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Representative Hilda Solis
Democrat of California District 32

Mailing address: 2421 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
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DC Office Phone: 202-225-5464
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Progressive Action: support for legislation in the promotion of freedom, knowledge and security. Freedom is achieved when constitutional protections are respected and when people are treated with equality under law. Knowledge is pursued through rigorous support for science and education. Security comes from the protection of environmental resources, the strengthening of economic opportunity for people and the preservation of peace from erosion by wasteful, destructive militarism.

Rep. Hilda A. Solis's Progressive Action Score: 8

A score of 8 means that Representative Solis has positively acted to support 8% of a slate of progressive policies in the 111th Congress.

The following are positive progressive actions taken by Congresswoman Solis during the 111th Congress:

H.R. 11

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is a decent bill that seeks to amend an injustice and provide a fair shot at equality in the workplace. It simply says that workers cannot be expected to file suit for compensation for wage discrimination before they actually find out that theyíve been discriminated against. A previous court case, decided against a worker named Lilly Ledbetter, had declared that workers must file a lawsuit within a few months of the time that wage discrimination begins, even if they are unaware of the discrimination at the time. H.R. 11 seeks to remove this preposterous restriction on workplace equality.

Rep. Solis has acted progressively by voting YES to pass this measure.
There are some bills on the progressive agenda to which Representative Solis has not yet added her support.

Call Your Member of Congress to urge that she cosponsor these pending bills:


H.R. 104

H.R. 104 would create a commission to investigate a bipartisan commission 'on presidential war powers and civil liberties'. The commission would investigate the extraordinary powers claimed for the Presidency under George W. Bush, including arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment, extraordinary rendition of detainees to foreign countries to be tortured, cruel and coercive interrogation techniques by American authorities and the 'ghosting' of detainees so that the American public doesn't know they have been detained. The commission would have the power to hold hearings and compel testimony by subpoena, and would issue reports to the President and to Congress. Knowing the past is key to change in the future.

Read H.R. 104, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 14

In a document called the Monaco Declaration, hundreds of scientists from around the world warn that 'Ocean acidification is accelerating and severe damages are imminent'. Due to ocean acidification, animals like shellfish and corals are having a difficult time creating their shells and skeletons. Other ocean animals are experiencing disruptions in their reproductive behavior and general physiological functions as a result of the increased acidity. H.R.14, the Federal Ocean Acidification Research And Monitoring Act, would establish a regime of governmental research and monitoring of the progress of ocean acidification, with the goal of developing strategies for mitigation of ecological impact.

Read H.R. 14, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 21

The Earth's oceans have entered an ecological crisis as massive as the seas themselves, and it threatens even those of us who live on the land. Oceans 21 is legislation that creates a comprehensive beginning for governmental intervention in this crisis. It establishes a national oceans policy, strengthens the ability of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to deal with it, and establishes a framework for regional cooperation on issues as they arise.

Read H.R. 21, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 223

The Farallon Islands are an uninhabited group of islands -- uninhabited by humans, that is. The Gulf of the Farralones is a sanctuary for marine birds, is a gathering point for marine mammals, and is host to a wide variety of ocean life due to the shallow depth of the water immediately surrounding it.

In short, the Farallon Island area is a biological treasure. It has value beyond its stark beauty as a biological bank, maintaining fisheries that sustain commerce as well. H.R. 223 is a bill before the Congress that would expand the boundaries of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to more fully protect our national biological (and thereby industrial) health for the long term.

Read H.R. 223, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 579

If passed, the School Building Enhancement Act would work through two already-established programs of energy efficiency: Energy Star for K-12 through the Environmental Protection Agency and EnergySmart Schools through the Department of Energy. H.R. 579 would provide grants and planning assistance for states to implement cost-saving environmental building designs, to deploy fleets of energy-efficient buses, and to maximize transportation alternatives for students, staff and parents to and from school. The bill is designed to simultaneously save educational institutions money and protect the environment.

Read H.R. 579, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 591

The Military Commissions Act is one of the worst laws to be passed by Congress during the Bush years. It revoked the ancient protection of the writ of habeas corpus, enabling arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment. The law ended the right to a fair and speedy trial, setting up a system of kangaroo courts that could operate under absurdly unjust standards. The law gave retroactive immunity to the President and his aides for war crimes. It created unconstitutional exceptions to the Geneva Conventions. It made hearsay and evidence obtained under coercive interrogation admissible.

Under President Barack Obama, the Military Commissions Act is still on the books. It is true that the prisons of Guantanamo Bay and other "black sites" run by the U.S. around the world will be closed... but the laws that enabled them remain in effect. As long as the Military Commissions Act remains on the books, any closure of prisons like those at Guantanamo will be purely voluntary... and wholly reversible.

The surest way to overcome this problem is not just to rely on the trustworthiness of the President of the United States, but to enact a law that specifically contradicts and counteracts the Military Commissions Act. U.S. Representative David Price has introduced legislation to do just that. Itís H.R. 591, the Interrogation and Detention Reform Act. It does away with the unconstitutional military tribunal system. It does away with torture interrogations. It repeals the repeal of habeas corpus and returns constitutional legal protections to the American justice system. Those members of Congress who support H.R. 591 show the most fidelity to their oath of office pledge that they defend the liberties inherent in the Constitution of the United States.

