US-India Global Review

22 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018 health care. Now, Republicans are trying to do tax reform on their own. My message to President Trump and Republicans is “come to the table and negotiate with us.” Compromise is not a bad thing. As for specific issues – I will continue speaking out against hate crimes. We have to stand up and fight the divisive rhetoric Donald Trump puts out there. With regards to DACA, these are children who have not commit- ted any crime, this is the only home they know. We've got to stand up for the DACA kids. On healthcare – our Problem Solvers Caucus put out a proposal to stabilize the individual health care marketplace. It’s going to take Democrats and Republicans working together. 4. How are you preparing for re-election and what is your fundraising situation and what has the Indian-American com- munity done to help you? The best way for me to get re- elected is by serving my con- stituents and the community. And that's where my focus is. We've helped the people of Sacramento recover $4.5 million of benefits they were owed. If I continue to serve and do my job, that’s the best way to get elected, do your job. 5. Does the "Samosa Caucus" as Rep. Krishnamoorthi has called the slew of Indian-Americans now in Congress, meet and coordi- nate? How? When Raja, Pramila and Ro first got elected, I sat with them and tried to help anyway I can – it’s overwhelming – to try to figure out staffing and all the commit- tees. Now we work together to try and inspire the next generation. Our schedules are different and it’s difficult to connect often, but we certainly have discussion on how to inspire the next generation of Indian Americans. That genera- tion should know there are these five members of Congress in the House and Senate, and they do have representation. 6. What do you count as your contributions to ties with India over the last one year? You did go in a Congressional delega- tion to India and it would be great to hear your concerns and plans? Could you also talk about how you plan to deal with H1-B visa, or with DACA, and bills going through Congress that might impact the Indian community here and in India directly? U.S.-India relations remains very strong – it certainly grew dur- ing the Obama administration. President Trump and Prime Minister Modi have strong ties. When I visited India earlier this year, I saw a very strong busi- ness-to-business relationship, and increasing recognition of India’s vital strategic role. We’re doing many naval exercises between the U.S. and India, but also India and Japan. India is a key player keep- ing South Asia open and secure. We should also support the reforms of Prime Minister Modi and his efforts to make it easier to do business with India. I would echo what President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden said – the relationship between the U.S. and India can be the defining rela- tionship of the 21st century. 7. You are on the very important House Foreign Affairs Committee. What do you consider your main achievements on that committee and what do you plan to focus on in the coming year? Which region in the world causes you most con- cern and which one the least con- cern and why? I think we’ve elevated the US- India relationship. More Members of Congress visit India on a regu- lar basis. Now that Democrats are out of power, it’s incredibly impor- tant for us to stand up and project American values. It’s a mistake for the United States to retreat from the world, and the world is a bet- ter place when America leads with our values of freedom, democracy, and open markets. Right now the Trump administration isn’t doing that. Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington Introduced 12 Bills, Co-sponsored 300, In First Year 1. What do you consider your main achievement in the year since you were elected and why? Since being elected, I have introduced 12 bills in the House and co-sponsored over 300 pieces of legislation, but I think the achievement I am proudest of