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Political Watch: November 25, 2021

• U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Santa Barbara) voted to pass the Build Back Better Act, which passed the House on Nov. 19, according to a statement. This act will cut down on the cost of living for working families on the Central Coast and across the country while making investments to address climate change, according to a Nov. 19 statement. “The Build Back Better Act is a huge win for Central Coast families burdened by the high cost of health care, child care, and senior care,” Carbajal said in the statement. “After years of Republican tax breaks for the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, this bill is a long overdue tax break for the people who truly sustain and strengthen our nation: working, middle-class families.” The bill includes Carbajal’s California Clean Coast Act—which permanently bans future offshore oil and gas leasing off the coast of California—and invests $555 billion in clean energy and climate initiates, the most significant effort to combat climate change in American history. “I worked hard to make sure this bill included robust measures to fight climate change and I am proud to say we delivered,” Carbajal said. The Build Back Better Act ensures the cost of child care does not exceed 7 percent of a family’s income, and provides universal preschool for every child in the U.S. The bill will also combat supply chain issues and fight inflation rates. 

• Gov. Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom volunteered with Sacramento State students at the River City Food Bank at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, packaging Thanksgiving meals for families in need, according to a Nov. 19 statement. “Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks for the ability to spend time with the ones we love,” Newsom said in the statement. “In California, we believe that we are our best when we extend a helping hand to our fellow neighbors and those in need.” Established in 1968, the River City Food Bank is the oldest continuously serving food bank in Sacramento, starting as a food closet at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The organization grew to serve nearly 231,000 men, women, and children facing hunger in Sacramento County. In 2020, River City Food Bank served 2 million meals to 230,976 people in need, a 30 percent increase from 2019. The holidays for food banks across the state are the busiest times of the year, and since the beginning of the pandemic, food banks have seen an unprecedented rise in need for both food and volunteers. Every Californian can give back by visiting californiansforall.ca.gov to find a volunteer opportunity. 

• U.S. Sens. Alex Padillia and Diane Feinstein applauded the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcement that water and energy assistance provided through the American Rescue Plan Act will not be treated as taxable income, according to a Nov. 18 statement. The senators had expressed concerns in a letter about potential tax implications of the provision of utility assistance to California residents. The letter—written to the IRS Commissioner—highlighted the state is using $993.5 million in water and wastewater customer assistance; this aids both residential and commercial customers.“We are glad the IRS listened to our concerns and welcome this clarification. This decision will help ensure that our COVID relief assistance is helping rebuild our economy in a more fair and equitable way,” the senators said in a statement. “Californians already struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic should not have to worry whether receiving utility assistance would count as taxable income, or make them ineligible for other tax benefits.”

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