Anna's Weekly Update

April 7, 2017

A Weekly Update From Rep. Anna G. Eshoo


Launched a Discharge Petition, a procedural tool allowing a majority of the House to force a vote on any bill, on Eshoo legislation requiring the President to release his tax returns (April 5, 2017)

On April 5th I filed a Discharge Petition with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Reps. Bill Pascrell (NJ-9), Richard Neal (MA-1) and Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8) on my bipartisan legislation, the Presidential Tax Transparency Act. The Discharge Petition is an important procedural tool in the House which allows a majority of the entire House—218 Members—to force a floor vote on any bill. This bipartisan legislation requires President Trump and all future presidents and nominees to publicly disclose their tax returns.

Introduced the Paycheck Fairness Act to guarantee that women can challenge pay discrimination and hold employers accountable. (April 4, 2017) Original Cosponsor

On April 4th Equal Pay Day, the Paycheck Fairness Act was introduced in Congress. I’m proud to be an original cosponsor of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act and provides effective remedies for women who are not being paid equal pay for equal work. With a record number of women in the workforce, wage discrimination hurts the majority of American families, both in terms of their economic security today and their retirement security tomorrow.

Continued to Decry the Elimination of FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules for Consumers (April 1, 2017)

Last week, Republicans in Congress betrayed the American people on one of the issues we care the most about: our privacy. I continue to fight the removal of the FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules in Congress and in my District.

To better understand how dangerous the elimination of these rules are, I suggest reading the Op-Ed by former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in the New York Times.


Eshoo Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria (April 7, 2017)

“Last night’s airstrikes appear to be proportional to the use of chemical weapons. However, should the President intend to escalate U.S. military involvement in Syria, he must come to Congress for an Authorization for Use of Military Force.” To read the full press release, CLICK HERE

Eshoo Statement on Launching Discharge Petition on the Presidential Tax Transparency Act (April 5, 2017)

“In 2011, Mr. Trump said he would release his tax returns if he ran for president, yet the American people are still in the dark on what conflicts of interest this President is hiding. We’re taking this step today to force a vote on this legislation because President Trump has more potential conflicts of interest than any president in our history.  The Presidential Tax Transparency Act ensures that all future presidents and nominees will never be able to hide their conflicts of interest from the American people.” To watch the full press conference, CLICK HERE




It was an honor to join Rep. Jimmy Panetta and my constituents in Capitola/Santa Cruz on 4/1 for a thoughtful discussion on the issues they care most about. Big thanks to my constituents for your excellent questions, the values you expressed and for spending your Saturday morning with us!


CNN- “Pelosi, Dems not letting go of Trump tax return push” (April 5, 2017)

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats argued their case for a discharge petition Wednesday, a process by which legislation can skip committee and move straight to the House floor if a majority of the House supports it.

Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo of California proposed the petition, which needs 218 signatures to pass and thus would require the support of more than 20 Republican members in addition to every Democrat -- an extremely tall order for the hyperpartisan status of Congress." To read the full article, CLICK HERE


CBS News- “House Democrats Petition for Trump’s Tax Returns” (April 5, 2017)

“Pelosi then introduced Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., who in June 2016 introduced the “Presidential Tax Transparency Act,” which would make the disclosure of federal tax returns compulsory for any presidential nominee of a major political party.

“Today the American people see that really nothing is sacred any longer,” Eshoo said. “The presidency of the United States is not being honored, because the American people are not being honored,” she later added.” To read the full article, CLICK HERE



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Anna G. Eshoo