Sean Trambley

Sean Trambley is a Contributor for The Well News. A seasoned communications and policy professional with more than a decade of communications experience in Washington, DC and California, Sean served as the Communications Director and Legislative Assistant for former Congressman Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) from 2008 until his retirement in 2012. Later, he joined the Democracy Initiative as the Sr. Communications Strategist, a coalition of 60 environment, labor, and civil rights organizations committed to democracy reform. Sean now resides in Martinez, California where he founded SMT Strategies and works as a communications and public affairs consultant for campaigns, non-profits, and corporations. In 2016, he was appointed to the Martinez Planning Commission and also serves on the board of the Contra Costa Young Democrats.

Recent Work

America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It Rural
America’s Broadband Mapping Crisis and How to Fix It
June 11, 2019
by Sean Trambley

The Federal Communications Commission and Congress have long sought to map specific regions’ access to broadband services in order to help policymakers identify unserved areas. The Broadband Data Improvement Act of 2019, introduced last week in the House of Representatives by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.,... Read More

After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package Congress
After Prolonged Delay, House Passes $19.1 Billion Disaster Relief Package
June 4, 2019
by Sean Trambley

On Tuesday, the House passed a much-needed disaster aid bill that was blocked by three Republican congressmen leading to a two week delay for the $19.1 billion relief package to Puerto Rico, Texas, California, and other states. Following the bill’s passage in the Senate, the House... Read More

Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill Congress
Lone House Republican Blocks Passage of Bipartisan Disaster Relief Bill
May 24, 2019
by Sean Trambley

In a stunning move Friday, a solitary House Republican from the Freedom Caucus blocked the passage of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package providing aid to Americans hit by wildfires, floods, and hurricanes, including $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico. The funding passed the Senate on Thursday... Read More

New Legislation Allows Free Primary Care Visits for Individuals with High-Deductible Plans Health
New Legislation Allows Free Primary Care Visits for Individuals with High-Deductible Plans
May 20, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., announced the introduction of new bipartisan legislation to improve primary care options for individuals with high-deductible health insurance plans. H.R. 2774, the Primary Care Patient Protection Act of 2019, would create a primary care benefit... Read More

Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support Urban
Bill to Eliminate Neighborhood Blight in Cities Across the Country Finds Bipartisan Support
May 14, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, and U.S. Representative David McKinley, R-W.V., introduced the Clean Up Our Neighborhoods Act of 2019, authorizing the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make grants to states to eliminate residential and commercial blight and assist in neighborhood revitalization.... Read More

Scamming Senior Citizens - Legislation to Create Task Force at SEC to Protect Seniors Passes House Bipartisan
Scamming Senior Citizens - Legislation to Create Task Force at SEC to Protect Seniors Passes House
May 10, 2019
by Sean Trambley

An important bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week protecting senior citizens from financial fraud and scams. The bipartisan Senior Security Act, introduced by Representatives Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Trey Hollingsworth R-Ind., creates a Senior Investor Task Force at the Securities and Exchange Commission... Read More

Easing the Burden for Military Families with License Portability Military
Easing the Burden for Military Families with License Portability
May 10, 2019
by Sean Trambley

On Thursday, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, R-Ark., introduced the Portable Certification of Spouses Act, legislation to improve the portability of occupational licenses from state to state for military spouses. The bill will also help alleviate the burden military spouses endure... Read More

Deceased Individuals Received Billions from Government, Legislation to Curb Practice Introduced in House, Senate Bipartisan
Deceased Individuals Received Billions from Government, Legislation to Curb Practice Introduced in House, Senate
May 7, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., and Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., reintroduced the bipartisan, bicameral Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals Act, legislation that would allow all federal agencies access to the Death Master File, a registry maintained by the Social Security Administration that contains the... Read More

New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices Health
New Bill in California Legislature Tackles Surprise Hospital Billing Practices
May 3, 2019
by Sean Trambley

New legislation in the California state house is seeking to end surprise hospital bills that catch unwitting patients with expensive out-of-network insurance costs for emergency care. Earlier this year, Vox’s Sarah Kliff reported on San Francisco woman Nina Dang and Austin man Scott Kohan, who suffered... Read More

Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans Housing
Bipartisan House Members Move to Extend Housing Protections to LGBTQ Americans
April 30, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Representatives Brad Schneider D-Ill., Susan W. Brooks R-Ind., Jennifer Wexton D-Va., and Brian Fitzpatrick R-Penn. introduced legislation to extend clear and consistent non-discrimination housing protections to LGBTQ individuals. H.R. 2402, the Fair and Equal Housing Act of 2019 would include “sexual orientation” and... Read More

Effort to Axe the Military “Widow’s Tax” Continues to Grow With Bipartisan Support Military
Effort to Axe the Military “Widow’s Tax” Continues to Grow With Bipartisan Support
April 26, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Two months after being introduced by a coalition led by Senators Doug Jones, D-Ala., Susan Collins, R-Maine, Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, bipartisan and bicameral support for the Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act of 2019 continues to grow. The bill, now supported by 57... Read More

Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party Political News
Political Turmoil in North Carolina Continues to Roil State Republican Party
April 23, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Seven years ago, Republicans took over nearly every lever of power in North Carolina in a political takeover that seemed destined to transform the state into a conservative stronghold. North Carolina, once considered a moderate state, was now in Republican hands for the first time since... Read More

Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief Rural
Bipartisan RURAL Act Introduced to Expand Access to Rural Broadband Grants and FEMA Disaster Relief
April 19, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, Representatives Terri Sewell, D-Ala., and Adrian Smith, R-Neb., introduced the Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas and Lands (RURAL) Act, legislation to help preserve jobs and encourage infrastructure development by expanding access for tax-exempt cooperative organizations to a variety of government grants and assistance, including FEMA... Read More

Bipartisan Taxpayer First Act Eliminates Opportunity for IRS to Create Automatic Tax Filing System Taxes
Bipartisan Taxpayer First Act Eliminates Opportunity for IRS to Create Automatic Tax Filing System
April 12, 2019
by Sean Trambley

Tax season is upon us, and this year it seems many Americans are frustrated with smaller refund checks after the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has failed to live up to the hype for most working families. But in a major boon to tax preparation... Read More

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses Innovation
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Support Startup Jobs, Innovation, and Small Businesses
April 9, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Pat Toomey R-Pa., announced the introduction of the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, legislation that would support small businesses by removing burdensome restrictions from individuals who want to invest in startups and help create jobs. In... Read More

Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela Venezuela
Bipartisan Senate Bill Seeks to Help Restore Democracy in Venezuela
April 5, 2019
by Sean Trambley

This week, a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Bob Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced new comprehensive legislation to help restore democracy and address the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The most comprehensive effort to... Read More

House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement Health
House Subcommittee Holds Critical Hearing on Surprise Medical Bills with Rare Bipartisan Agreement
April 2, 2019
by Sean Trambley

A robust and important health policy discussion occurred on Capitol Hill yesterday with lawmakers on both sides of aisle appearing to reach a rare consensus on the problems of countless Americans who have been surprised with expensive out-of-network medical bills. The House Education and Labor Subcommittee... Read More

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