), who has led the effort to fix these unintended consequences, released the following statement.
“I am extremely disappointed that nearly every House Republican voted to block consideration of bipartisan legislation that would delay increases in flood insurance premiums. However, I am more concerned for the hundreds of thousands of middle class families who are struggling to figure out how they will afford flood insurance costs
Congresswoman Waters Recognizes Black History Month Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43) released the following statement today in recognition of Black History Month, a commemoration that has taken place since 1976.
"As we celebrate Black History Month, it is important that we take this time to honor the significant contributions African-Americans have made as a part of our nation’s diverse tapestry. The theme for this year’s Black History Month is "Civil Rights in America," focusing on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
"Throughout the Civil Rights Movement, national leaders like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Dr. Joseph Lowery, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., Andrew Young, and my colleague, Congressman John Lewis worked diligently to ensure civil rights for all Americans. Armed with the power of nonviolence, civil rights leaders and advocates alike succeeded in organizing and uniting our nation on matters of racial
Congresswoman Waters Introduces Resolution to Honor the 210th Anniversary of Haiti’s Independence Yesterday on Capitol Hill, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), a strong advocate for the Haitian people in the U.S. Congress, introduced a bipartisan resolution to honor the 210th anniversary of Haiti’s independence (H.Res. 474) and presented a copy of the resolution to Haitian President Michel Martelly. President Martelly was in Washington, DC meeting with Members of Congress and President Obama. Haiti declared its independence from France on January 1, 1804, 210 years ago, following a revolt among African slaves against their French colonial masters.
"Haiti is the only country to have achieved its independence as the result of a successful slave rebellion," said Congresswoman Waters. "I am proud to introduce this resolution to congratulate the people of Haiti upon the 210th anniversary of their independence."
Congresswoman Waters’ resolution was cosponsored by a bipartisan group of ten Members of Congress, all of whom are either members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs