Growing up in Bucks County, I learned the value of hard work and the importance of community, which drives my campaign today. I know how hard PA-01’s voters work to ensure their families have everything they need – and I know it’s the job of their representative to ensure Congress is protecting the programs they depend on and their right to collectively bargain for fair wages and safe working conditions.
Right now we have an administration and a Congress that is beholden only to America’s top 1% and big corporate interests. The top 1% owns more wealth than the bottom 90% combined. The top 1% also grabbed 82% of all the new wealth in 2017. This is an unsustainable economic situation and leaves working families behind.
And we have a Supreme Court taking unprecedented steps to dismantle workers’ rights to organize and collectively bargain. These attacks on unions and the labor movement are direct attacks on our democracy and America’s core values.
As long as corporate money drives our politics, working folks will continue to get a raw deal. I refuse to take a dime of corporate PAC money because I think the people of Bucks and Montgomery Counties are the only people your representative should be accountable to. I am committed to being a leading voice in the fight to safeguard the bedrock principles that protect working families.
A few of my priorities:
- Protect and strengthen basic earned-benefits programs like Social Security and Medicare, which the Republican party is currently hell-bent on cutting to pay for their multi-trillion-dollar tax cuts for corporations and the ultra-wealthy. I support raising or removing the income cap on Social Security contributions, so that the wealthy pay their fair share.
- Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour.
- Work to reform our campaign finance laws to restore a government that works for all people, not just corporations and the top one percent. This means mandating disclosure of all corporate political contributions, setting up a system of public matching of small-dollar contributions from regular folks, and ultimately, amending the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and allow legislative limits on the amount and timing of campaign fund-raising and spending, including a complete ban on corporate contributions.
- Fight for legislation that protects all workers’ right to collectively bargain and to collectively seek legal action over workplace issues – in order to help cushion the blow to workers after the devastating Supreme Court rulings in Janus v. AFSCME and Epic Systems Corps. v. Lewis.
- Support a major infrastructure-building initiative on the scale of the New Deal or Interstate Highway System — to include not just roads, bridges, rail and air, but also nationwide broadband so that every American, even in underserved rural areas, has access to the internet.
- Access to affordable health care. This includes strengthening Medicare, expanding Medicaid, maintaining the prohibition on insurance companies discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions, safeguarding women’s reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood, fully funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices, and last but not least, amending the Affordable Care Act to add expanded eligibility for Medicare, whether on the basis of age or other medically rational criteria — a public option of sorts — as an eventual pathway to Medicare for All.
- Ensure trade agreements include labor and environmental standards, do not include an investor-state dispute settlement system which gives corporations an unfair advantage in dispute resolution, and oppose fast-track approval of any future trade agreements.
- Restore Glass-Steagall, the wall between banks and investments firms, so that if there’s a major recession or depression, working class families don’t lose their hard-earned savings.
I am proud to have been endorsed by the following labor unions:
American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania
American Postal Workers Union Local 7048
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 614
Neshaminy Federation of Teachers
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Pennsylvania Federation Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes-International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Service Employees International Union
Transport Workers Union Local 234
United Auto Workers
United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 1360
United Steel Workers