Swalwell made news recently when he told Republicans to awake from their “wet dream” of defunding Obamacare raised eyebrows Friday, creating national headlines and drawing a rebuke from his sharp-tongued predecessor, of all people, Pete Stark. Swalwell made history for using the risque term for the first time in Congressional history.
Always moving the bar forward, Eric Swalwell serves as the U.S. Representative from California’s 15th congressional district. The district covers most of eastern Alameda County, including Hayward, Pleasanton, Livermore, Fremont, Dublin and San Ramon. He was elected in November 2012, defeating incumbent Stark in a primary challenge.
If anything, Eric Swalwell shows up, as he’s missed only one vote out of 549, according to GovTrack. We’re sure he has better reasons to be endorsed but perfect attendance gots to count for somethin’.
Eric Swalwell on the Shutdown
Swalwell recently argued for bipartisan solutions during the recent Federal Government shutdown. According to statements he made in the San Ramon Express,
“The Democrats see any attempt to change (the Affordable Care Act) as an attempt to unravel it, and Republicans just want to defund it,” the Congressman said. “At some point Speaker Boehner needs to answer ‘do you want to be Speaker of the Republican Caucus or Speaker of the whole House?’”
Easing the division among Republicans and Democrats is one goal Swalwell spoke about when he was campaigning less than a year ago. When he first took office he helped form the United Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group of 15 freshmen Republicans and 15 freshman Democrats. This group has been meeting regularly since the shutdown to discuss ways to bring it to an end.
“We need to find a bipartisan way out of this,” he said.
In addition for asking for bipartisanship, many members of this caucus, including Swalwell, are putting their money where their mouths are — literally — and refusing their paychecks until the shutdown ends.
“I just didn’t feel right taking my paycheck while others would be working and not getting theirs,” Swalwell said.