The office of congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) was the first stop by a group of nuns on a nationwide tour to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the unpopular Republican tax bill.
“I am hoping that Rep. Mimi Walters can see that 20 percent of children go to bed hungry in Orange County,” said Sister Mary Therese Sweeney, decrying economic inequality as she stood at a podium in front of Walters’ Irving district office.
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice’s Nuns on the Bus tour kicked off in Los Angeles. It will travel through 21 states before ending its tour at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Nov. 2.
“It’s clear who the GOP tax law was written for, and it’s not the people whom Jesus championed,” Sister Simone Campbell said in a video about the tour.
Meanwhile, wages for regular Americans are stagnant, or even falling, once adjusted for inflation.
Several speakers at the Nuns event touched on the importance of affordable health care, lamenting efforts by Republicans like Walters to put health care out of reach for millions of families.
While Walters wasn’t at the event, Rep. Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) met with some of those traveling on the bus. Correa thanked the nuns for being good teachers and reminding everyone “what’s important in life.”
Walters, a Trump loyalist who supports the Trump agenda 99 percent of the time, is locked in a tight re-election race with Democratic challenger Katie Porter. Walters has trailed in several recent polls.