- Voted to dramatically increase the cost of insurance and kick millions off health care by supporting Trumpcare
- Voted for the Trump tax law which gives tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations instead of to working families in his district
- NRA score of A for opposing common sense gun safety legislation
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The 39th district spans the Southern California’s hills and valleys from Fullerton to Yorba Linda to Diamond Bar and beyond. It’s a diverse area that has not been properly represented for the past 15 years, leading to 66% of Royce’s constituents feeling that their district is on the wrong track. In the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton won this district by almost 9%. About 26,000 veterans live in this district, as well as approximately 64,800 people who are living with disabilities. A quarter of District 39’s population are immigrants, 3,700 of whom are “Dreamers” — undocumented Californians who were brought to the U.S. from another country when they were young children. The people in this area see housing costs and homelessness as some of the biggest issues they and their community members are facing — a problem which Rep. Royce has actually made worse.
Almost 83,000 District 39 residents receive health care through the Affordable Care Act and many of them are also concerned about how the new tax plan will affect them. Rep. Royce has consistently voted against them on these issues.
District 39 is comprised of Fullerton, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Brea, Buena Park, Anaheim Hills, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills, Hacienda Heights, and Rowland Heights. By demographic, 34% are Latinx, 32% are white, and 29% are Asian or Pacific Islander.
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Rep. Royce has spent much of his time in office accepting astronomical amounts of money from Big Oil, the NRA, insurance companies, lawyers, the real estate industry, and many more — and then voting in their interests rather than his own constituents’.
Over 80,000 people living in District 39 would lose health care if Rep. Royce had his way. He voted for Trumpcare which would have significantly increased the cost of insurance for almost everyone and kicked millions off their current coverage. He also voted for a bill that would allow states to defund Planned Parenthood. In the meantime, he has accepted over $1.6 million from insurance companies throughout his career. Royce has voted to loosen the rules for energy companies to reduce waste and emissions and also voted against a policy that would keep groundwater safe from contaminants. In addition, he has accepted over $326,000 from Big Oil since he’s been in office. A clean and safe environment is clearly not his goal.
Immigration is another issue where he and his constituents — many of whom are immigrants themselves — disagree. There are about 3,700 Dreamers in Royce’s district, but he has not taken any real action against Trump’s decision to send them back to countries they have never truly known. He also voted to penalize areas that implement sanctuary policies to protect immigrants. Over a quarter of Royce’s constituents were not born in the United States.
The NRA has given Rep. Royce an A for standing with them in policy matters, and he’s also accepted over $38,000 from them during his time in office. He has used that deadly partnership to oppose common sense gun safety legislation time and time again.
A recent study found that many of his constituents are against Trump’s tax reform bill, but Rep. Royce voted in favor of it. Instead of helping the working class families in his district, the tax reform bill gives tax cuts to the wealthy and large corporations. Royce isn’t any better at listening to his constituents when it comes to housing. While he has accepted over $1.7 million dollars from the real estate industry, he has voted in line with them by allowing realtors to hide fees from homebuyers and making it more difficult for those buyers to finance their homes.
Royce’s failures in representing District 39 are endless. There are about 26,000 veterans living in his district, but he voted to take funding away from the Department of Veteran Affairs. He voted to gut the Americans with Disability Act, setting rights for people living with disabilities back decades and making it more difficult to make businesses create accommodations for them. Over 64,800 of his constituents are people living with disabilities.
Rep. Royce is deeply out of sync with his constituents and he’s shown no signs of changing, which is why it’s vital that we still do everything we can to hold him accountable while he’s in his last year of office for District 39. Join us in winning back his seat and giving his constituents the representative they deserve.
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