FL-18 Priorities

On the Issues

Healthcare

Healthcare is a fundamental human right. In our country, every single person should be able to get high-quality, affordable health care, and no one should be forced to choose between making ends meet and getting the treatment they need. This means that Congress has to come up with ways to lower premiums and deductibles, increase consumer choice, and improve quality of care.

Republican efforts to repeal, dismember, and undermine the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), have done the opposite by destabilizing insurance markets, leading to a reduction in the number of insurers and rises in premiums and deductibles. We feel this in our pocket books, but it’s not just paychecks that are at risk; lives are, too.

My mom has been chronically ill for more than twenty years, so I understand personally what’s at stake. In Congress, I’ll work to shore up and enforce the ACA, including by introducing new incentives to purchase health care on ACA markets and boost enrollment, and through legislation to establish reinsurance pools that will spread risk among providers. I’ll also fight to expand access to healthcare beyond the ACA, including through proposals that would expand Medicare and Medicaid.

Broad-Based Economic Prosperity

In Congress, I will fight every day for policies that expand the middle class and create upward economic mobility, because everyone deserves to live the American dream. For far too long, Congress has favored special interests, big corporations, and the ultra-wealthy over hard-working Americans. But trickle-down economics doesn’t work, and we need to drive growth from the bottom up. That’s why I’ll work to create jobs, raise wages, and encourage entrepreneurship. I’ll fight to make our tax code simpler and more fair. I’ll demand investment in our infrastructure. I’ll protect the right to collective bargaining. And I’ll work to make Florida a hub for new industries, like solar energy, and a place where small businesses can thrive.

Growing up in a family business where we sold furniture for a living taught me that we are all better off when we are all better off, and that our economy should be strong but also equitable. I’ll be a champion for workers, small business owners, and everyone striving to make ends meet, because every person deserves a fair shot.

Protecting the Environment

Stronger hurricanes. Rising sea levels. Toxic algal blooms polluting Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie River. These are the realities we are facing every day in our community. For far too long we have had politicians who pay lip service to the environment but then vote in favor of laws that help big industry and polluters. We deserve better.

Here in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, we value protecting our environment, not just because we care about our beautiful surroundings, but because our beaches and waterways are the economic lifeblood of our community. In Congress, you can count on me to push for stronger environmental protections and ensure that our district has the funding it needs to keep our waterways clean and the Everglades healthy. I’ll fight for bipartisan climate change solutions and advance policies that move the United States towards clean energy and renewables, like solar.

I’m not taking money from big sugar, or any other corporations, because my first priority is protecting you and this beautiful place that we all love.

Gun Violence Prevention

Enough is enough. It is time for Congress to pass the kind of common sense gun safety legislation that the majority of Americans have favored for years. As a mom, I can’t imagine sending my daughter to school one day and not having her come home. But I also understand that the gun violence epidemic is more than a matter of school safety. For far too long, the epidemic has disproportionately affected women and communities of color while Congress has turned a blind eye. That’s unacceptable.

In Congress, I’ll make it my top priority to get military-style assault weapons off our streets. I’ll also vote to require universal background checks, raise the minimum purchase age to 21, keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and the mentally ill, clamp down on straw purchases, and ban bump-stocks. I’ll fight to ensure funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence and increase funding for mental health treatment. And I’ll take on the NRA and their dangerous plan to let out-of-state residents carry concealed weapons into our neighborhoods.

My views on gun violence prevention are steadfast and longstanding, not a reaction to the latest polls. I never have, and never will, take a penny from the gun lobby and you can count on me to always put the safety of our children and our community first.

Making Washington Work

We’re right to be fed up.

All we seem to get out of Washington is partisan politics. Congress doesn’t pass common-sense legislation anymore. And when Congress does act, it’s usually special interests who benefit.

Your representative has one job: to represent you.

That’s why I took a pledge not to accept money from corporate PACsnot one cent from big sugar, not one cent from drug companies, not one cent from banks. As a litigator, I fought to get money out of politics, and as a member of Congress I will do the same. It’s time to end the unlimited flow of dark money, overturn Citizens United, and stop foreign spending in U.S. elections. Special interest groups should be required to disclose where they spend money and who is funding them. And we need to ensure that the Federal Election Commission can enforce the laws that are already on the books.

When you take big corporate money out of the picture, it makes it easier for folks in Congress to do their job, which is to reach across the aisle and find common-sense solutions to our country’s problems. Starting with this campaign, I am promising to always put you first.

Education

Our kids deserve the very best public education. As a proud graduate of Palm Beach County public schools, I know that we can prepare the next generation for success. But Congress has to do its part. As your Congresswoman, I’ll fight for funding to pay our teachers what they deserve and to provide our classrooms with the best technology and supplies. I’ll work to expand early childhood education through programs like Head Start, and work to strengthen learning opportunities in science, technology, and the arts. I’ll push back on the dangerous Betsy DeVos agenda, which is using voucher programs to strip our public schools of resources. At the same time, I’ll work to expand technical and vocational education, because we should be able to graduate students who are career-ready.

