Representative Josh Harder, who was sworn into office earlier this year, recently shared his ‘first 100 days’ record of results and key lessons learned from holding dozens of public events with Central Valley residents. During the first three months of 2019, Rep. Harder worked to pass 13 legislative proposals which he introduced or sponsored though the House of Representatives and helped hundreds of people in the Central Valley cut through red tape to access their earned benefits.
“If you’re willing to put the politics aside, this is actually a very straightforward job – you listen to what people at home want and then go to Washington and get it done,” said Harder. “One of the biggest concerns I hear in every community I visit – from Turlock to Tracy and Knights Ferry to Newman – is that we need to take bold action on the water crisis. Stay tuned – I’ll be announcing a generational solution to grow and secure our water supply over the next couple weeks.”
During his first 100 days in office, Harder has focused on a number of issues for the Central Valley, including:
• Passed 13 bills and amendments he introduced or sponsored through the House of Representatives, including his amendment to the For the People Act, which would require a registered lobbyist who makes contact with members of the Legislative or Executive Branch to disclose their status as a lobbyist as well as the clients for whom they work.
• Held 40 open events, including hosting four town halls and 10 office hour events, which give constituents a chance to meet with Harder one-on-one.
• Co-sponsored 98 bills, over three-quarters of which have bipartisan support.
• Visited 15 cities and towns across the Central Valley.
• Cut through red tape to help over 200 constituents with federal issues.
• Brought over $80,000 in federal benefits back to Central Valley veterans, seniors, and other taxpayers who needed help dealing with the federal bureaucracy.
• Worked with over a dozen local organizations seeking federal funding for infrastructure, education, and homelessness services.