October 31, 2017
Last week, federal immigration officers in Texas stopped an ambulance at a Border Patrol checkpoint and followed the ten-year-old patient inside—Rosa Maria Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant with cerebral palsy—to the hospital, where she had an emergency gall bladder operation.
November 3, 2017
Kevin de León, in a speech to world-renowned climate scientists at the Vatican, assailed the “fake news and alternative facts spewing out of Washington” in arguing that California’s economy is thriving in large part because of its emphasis on enacting sweeping environmental legislation.
“We are not going to allow one election to reverse generations of progress – at the height of our historic diversity, scientific advancement, economic output, and sense of global responsibility,” de León, leader of California’s Senate, said.
November 3, 2017
Pope Francis might support the fight against global warming, but he hasn’t been a fan of cap-and-trade programs like the one in California, which was extended in July by state lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown.
“It may simply become a ploy which permits maintaining the excessive consumption of some countries and sectors,” he wrote in 2015.
November 6, 2017
Jerry Brown’s father was the 32nd governor of California. Kevin de León didn’t know his father at all.
Yet they are California leaders working on an issue both see as the most pressing of our time, speaking over the weekend on climate change at the home of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
De León, “humbled” to address renowned climate scientists in the shadow of St. Peter’s Basilica, confronted Pope Francis’ apparent criticisms of cap-and-trade systems as benefiting moneyed interests.
SACRAMENTO – At the invitation of Pope Francis’ Pontifical Academy of Sciences, California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will address international leaders and experts at the Health of People, Health of Planet Workshop at the Vatican this Friday.
SACRAMENTO – California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) today released the following statement in response to recent reports of sexual harassment and assault in the Capitol community:
“Today the state Senate announced the hiring of two independent firms in response to the reports of a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the Capitol community.
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement following the United States Senate Health Committee announcement on a bipartisan healthcare deal:
“This is a short-term but imperative step to stop President Trump’s destructive dismantling of America’s healthcare.
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. last night signed Senate Bill 5 (de León et al) into law, which places a roughly $4 billion general obligation bond measure on the June 2018 ballot. Senate Bill 5 is the first bond measure in state history to focus on social equity, including access to parks for all Californians and targeting water and flood control investments to the areas with the most unmet needs.
De León Calls Out U.S. Ed Secretary DeVos for Repeal of Obama-era Protections
SACRAMENTO – In a letter released today to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon vowed California “would not accept” federal policies that “tip the scale of justice” against victims of campus sexual violence.
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement after Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt moved to repeal the Clean Power Plan:
“By withdrawing from the Clean Power Plan, Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt are selling out consumers and mortgaging our future to prop up industries of the past.