When it comes to college, I’m committed to making it affordable. Our young people shouldn’t have to take on overwhelming debt in order to get a degree. I’ll support increases in Pell Grant funding, expansion of community colleges, and legislation that lowers student loan interest rates. I’ll also treat education as a life-long experience, which means investing in job training (and re-training) to prepare workers for the careers of the 21st century and help our Florida economy thrive.

Keeping America Safe

The United States remains safe because we have the strongest, best equipped, and most well-trained military in the world. But the risks to our country are too great to conduct foreign policy by tweet, and American leadership is too important to cede it to other countries.

Today, more than ever, we need leaders who understand world affairs and who will fight for a foreign policy that protects American interests and projects Americans values. I was proud to serve my country for six years as an official in the State Department, advising two different Secretaries of State and the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. And I’ll take that foreign policy expertise to Congress.

I’ll fight to keep our military strong, but I’ll also work to preserve diplomacy and foreign assistance in order to build the kind of partnerships we need to make peace and keep us secure at home. I’ll advance American values, like democracy, good governance, human rights, and the rule of law. And I’ll work to open markets to U.S. businesses, create a level playing field for U.S. companies, and ensure stability in the global financial system.

I’ll also ensure that, as our most important ally in the Middle East, Israel remains secure, that the United States works to support a two-state solution, and that we fight anti-Israel bias and anti-Semitism wherever it occurs.

Women’s Rights

From the classroom to the boardroom, women deserve equality and respect. This is a basic issue of fairness, but it’s also an issue of dollars and cents. Full gender equality in the workplace could boost the U.S. economy by a staggering $4.3 trillion in about a decade. I’ve been a staunch advocate for women’s rights throughout my career, and I’ll be an equally strong advocate in the halls of Congress. I’ll push for equal educational opportunities for girls, demand equal pay for equal work, and fight domestic violence, sexual harassment, and assault wherever they occur.

As a woman and a mom, I understand the importance of reproductive choice, which is why I will always defend a woman’s right to choose. I’ll also fight to ensure that all womenregardless of race, class, or sexual orientationhave access to the healthcare they need. No woman should face discrimination at work because of a pregnancy, and every American should have access to paid family and sick leave, because giving people time to care for each other is good for families and the economy.

It’s not enough to say #metoo or #timesup. We need representatives in Congress who will fight for our rights and break down the barriers of gender discrimination once and for all.

Veterans

American is safe because of the men and women who put on the uniform every day and serve our country. It is therefore our most solemn duty to honor our veterans and their families.

In Congress, I’ll fight to modernize the Department of Veterans Affairs and make it work better, because no veteran should have to wait months for care or have their claims denied without transparency and accountability. Our veterans should have the highest quality healthcare, access to comprehensive mental health treatment, and the resources they need to live full and happy civilian lives. That’s why I’ll push back against efforts to privatize the VA. And it’s why I’ll work to expand educational and job training opportunities for veterans, increase incentives for business to hire veterans, and combat veteran homelessnessbecause no veteran should have to live on the street or go to sleep hungry.

Our veterans and military families have sacrificed so that we might be secure and free; they deserve only the best in return.

Caring for Our Seniors

There’s a reason so many people retire to our District, and it’s not just the beautiful weather. Here in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, we care for our seniors, ensuring that everyone can age with dignity, security, and respect.

The thing is, our seniors are under threat. The massive deficit caused by the Republican tax plan is being used an excuse to make cuts to Medicare and Social Security, and our friends, neighbors, and loved ones will suffer as a result. With almost ten percent of Florida seniors already living in poverty, we just can’t afford to make those kinds of cuts.

In Congress, I’ll fight to preserve Medicare and Social Security. I’ll stand up to big pharma, and fight to lower the costs of prescription drugs. I’ll work to combat discrimination against the elderly in all of its forms.

Whether you’re a seasonal resident or a full-time Floridian, I’ll work every day to ensure that you can enjoy your golden years with the grace and dignity that we all deserve.

Protecting Civil Rights and the Rule of Law

The great promise of our country is that every individual is entitled to liberty, justice, and equality under the law. This promise is true for each one of us, regardless of the color of our skin, the God we worship, the language we speak, the place we come from, or the person we love. America is best when it leads with these values, and I will fight every day to ensure that every person in our community and our country is treated with dignity and respect, and lives free from discrimination and fear.

For over 200 years, our democracy has survived and thrived because we have committed ourselves wholeheartedly to the values enshrined in our Constitution and strived to always seek a more perfect union. Today, as we face threats to freedom of speech, press, assembly, and religion, as our leaders flout due process and equal protection, and as abuses of power become frighteningly common, it is more important than ever to redouble our commitment to American values and the rule of law. As your Congresswoman, I will be a stalwart defender of the rights and freedoms of each one of us, because we are stronger as a people and a nation when we uphold the principles that make our country the beacon of light for democracy around the world.

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