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

by Patt Morrison

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Congressman Xavier Becerra speaks at a reception at Inner City Arts on October 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Patt welcomes back Rep. Xavier Becerra as she continues a mini-series checking in with some of our local Congress members.

Rep. Becerra has publicly voiced his concern about the rise in gasoline prices in recent weeks, blaming Wall Street oil speculators for manipulating the market. Patt gets the representative’s take on the sticky situation. What can Congress do to stop possible price gouging?

The House of Representatives is also considering the “JOBS Act,” a package of bills introduced by Republicans, which Becerra claims offers too little, too late. What is Congress doing to create jobs?

A few weeks ago, Rep. Becerra joined a group of six lawmakers traveling to Cuba, Haiti and Colombia to widen agricultural trade with Cuba, inspect recovery efforts from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and discuss antidrug efforts in South America.

While in Havana, two members of the group, Senators Patrick J. Leahy and Richard C. Shelby, met with President Castro and discussed Allan Gross, an American aid worker currently serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba. The Senators, to no avail, tried to persuade Castro to relinquish custody of Gross.

Patt covers everything from unemployment to the first high-level meeting between the U.S. and Cuba in nearly two years. Call in with your questions.


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

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