The Affordable Care Act has brought healthcare to millions of Americans saving thousands of lives. I’ll fight hard to protect Obamacare while working to push the country towards a system providing universal coverage. Trumpcare threatens to kick 23 million Americans off their health insurance and decimate Medicaid. Scott Taylor already voted once to destroy our healthcare system and we can’t let him do it again. We must repeal and replace Scott Taylor!
A Fair Economy
Unlike Scott Taylor, I know that a strong economy is built from the bottom up, not from the top down. America deserves a raise! Low minimum wages not only hurt low-income workers and force taxpayers to subsidize large corporations, they hold down wages for the middle class as well. Until the minimum wage is raised to a living wage and pegged to inflation, middle-class wages will continue to stagnate. That is why I will fight to pass a minimum wage increase that will help push up wages for all Americans.
The Trump/Devos agenda will be devastating to public education. The proposed cuts will jeopardize programs that provide an opportunity for working class and socioeconomically disadvantaged children to achieve success. We must prepare all students with 21st-century skills. We must also ensure that all educators have the resources and tools they need to get the job done. As a 30-year veteran teacher, I can tell you that educators witness the triumphs and failures of public policy as they play out in our classrooms every day.
We must have the strongest military the world has ever known and be prepared to fight on many fronts against 21st-century threats. We need to make a strong commitment to taking care of our troops, our vets, and our military families. We need to ensure that our veterans have access to quality and timely health care, opportunities for education, and pathways to transition to the workforce after their service is over. Those who serve our nation pay a personal price to defend our freedom and caring for our military families is a sacred responsibility. When our troops are deployed, we have a duty to care for their families. When they return from service it is our duty to honor their sacrifice by keeping our commitments to them such as the GI Bill and the VA. I will fight every day for our military families and veterans.
The Trump budget proposes eliminating the Chesapeake Bay cleanup fund. The Bay is not just an ecological treasure, it is a trillion-dollar industry providing Virginia families with thousands of jobs and producing millions of dollars of revenue for the Commonwealth. Efforts to clean up the Bay have been immensely successful. However, President Trump’s and the EPA’s rollback put all that progress in jeopardy. Now, more than ever we need a strong advocate for environmental protection in Congress. As your representative, I vow to fight the Trump-Pruitt agenda and keep America moving towards a sustainable, clean energy future.