“I think it’s easy for people like you and me who wear suits and ties and work in offices to cast aspersions on those with a tenth-grade education . . . But let’s talk about some of these folks with a tenth-grade education . . . I have had the opportunity to meet over the years many farmworkers who have had families die under brutal conditions in the heat so that you or I can have less expensive orange juice, cheaper artichokes, or less expensive garlic . . . and I just want to suggest that these people have given far more to American society than you or I ever will.” - Congressman Ted W. Lieu

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November 17, 2021 In The News

On Monday, November 15, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, H.R. 3684, after it had passed both the U.S. Senate and House with bipartisan support.

November 10, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON — When Democrats in Congress set out to try to enact President Joe Biden's sweeping legislative agenda, it quickly became apparent that resolving policy differences might be the least of their problems.

The problem was trust.

It quickly brought the process to a standstill, and thawing the tension took days of back-and-forth negotiations, reassurances from Biden, an effort by the Congressional Black Caucus to brainstorm solutions that could appease both sides and weeks of diplomacy overseen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

September 14, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement on the inclusion of investments in undocumented essential workers in the Judiciary Committee markup of the budget reconciliation bill.

July 29, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) urged Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to protect Afghans who worked with U.S. media in light of the U.S. military exit from Afghanistan. Afghan reporters, journalists and fixers worked in concert with U.S. media outlets at great risk to themselves and their families in order to inform Americans. Reps. Lieu and Speier argue that the U.S.

June 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) sent a letter with 21 Members of Congress urging the Biden Administration to extend Temporary Protected Status to 1,400 Yemeni nationals living in the United States. The Members urged Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to extend TPS status by 18 months because of the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

June 23, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County), Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Congressman Joe Neguse (D-CO), Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), introduced a resolution reaffirming U.S. commitment to the protection of refugees and displaced persons in honor of World Refugee Day last weekend. Rep.

April 13, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Senator Alex Padilla (CA), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) led a bicameral letter to President Biden urging the inclusion of the Citizenship for Essential Workers Act in the President’s upcoming infrastructure package. This legislation provides a fair, secure, and accessible pathway to U.S.

April 12, 2021 In The News

Immigrants who have lived abroad or grown up with stories of political chaos know that the most violent days always start out in an eerie quiet, as January 6, 2021, did in Washington, DC. By 1:10 pm that day, after then-President Donald Trump issued his call for thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol, anyone who was paying attention knew that something dangerous was about to take place.

March 19, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) voted with the majority of Members to pass H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act, which provides vital protections to up to 3.4 million immigrants, many of whom have spent much of their lives in the United States. Rep. Lieu is a cosponsor of the bill.

February 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, February 26th 2021, Representatives Ted Lieu (CA-33), Joaquin Castro (TX-20), and Senators Alex Padilla (CA) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) announced the Citizenship For Essential Workers Act at a Here Is Home virtual roundtable with essential workers.