"I am committed to fighting for medicare for all, moving to 100% Renewable energy, taking big money out of politics, women's equality, permanent solution for our dreamers, and taking on the NRA!"
CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT
The fossil fuel industry is making billions by putting our communities in harm’s way, and forcing us to pay to clean up their mess. Meanwhile, extreme weather fueled by climate change is creating massive droughts across the Southwest, historic flooding across the Southeast, and is forcing people out of their homes from Louisiana to Alaska.
We need to act fast to counteract climate change and keep fossil fuels in the ground. I pledge to vote against all new fossil fuel infrastructure, and to fight instead for 100% clean energy -- including tens of thousands of solar energy jobs for New Mexicans. We deserve representatives in Congress who will stand up to the fossil fuel industry, and I will.
Indigenous rights and the fight for climate justice cannot be separated, and I will fight for tribal nations across the country who are battling the fossil fuel industry in their backyards.
I believe in people over profits. I will fight for all families for access to clean water, air, and housing that allows us an equal opportunity to raise our families with dignity. We need strong environmental protections to ensure this across industries.
ECONOMY AND TAXES
Income inequality is out of control in America. The rich are getting richer, and working folks are only getting poorer. If we want a strong and just Democracy, we have to think big. America isn’t broke, but we have been pillaged by billionaires and big corporations who get rich off our infrastructure and expect working people to foot the bill. No more.
I believe in a fair society, where hardworking New Mexicans all have an equal shot to reach their full potential, and where corporations, millionaires, and billionaires all pay their fair share in taxes. We need a financial transaction tax to ensure this happens, along with a complete repeal and replacement of the GOP tax scam, and the reinstatement of a more robust estate tax. We need to return taxes for the wealthy and corporations to post-World-War-II levels and also ensure that we tax wealth generation, not just wage-labor income.
I’ll also fight with everything I have for a national public infrastructure bill that creates millions of jobs and rebuilds America’s crumbling roads, parks, bridges, energy, schools, and technology infrastructure. This bill should include massive investment in updating America’s energy grid to prepare us for 100% renewable energy, and millions of good union jobs that include living wages, full benefits, and fair scheduling. Infrastructure improvements should be especially targeted towards poor, black, and brown communities who have been historically neglected by our government.
Once we fix the imbalance in our tax system, we will have a huge surplus to rebuild our national safety net. Economic success requires equal access to resources that allow working families to live with dignity and free from violence and poverty.
In Congress I will fight for :
Free child care and pre-k: America is changing fast, and far too many working parents simply can’t afford safe childcare for their kids. As childcare costs soar across the country to upwards of $20,000 a child per year, taking action is key to gender equality, the success of our children, and for working families. I propose a national public child care and pre-k program on the same scale as current calls for free college. Early investments in child success will pay enormous dividends, and create millions of good jobs for early childhood educators.
A federal $15 minimum wage so everyone who works full time can put food on the table and pay rent.
To expand social security, by ending the cap on taxable income, so that more older Americans can retire with dignity. Current Social Security for many seniors is simply too low to meet basic needs like food, housing, and healthcare. Right now, only income up to $128,400 per year is taxable on social security, meaning our country’s highest earners aren’t paying their fair share.
Fair scheduling legislation at a national level, so that low-wage workers in retail and food-service jobs can have families and pay the bills. Oregon has passed a model bill for the nation, now we need to nationalize it so that low wage workers can plan ahead for childcare, rent, and school.
A national paid family leave program -- with six months of leave for all -- so that we can be there for our families in the times that matter most. No one should die alone because their families can’t afford to be there, and babies born into poverty need their parents just as much as babies born into extreme wealth. As a single mom, I believe this policy is especially important to single parents and working families without wealth across America.
A federal job guarantee. Across America, there are children and elderly people that need caretaking, failing infrastructure that needs rebuilding, schools that need more teachers and support staff, and parks that need to be cleaned and revamped. People need good jobs with living wages, and America has work that just isn’t getting done. A federal job guarantee needs to be explored, and could open the door to other bold ideas like a national childcare program to address our child care affordability crisis, universal pre-k to address the education gap, and public art to make our cities more vibrant and livable. As automation increases and climate change shifts our landscape, we need to think about how to keep America working.
Federal funding to end hunger. We need greater investment in SNAP, WIC, and school meal programs so that America ends its embarassing record with hunger. Too many New Mexicans go hungry every day -- I know because I lived it as a single mom trying to put myself through school. Food is a human right that should be guaranteed to every American.
A national resilience fund: climate change is here, and extreme weather is leaving many poor, black, and brown communities to pick up the tab for America’s addiction to fossil fuels. I propose a national resilience fund to create more climate-resilient infrastructure in America’s most vulnerable communities, and to support communities in rebuilding who are already being forced from their homes. This fund should be paid for through a national tax on big polluters.
Affordable housing. We need to take bold action to address homelessness and our affordable housing crisis across New Mexico and America. Good housing grants us access to good schools, grocery stores, social services, and more. Every American has a right to a roof over their head, and I will work to explore bold ideas to make this a reality.
