Issues

JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

“My number-one priority is rebuilding Orange County’s economy and helping out-of-work Americans find jobs.”

As a former financial analyst and member of the Joint Economic Committee, Loretta is uniquely situated to help local businesses grow in a recovering economy.

She believes small businesses are the backbone of Orange County’s economy and is committed to helping them succeed, get their fair share of federal dollars¬†and keep jobs in Orange County.

She is a strong supporter of worker training and vocational education programs like those provided by the Empowerment Zone of Santa Ana. She also brought home $5 million to the Santa Ana Workforce Investment Board to train local students to become engineers.

As a Blue Dog Democrat, she believes in fiscal discipline and responsible investments to reduce our long-term deficit and debt.

SENIORS

“I fight to protect Social Security and Medicare because all seniors deserve a secure and healthy retirement.”

Loretta continues to fight hard for the millions of senior citizens who depend on Medicare while ensuring that programs like Medicare Advantage and Medicare drug prescriptions plans remain affordable. She has fervently opposed any further cuts that would affect how seniors receive the services they deserve by consistently supporting funding for Medicare programs.

After a lifetime of work, our seniors deserve economic security, which is why Loretta opposes plans to privatize Social Security.

VETERANS

“We must serve those who have served us.¬†As the highest ranking woman on the Armed Services Committee,¬†I work hard to ensure Congress keeps its promise to America’s veterans.”

Loretta supports full funding for veterans' health care programs and is fighting to provide adequate disability compensation for veterans with service-connected disabilities.

In addition to caring for today's retired military, Loretta is also concerned about future veterans, particularly those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. When the New York Times reported that Iraq and Afghanistan veterans were not receiving their GI Bill benefit checks in a timely manner, she led the entire California delegation in a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, demanding that the delays be resolved.

Loretta is also a leading voice against proposed cuts to veterans’ healthcare benefits and strongly supports increased services for significantly wounded veterans, including enhanced mental health screening and psychiatric care. As active duty and reservists transfer from military to civilian life, Loretta will continue to ensure that the federal government is fulfilling its obligations to our men and women in uniform and honoring veterans of all ages for their service.

HEALTH CARE

“Every American should have access to quality, affordable health insurance. I’ve taken it into my own hands to help enroll and inform Orange County residents about their benefits under the Affordable Care Act.”

Loretta works tirelessly to ensure that eligible Orange County resident - regardless of age, language or address - has access to quality health care.

Since its passage in 2010, Loretta has fought hard to get the word out about how the Affordable Care Act will work for Orange County families.  Loretta has championed enrollment efforts throughout the 46th congressional district with a focus on in-person services. During the first enrollment period, she connected residents with over 20 enrollment events which resulted in over 2,000 enrollees. Overall, Orange County surpassed its projected goal and over 87,000 residents now have new quality, affordable care. 

Loretta actively supported California’s expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, MediCal. The program now offers health care coverage to almost two million low-income single adults and families throughout the state.

DEFENSE 

"As the highest ranking woman on¬†the Armed Services Committee, I work every day to make sure the men and women of our military have the training and technology they need to keep our country safe.”

Loretta provides oversight and accountability over defense spending, while ensuring our service members are effectively equipped. Loretta supports the Orange County defense industry by assisting them connecting the Department of Defense with the region’s innovative technology and expertise. During her time in Congress, Loretta has brought more than $80 million in defense spending back to Orange County. ¬†

Loretta has also been a strong ally for women in military and helped rewrite the U.S. Code of Military Justice to include a meaningful sexual assault statute. She is ardent activist for allowing women in combat roles and keeps tabs on the military as it implements its new rules.  She also personally worked to change a law to ensure that active duty Reservists serving in Iraq had access to TRICARE, the military health care system.

HOMELAND SECURITY

“As the highest ranking woman on the Homeland Security Committee, I am committed to keeping America safe from 21st¬†century terrorist threats while upholding our American values and ideals.”

