Taking Care of Our Veterans
I stand for increased funding and the modernization of the Veteran’s Administration and their rules and regulations. This is a non-partisan issue: we owe our veterans the best possible care and support in honor of their service to our country. They were there for us, and no veteran should ever have to worry that our country isn’t there for them.
Protecting Our Seniors
I stand for strengthening and enhancing Social Security and Medicare to ensure that all seniors can enjoy the retirement that they have earned. Our first principle should always be to protect the promise we made to Americans under these programs. Neither should be privatized, because companies are inherently driven by profits; there is no shame in that, but government is the only institution whose sole motivation should be the protection and well-being of its citizens.
Supporting Americans with Disabilities
I stand for Iowa’s proud history in disability rights, with Senator Tom Harkin leading the charge to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. We should honor his legacy and the needs of our most vulnerable citizens by continuing to ensure equal opportunity and equal access to care for all.
I stand for protecting our planet. And I believe that the scientific and economic evidence is clear: investment in green technologies, conservation, and a cleaner planet creates jobs, improves people’s health, and builds pathways to a better, more innovative future for everyone. Iowa’s wind energy revolution is just one example. At national level, addressing climate change should be a high priority before its impacts on our weather and agriculture are irreversible. And we need to ensure that every American has access to clean water by managing the impact of agriculture without casting blame and undercutting our independent farmers.
Campaign Finance Reform
I stand for rules that minimize the amount of corporate and special-interest money flooding our political system. It doesn’t matter what party you belong to: when the wealthy and the powerful can spend without restrictions or accountability, it drowns out the voices of everyday citizens and undercuts the basic tenets of a free democracy.
I stand for equal pay for equal work, ensuring women have control over their reproductive health, and improving protections for women from sexual assault and domestic abuse. Most of the most influential role models in my life have been women, and I have been appalled to see the assaults on women’s rights in Iowa.
I stand for common sense on immigration. Protecting Iowa's workers means getting a handle on illegal immigration. We need to protect our borders, but we also need to bring those who are here out of the shadows. There should be a path to legal status, so immigrants can join unions and organize, so they can report crimes, and so our businesses that do it right, by hiring Iowans, and by hiring union, are not put at a competitive disadvantage. It is the right thing to do. It is the moral thing to do. It is time for comprehensive immigration reform.
I stand for equality and civil rights for ALL, without hesitation and without caveats. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are when it has no impact of the lives or well-being of others. That is not what this country stands for.
The Inalienable Right to Vote
I stand for automatic voter registration so we can make it easier to vote, more flexible voting mechanisms like mail-in ballots and early voting hours, and nonpartisan independent redistricting. The most fundamental right of citizenship is the right to vote for your government representatives. No one should ever be denied that right when it is their due, especially not because of baseless and hypocritical complaints about non-existent “voter fraud.” Voter restrictions and gerrymandering are crass attempts by the powerful to keep their power, when the voters in this district are the only ones who should have the right to determine their fate.