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As impeachment proceedings loom large in Washington, D.C. dividing Democrats and Republicans, on one issue of major importance to Monterey County agriculture the two sides were able to agree: immigration reform for farmworkers.
MONTEREY — The Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday but still faces an uphill battle in the Senate and signature from the president before it becomes law.
The bill passed by a vote of 260 to 165 with support from 34 Republicans and 226 Democrats.
The House passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act Wednesday, voting for a measure that would give undocumented farmworkers a pathway to permanent residence.
"This is a chance to solve a problem for America," said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, who spearheaded the bill.
Californians are increasingly faced with housing insecurity as 47 percent of our state’s voters say they cannot find an affordable place to live, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Clearly, the lack of an affordable housing supply is one of the root causes of high housing costs in California.
Over the last 40 years, Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas has delivered low-cost medical care to thousands of local agricultural workers and their families, as well as other low income residents and those with no health insurance. Its staff have also delivered more than 10,000 newborns since 1986, according to the nonprofit's website.
With help from Megan Cassella and Doug Palmer
Naomi Earp, the Agriculture deputy assistant secretary for civil rights, who ran into trouble trying to get the Senate to confirm her as assistant secretary, has won the ire of Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, who chairs the House Agriculture Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Subcommittee.
MONTEREY — Rep. Jimmy Panetta is hoping to pump the brakes on a federal plan opening up more than 720,000 acres of Central Coast land to new oil and gas drilling.
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On Dec. 4, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) introduced the California Central Coast Conservation Act, which works to establish a moratorium on all new oil and gas leasing on federal public land in the region.
SANTA CRUZ — Rep. Jimmy Panetta is hoping to pump the brakes on a federal plan opening up more than 720,000 acres of Central Coast land to new oil and gas drilling.