Campaign News and Updates
A year of action
February 9, 2014—I want Congress to accept President Obama’s State of the Union challenge to make 2014 a “year of action.” One area that requires urgent action is California’s drought – potentially the worst in our history. This crisis calls for leadership and real water management solutions, not partisan politics. That’s why I introduced the FORECAST Act last week. This bill would incorporate modern weather science into the operation of many western dams, like our nearly-depleted Lake Mendocino. Why is that important? Because under existing law, the Army Corps of Engineers must follow rigid operating rules that are decades out... Read More
My Freshman Year in Congress
Dec. 30, 2013—As my freshman year in Congress draws to a close, I want to thank you for the incredible honor of representing the North Coast of California in the House of Representatives, and for the support and encouragement that sustained my work this year. On one hand, it was a frustrating year. I knew partisan dysfunction was going to be a challenge, but I didn’t realize the degree to which Tea Party extremists and their politics of obstruction had taken control of the House. The results say it all: no votes on critical issues like comprehensive immigration reform and... Read More
50 Years after Assassination, JFK’s Legacy
November 22, 2013—Three months after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, I was born into a world that was already being shaped by his legacy. From civil rights to science, space, the Peace Corps, and environmental protection, President Kennedy launched major initiatives that led to transformative results. As a child, I drew inspiration from pictures of JFK, RFK and MLK I kept on mybedroom wall. I associated this trinity of assassinated leaders with social justice, civil rights, and a bold, positive vision for America. Today, as a new member of Congress, I appreciate more than ever President Kennedy’s imprint on our... Read More
Thank you North Coast!
November 20, 2013—My trip to the North Coast earlier this month couldn’t have been better! On Friday, Novemeber 8th, as part of our initiative to expand the California Coastal National Monument, I welcomed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to the Mendocino Coast and joined her for a spectacular hike on the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands – complete with breaching Humpback Whales! Secretary Jewell was moved by the beauty of our coast and pledged to work with me “to make the community’s vision a reality.” Then I was off to Humboldt County for a whirlwind Saturday that included a meeting with leaders... Read More
Last events of 2013 coming up!
Oct. 30, 2013—Please join me at one of my final two events of 2013, coming up the next two weekends! (Details below). Thanks for helping me finish the year on a strong note! Warm regards, Congressman Jared Huffman THIS SUNDAY, Nov. 3rd! Bounty of North Bay This family-friendly event (kids are free!) features great local cuisine and live music by Cahoots on the picturesque grounds of the Marin French Cheese Co. just outside of Petaluma. Forecast is clear and warm, but bring a jacket! Sunday, November 3rd from 3:00 to 5:30pm! CLICK for details and tickets! NEXT SATURDAY, Nov. 9th in Eureka! North... Read More
Back to work!
October 25, 2013—We’ve just seen Congress at its worst. The 16-day government shutdown, the partisan brinksmanship that almost caused our country’s first-ever financial default – these are things that should never happen. They accomplished nothing except to hurt millions of people and cost our economy an estimated $24 billion. Many of you spoke out against the shutdown/default debacle including signing petitions and writing letters and emails. Thank you for doing your part and for supporting my efforts to end this manufactured crisis! Make no mistake; the pressure we created made a difference. The overwhelming public outcry forced Speaker Boehner to... Read More