More investments in renewable energy to create more good paying jobs;
Dignity and independence for people with disabilities. I support the Disability Integration Act as fundamental civil rights legislation that will protect disabled and elderly Americans from unnecessary institutionalization. I believe in a strong Americans with Disabilities Act and will vote against any attempts to weaken this essential legislation. I am against any legislation that would tie benefits of any kind to an ability to work, and for abolishing the sub-minimum wage for disabled Americans.
MEDICARE FOR ALL
It’s time to challenge corporate dominance over our health, and a corporate healthcare system that is inefficient, rocky, and wildly expensive. No American should face bankruptcy, death, or poverty because of a lack of healthcare. We need national public health insurance -- Medicare for All -- a model that has been proven across the world to lower costs, increase efficiency, and ensure the most people have access to care. Health care is a human right.
Public education is the key to social mobility and economic security, and all our kids need access to good public schools.
It’s time for us to make big, smart investments in public schools and find real solutions that pull our kids and all New Mexicans out of poverty.
Public schools are essential to ensuring American children can meet their full potential regardless of their income, Zip code, or skin color. We need big investments in public education now.
In congress, I will fight for:
Debt-free college. Every student should be able to attend college without financial barriers, and burdens after graduation.
Universal pre-k. Every child deserves the same shot at reaching their potential. Research shows that universal long-term benefits for children.
Social services that ensure our kids have the support they need to focus on learning. From reliable food to stable housing and mental health support to communities free from violence, I will fight to ensure our kids have the support they need to learn.
More federal funding for public k-12 schools.
I am against school vouchers, and any federal laws that would take funding away from our public schools.
I support a woman's right to choose when and how to have a child, full access to contraception and believe that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare -- which means we need to expand access to abortion care. Far too many rural women, poor women, and women of color simply do not have access to the healthcare they need to stay healthy. I believe that we need to protect access to care, not just choice about that care.
Pay equality is essential to gender equality. I will support all efforts to close the national pay gap, with a special focus on closing the gap for black, latina, indigenous, and disabled women as well as genderqueer and transgender people -- all of whom deserve equal pay for equal work.
Transgender Americans have the same rights as all Americans -- and I will fight to ensure my transgender neighbors have access to the same dignity, jobs, social services, and housing as we all do. This includes fighting the inhumane “bathroom bills” proposed by the GOP that restricts transgender kids and adults from accessing public spaces.
Both of my parents were Veterans, and my dad is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Our country must live up to the promises made to our Veterans in exchange for their service and their lives. All veterans deserve good health care, including mental health services, and support to transition into civilian jobs.
I believe in good jobs: jobs that allow workers to pay the rent, put food on the table, care for families, and live with dignity. Labor rights and unions have long formed the backbone of American society and need to be protected at all costs to ensure workers can compete in a world of increasingly extreme income inequality and corporate power. I will advocate for fair trade policies that do justice to our Labor Unions, and against any assault on labor rights.
This country was built by immigrants. As a Native American woman, my family has experienced the violence of government-enforced family separation. I will always fight to keep families together. ICE is an out of control institution that is terrorizing American families. I want to stop deportations, protect DREAMers, and I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. I will fight tirelessly against Trump’s racist and astronomically expensive wall. Immigration policy must recognize this country's dependency on (and exploitation of) immigrant labor, and treat with dignity and humanity those who work and build their families here.
DIPLOMACY-FIRST FOREIGN POLICY
The GOP’s violence-first foreign policy makes us less safe. Violence creates violence, and I believe the use of force should always be a last resort in America’s foreign policy. The Iran Deal has proven that diplomacy works, and I will work hard to ensure that America embraces diplomacy over violence at all turns.
I will hold Donald Trump and his billionaire friends accountable -- whether it’s standing up to his racist bullying, fighting for his billionaire friends to pay their fair share, or calling for impeachment. I will fight against the demagoguery represented by the current administration, and do everything in my power to create greater transparency in our government. I am not afraid to stand up to the NRA, the arms industry, big pharma, or the fossil fuel industry on behalf of everyday people who are too often being thrown under the bus for ever greater profits.
RACIAL JUSTICE & CIVIL RIGHTS
In the Trump era, when too many people are facing increasingly hateful violence -- specifically in the black, brown, Native American, and the LGBTQ communities -- I will fight for justice, dignity, and safety for marginalized communities. We must ensure that our policies reflect the inclusion and kindness we want to see in America. That means demilitarizing our nation’s police forces, legalizing marijuana for adults over 21, ensuring that we support the Department of Justice in investigating and prosecuting hate crimes and police violence that local jurisdictions ignore, and fighting discrimination at the national level wherever possible.
CIVIL LIBERTIES AND TECH
I support the right to privacy and net neutrality, and I will work to continue the expansion of broadband access across New Mexico. In a world where internet access is essential to success in school, in the job market, and at work -- public internet infrastructure is a big, smart idea that deserves further discussion.
We must take on the NRA! Congress needs to stop wasting lives and take action on gun violence -- now. We must keep guns out of the hands of people who should never have a gun. We need 100% background checks and to close loopholes -- especially with gun shows. We need to rid our communities of military-grade weapons; neither hunting nor policing require automatic weapons. We need major funding for behavioral health programs that are accessible to everyone. We need to strip the power of the NRA with commitments from elected officials to NOT ACCEPT campaign contributions. We need to foster a society in which violence is never the answer. No one should live in fear of attending a concert, dancing at a nightclub, or going to school.