Patt Morrison for January 5, 2012

Ask your Congress member: Rep. Xavier Becerra talks to his constituents

"Children Uniting Nations" 4th Annual National Conference

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Rep. Xavier Becerra attends the "Children Uniting Nations" 4th Annual National Conference at The House Capitol Building on June 9, 2009 in Washington, DC.

Patt kicks off a mini-series checking in with some of our local Congress members before they head back to work in Washington D.C. Today she welcomes Rep. Xavier Becerra, the Democratic Congressman representing California’s 31st District, Central and Northeast Los Angeles.

Becerra was one of six Democrats on the supercommittee on deficit reduction whose recommendations were pretty much passed over by the White House. Patt checks in on what comes next. Can Congress cut the rancor, and the debt? Can a budget deal be worked out to hack at government spending in exchange for higher taxes on rich Americans? Is it possible to get anything done in Congress during an election year? Has the political gridlock gotten any better? Patt covers everything from the one-year anniversary of the shooting of his colleague, Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, to reports on the widening wealth gap between members of Congress and the people they represent (half of Congress members are millionaires). Call in with your questions, too.

Guest:

Congressman Xavier Becerra, representative, California's 31st district; vice chair, House Democratic Caucus


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