Read H.R. 591, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 626

Claims of common ground are often a sham, covering up the results of a lopsided negotiation in which one side gets the lionís share of the benefits. But H.R. 626, the Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, is one case in which the interests of Republican and Democratic constituencies truly meet. Republicans say that they support family values. Democrats say that they support workersí rights. Both of these are provided for with H.R. 626, which if passed would give federal employees four weeks of paid parental leave. Such benefits increase employee satsifaction and loyalty, cement family bonds and give children a healthy start in that critical first month of life.

Read H.R. 626, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 790

Our oceans are in severe crisis, not just because of pollution, but also because of overfishing and climate change. It's irresponsible to ruin the marine resources of tomorrow in order to fill the gas tanks of today. On February 2, 2009, Representative Ed Markey remarked:

"Last year, as a result of opposition from the Bush Administration, the longstanding protections against drilling off the east and west coasts expired. As a result, the American people could now begin to see drill rigs as close as three miles to our beaches and in fragile ecosystems like Georges Bank. Allowing oil and gas drilling in Georges Bank would forever destroy this fragile ecosystem and our nationís most important fishery."

The Georges Bank Preservation Act, H.R. 790, would prevent oil companies from establishing offshore drilling operations on the Georges Bank, a very biologically productive area off the coast of New England. It would protect the fisheries of the Georges Bank rather than decimate them at a time when they are already threatened.

Read H.R. 790, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.


H.R. 981

The problem with cluster bombs is threefold:

1. When used, they are distributed in large numbers across terrain;
2. They have a high failure rate, leaving many unexploded bombs;
3. They are small and typically shiny, disproportionately attracting the hands of curious children.

Cluster bombs are designed to kill people, not to damage buildings or roads. Like land mines, they continue to kill people long after the battle in which they were used. It is typical for a large number of these smaller bombs to remain undetonated, waiting to explode, after their initial deployment.

The Federation of American Scientists' report on the matter makes clear the danger of cluster munitions: "40 percent of the duds on the ground are hazardous and for each encounter with an unexploded submunition there is a 13 percent probability of detonation. Thus, even though an unexploded submunition is run over, kicked, stepped on, or otherwise disturbed, and did not detonate, it is not safe. Handling the unexploded submunition may eventually result in arming and subsequent detonation." Cluster bombs kill civilians when they are used. Our government knows this, and yet our government continues to manufacture, use and sell cluster bombs to foreign countries. The Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2009 forbids the United States government from spending money to use, sell or transfer cluster bombs unless the following requirements are met:
  • The cluster bombs are proven to have a 1 percent or lower rate of malfunction
  • The cluster bombs will not be used against anything but a clearly defined military target, in an area where there are no civilians and in places where civilians do not ordinarily live
  • A plan is submitted, with the costs included, for cleaning up all the undetonated explosives that come from cluster bombs, whether they are used by the US military, or by other countries to whom the United States has supplied the cluster bombs
There is a waiver in the law for the first requirement (for the malfunctioning rate of 1 percent or lower), in cases in which it is "vital" to use cluster bombs in order to protect the security of the United States. However, even in such cases, the President is required to submit a report to Congress which explains how civilians will be protected from the cluster bombs, and revealing the failure rate of the cluster bombs, as well as whether the cluster bombs are equipped with self-destruct functions. The Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act is not perfect, but it is a big improvement over the deadly status quo.

Read H.R. 981, then call Rep. Solis at 323-307-9904 and ask her to support it by adding cosponsorship.
Regressive Action: a pattern of legislative behavior that erodes freedom, knowledge and security. When constitutional protections are disregarded, when discrimination under law is fostered, when the pursuit of knowledge is abandoned and science overruled, when wealth for a few matters more than prosperity for all, and when "Yeehaw" becomes the articulation of foreign policy, our nation is headed in a direction that is not only morally wrong but self-destructive.

Rep. Hilda A. Solis's Regressive Action Score: 0

A score of 0 means that Representative Solis, through voting or cosponsorship, has pushed forward 0% of a slate of regressive policies in the 111th Congress.

We are happy to report that Rep. Solis hasn't lent her support to any of the slate of legislation we have identified as regressive.
Catalog of Legislative Activity

Hilda Solis is the principal sponsor of 0 bills and the supporting cosponsor of 3 being considered in the 111th Congress.

Bills supported by Rep. Solis:

H.R. 31

Title: To provide for the recognition of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, and for other purposes.

Latest Major Action: 1/6/2009
165 cosponsors: 11.52% Republicans, 88.48% Democrats.
Hilda Solis is a cosponsor.

H.R. 44

Title: To implement the recommendations of the Guam War Claims Review Commission.

Latest Major Action: 2/4/2009
81 cosponsors: 12.35% Republicans, 87.65% Democrats.
Hilda Solis is a cosponsor.

H.R. 1066

Title: To amend the Peace Corps Act to provide continued funding for the Peace Corps, to increase the readjustment allowances for Peace Corps volunteers and volunteer leaders, and for other purposes.

Latest Major Action: 2/13/2009
38 cosponsors: 5.26% Republicans, 94.74% Democrats.
Hilda Solis is a cosponsor.