CHALLENGE: CA 26th Congressional District
CHALLENGE CLOSED - VERIFYING VOTES
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED HERE March 13, 2018
Step 1: Propose a policy idea on the challenge topic Step 2: Share it with others Step 3: Crowdsource the idea with others
Step 4: The policy with the most support by the deadline is chosen to inspire legislation or a new program.
The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy – and the participation of every eligible voter is critical for the strength of that foundation. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy. From long lines, to archaic and sometimes discriminatory voter registration procedures, to inconvenient or inaccessible polling places or times, we must remove barriers and find ways to increase voter participation, including for individuals with disabilities and seniors. I want to address this issue, and to do it, I want input from you – my constituents – because everyone has a vested interest in the strength of our democracy. I want to hear what new ideas you have for how Congress can help states increase access to voting, promote participation in our elections, and ensure that every eligible individual is able to vote. It’s my job to represent you, and hearing your ideas is a critical part of how I do that.
Julia Brownley was first elected to Congress in 2012 to serve as the Representative for California’s 26th District, which encompasses most of Ventura County and part of Los Angeles County.
Congresswoman Brownley serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she works closely with Ventura County’s veterans community. Brownley was elected as Ranking Member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and she also serves as a member on the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. Brownley also sits on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where she serves on the Subcommittees on Aviation, Highways & Transit, and Water Resources & Environment.
Brownley began her career in public service as a School Board member in 1994 where she served three terms. She was elected to the California State Legislature in 2006, where she served as Chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee for four years.
Main Office Address: 1019 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515
District Office Address(es):
- 300 E. Esplanade Drive, Suite 470, Oxnard, CA 93036
- 223 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 220, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Office Phone: 2022255811, 8053791779
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Assemblywoman – California State Legislature
President/Board Member – Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board
Worked in marketing in the private industry.
- Fighting for Ventura County families
- Ensuring our veterans receive the benefits they have earned and deserve
Some Brownley bills that have been signed into law include:
- Authorizing a new VA clinic in Oxnard and 27 others nationwide
- Ensuring equitable funding for the Port of Hueneme
- Requiring the VA to provide fertility counseling, in-vitro fertilization, and adoption assistance
- Identifying mental health programs that are most effective for male and female veterans
Brownley resides in Westlake Village in Thousand Oaks, and has two children, Fred and Hannah.
Winning Policy Idea
The Citizens United vs Election Commission Supreme Court Rulling eliminated the voice of the people through voting. Corporations and PACs can buy votes in Congress now regardless of how constituents voted. It is a travasty and an abuse of campain financing rules which deprives the people of a voice through the ballot box. Please pass ledgislation which overrides the Supreme Court on this issue. Money is not the same as speech. Money does not speak. The people do. The Citizen United decision has silenced human speech and replaced it with the dollars of the rich.
66% support in jurisdiction
4 votes in jurisdiction
Update #2: April 9, 2018
A direct response from US Congresswoman Julia Brownley (CA-26):
Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge and who shared ideas for how to improve our democracy. The policy idea with the most votes in this challenge focused on the campaign finance system and voter influence. I agree that our campaign finance system is broken and must be fixed. I have long-supported a Constitutional amendment to overturn the flawed Citizens United Supreme Court decision, and have co-sponsored H.J.Res. 31 legislation to do just that.
Based on the feedback we received from constituents, I am also working on other legislative proposals to restore the levers of democracy to the people.
I appreciate everyone’s participation in this challenge. To share your thoughts on this and other issues, contact me by visiting JuliaBrownley.House.gov/Contact or calling (805) 379-1779.
Update #1: Mar 9, 2018
Congresswoman Julia Brownley has committed to announce her office’s action based on this Challenge’s conclusion by April 23, 2018. Announcements and actions will be logged here to allow CA-26 district residents to track the progress of the winning policy idea.