As a Member of Congress Anna has consistently offered bills and voted for legislation that protects the integrity of our elections, increases transparency, and expands voting rights access, especially for minorities.
Anna is a proud co-sponsor of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 and introduced the following legislation:
- The Election Day Holiday Act of 2021. Would make presidential elections a Federal holiday so no one has to choose between working and voting.
- The Presidential Tax Transparency Act. Requires candidates for the presidency and vice presidency, and presidents and vice presidents to share their tax returns with the public. (Initially introduced in 2016 after Donald Trump broke with modern norms and refused to disclose his tax returns. Reintroduced multiple times, and was included in major election reform legislation, the Protect Our Democracy Act, in December of 2021.)
- The Foreign Entities Reform Act of 2019 (FERA). Requires public disclosure of foreign agent-backed media content to Americans. American consumers have a right to know whether a campaign ad is foreign-government backed propaganda.
- Amendment to the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act. Requires increased transparency and disclosure from entities that purchase political advertisements via cable, satellite, or broadcast television or radio. Voters have a right to know who’s paying for political ads.
Anna voted to overturn Citizens United - every contribution to every candidate and political committee should be public. In 2020, she earned an “A” rating from End Citizens United Action Fund.
Our nation is deeply divided and this division is mirrored in Congress. Anna witnessed this during the terrifying January 6th siege on the Capitol last year when a vicious mob, incited by the former president, attempted to stop the counting of Electoral ballots and upend the peaceful transition of power, a hallmark of our democracy.
In the case of the Covid-19 pandemic, political polarization has resulted in a deadly “pandemic of the unvaccinated.” Our nation’s ability to heal and recover from the pandemic is hindered by partisanship and fake news.
Anna is the leader we need now. She is a highly effective legislator with healthcare expertise who believes in and has a long record of bipartisanship.
- Works across the aisle to bring the best solutions forward for our country;
- Always seeks Republican sponsors for her bills;
- Is proud to have authored over 50 bills and amendments that have been signed into law; and
- Served as the Co-Chair of the Congressional Bipartisan Retreat.
Healthcare Expertise. Anna’s work is directed at bringing our country through this once-in-a-century pandemic which has resulted in over 900,000 lives of our fellow Americans lost. The pandemic has exposed weaknesses in our public healthcare system, from racial and social inequities in the delivery of care, to an overdependence on foreign manufacturers for critical medical supplies, including pharmaceutical ingredients and personal protective equipment.
Anna supports universal healthcare. She knows the burdens of the high costs of pharmaceutical drugs and voted to reduce prescription drug prices by allowing Medicare to directly negotiate, just as the VA and TriCare do today. She has increased funding for mental health services, opioid treatment, and research to develop cures for the deadliest, most aggressive diseases like Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and pancreatic, liver, lung and ovarian cancer.
Anna is the Chair of the House Health Subcommittee, the first woman to serve in this leadership role in the history of Congress. She is a seasoned and influential healthcare leader who authored portions of the Affordable Care Act and numerous other healthcare bills, including the bill that created the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). BARDA played a major role in enabling private sector innovators to rapidly develop and deploy lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines.
Anna’s legislative efforts are on the cutting-edge to transform medicine and healthcare, and stimulate research and biomedical innovation. She has introduced legislation that captures the vision of President Biden to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), an independent health agency that would incubate and foster biomedical innovation to transform how we detect, treat, and cure the deadliest diseases.
The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our economy and taken a disproportionate toll on small businesses and essential workers for whom remote work is not an option. It has exposed and exacerbated inequalities and supply chain weaknesses, and raised national security concerns associated with an over-reliance on foreign manufacturers.
Anna is focused on tackling these issues to improve the lives of all her constituents. She has voted for critical emergency aid that has gone directly to schools, cities, towns, nonprofits, businesses, the unemployed and students. She has voted for funding to expand broadband access to all - a true lifeline, especially during these times. She has advocated and voted for rapid vaccine development and deployment and increased coronavirus testing, including at-home testing to help turn the tide and make it safe for Americans to resume in-person school and work.
Anna has done this work with an eye to protecting the most vulnerable among us - leaving no one behind and making sure that no efforts result in discriminatory treatment. She recently urged the Secretary of Health and Human Services to expand coverage of at-home Covid-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries and this is now a reality for seniors. She authored an anti-discrimination Amendment to the America COMPETES Act which was passed by the House of Representatives on February 4, 2022, that provides that “The President shall ensure that the provisions of this Act which are aimed at countering the influence of the Chinese Communist Party are implemented in a manner that does not result in discrimination against people of Asian descent on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, or nationality.”
