Agriculture is the backbone of the Central Valley’s economy. California’s diverse agricultural economy is a $35 billion dollar industry that produces over 350 commodities and accounts for over a half of our nation’s fruits and vegetables. I will fight to maintain California’s status as an agricultural superpower.
We must keep our commitments to our seniors and ensure a sustainable benefit available for future generations. I oppose any plan that will reduce benefits for current beneficiaries, individuals with disabilities or near retirees. Social security did not break overnight, and consequently will take time to fix.
Securing a reliable and sustainable supply of water continues to be one of the greatest challenges facing the Valley’s economy. As a dairyman and farmer, I truly understand what it means to suffer a drought.