Issues I'm Focusing On
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. The issues that need to be addressed are:
Abortion Rights - Congress needs to codify Roe Vs Wade to negate the Supreme Court abortion decision.
Abortion Rights are Human Rights
Prescription Drug Prices – Lower drug pricing needs to be made available to all so that no American has to ration their prescriptions because they can’t afford the monthly costs
Access to Quality Healthcare - Hospitals and facilities have closed in rural areas of TX8 causing critical barriers to healthcare access. TX8 needs increased funding for health centers for communities in need of more comprehensive medical, dental, and mental health care.
Public education is critical to America’s Future. Our children and grandchildren rely on the public education system regardless of income, sex, religion, race, or socioeconomic issues. Despite the role of education in shaping our youth and our future, it is underserved at the federal level. Our children should have a choice of whether to go to college or enter a career training program. Not only do we need to make sure we have well-paid, quality educators, and well-crafted, quality educational opportunities, the federal government should create programs so that students are not left with crippling debt.
I will focus on improving efforts to protect life and property during severe weather events and work to ensure equitable distribution of FEMA funds for disaster recovery. Congressional action to reduce the emissions that are causing an increase in weather events, like droughts and hurricanes, will need to not put an undue burden on the people in the district
Jobs, Taxes, and the Economy
As a business owner, it’s still difficult to maneuver through the current tax laws without the help of an excellent accountant. Our tax laws need to be simplified, fair, and equitable. I will fight for Fair Taxation for Texans and all Americans.
I will also focus on strengthening industries in smaller towns and help attract industry to towns that have none. Industry brings economic growth and new jobs. But, to attract industry, all rural areas should have access to adequate, affordable broadband service and the infrastructure to support economic growth. I will bring together resources to improve the infrastructure to meet the needs of the industry.
Finally, I will not forget district businesses still struggling to recover from the pandemic by facilitating access to whatever help the federal government has to offer.
I’ve been a strong advocate for Universal Background Checks, which most Americans support, but republicans in Congress do not. My ongoing support for common sense gun control legislation has led to Moms Demand Action endorsement as a gun sense candidate.
Republican state legislatures and conservatives on the Supreme Court have eviscerated sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. This created the need for Congress to revitalize Voting Rights. The House passed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, supported by the majority of Americans, in January 2022. However, the accompanying Senate Freedom to Vote Act was filibustered by republicans.
Democrats need to retain control of the House and Senate in order to restore the rights of every American to participate in fair, non-discriminatory elections.