Anna has championed the effort to repeal the Trump Administration’s imposed cap on the State and Local tax (SALT) deduction which disproportionately affects high cost of living states like California. In Anna’s District this unfair cap hits middle income families the hardest - nearly 200,000 households in her District claimed the SALT deduction prior to the imposition of the $10,000 cap, with an average deduction of $63,000. Anna is a co-founder of the bipartisan SALT Caucus which was formed to fight for tax relief for middle class families and voted to raise the $10,000 cap on the SALT deduction.
Below is an overview of some of the recent legislation that Anna has authored, co-sponsored or voted for to help strengthen our economy:
- America COMPETES Act, a comprehensive package of bills that address supply chain weaknesses, encourages the manufacture of key products in America such as computer chips, personal protective gear and pharmaceutical ingredients, boosting U.S. competitiveness in the global market - the Act includes 5 of Anna’s bill and 2 of her amendments;
- American Rescue Plan, emergency legislation to help get children back to school, shots in arms, and people back to work. This bill was signed into law and brought $575,555,116 to Anna’s District to help our communities when they needed it the most;
- Build Back Better Act, a transformational domestic policy bill passed by the House to assist middle class and working families by improving childcare, lowering the price of prescription drugs, and creating good paying jobs. It expands healthcare access and reduces taxes on the middle class. The bill also provides for the singularly largest and most comprehensive U.S. investment to address climate change;
- Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is the largest investment in infrastructure in U.S. history. The Bay Area will receive $4.5 billion in guaranteed funding over the next 5 years and $65 billion will be invested in our nation’s broadband infrastructure. The Act tackles wildfire prevention and drought. It is estimated to create 2 million new jobs per year over the next 10 years rebuilding our roads, bridges, airports, water systems, and ports.
Anna is a staunch defender of human rights, civil rights, voting rights, women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, privacy rights - and the right to live a dignified life with equal opportunity to pursue the American dream. She believes that we owe it to future generations to protect the planet and ensure that our workplaces, neighborhoods and schools are safe from gun violence.
Anna is an original co-sponsor of the Green New Deal. Her work to protect our environment has earned her endorsements from the Sierra Club, a 100% score from the League of Conservation Voters, and accolades from the Sempervirens Fund for her work to achieve the designation of the Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument. Her gun control voting record and advocacy have earned her a Newtown Action Alliance endorsement and a Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction.
Anna has a long record of fighting for equality and justice, not only when it’s popular or widely accepted. She has and continues to do what’s right - even if it means tenaciously fighting the good fight, year in and year out. She successfully led a 20-plus year effort for the U.S. to officially recognize the 1915 slaughter of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians as a genocide, ending the 100 year silence of the U.S.
Anna leads or is a member of many Congressional Caucuses dedicated to human rights, including:
- Congressional Caucus on Vietnam - fights for civil, political, and religious freedom for the citizens of Vietnam;
- Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East, Co-Chair and Founding Member - promotes religious freedom and protecting religious minorities from persecution;
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus - addresses the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life;
- Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues - facilitates bipartisan relationships and advancement of policies to improve the lives of women;
- Congressional LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus - works for the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and equality for all; and
- Congressional Privacy Caucus - legislative advocates for personal privacy.
Anna has authored, cosponsored and voted for numerous human rights bills and resolutions. Listed below are representative samples:
- The John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act;
- The Dream and Promise Act, bill to provide pathway to Citizenship for Dreamers and other immigrants;
- The Vietnam Human Rights Act, bipartisan legislation addressing human rights violations;
- The Justice in Policing Act of 2020;
- The Violence Against Women Act;
- The Protect Access to Birth Control Act; and
- House Resolution officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide, the bipartisan resolution passed on a vote of 405 to 11 in 2021.
In ways big and small, Anna stands with those who need a strong voice to dismantle systems that perpetuate inequality.
As Chair of the House Subcommittee on Health, Anna has held hearings to shine a spotlight on racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 and passed legislation to address Black maternal deaths in the U.S.
She has marched against AAPI hate and stood with Black Lives Matter activists. She has given her full support to the local Afghan refugee relief efforts; full support to a South Bay mayor whose family was the subject of anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech; and full support to repeal the ban on non-residents’ use of Foothills Park, a policy that many viewed as discriminatory.