Good Government

Susan has never forgotten that it all starts with "We the People." As someone who believes holding office is public service, Susan is committed to making sure the federal government lives up to ideals of the American people.Susan confers with staff during a 13-hour Armed Services Committee mark-up.

Susan knows how hard taxpayers work for their money and is a strong supporter of efficiency and transparency in federal spending. She also believes the integrity of our elections is a critical element of our democracy and that's why she's made election and campaign finance reform two of her signature issues.

Responsive Representation

As the proud Representative of California's 53rd district, Susan makes it a priority to make sure she and her staff listen carefully to constituent input and are as responsive to community concerns as possible.

  • Susan's policy is to answer every constituent email and letter she receives.
  • Susan and her staff meet with any constituent who requests a meeting.
  • Susan and her staff make casework inquiries for any constituent who requests such services. Her caseworkers have helped over 13,000 constituents.
  • Susan works hard to be accessible by holding listening sessions with constituents by phone and in person and sending regular congressional reports by e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and postal mail.
  • To share your concerns with Susan, click here.

Campaign Finance Reform

Susan has long supported public campaign financing because she believes it has the potential to limit the outsized influence of special interests in our electoral process.

  • Susan is a cosponsor of the Government By the People Act to help fight back against big money politics. She recently held a roundtable discussion with San Diegans to discuss how to raise up the voices of everyday Americans.
  • Susan opposed the Citizens United ruling and was a strong supporter of the DISCLOSE Act to bring transparency to campaign advertising.
  • Susan is vocal supporter of the SEC proposed efforts to force publically-traded companies to disclose all campaign related donations.

Election Reform

A former President of the San Diego League of Women Voters Susan has a strong interest in bettering federal elections. Susan has served on the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections and is actively engaged in issues of election integrity.

She has consistently introduced inexpensive common sense election reform measures to greatly increase security, efficiency and participation in federal elections.

The Universal Right To Vote By Mail Act --This bill would allow voters in all states to vote by mail for any reason. About half the states currently allow no-excuse absentee voting and has shown to be very popular. In the other states, voters must have a specific reason such as age, disability or travel to request an absentee ballot. In these states, work and childcare are often not valid reasons to vote by mail, which specifically excludes many voters from participating.

This bill would make voting more convenient and would level the playing field by allowing all voters the same opportunity. It also removes such additional requirements as notary signatures, doctors' notes and invasive personal information requests.

The Federal Election Integrity Act – This bill would prohibit chief state election administration officials from taking active part in political campaigns with respect to any elections for federal office over which the officials have supervisory authority. This bill passed the House on September 29, 2010 but has not yet come up this session. Read the New York Times article on this issue.

Pay and Benefits for Members of Congress

Americans throughout the nation work hard to live within their means, Susan believes Congress should too.

  • Susan has consistently opposed pay increases for Members of Congress. Furthermore, she has supported a Member pay freeze that has been in place since 2010.
  • Susan voted to cut her own office budget by over 11 percent.
  • Like other Americans, Susan and other Members of Congress pay into Social Security.
  • Susan supported the STOCK Act, a measure to prevent Members of Congress from using insider information for personal financial gain.
  • Like other Members of Congress, Susan participates in the DC health exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act.

Earmarks

Susan is pleased that earmarks are no longer a part of the House appropriations process. Although she has supported certain local projects such as the San Diego Trolley that have been funded by earmarks in the past, she believes the funding system can be vastly improved to make it more accountable.

Maintaining Door Delivery of Mail

Susan is leading a bipartisan effort to ensure door delivery of mail continues to be a cornerstone of the postal process. Postal reform efforts in Congress threaten door delivery, which would force residents to pick up their mail at shared cluster boxes. Seniors and people with disabilities would be most hurt by the forced adoption of cluster boxes especially for getting their prescriptions.

Susan is also cosponsoring a House resolution declaring that 6-day mail delivery should continue.

 

More on Good Government

Jun 30, 2017 Editorial

If asked, most people could probably explain what the First Amendment or the Second Amendment does. Very few could probably explain the Foreign Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

The recent debate about emoluments may have had a number of people running for their dictionaries.

In essence, the emoluments clause is designed to prevent corruption, and President Donald J. Trump is violating it.

Jun 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and nearly 200 members of Congress have filed a federal lawsuit against President Trump for violating one of the Constitution’s critical anti-corruption provisions: the Foreign Emoluments Clause.  The emoluments clause prohibits the President from accepting foreign payments without seeking and receiving Congressional authorization.

Jun 19, 2017 Event

I understand how concerned all of you are by the challenges facing our country, and so I look forward to another opportunity to hear from you. It is my pleasure to hold another town hall meeting as we have been doing over the years.

May 18, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for the Trump/Russia investigation.

Feb 9, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) re-introduced two of her signature election reform bills to restore integrity to federal elections and end constraints placed on voters who want to vote by mail, known as absentee.

Jan 20, 2017 Press Release

As many of you know I am attending the inauguration. It's not to honor or support the incoming president. It's in respect of the peaceful transfer of power that is paramount to our democracy. Bearing witness to that is part of the way I interpret my role as a Representative.

I'll also be in participating in the Women's March tomorrow to show the president and his team that they must represent all Americans, regardless of gender, ethnicity, race, religion or sexual orientation.

Jan 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Amid numerous intelligence reports of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) urged a full and truly bipartisan and independent investigation into Russian hacking. Davis is an original cosponsor of the Protecting our Democracy Act to create a National Commission on Foreign Interference in the 2016 Election.

Jan 6, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – With the United States Postal Service already beginning to phase out of door delivery of mail, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA) re-introduced her bipartisan H. Res. 28 stressing that door delivery must not end.  Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) joined Davis as lead cosponsors of the resolution.  

Aug 26, 2016 In The News

On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation — the Voting Rights Act (VRA) — into law. It knocked down barriers many states had put in place that disenfranchised minority voters.

The impact of the new law was immediate. Nearly a million African-Americans registered to vote in the first four years after the VRA was signed into law.

It was a watershed moment in the history of our nation that meant millions of Americans who were previously denied the right to have a say in the direction of their country finally had a seat at the table.

Aug 26, 2016 Editorial

On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed landmark legislation — the Voting Rights Act (VRA) — into law. It knocked down barriers many states had put in place that disenfranchised minority voters.

The impact of the new law was immediate. Nearly a million African-Americans registered to vote in the first four years after the VRA was signed into law.

It was a watershed moment in the history of our nation that meant millions of Americans who were previously denied the right to have a say in the direction of their country finally had a seat at the table.