Equality For All
Everyone should be treated equally under the law. Love is love and I’m thrilled the Supreme Court overturned the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and returned marriage equality to California in 2013. We should all have the same chance to live up to our given potential. Discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity simply has no place in modern society, and we must do all we can to stamp it out.
What I am Doing for You
I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 2282, the Equality Act, a bipartisan bill that would ensure the same protections already extended to other protected classes are equally available to LGBT Americans. It would amend existing federal civil rights laws to explicitly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in education, employment, housing, credit, Federal jury service, public accommodations, and the use of Federal funds.
I’m an original cosponsor of H.R. 5374, the Student Non-Discrimination Act, to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in public schools, protect students from intimidation and violence, and create learning environments in which each and every child can learn and thrive. (I co-sponsored this as H.R. 846 in the 114th Congress.)
I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 3234, the Refund Equality Act of 2017, which would ensure that legally-married same-sex couples - who until the U.S. Supreme Court's 2013 Windsor decision were barred from filing federal taxes jointly - are permitted to file amended tax returns back to the date of their marriage.
I'm a cosponsor of H.R. 2827, the Voices for Veterans Act, which would extend and expand the membership of the Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans to include veterans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 2421, the Veteran Spouses Equal Treatment Act. This bipartisan bill would provide the same family benefits to lawfully-married lesbian and gay veterans as are already provided to veterans with different-sex spouses - including disability compensation, government-backed veteran home loans, and the right to be buried next to one’s spouse in a veterans’ cemetery - no matter what state in which they reside.
I'm an original cosponsor of H.R. 1869, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to improve pay equity protections for women. (I also cosponsored this as H.R. 1619 in the 114th Congress and as H.R. 377 in the 113th Congress.)
In the 114th Congress:
I voted for an amendment to prohibit funds from being used in contravention of President Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT employees of government contractors from discrimination.
In the 113th Congress:
I cosponsored H.R. 1755, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). This bill would ban discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
I cosponsored H.R. 3560, the Universal Racial Profiling Elimination Standards, and Procedures for Effective Constitutional Rights Training (RESPECT) Act. This bill would prohibit law enforcement and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant recipients from engaging in racial profiling, require training to fight racial profiling for DHS, and collect data on racial profiling.
I signed a letter to the Departments of Education and Justice asking for the federal government to explore ways it can better protect Sikh children from harassment and bullying.
More on Equality For All
More than 1,000 are expected to take part in a women's march on January 21 in Walnut Creek.
The Women’s March Contra Costa County/Walnut Creek is a sister-march to the march in Washington, D.C. on the same day. Hundreds of marches are taking place throughout the country and world on January 21.
Congressmembers Eric Swalwell and Mark DeSaulnier and California State Senator Nancy Skinner are participating the event.
Pleasanton's Congressman Eric Swalwell recently announced he will join the House Judiciary Committee in addition to continuing to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
A deputy district attorney in Alameda County before being elected to the House of Representatives, Swalwell said he was "honored" to be selected for the Judiciary Committee, which oversees matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies and law enforcement agencies.
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15) was appointed to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday by the House Democratic Caucus.
The Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies.