Issues

  • Healthcare

    We can be proud of the progress we’ve made in expanding health care access to millions of families through the Affordable Care Act, while acknowledging that our healthcare system is still fundamentally broken. I believe that every American should have access to affordable, high-quality health care.

    Access to quality, affordable health care is a right, and I won’t be afraid to stand up to the big insurance and drug companies to make sure all Americans can realize that right. We should be increasing competition and lowering costs by creating a public option that allows any American to buy into Medicare.

    Today, companies in the healthcare industry continue to make tremendous profits even though health care is increasingly expensive and out of reach for American families. We can’t stand for this. We need a system that is affordable, transparent, delivers high-quality patient care, and prioritizes keeping people healthy and well. That means:

    Ensuring that women have and must maintain the exclusive right to their own healthcare decisions, and have access to the network of healthcare providers–including Planned Parenthood–that provide essential preventative and routine health care services to millions of women nationwide.

    Prioritizing universal prenatal care and family planning services, so that every child, regardless of their parents' income, has the strongest start possible.

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  • Education

    Where a child is born should have no bearing on the quality of education and opportunities that child will have. Our children are our future, but too often we are failing them. Here’s what I believe:

    Every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

    Educators are deeply undervalued–a holdover from when teaching was considered “women’s work”–when we know they are some of our most hard working and important public servants. Meanwhile, higher education is either out of reach or saddling young people with mountains of debt while we’ve all but given up on skills-based programs, such as technical college and apprenticeships.

    We need leaders who will say ‘yes’ to kids and fight for our children’s future. This means:

    Investing in young children via affordable high-quality child care and universal pre-K, as well as prenatal and natal care, safe and stable housing, and two-generation approaches so children and young families start life healthy with stable footing and the support they need.

    Supporting our public schools and teachers with the resources, tools, and public accountability needed to offer all children the opportunity to earn a first-rate, public education.

    Closing the achievement gap and emphasizing diversity by recruiting diverse, highly-qualified teachers and school staff, emphasizing teacher and school accountability, making school integration an explicit goal, and making use of more creative, modern, and culturally competent educational materials.

    Resisting privatization of our schools and education finance, be it through vouchers for private schools, sub-par for-profit institutions, or letting private sector financial institutions profit from student loan debt.

    Making college affordable by pushing colleges and universities to rethink the way they think and do business–be it improving graduation rates or using technology to drive down instructional costs–making student loans renegotiable, and continuing to expand access to Pell grants.

    Emphasizing entrepreneurship and innovation because small business owners are the backbone of our economy and innovation is the way of the future. Apprenticeships, business development support, financial literacy, technical colleges, and training in practical skills are just as important and more appealing to many people as liberal arts degrees or expertise in STEM fields.

    Modernizing our education system for the 21st century because the economy of tomorrow will require a highly-skilled workforce. With information at our fingertips, knowing things is no longer enough. The workforce of tomorrow must be able to evaluate, analyze, and work with copious amounts of data in highly complex systems and take on tasks that computers and robots cannot.

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  • Economy

    We have a long way to go before we have an economy that works for everyone and a country where everyone counts. Here’s what I believe:

    We need to be working to reduce the burden on middle class families while making sure that big corporations and millionaires pay their fair share.

    Ensuring that people have incomes that keep up with the cost of living by supporting a higher minimum wage, and protecting/expanding the right to unionize and collectively bargain.

    We must protect social security and medicare so that our seniors can retire with dignity-- and preserve those programs for future generations.

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  • Democracy

    Millionaires and billionaires like Donald Trump are all in for a system that benefits their friends at the very top — the opposite of the ideals of opportunity for all that our country was founded upon.

    We need leaders who will fight to restore working families with the political and economic control that has been taken from them. That means:

    Implementing policies like equal pay for equal work that help to ensure people who have been wrongly denied opportunity because of their gender can contribute to our economy and society to the fullest extent of their talents.

    Killing Citizens United so that corporations can no longer corrupt our politics and install politicians who will do their bidding at their constituents’ expense.

    Ending gerrymandering because elected officials shouldn’t pick their voters — voters should pick their representatives.

    Standing up for the American Dream — that means standing up for community investments, from high-quality childcare and education to safe, affordable housing, that help to ensure that our kids have more opportunities and a better standing of living than we do.

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  • Women's Health and Reproductive Rights

    Women have and must maintain the exclusive right to their own healthcare decisions. Here’s what I believe:

    Women must be in charge of their own bodies. Politicians in DC and Austin have no place taking away the rights and freedoms of Texas women to make decisions about their own bodies and their own future.