Loretta has served on the Homeland Security Committee since its inception after the 9/11 attacks. She frequently meets with Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other homeland security officials to provide guidance on critical issues, including combating human, weapons, and drug trafficking and to ensure interagency cooperation on homeland security issues.

As a member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Rep. Sanchez provides strict oversight on border security issues. ÔĽŅIn 2013, Rep. Sanchez introduced the BEST (Border Enforcement, Security and Technology) Act, which strengthens our nation's borders through smart enforcement and the most up-to-date technologies, ensuring taxpayer dollars are used responsibly.¬†

She is also a member of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, where she has been a vocal advocate for NSA bulk data collection reform.¬†ÔĽŅShe has spearheaded efforts including reforming the how personal electronic devices can be searched and seized.

EDUCATION

“From the first day of preschool to the first day of their career, I believe our kids deserve quality education that will help them compete in our global economy.”

Loretta has visited every public school in the 46th Congressional District to listen to what kids, teachers, parents and administrators need: more and better classes, teachers and resources.

As the first Head Start child to serve in Congress, Loretta is a leading advocate for early education. During her tenure she has been unrelenting in her efforts to ensure the nearly 35,000 children in Orange County have access to Head Start services. Loretta also believes it is imperative that Congress continue to invest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. 

As a first-generation college student, Loretta understands the value of a college degree. Every year she hosts financial aid workshops and has fervently supported adequate funding for the Federal Pell Grant program.

PUBLIC SAFETY

“When our streets are safe, businesses grow, tourists visit and our communities and families thrive.”

Loretta has been a solid and consistent advocate for law enforcement funding in Congress. She understands that programs like Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and Byrne Grants allow local law enforcement officials to innovate and do their jobs better, and focus local resources on essential needs.

During her tenure in Washington, Loretta has brought critical funding to local law enforcement, including funds for purchasing body armor, support ballistics identification technology and start-up grants for the Orange County Counter-Human Trafficking Task Force. When the Administration proposed cutting Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) designations throughout the country, Loretta fought to preserve Orange County’s status. In 2012 and 2013 alone, Orange County received over $8.5 million to assist local law enforcement with the unique planning and training to mitigate and respond to potential terrorist attacks.

WORKING FAMILIES

“I believe that every working American deserves fair pay and safety in the workplace.”

Loretta has family roots in organized labor. She was a dues-paying member of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and joined her peers on the picket lines during a major strike in 2002. Her parents both worked at a manufacturing plant where her father was a machinist and her mother was a secretary who also helped organize the plant workers.

Loretta has spent her tenure in Congress working to ensure that American workers are treated justly and fairly, and are given the support and respect they deserve. Loretta has continuously fought to facilitate Orange County pension reform to provide retirement security as well as control future costs and liabilities for hardworking employees throughout her district. Loretta has endlessly been on the front lines of labor disputes, standing beside United Workers in preserving their pensions, and pushing the Federal Aviation Administration to come back to the table to negotiate with the Air Traffic Controllers.

HOUSING

“A home is more than a roof over your head. I work year-round to help Orange County residents keep their piece of the American Dream.”

Loretta works hard in Congress to preserve programs that help families stay in their homes. She has fought to sustain funding to NeighborWorks, a nonprofit organization that helped create over 2,000 jobs while offering foreclosure prevention services to more than 36,000 residents in California alone. Loretta also frequently holds home preservation workshops informing homeowners about programs that can help make payments more affordable and help avoid foreclosure.

TRANSPORTATION

“Orange County deserves a modern transportation system that will support economic growth, ease traffic and protect our environment.”

Loretta has consistently fought to ensure Orange County has a modern and efficient transportation system that will directly contribute to its economic growth and competitiveness. In 2009, she secured nearly three million dollars towards the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), which will expand Orange County's existing transportation infrastructure for Amtrak intercity rail, Metrolink commuter rail, rapid transit systems, and Anaheim Resort shuttles. Loretta remains fully committed to bringing high-speed rail to the local community and making cleaner, safer and more efficient mass transit a reality.