I am hearing from people from all over the district that they a need a leader who will stand up for the needs of our district. I look forward to taking my track record of success championing progressive issues to Washington.
I will go to Congress and represent the people of this district who are feeling left behind by the current Administration. As Speaker of the Minnesota House, I fought Governor Pawlenty and won. Pawlenty tried to take away healthcare from vulnerable people and balance the budget on the backs of middle class and seniors. I will take this fight to Congress as this Administration attempts to take health care away from those with pre-existing conditions, demonizes immigrants and refugees, sides with the NRA over keeping our children safe, and threatens our public lands and the environment.
The Republican tax bill gives 83 percent of the benefits to the richest Americans and corporations and raises taxes on working families while adding $1.5 trillion the national debt. Instead of paying for tax breaks for corporations and billionaires, we should be investing in Medicare-for-All, public education, and affordable housing.
The White House wants to balance our budget on the backs of seniors and retirees. We made a promise to our seniors and I will fight against Republican efforts to privatize Social Security, cut Medicare benefits, and destroy pensions. We need to protect the retirement plans for millions of Americans who have paid into those programs with every paycheck.
A woman’s right to choose remains under attack across the nation. I strongly support efforts to provide better access to contraception and healthcare. Women need to have control over their decisions about the full range of health care and reproductive services, including defending and protecting funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood.
I will work with local leaders to increase options for affordable housing in the 5th District. Our communities need more flexibility with federal dollars to meet life-cycle housing and preserving naturally occurring affordable housing. As Speaker of the House in Minnesota, I oversaw the passage of the Minnesota Historic Preservation Tax Credit that paved the way for the rehabilitation of thousands of units of affordable housing in the 5th District including Cedar-Riverside.
I will continue to use evidence-based decision making in Congress. As the Chair of Governor Dayton's broadband task force, we have brought high speed broadband to over 45,000 households, businesses, schools and other anchor institutions in communities. For the past 8 years, I have worked on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education and workforce development. I will advocate for an open and free internet, also known as net neutrality.
I will go to Washington to challenge Betsy DeVos's unrelenting attack on education. I will be a champion for the closing the special education funding gap that has grown wider in recent years. In the legislature I kept my promises to increase school funding and access to all-day kindergarten and Pre-K. As a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State College system, I am deeply committed to making public college and university affordable and free for all.
When I was Speaker of Minnesota’s House, I successfully guided the passage of Minnesota’s nation-leading renewable energy standard. I will be the strongest advocate for legislation to combat climate change in Congress. I know that our public lands are a treasure that must be protected for future generations. I will stand up against efforts to allow copper-nickel mining that could destroy the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and threatens freshwater in all of Northeastern Minnesota.
I am a strong supporter of legislation that will keep our communities, children and families safe from gun violence. I support universal background checks, a ban on all military-style weapons including high-capacity magazines and assault weapons, and a domestic violence offender gun ban.
I will fight to stop family separation and work to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) established by George W. Bush in 2002 and return to a more humane immigration and naturalization service. I will fulfill our nation's promise and uphold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and create a path to citizenship for everyone that calls our country home.
I strongly believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I support a universal Medicare-for-All plan and will defend core principles in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) including preserving access and coverage for pre-existing conditions, mental health, and women's health. I have been a strong proponent of ensuring 5th District residents have access to federal funding through the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). We must protect our most vulnerable from financial devastation by medical bills.
I will bring clean energy jobs and transportation investments and options to the 5th District. I led the override of Tim Pawlenty’s veto of the comprehensive transportation and transit bill. Over the past 10 years, this has meant over $8 billion invested in transit and transportation. I've been a strong supporter of multi-modal transportation including bike, transit, and auto investments. I was a leader in both the passage of legislation for final state funding of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) blue and green lines.
I have always been strong supporter and defender of GLBTQ+ rights. I will continue to take that record of support for the community to Washington. I will be a champion to defend the right to marry who you love and protect the health care services for the entire community to include transgender health.