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Friends, families, fellow Californians:
Once again, it’s one of life’s greatest honors to stand before you as the son of a single immigrant mother, now the President of our nation’s finest legislative body.
Of course, the power within this chamber has never come from one individual – or even 40. It’s about the 39 million lives outside this building. Those who live, work and raise families, striving for a safe, healthy, hopeful future -- in a state admired around the world for inventing the future.
SACRAMENTO – Senate Democrats today asked President Obama take steps to permanently protect the federal waters off California by banning new offshore oil and gas drilling.
In a letter to President Obama, the Senators wrote California has “one of the most spectacular coastal area in the nation” that attracts visitors from around the world.
SACRAMENTO – Senate President pro Tempore released the following statement today on the appointment of Rep. Xavier Becerra as California’s next Attorney General:
“I want to congratulate my close friend Xavier Becerra for his historic appointment as California’s next Attorney General and the people’s lawyer. He is a leader of courage, compassion and keen, legal intellect.
On Thursday, America will set aside the day to take stock of our many blessings and give thanks. We will gather for a traditional meal in the company of friends and loved ones. Our homes will fill with the sights, sounds, and aromas that generally leave us feeling happy and content.
While the national election has left has left millions of Americans deeply concerned about the direction our country will take during the next four years, it is important that we pause to acknowledge and give thanks for the good in our lives.
And there’s plenty to be thankful for.
SACRAMENTO -- Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) will lead the California delegation at the United Nations 22nd Conference of Parties in Marrakech, Morocco, beginning today, November 15th. The trip is intended to assure global partners that California remains committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building a clean energy future.
LOS ANGELES – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s statement that he will deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants immediately upon taking office:
Since Tuesday's election, California's leaders have hoped and prayed for the best but prepared for the worst - and, today, President-elect Trump confirmed some of our worst fears.
SACRAMENTO – California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and California Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount) released the following statement on the results of the President election:
Today, we woke up feeling like strangers in a foreign land, because yesterday Americans expressed their views on a pluralistic and democratic society that are clearly inconsistent with the values of the people of California.
SACRAMENTO - The California State Senate today requests, in the strongest possible terms, for Congress to expedite all actions necessary to permanently waive the requirement that our state's Army National Guard members repay federal financial incentives they received in exchange for wartime reenlistment.
California Senate President Kevin de Leon issued the following statement today on the death of former state Senator Tom Hayden:
“I am deeply saddened by the death of Tom Hayden, a former state Senator and long-time friend. We have lost a strong and passionate voice for social justice, the environment, global peace, and a strong democracy.
“A legislator for 18 years, 10 in the Assembly and eight in the Senate before terming out in 2000, Tom distinguished himself as a paragon of political integrity and a great intellect.
SACRAMENTO – The California Strategic Growth Council has announced the award recipients of nearly $300 million generated from California’s cap and trade greenhouse gas reduction program for the development of transit-oriented housing projects throughout the state.