Source: Office of Rep. Salud Carbajal
[On Tuesday], Congressman Salud Carbajal highlighted the new Inflation Action Plan crafted through his work with the New Democrat Coalition (NDC) in the U.S. House, emphasizing its policy solutions that will cut costs for Central Coast families, while also unveiling his new Central Coast Inflation Resource Guide.
The multi-pronged action plan was created through collaboration of Rep. Carbajal and members of the NDC’s Inflation Working Group in consultation with key economists, policy experts, and administration officials to develop and advance solutions to tackle short- and long-term inflationary pressures.
“I know that Central Coast families are feeling the sting of high prices at the gas pump and grocery store—and I know this urgent problem requires urgent solutions,” said Rep. Carbajal. “That’s why I have been working with my colleagues in Congress and the Biden Administration, as well as economists and policy experts to identify concrete solutions to provide Americans with relief in the short-term and keep inflation down in the long-term. I’ll continue doing everything in my power to lower prices and create a strong, steady, stable economy for Americans today and for future generations.”
Rep. Carbajal also unveiled [Tuesday] his new Central Coast Inflation Resources Guide, which his constituents can use to help lower their everyday costs of transportation, health care, food, and more.
“Higher costs of living place a significant burden on working families who are already struggling to make ends meet, and I’m working in Congress to ensure that no one has to face even higher prices as we navigate these difficult times,” said Rep. Carbajal. “As I’m working in Congress to implement these solutions, I hope that all Central Coast families take a look at this guide as a way to find programs and resources that already exist to help lower their monthly costs.”
The guide also reminds Central Coast families that anyone in the 24th Congressional District having trouble with federal agencies or programs designed to support them can contact his office.
The Central Coast Inflation Resources Guide can be found here.
The Inflation Action Plan can be found here.
Additional Background on Inflation Action Plan
The Inflation Action Plan includes calls for action on key priorities that Rep. Carbajal has advocated for over the past year, including:
· Passing investments in domestic manufacturing for critical components, including semiconductors, to lower costs of in-demand appliances, cars, and energy technology,
· Expanding tax credits to support lower health care premiums, more affordable child care, and an extension of the expanded Child Tax Credit,
· Support funding and legislation that will help construct more affordable housing and lower housing costs for California families,
· Getting the Farm Workforce Modernization Act and American Dream and Promise Act signed into law to fix legal immigration channels and bolster the U.S.’ available workforce,
· Investing in clean energy technology to reduce reliance on volatile global energy markets and continue releases from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve,
· And passing prescription drug pricing reforms to allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug costs, cracking down on drug price gouging, and capping the cost of certain prescription drugs including insulin.
The Inflation Action Plan also highlights steps already taken by Congress and the Biden Administration to combat inflation, including approving the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Ocean Shipping Reform Act to reduce supply chain disruptions and reduce inflated shipping costs for U.S. companies and consumers.
The Inflation Action Plan has been called “the best inflation-fighting blueprint to come out of Congress yet” in Forbes Magazine; and heralded as a “surprisingly bold move” and “simply smart policy” in the Washington Post.
Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and part of Ventura County. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee, Agriculture Committee, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he serves as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.