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Alex is fighting to lower costs and make the American Dream a reality for all communities. He is committed to supporting a full recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and proudly cast one of his first votes for the American Rescue Plan Act. Alex believes that a twenty-first century economy must meet the needs of working families—including by raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, restoring increases in the Child Tax Credit, and ensuring that we develop our workforce to boldly address the climate crisis. He voted to pass the Inflation Reduction Act which is lowering costs for working families and delivering the largest investment to combat climate change by requiring large, profitable corporations to finally pay their fair share in taxes.

Recent News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced the Protect Innocent Victims Of Taxation After Fire Act to provide tax relief for wildfire survivors who have received compensation...
Funding for the program expired last year, ending critical assistance for millions of Americans WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, led 24 of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced the Creative Workforce Investment Act to empower the creative workforce through the creation of a workforce grant program to expand access to the arts in communities...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) introduced the Protect Innocent Victims Of Taxation After Fire Act to provide tax relief for wildfire survivors who have received compensation...
Funding for the program expired last year, ending critical assistance for millions of Americans WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife, led 24 of...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) introduced the Creative Workforce Investment Act to empower the creative workforce through the creation of a workforce grant program to expand access to the arts in communities...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) led 28 of their colleagues in urging 13 non-unionized automakers not to illegally block United Auto Workers’ (UAW) unionization efforts at...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and U.S. Representatives Jeff Van Drew (R-N.J.-02) and Mark Takano (D-Calif.-39) introduced legislation to ensure that truckers are compensated fairly for the hours that they are on...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following statement after a tentative agreement was reached between the SAG-AFTRA TV/Theatrical Committee and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP): “I’m glad to see SAG-AFTRA and AMPTP reach...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.-18) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to permanently raise the caps on overtime premium pay for federal wildland firefighters. The Wildland Firefighter Fair Pay Act would increase these...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) introduced the Equal COLA Act to ensure cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) are applied equally to all federal retirees. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.),...
The resolution calls on the Big Three Automakers to negotiate in good faith and offer their workers a fair contract WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) introduced the Meals for At-Risk Americans Act, which would streamline the application process and provide guidance to states for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Restaurant Meals...
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