United States Representative Mike Honda is hopeful that the compre- hensive immigration reform legislation could be passed in a few months.
“We have got HR15, we are pushing
hard, we think we will get 25 to 28
Republicans on to that bill,” Congressman
Honda told India Abroad on the sidelines
of a fundraiser at longtime supporter
Deepka Lalwani’s home in Milpitas,
California, November 9. “With that many I
think we can move forward.”
The iconic Asian-American Congress-
man — who will face challenger Ro
Khanna, a former Obama administration
official, in the 2014 election for
California’s 17th Congressional District —
admitted it would be hard to get the
Speaker to agree.
“So we have to just keep working on it…
We’ve been working with some
Republicans like Congressman Jeff
Denham ( whohassaidheissupportive). I
am hopeful, because I think that some-
thing could be done in a few months. We
have to work with House Speaker John
Boehner and make sure that we work
together to pass comprehensive immigra-
Congressman Honda, a seven-time
incumbent, said what makes Silicon Valley
such a hothouse of ideas is “people from
different backgrounds. My background of
expertise is in education and being in
Silicon Valley, the technology community
here understood that I was an agent of
Washington, DC (infurtheringthevalley’s
He recalled how he helped introduce the
first $4 billion grant for nanotechnology
innovation, which helped the technology
“And that’s the kind of things we want to
see happening,” he said.
Supporters of Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Admi Party in India were livid at Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s order to probe foreign funding for the
“The allegations are completely bogus,” said Abhay
Bhushan, who has been hosting events in Silicon Valley to
garner support for the AAP among the Indian Diaspora.
“All funds contributed to AAP and donors are listed on the
AAP Web site by donor names with complete transparency.
Contributions from Indian citizens living abroad are not
Bhushan pointed out that it is compulsory for non resi-
dent Indians to give their passport number when they con-
tribute. And such funds are small, less then $1 million,
The Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party get
over 85 percent of their funds in anonymous cash donations, which are claimed to be from small donors, Bhushan
Even in case of the 15 percent of known donations, he
added, there are funds from subsidiaries of foreign-con-trolled companies.
“Indians feel hurt on the one hand and quite annoyed on
the other at the government’s decision to refer to our dona-
tions as foreign funding,” said another AAP supporter,
Akshay Kumar Anugu. “We too hold Indian passports. We
are Indian citizens. It doesn’t matter where we are based.
It’s as simple as that. We want to do what it takes to change
Indian politics — the corruption, nepotism, black money,
you name it. We have had enough, and Indians are fed up
the world over.”
Amit Sharma, another California-based Kejriwal sup-
porter, said, “The law clearly says that if you of Indian citi-
zen you can donate your personal savings.”
‘Indians are fed up the world over’
Congressman Honda ‘hopeful’
immigration reform will be
passed in ‘a few months’
about 9,700 ballots, whose signatures had been challenged. Both candidates worked over
the weekend to identify and help any supporters with challenged signatures.
A mandatory machine recount would be triggered if the race was within 2,000 votes
and 0.5 percent.
Either Sawant or Conlin could avoid that by winning roughly 54 percent of the remaining votes, according to a Seattle Times analysis.
Sawant, 41, is an economics professor at Seattle Central Community College. With her
call for a citywide $15/hour minimum wage, rent control, and a tax on millionaires to
fund mass transit and education, she became the favorite of the working class.
She said she began to align with the socialist ideology after coming to the United
"In America most people consider themselves middle class. But there is a huge gap
between the rich and poor," she said. "Currently middle class jobs are not being created.
Qualified younger people may be stuck in small paying jobs while they have to pay huge
student loan debts. One in six Americans is poor and the official poverty line itself is not
Democrat recently resigned causing the special election.
The most difficult thing during
the election was bringing out people to vote in a special election,
Mangipudi said. Yet the turnout at
Ward 8 was the highest among all
other wards that went for polling.
“The response from the people is
phenomenal. How wonderful the
community is. Many said they
appreciated the work I do. People
are very welcoming. I met representatives and officials and they
are excited. They have known me
for quite some time,” she said.
The job of a representative is
part time and voluntary. The
House has 400 members.
Mangipudi said she plans to continue with her part time work as a
speech-language pathologist too.
“The voters spoke. My focus will
now be on representing everybody. I’m very
proud of all my supporters for running a
very positive campaign,” she said. “My hus-
band and sister were by my side when I
took the oath (November 13). I did carry the
Bhagvad Gita with me. It was a very nice
She said she was excited that she would
be in the House when the vote on Medicaid
Expansion in New Hampshire would take
place. “I believe that everyone in New
Hampshire should have access to health
care,” she added.
“The other thing I hope to be able to do
while in the legislature is to pass legislation
that would provide rail access between
Nashua and Boston. The Capitol Corridor
Rail would be important because it would
help bring talent into New Hampshire, and
also prevent families from having to uproot
and leave if a family member gets a job in
Massachusetts. I also believe that the rail
access would bring tourism into the state
and create new jobs.”
Mangipudi started her public life as co-
president of the parent and teachers organ-
ization at Bicentennial Elementary School
in 1996. Later she became a member of the
Nashua School Board from 2002-2004.
From 2002 – 2013 she served in the New
Hampshire chapter of the US India
Political Action Committee. She was also a
chairperson of the local Akshaya Patra
Mangipudi came to the United States in
1986 and has lived in New Hampshire since
1989 with her husband Krishna
Mangipudi, a computer professional and
two children Sarayu and Vikas.
She has a masters from the All India
Institute of Speech and Hearing in India.
She completed her clinical certification at
the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital in
wins New Hampshire
Socialist Kshama Sawant set
to stun Seattle