Howard P. “Buck” McKeon will officially seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. McKeon announced that he filed his re-election paperwork with the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorders office, March 3.
Citing an eagerness to continue serving and working with his constituents in Santa Clarita, Victorville, the Antelope Valley and beyond, McKeon says there is much to do in Washington.
“There are many important issues and challenges that Congress continues to face and I’m committed to providing a strong, resounding voice for the 25th Congressional District,” stated McKeon.
McKeon highlighted several key issues that he feels Congress must continue to address in the coming term: immigration, health care, the Soledad Canyon mining dispute, and the state of our nation’s armed services.
As the number of illegal immigrants continues to grow, Congressman McKeon says he is ready to oppose the passage of any legislation that grants amnesty to immigrants as they are in clear violation of the law.
“Because of its geographic location, Southern California is especially vulnerable to the large influx of immigrants from neighboring Mexico. These immigrants place a tremendous strain on the community’s resources and restrict access to many services and institutions reserved for hard working citizens,” said a news release from McKeon’s office.
In addition to Immigration, Representative McKeon wants to continue his role on the House Republican Health Care Solutions Group by ensuring that any change to our nation’ health care system works to make quality health care more affordable and accessible.
“The current health care proposal before Congress will increase taxes, kill jobs, and cost over $1 trillion in money we don’t have, without addressing key issues such as competitive insurance rates across state lines and medical malpractice reform,” said McKeon.
“I urge my constituents to remain involved in the legislative process and keep participating in the many town hall and telephone town hall campaigns to let their voices be heard directly and indirectly through him.”
The Congressman also said that protecting the interests of the people of Santa Clarita remains a top priority. He assures the Santa Clarita community that he remains committed to helping resolve the ongoing dispute between the community and the Soledad Canyon Mine. McKeon recently introduced the Soledad Canyon Conservation and Management Act (H.R. 4332), which is a legislative attempt to settle the ongoing mining dispute and which aids the communities of Santa Clarita, Victorville and unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.