This week on The Concern Is, a dialog with Congressman-Elect Robert Garcia.
The California Democrat, who spent the final eight years as Mayor of Long Beach, is on his approach to the House of Representatives, the place he was lately elected by his friends as freshman class president.
Garcia joins Elex Michaelson to debate his expertise at freshman orientation, his use of social media to troll Republicans, immigration reform, crypto regulation, and his place as the primary openly-gay immigrant in Congress.
Subsequent, Michaelson travels to the Reagan Presidential Library for the annual Reagan Nationwide Protection Discussion board, an annual occasion that “brings collectively leaders from throughout the political spectrum and key stakeholders within the protection neighborhood… to debate and debate how the U.S. can lead the world in an period of more and more complicated challenges and alternatives.”
On the discussion board, Michaelson spoke with Congressmen Mike Garcia (R-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), former U.S. Protection Secretaries Mark Esper and Leon Panetta, FOX Information anchor Bret Baier, and extra.
THE ISSUE IS: BEING ELECTED FRESHMAN CLASS PRESIDENT AT CONGRESSIONAL ORIENTATION
GARCIA’S CENTRAL TAKE: “We’ve got an awesome class, there’s 34 Democrats, clearly a giant, massive class of Democrats and Republicans, and I am honored to signify them. It is an awesome group of individuals, lecturers, attorneys, mechanics, a illustration of the nation, and so I will be a consultant to the management. We’ve got new management coming in, after all, Chief Hakeem Jeffries, for the Democrats. And so, it is an honor to be chosen, and I am simply going to work on daily basis to make sure that all of them get reelected…
“You already know, I am an immigrant child, I grew up with not so much, and so to have the ability to develop into a U.S. citizen, to undergo this course of, get elected Mayor of my neighborhood after which get elected to Congress, is a large expertise, however one I feel that solely can occur right here on this nation…”
THE ISSUE IS: TROLLING REPUBLICANS VIA TWITTER
GARCIA’S CENTRAL TAKE: “I am homosexual and so I prefer to have enjoyable, and I inform folks, like, you realize, I do all my very own social media and I prefer to have enjoyable and have a superb time – it is a part of my persona. I feel it is also vital to talk to a brand new era and people speak, you realize, and converse by social media, by Twitter, by different avenues, and so I do it myself, I plan to proceed doing it myself, and I plan to proceed to troll Marjorie Taylor Greene as very best… Whereas it is mild hearted and humorous, you realize, I do take severely that she needs to take rollback rights for homosexual folks and LGBTQ+ folks, in order that’s one thing that I take very severely…”
THE ISSUE IS: IMMIGRATION REFORM
GARCIA’S CENTRAL TAKE: “Definitely I help getting one thing carried out on this lame duck session of Congress that may be perfect, however on the finish of the day, there’s acquired to be a broader dialog round immigration. There’s 10 to 11 million folks right here on this nation that haven’t any pathway to citizenship, and I feel we have to at the very least begin by discovering a pathway to those who there is a consensus round. You consider folks which might be been in school, are Dreamers, people which have served within the navy, that actually served this nation in uniform, that do not have a pathway to citizenship? I imply, these are I feel are areas that we will all come to settlement on and will concentrate on first. Visitor employee packages, we’re listening to from firms, a lot of whom help Republicans, which might be saying we’d like extra staff inside visitor employee packages, whether or not it is in agriculture or whether or not it is in development. And so I feel these are areas that we must always attempt to discover settlement on and transfer ahead first…”
THE ISSUE IS: CRYPTO REGULATION AND SAM BANKMAN-FRIED
GARCIA’S CENTRAL TAKE: “Simply to be clear, I imply, I’ve by no means met [Sam Bankman-Fried], so I do not know him. He clearly donated to campaigns throughout the nation and people have been impartial expenditure campaigns, so that cash that he gave, whether or not it was to me or different candidates was by this darkish cash system that we now have on this nation the place any particular person individual can donate to any candidate. I imagine in public financing. I feel these legal guidelines ought to change. I’ve no management over what he or another individual out on this nation goes to spend cash on in these campaigns. I feel it is outrageous that one individual can spend a lot cash, and so I help reform. I do not know him, however I do suppose the difficulty in entrance of us is critical. I haven’t got crypto. I do not know a lot about crypto, to be sincere, however I stay up for reviewing this concern in Congress…”
THE ISSUE IS: GARCIA’S LONG BEACH LEGACY
GARCIA’S CENTRAL TAKE: “I inform folks on a regular basis that Lengthy Seaside is a large metropolis. I feel folks do not realize that, from a inhabitants perspective, it is smaller than Atlanta, Georgia. It is acquired extra folks than Pittsburgh, Miami, New Orleans. In another state, this is able to be like the most important metropolis. Lengthy seaside is big, notably right here in southern California. So it has been an honor to serve, you realize, as mayor. I feel after I look again, I feel the largest emergency we had was the pandemic. We misplaced 1,300 folks, the one largest emergency that we had as a metropolis was the pandemic, and so I am actually happy with the neighborhood’s response round that. But additionally, you realize, we have spent extra now on infrastructure and fixing streets than at any time within the final 50, 60 years, by measures we put in entrance of voters, we mounted colleges, we have modernized our local weather work, we have raised wages – in Lengthy Seaside, we truly raised the minimal wage earlier than the state did… I am happy with that work. I feel we have had a progressive file within the metropolis, however I additionally suppose that we have all the time centered folks and tried to uplift folks’s proper. So I am happy with the eight years…”
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