I unapologetically support a single-payer solution to ensure that all people have access to quality healthcare.
The Affordable Care Act was a historic first step towards providing all Americans with access to healthcare. I personally have benefited as a consumer on the Maryland Healthcare Exchange. However, the ACA fell short of taking bold action to reduce cost, ensure continuity of care, eradicate inequities across the income divide and extend health care to all Americans. The ACA was a health insurance based model of care. Health insurance companies still make decisions that place profit over people and millions of people are still uninsured and underinsured. I support Rep. Jayapal's Medicare for All Act introduced in 2019.
We need a Green New Deal and we cannot afford to wait. Carbon emissions are warming our climate, causing more violent storms, and creating pollution in the air we breathe, plants we consume, water we drink, and food we eat.
As a coastline district, the adverse effects of climate change will result in lost jobs, lost homes, and lost hope in preserving our district’s vast geographic and ecological diversity. In order to restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and maintain economic progress for working families, we need a 21st century approach to renewable fueled transit, expanded business ventures in the district for carbon neutral energy, and regenerative agriculture.
In 2019, The Economist rated the United States as a “flawed democracy” for the second year in a row. As voters, we cannot allow our government to forget that we the people run this great nation together— not just those who can pay to play. In order to restore integrity in our nation’s capital, we must first end the private financing of all federal level campaigns and overturn the decision of Citizens United v. FEC with a constitutional amendment. Secondly, I support Sen. Warren’s “Anti-Corruption & Public Integrity Act” which is a step to diminish endless career politics and conflicts of interest. Third, I will support a constitutional amendment to switch our Presidential Elections to a popular vote system and effectively kill the Electoral College. Finally, Congress must set national standards for transparent and fair elections by requiring paper ballots in every election, Election Day to be a federal holiday, automatic voter registration after reaching the age of majority, absentee ballot requests, open primaries, and non partisan commissions to draw our Congressional maps.
We are all endowed with inalienable rights. The federal government is charged with protecting and promoting our rights and our dignity as Americans. Congressional oversight is vital to ensuring all people are able to thrive free from discrimination. This covers many aspects of everyday life including for protections for students subject to the School to Prison Pipeline, workers and people from all marginalized communities. As a teacher that witnessed the use of suspension all too frequently, I support legislation that strengthens the oversight of Congress on the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Under Obama Era guidance, the OCR conducted thorough investigations of civil rights complaints including looking at district wide data for similarly situated students. This allowed for findings of systemic discrimination and remedies for all students impacted by discriminatory practices. Trump's Department of Education dismantled this practice. I support Rep. Maxine Waters’s legislation examining the practices of the OCR.
Our criminal justice system needs to be centered around public safety, rehabilitation and prevention - not mass incarceration.
Our criminal justice system too often fails to prosecute the robber barons of Wall Street, punishes people suffering from addiction and criminalizes poverty. In order to de-incarcerate our prisons we must engage in thoughtful, research driven analysis and execute bold new policies with the same speed previous generations worked to create the mass incarceration prison industrial complex. Criminal justice should be centered around employing the best practices to achieve public safety for all Americans. In order to institute policies that promote safety we must end cash bail, repeal mandatory minimum sentencing statutes, decriminalize recreational drug use, de-privatize prisons and vendors servicing prisons including telephone companies, medical providers, retailers and privately run prisons and treat the root causes of unlawful behavior including addition, mental illness, inadequate housing, transition services for homeless and fostered youth and trauma.
America needs an intervention on the over-weaponization of our communities. In order to protect our homes and save our neighborhoods, we must promote common sense policies.
We need a ban on assault weapons, high capacity magazine, and gun accessory to prevent mass shootings like in Las Vegas, Orlando, Dayton, and Parkland. We need universal background checks and mental health screenings for all those who seek to bear arms to ensure their usage is not malicious. We need mandatory training for any and all guns — rifle or handgun — and liability insurance. We need to fix NICS and also include a registry for all gun owners to register their trigger locks and safes to ensure proper storage. We need a federally enforced extreme risk protective order system that allows members in the community or victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to report dangerous threats that could be armed. We need all new gun safes and triggers to be biometrically programmed by 2030. We need a ban on ghost guns and 3D manufactured accessories. We’ve lost almost 2,500 lives since Sandy Hook to mass shootings, and as your Congresswoman I won’t allow the gun lobby to stand in the way of protecting our district in order to keep our children safe.
