ECONOMY & JOBS
As a small business owner I see firsthand that small businesses are the backbone of our economy and the cornerstone of our communities. Now more than ever, Congress needs an Arizona voice that truly understands the unique needs of small businesses and will fight for Main Streets throughout the second district.
I will work to drastically simplify the tax code for small businesses so they can grow and prosper. We can’t have small business owners spending tens of thousands of dollars a year on accounting fees and hundreds of hours a year doing compliance paperwork. We need them doing what they do best. Creating jobs and opportunity for millions of Americans.
Currently, there are 45 million Americans living in poverty. This is unacceptable to me.
I support raising the federal minimum wage incrementally to $15. America is supposed to be a land of opportunity, where hard work and sweat equity is rewarded. But today’s federal minimum wage is not enough for a family to make ends meet.
After reaching $15, Congress needs to look at tying any further increase in the minimum wage to inflation so we never fall behind our promise to the American people on providing opportunity and fair pay for a day’s work.
The time is now to make significant long-term investments in rebuilding and expanding our country’s infrastructure. This investment will create good high-paying jobs that cannot be shipped offshore and it will keep America competitive in the global marketplace for years to come.
This isn’t a time for incremental improvement to our infrastructure. Our country has put this off for far too long. We need bold transformative change to fix our crumbling roads, bridges, schools, and airports. Let’s make a strong investment in our economic future and lay the foundation for the jobs of tomorrow. With so much at stake, there is no time to waste.
I know that unions are part of the solution to a prosperous America, not part of the problem. Stronger unions mean a stronger middle class and a stronger economy.
I will work to strengthen labor by fighting for fair wages, workplace safety, stronger collective bargaining rights, and family leave. By voting for pro-labor policies, we as a country can help rebuild the middle class and better the lives of our working families.
Health care is a human right. Not a privilege. I believe that all Americans should have health insurance coverage. We need a health care system that puts people and positive outcomes before profits. That is why I support a Medicare for All.
Understandably, we will not be able to transition into a Medicare for All health care delivery system overnight. Much work needs to be done to make this happen. In the near term, we must work to repair and strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA) not repeal it.
EDUCATION & AFFORDABILITY
Education is one of our society’s great equalizers and a high quality public education should be accessible and affordable to all Americans. We need to fully fund both the federal and state sides of public education and help provide all who seek it, the education and skills they will need to participate in today’s changing global economy.
Make College More Affordable:
Borrowers can’t participate in the American economy or strive to attain the American Dream if they leave school with have debt the size of a mortgage. To make college more affordable I support tripling the federal work study program, protecting and expanding the Pell Grant program, and allowing borrowers to refinance at current interest rates
2 Years Tuition Free Higher Education.
By the year 2020, 65 percent of all job openings will require an education or skills training beyond what any student receives in high school. We need to properly update our country’s social contract to make two years of college, not just high school, something students receive at public expense.
College isn’t for everyone, let’s strengthen vocational schools.
I think it is important for students to further their education in some way, but the 4-year university or a 2-year community college track may not be the best route for all students. Trade and vocational schools are often overlooked. I support strengthening federal funding to technical education programs. We need a highly trained workforce ready to hit the ground running in the economy of tomorrow.
SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE, MEDICAID
We cannot allow our seniors to go without health care or fall into poverty and homelessness. We need to keep our promise to our seniors and disabled and protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare.
I will never vote for legislation that weakens these critical programs. I pledged to never vote to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security and that pledge includes no increase to the age of eligibility. That’s a pledge I will honor and keep. I will never turn my back on our district’s seniors and disabled.
I believe that climate change is real and I believe that we have played a part in making that happen.
Congress needs to take aggressive action to combat climate change. Some measures that I support that address this critical issue are.
- Fully fund the Environmental Protection Agency and protect federal regulations and policies that benefit our environment.
- Mandate that federally funded infrastructure projects take global warming into account.
- Increase subsidies and tax breaks for the renewable energy sector and the technologies of tomorrow.
