Valley Congressmen show surprising unity on key issue

It’s not often every member of the San Joaquin Valley House delegation sees eye-to-eye on an issue of national importance.

Wednesday was one of those days.

Democratic Reps. Jim Costa (D–Fresno), Josh Harder (D–Turlock), and Jerry McNerney (D–Stockton) along with Republican Reps. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove), Devin Nunes (R–Tulare), David Valadao (R–Hanford), and Kevin McCarthy (R–Bakersfield) all agreed on one item Wednesday afternoon.

That item? That 16-year-olds should not be able to vote in Federal elections.

By a 302-125 margin, the House rejected an amendment to House Resolution 1 – otherwise known as the “For the People Act” – presented by Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley.

The amendment would have changed the Federal voting age from 18 to 16-years-old.

Nearly 93 House Democrats, including the three from the San Joaquin Valley, rejected the voting age amendment.

Alex Tavlian is the Executive Editor of The San Joaquin Valley Sun and Executive Director of Valley Future Foundation. You can reach Alex at alex.tavlian@sjvsun.com.