When women thrive, America succeeds.
We can’t move forward as a country unless women are given an equal opportunity to succeed, which is why I support pro-woman, pro-family policies. I will stand up and defend women’s health and reproductive rights against misguided and misleading attacks; I will fight to end wage discrimination and make sure that women receive equal pay for equal work; and I will push for and support paid family leave and affordable healthcare policies. Planned Parenthood funding must be protected so women have access to critical health services like cancer screenings and birth control, and women must be able to make their own healthcare decisions without interference from their employers.
Our seniors worked hard their entire lives to earn Social Security and Medicare – we can’t break our promise to them now.
Keep our promises to seniors. After a lifetime of hard work, every senior deserves a secure and healthy retirement. Yet every year the career politicians in Washington try to dismantle Medicare and Social Security, attempting to balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. I will fight any attempt to privatize Social Security or turn Medicare into a voucher system.
Instead of finding ways to benefit banks and speculators, we must take steps now to strengthen and secure Social Security for this and future generations. In Congress, I will fight to:
It’s time to build an economy that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few.
Increase the nation’s minimum wage. No one who works full time should live in poverty. California is leading the way by raising the minimum wage, but Congress continues to ignore the issue, widening our nation’s income gap and making it harder for families to get ahead.
Stop handouts and tax breaks for big banks and corporations to grow our local economy. Instead of giving handouts to big banks and tax breaks to corporations that ship jobs overseas, we need to focus on projects that grow our economy and create jobs right here in the 25th District. We need to invest in our roads, bridges, water infrastructure, and renewable energy sources to stay ahead and create the jobs of the future.
End wage discrimination. Everyone deserves equal pay for equal work regardless of race or gender. It’s time to end wage discrimination so that every American worker earns what they deserve.
Give our kids the education they deserve. As the son of two public school teachers and the product of California public schools, I know the opportunity a strong school system can provide. Unfortunately, our public schools are under attack by constant cuts from Congress and college graduates are saddled with debt they can’t refinance because Congress won’t act. We must make our public schools a priority, by investing in STEM education, offering advanced vocational training and reforming our student loan system to make college affordable for everyone.
Small businesses make up more than 99% of all employer firms, and yet far too many Washington politicians spend their time looking out for only the biggest and wealthiest corporations.
Many small businesses and entrepreneurs struggle to access the capital necessary to start and expand their businesses. Inadequate access to capital holds these companies back and harms our economy. We should ease access to capital in a variety of ways, including:
We need to protect the environment for our families and children.
Whether you live in Simi Valley or Lancaster, Santa Clarita or Palmdale, Littlerock or Porter Ranch, we all call the 25th District home. The recent Aliso Canyon Gas Leak showed us what happens when our representatives are beholden to dirty energy companies. We need a representative who believes in science, understands that climate change is a paramount threat to national security, and will stand up to dirty energy companies in order to keep our roads clear from increased trucking traffic congestion, our air breathable, our water drinkable, and our communities safe. I will stand with the people in this community as we fight climate change and work to address the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, CEMEX, Santa Susana, the Chiquita Canyon landfill, and our dwindling fresh water supply, and I will never take campaign donations from Sempra Energy Company.
It’s time to pass immigration reform that secures our border, keeps families together and strengthens our economy.
Pass commonsense, comprehensive reform. In 2013 the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill supported by a broad group of business, labor, and faith organizations. But the House of Representatives is filled with so many out-of-touch and extreme politicians that it hasn’t addressed the issue. I support the principles of that bipartisan bill, which secured our borders and provided a pathway to citizenship for those who pay their taxes, learn English, and have no criminal background. Passing commonsense, comprehensive legislation would boost our economy and reduce our deficit by upwards of $900 billion over the coming years. I also strongly support the California DREAM Act, which increases access to college for undocumented immigrants who came here as children and have graduated high school in the US. We should be supporting hard-working children who were brought here as infants and toddlers and have contributed to American society.
I’ll fight for tough and smart national security policies that will keep Americans safe.
I’ll vote to take action to defeat ISIS and stop the global spread of terrorism. I will work to:
As a nation, we have no greater duty than to fully provide for those men and women who have served and sacrificed for this country when they return from service.
For more than 70 years the G.I. Bill has been available to help returning veterans achieve easier access to educational opportunities. Since its inception in 2008, the Post-9/11 G.I. BIll has provided educational benefits to more than 1.5 million brave men and women who sacrificed for our country. Unfortunately, this year Republicans in Congress attacked the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill by voting to cut the benefits it provides for our veterans. That is unacceptable. We need to make it easier for veterans to access educational benefits, not harder, which is why I pledge to defend the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and will work to ensure that sufficient funds remain available to provide educational benefits for soldiers going forward into the future.
We must ensure that veterans returning from combat zones have immediate access to the physical, mental, and emotional care they need. I have heard far too many stories from veterans in our community about waiting seven, eight, or nine months for an appointment, which is completely unacceptable. I will work to ensure that veterans have access to increased shuttle service down below to Westwood/Sepulveda, and I support legislation providing a single point of contact for each veteran to help navigate through the VA system.
Our servicemen and women have tremendous skills, and we must provide any assistance necessary to help transfer those skills into a successful career after discharge. I endorse the Manufacturing Jobs for Veterans Act: (H.R. 344.) and the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2015 (H.R. 366) and will co-sponsor those bills when in Congress. These bills aim to accelerate vital skills training for U.S. veterans in manufacturing careers. I also fully support the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which trains unemployed veterans for careers in high-demand occupations, and will work to expand the benefits available so that the program applies to more veterans.