Homeownership has long been a central element of the American Dream. However, millions of American families are now at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure.
The global community is increasingly connected through advances in communications and travel. We have important economic, diplomatic, cultural, humanitarian and military links with other nations. Decisions made and actions taken by the U.S. affect the lives of people throughout the world, and what happens elsewhere often affects us.
I support effective crime prevention measures to keep our families and communities safe. Those accused of crimes must be treated fairly, and those who are guilty must be punished appropriately and justly. As an advocate for equality under the law and fair administration of justice, I work with other Members of Congress to develop responses to the challenges in the criminal justice system.
Therefore, as a member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law, I will continue to work to create a comprehensive immigration plan that balances national security needs with an effective plan that provides a path to citizenship for those who meet stringent requirements.
I have been a longtime advocate for quality, affordable health care for all Americans, and therefore I am a leader in the current effort to reform health care and health insurance.
Immediately after taking office earlier this year, President Obama worked with Congress to put together a bold response to the economic challenges and hardship that Americans have been facing.
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I recently helped to successfully resolve a dispute between Park Mesa Heights homeowners and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). As a result the homeowners in the area, which is part of the Hyde Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, will not be required to purchase costly flood insurance.
I have shaped and help pass legislation to protect homeowners. In May 2009, I was proud to attend the signing ceremony at the White House for the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act (S. 896), legislation that will prevent many home foreclosures and strengthen the housing market. In expressing his thanks to those who have played key roles on this issue, President Obama praised Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank and me.
I have led congressional efforts to cancel the debts of the world’s poorest countries so that they can use their limited resources to reduce poverty, build schools, improve health care, create jobs and make other investments to better the lives of their citizens instead of making burdensome debt and interest payments to rich nations and multilateral financial institutions.
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