In Congress, I work to advance policies through my work with caucuses.
I currently chair two Congressional caucuses:
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)
The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994. CAPAC is non-partisan and bi-cameral.
CAPAC was created with the purpose of ensuring that legsilation passed by the United States Congress, to the greatest extent possible, provides for the full participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and reflects the concerns and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. We work to educate other members of Congress about the history, contributions and concerns of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, establish politcies on legislation and issues relating to persons of Asian and/or Pacific Islands ancestry who are citzens or nationals of, residents of, or immigrants to the United States, its territories and possesions, as well as work to protect and advance the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans.
The Creative Rights Caucus (CRC)
American innovation hinges on creativity -- it allows our kids to dream big and our artists to create works that inspire us all. The jobs that result are thanks entirely to our willingness to foster creative talent, and an environment where it can thrive.To ensure that creative works are a part of the legislative debate in Congress, I, along with Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC), the Chairman of the IP Subcommittee, launched the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus in 2013. This bipartisan caucus includes 54 members spanning both ends of the political spectrum.
We started this caucus because we see a need to advocate for the rights of individual creators. The caucus will strive to educate Members of Congress and the general public about the importance of preserving and protecting the rights of the creative community in our country. American creators of motion pictures, music, software, books, visual arts and others rely on Congress to protect their creative rights, human rights, First Amendment rights, and property rights. I pledge to drive home the critical message that creative rights matter.
In 2014, the Creative Rights Caucus hosted the first-ever “Beyond The Red Carpet: Movie & TV Magic Day” on Capitol Hill. Over 400 attendees, including Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, stars of the TNT/Warner Horizon Television series "Dallas", SAG-AFTRA actor RJ Mitte from AMC's "Breaking Bad", and 30 Members of Congress participated in the event. A speaking program and thirteen exhibit booths offered a behind-the-scenes look at our American film and television industry.
More on My Caucuses
Washington, DC — Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (VRAA). The VRAA is a response to the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder that required Congress to create an updated coverage formula for determining if the Federal government can intervene in a state’s election laws. Since that Supreme Court decision, nearly two dozen states have implemented restrictive voter ID laws and created obstacles for people to vote.
This week, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus plan to send a letter to Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, asking for a briefing on the company's census plans, according to the press office of Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif.
"We are deeply concerned that the [Asian American and Pacific Islander] community, which is already vulnerable to being undercounted, will be susceptible to misinformation and dissuasion tactics by nefarious actors who wish to undermine our democracy," write the lawmakers in a draft shared with NPR.
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Monterey Park) said racial profiling is getting worse. She said she is constantly fighting what she called anti-Chinese legislation, including a current effort to essentially prevent transit agencies from using public funds on rail cars or buses from companies owned, controlled or subsidized by the Chinese government. That would bar any contracts to BYD, a Chinese leader in electric buses with which LA Metro has contracted for 100 such vehicles.
“I was completely dismayed by the lack of clarity on the waiver process,” Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.,) who introduced a bill this year to overturn the restrictions, said in an interview. “It seemed to me that these bureaucrats could give no clarity on how it is supposed to work and why it isn’t working.”
Washington, DC —Yesterday, NBC announced the removal of Shane Gillis from the cast of Saturday Night Live. Gillis was announced as a cast member last week along with Bowen Yang, who is only the third Asian American in history to star as a full-time Saturday Night Live cast member. Gillis’ removal came after a public outcry over racist jokes that the comedian made in the past. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus released the following statement:
Washington, DC — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) is the 9th most active member of the 116th Congress, according to a new report by Quorum Analytics, which studied legislative activity from the beginning of the session – January 1, 2019 – to the start of the August Recess – July 31, 2019. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:
Washington, DC — Today, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), and Mark Takano (CA-41), CAPAC Second Vice Chair, hosted a CAPAC forum on issues related to North Korea that impact the Korean American community. At the forum, Frank Aum, a Senior Expert on North Korea at the US Institute of Peace, testified on security issues. Dr. KJ Seung, an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, spoke about humanitarian aid and health issues.
Washington, DC — Reps. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Vern Buchanan (FL-16) today introduced legislation to update the Qualified Performing Artist (QPA) tax deduction which helps artists deduct the costs of work-related expenses. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated the ability to claim miscellaneous itemized deductions, which previously allowed these artists to deduct their work expenses. The elimination of these deductions has caused many artists to pay thousands more in taxes.
Washington, DC — Today, marks the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad, which linked the continental United States from coast to coast and ushered in a new era of American prosperity. The completion of the railroad would not have been possible without the labor of over 12,000 Chinese railroad workers who helped to build this engineering marvel even in the face of great adversity and racial discrimination.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which commemorates the history, contributions, and achievements of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community began on Wednesday and will continue throughout the month of May. May is officially designated as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month” by section 102 of title 36, United States Code. The observance originally began as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week,” which was established through a joint Congressional resolution in 1978.