- Enact strategic short and long-term policies aimed at preserving and conserving Earth’s precious natural resources like water which plays such a big role in a drought risk state like Arizona.
Arizona needs to lead from the front and show bold leadership in the renewable energy sector. When I am elected, I will fight day in and day out to put our district at the forefront of the clean energy revolution make Arizona the Solar Capital of the World.
Current subsidies to solar and wind are substandard for sufficient growth and long-term sustainability. Congress needs to repeal current fossil fuel subsidies and pass legislation that greatly increases subsidies and tax breaks for the renewable energy sector, energy efficient homes, and electric vehicles.
IMMIGRATION AND THE BORDER
Our federal government needs a fair and humane immigration and border policy that focuses on family reunification and keeping our economy strong and positioned to compete in tomorrow’s economy.
I am firmly against an expanded border wall along the Mexican-American border. Instead, I believe our efforts should be placed on investing in cutting edge border technology and increasing the amount of trade at our major ports of entry. With over a million dollars in trade happening at our border every minute, let’s work to streamline the process and keep our dynamic economic super region healthy and strong.
I support a pathway to citizenship for our nation’s Dreamers and undocumented. I am against the forced deportation of 12 million people. It is not a socially viable or fiscally responsible solution. Let’s bring these folks out of the shadows and get them right with the law and on the books.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
Our criminal justice system of mass incarceration is broken and is reform is desperately needed. Immediate steps need to be taken. Three steps I support that can start making a difference today are:
The federal government needs to get out of the private prison system, reform mandatory minimums for non-violent offenses, and ban the box from federal employment applications.
We need to honor our commitments to our former service members and fully fund the VA.
The VA’s health care delivery system is in need of comprehensive reforms to ensure that veterans receive quality, timely, and affordable health care.
We as a country need to recommit ourselves to following through on the promises we made to our former service members. Let’s fully fund veteran mental health care, job programs, education opportunities, and programs to decrease homelessness.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM & TERM LIMITS
Campaign finance reform.
We need to get big money and dark out of politics. Corporations and lobbyists have too much power in Congress and the voices of everyday Americans like yours are being ignored. That’s why I’ve pledged to not accept money from corporations or individuals who are registered as federal lobbyists. It is time for a Congress that is focused more on helping families like yours and less on helping their campaign donors and special interests.
There are too many people in Washington who have been there for far too long. There is a cloud of complacency that hangs our nation’s capital. The root of this problem is that politicians care more about retaining their position and pleasing their campaign donors than doing what is best for the country. That’s why I have pledged to serve only four terms/ 8 years in the US House of Representatives. After I am elected I will work to build bipartisan support behind a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on Congress.
I will always stand for women’s health issues, including access to contraception and the right to make one’s own reproductive choices. I believe that only a woman, her family, and her doctor should be able to decide what is best for her health.
We should be doing everything we can to make voting easier – not harder. That’s why I support expanding early voting, automatic voter registration, and making Election Day a national holiday.
I believe that no one should face discrimination or harassment based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. I will use my voice in Congress to advocate for equal protections for members of the LGBTQ community.
Specifically, I will advocate for programs that provide equal treatment of LGBT couples who hope to adopt a foster child, vote to fund ant-bullying programs,and stand firmly against a military ban against our trans soldiers in uniform.
Rolling back net neutrality has real life consequences for southern Arizona. It will hurt small businesses, job creation, innovation, and access to health care and education.
I will always fight for strong net neutrality protections and a free and open internet. It belongs to the people, and we must keep it free, open, and equally accessible for all.
I fully support medical marijuana. We need to end the federal prohibitions on medical marijuana and allow the possession, production and distribution of medical marijuana in states with established marijuana laws.
COMMON SENSE GUN LEGISLATION
I will always support and stand by the Second Amendment and defend the right to bear arms but I will also support stronger common-sense efforts to reduce the number of people killed or injured by guns.
I support universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, closing the internet sale loophole, banning bump stocks, and preventing those on the terror watch list from legally buying a gun.