Parkland: This time it's different: Why I think this time we'll see substantive gun reform.
I support the "Rebuild America's Schools Act" that's being championed by Congressman Bobby Scott. As an educator for 30 years, I recognize the importance of rebuilding the physical & digital infrastructure of our public schools. This is the type of legislation that I will vigorously fight for in Washington, D.C.
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.
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 #FightFor15 to pass a increase that will lift working Americans out of poverty.
And the Trump Tax Scam isn't helping either. Those tax bill 'bonuses' are a distraction from the theft occurring as the middle class is getting robbed. We need a Representative who will fight for health care and paid family leave, not another pro-business faux-progressive.
National Security, Military, and Veteran Advocacy
Our country’s continued world leadership relies on a strong and balanced national security apparatus. That apparatus is supported by our diplomatic, information, military, and economic national instruments of power. America must clearly articulate our national security strategy to our citizens, allies, and adversaries. We must provide national instruments of power to support the strategy that are balanced and in alignment with our values. Our current administration has taken a READY, FIRE, AIM policy that leads with military aggression. I will fight to authorize and fund smart power that intelligently coordinates all the instruments to act in concert to provide for our security and prosperity at home and across the globe.
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 for our military families and veterans.
America must continue to maintain a comparative military advantage. That means transitioning from a 20th-century industrial age force to a 21st-century information age force. Cyber security is a threat to our democracy and we must strengthen our defenses in this area. A military that quickly sets conditions for a political end, supported by a well-funded diplomatic corps to bring lasting peace is needed. Most importantly, I take seriously the solemn requirement to debate and decide on the use of military force. It is a duty that requires examining the impact on our military members, their families, and this country.
Those who serve our nation pay a significant personal price to defend our freedoms. I believe that caring for our veterans and their families is a sacred responsibility. When our troops are deployed, we have a responsibility 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, health services, and civilian work transition. As I have for 30 years, I will passionately serve our military community, families and veterans with the compassion, respect, and dignity they deserve.
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.
Women's Reproductive Rights
Democrats believe that women's rights are human rights. I support reproductive and sexual health and rights, as well as, expanding the availability of affordable family planning information and contraceptive supplies and believe that safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and women's health care.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People
Democrats believe that LGBT rights are human rights and I support the ability of all persons to live with dignity, security, and respect, regardless of who they are or who they love.