Affordable housing is one of the most pressing issues in our community here in the 5th district of Maryland. Many parts of our district are absorbing large numbers of Washingtonians displaced by gentrification and other parts of our district are building housing too quickly to be sustained by the market.
The first bill I will introduce as your Congresswoman will place a moratorium on the closure of public housing units. Fixed units of public housing creates market stabilization. Housing vouchers perpetuate increases in rent and destabilizes community. We should not be destroying a single public housing unit while there are homeless families in America. Instead, I will support the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act which will provide a $500 billion investment into new public housing. It will help reduce rent costs by 10% and close the black-white home ownership gap that has resurfaced to the same levels of redlined America. Additionally, I will emphasize the need for down-payment assistance programs that helped my family move to Southern Maryland as well because housing is the first step at building intergenerational wealth. It can provide a level playing field for those who are still feeling the damage of segregation and housing discrimination on top of DC gentrification.
“Taxation without representation” isn’t just a DC tagline - it’s an unjust reality for over 4 million Americans living in DC and our 5 territories.
I strongly support statehood for the District of Columbia and will fight alongside Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for our neighbors in Washington. I also believe the people of Puerto Rico and our other 4 territories have the right to self-determination after facing the political, social, and economic consequences of disenfranchisement.
Trickle-down tax incentives are inefficient and invite tax avoidance. The tax code is the most public and impactful statement of our values as Americans. A progressive tax code has the power to provide for our most vulnerable, stimulate innovation in industry by allowing small businesses and start ups the competitve advantage of lower taxes to their corporate counterparts, and promote social mobility within our country.
I support the creation of a 2% wealth tax for individuals possessing wealth valued above $20 million, and is progressively tiered moving up the latter, a Social Security for All plan to provide a universal basic income, a people-lead & union-endorsed agreement on international trade policy aimed at reducing tariffs, and ending the tax loopholes by supporting the "Real Corporate Profits Tax." We also need to eliminate offshore tax havens and limit stock buyacks by enacting the "Corporate Tax Dodging Prevention Act" and the "Inclusive Prosperity Act." Lastly, upon repealing the Trump tax cuts, we must work to pass a tax equity bill called the 99.8% Act which creates a progressive estate tax.
Our economy is not working for middle class America. Despite the increase in jobs numbers since 2010, these newly created jobs are mostly temporary part time with no benefits. To make our economic system support working families, we need to maximize the alignment between the long-term interests of companies with those of the public by boosting worker bargaining power, keeping markets fair and regulated, and deploying tax policy to counter inequality.
In an effort to match productivity with wage growth, I support a $15 federal minimum wage tied to inflation and the cost of living, the right to unionize and the Workplace Democracy Act, guaranteed paid family & sick leave, and requirement for billion dollar corporations to have employee-elected board members under the Accountable Capitalism Act.
Investment in education starting with universal Pre-K at 3 years old to grade 12, to college and beyond is a national, moral, & economic imperative.
I believe in access to quality early childhood development facilities, the full funding of the ADA and IDEA for students with disabilities, and tuition free college and trade school with a corresponding $1.5 trillion debt cancellation package for anyone with a student loan. As a victim of a for profit higher education institution myself, I am specifically concerned about the welfare of veteran students. Both for-profit and traditional universities often fail to meet the needs of our veterans as they return home to pursue their education.
We need to reform our immigration policies to enable the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States to come out of the shadows.
Offering opportunities for undocumented people to pursue legal status will add a cumulative $1.5 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product—over 10 years. We need to pass the DREAM Act— creating a path to citizenship for immigrants who came to the United States as children. This would put 2.1 million young people on a pathway to legal status, adding $329 billion to the American economy over the next two decades. We must build a 21st century high-skilled immigration system— to accept highly qualified immigrant workers when there is a demand that cannot be filled by American workers.