Author: Katie King (Katie King)

Lawmakers still battling over coronavirus relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Legislators continued to clash this week over coronavirus relief efforts as millions of Americans struggled with unemployment, looming evictions and rising virus death rates. “I see a light at the end of the tunnel; we just don’t know how long the tunnel is,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday during a press...

Trump’s census directive prompts emergency hearing

Washington D.C. — The Committee on Oversight and Reform recently convened an emergency hearing to discuss President Donald Trump’s efforts to exclude undocumented immigrants from the base count used to redistribute congressional seats after the census. “The president’s direction is unconstitutional,” said Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “It is illegal, and it disregards the precedent set...

San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren grills Barr over federal reaction to protests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Zoe Lofgren took Attorney General William Barr to task during a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing to discuss a range of issues related to President Donald Trump’s interactions with the Justice Department. The San Jose Democrat told Barr she believed the Trump administration deployed federal troops to the protests in Portland,...

Ro Khanna says outdated IT hurt government’s COVID-19 response efforts

WASHINGTON D.C. — One Silicon Valley legislator said the federal government urgently needs to update its information technology systems — especially as it deals with the COVID-19 crisis. “Two years ago, I introduced and passed the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act to modernize federal websites and digitize government processes,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Fremont, told...

Watch: A live chat with San Jose Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

San Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren earlier this month joined San José Spotlight for an exclusive Q&A webinar as part of the San Jose Speaks series. The congresswoman fielded questions from the community about a variety of topics including police reform, the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming presidential election. COVID-19 When it comes to decisions related...

Silicon Valley legislators weigh in on D.C. statehood

A historic vote in the House of Representatives recently moved the District of Columbia one step closer to achieving statehood— and Silicon Valley’s congressional leaders believe that’s a step in the right direction. “D.C. is home to over 700,000 residents, nearly half of whom are Black, yet these citizens do not have an equal voice...

Silicon Valley reps demand answers about government surveillance at protests

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Silicon Valley’s congressional delegation wants answers about whether the federal government unlawfully surveilled residents during the recent nationwide protests calling for police reform. Rep. Anna Eshoo of Palo Alto and Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois penned a letter last month — sent to the National Guard Bureau, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau...

Silicon Valley lawmaker examines links between racism, the environment and COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C. — During a congressional committee hearing this week, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) said the coronavirus pandemic has clearly exposed systemic racism in the United States. “It didn’t create it, but it revealed the divisions,” she said. “We have an opportunity now to examine the broad scope of that and to come up...