    Every woman, no matter her race, income or zip code should have access to high quality health care including birth control, mammograms and cancer screenings

    We must protect women’s right to make their own health care decisions and eliminate barriers to accessing women’s healthcare.

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  • Climate Change, Energy & Environment

    We only get one planet and it’s on us to be responsible stewards of the climate, land, water, resources, flora and fauna that make Earth our home. Here’s what I believe:

    Climate change is our greatest threat — but also presents the greatest economic opportunity of our time.

    We have a basic responsibility to leave a better world for our kids and grandkids and we can no longer ignore the strange and severe weather that is putting that future at risk.

    I will support strong action to combat climate change, move our country to clean energy like wind and solar, and protect the air we breathe and the water we drink.

    Climate change also presents an enormous opportunity to grow the economy and create good-paying jobs that can’t be sent overseas. We should seize this opportunity.

    For the sake of our children and our planet’s future, I believe we need leaders who will stand up to corporate power, prioritize a clean, healthy planet, and tackle climate change head-on.

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  • Immigration

    The immigrant story is essential to the American story-- and core to my own personal story. We must not repeat the mistakes of America’s past with cruel, racist immigration policies, but fight to keep families together and achieve comprehensive immigration reform. That means:

    We need to find solutions to fix America’s broken immigration system – not demonize certain groups of people to score political points. That’s why I support comprehensive immigration reform that protects DREAMers and provides a pathway to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants who have paid taxes and become valued members of our community.

    Make smart investments in technology and training to better secure our border– while opposing efforts to separate families or waste taxpayer money on an ineffective border wall.

    Immediately passing a clean DREAM Act to protect the 124,000 DREAMERS in Texas who are our neighbors, students, coworkers, and friends.

    Supporting the Uniting American Families Act so that families are no longer needlessly broken apart for lack of sensible immigration policies and comprehensive immigration reform.

    Committing to comprehensive immigration reform that prioritizes the unification of families and reflects the reality of our increasingly interconnected world.

    Welcoming refugees into our communities, especially from countries where conflict, natural disasters, or persecution have put families in grave danger.

    Celebrating the incredible value in America’s diversity. We are a nation of people from all over the world with different histories, languages, beliefs, cultures, and stories–we built the strongest democracy and economy in the world as a result of it, not in spite of it.

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  • Gun Safety

    My heart breaks for the victims and their families impacted by the epidemic of mass shootings and the daily tragedy of gun violence in our country. I am sick to my stomach that this keeps happening, and is sure to keep happening until we put the lives of our children and families over the profits of the gun lobby. Here’s what I believe:

    We must pass common-sense gun laws that prevent these senseless tragedies and stand up to the gun lobby.

    Pass universal background checks and close the loopholes on gun show and online sales.

    Keep guns out of the hands of those with a history of violence and domestic abuse by supporting “Red Flag” laws.

    “No Fly, No Buy” — Closing the terror loophole that allows individuals on the terrorist watch list to easily pass a background check and purchase guns.

    Overturning Citizens United and pass campaign finance reformso that special interest groups no longer have the power to hold our country hostage to protect their profits. It’s Congressmen like Van Taylor who put the interests of the gun lobby over North Texas that allow this violence to continue.

    Treating gun violence and mass shootings like the public health crises that they are through truly universal background checks, closing the gun show and online loopholes, and prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms.

    Weapons of war have no place on our streets. We must ban assault weapons.

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  • Criminal Justice Reform

    Our outdated and overcrowded criminal justice system needs to transition into one that is effective in deterring crime and delivering justice without wasting taxpayer money on approaches that don’t improve public safety.

    Repeal the mandatory minimums that have caused countless low-level, nonviolent offenders to be incarcerated and tackle recidivism rates that perpetuate the cycle of crime and punishment through advocating for vocational training and GED programs.

    Federally descheduling marijuana as a controlled substance and retroactively expunging records of low-level marijuana offenders.

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  • COVID-19 Response

    Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus isn’t based on facts. He’s trying to take away health insurance from Texans during this pandemic, and he’s putting lives at risk. As the daughter of a doctor and a nurse, Lulu knows we should be making decisions based on the best available science and the judgment of public health experts, not on what the President’s tweets.

    Increase coronavirus testing, connect first responders to the resources they need, prioritize public health.

    We must make sure financial relief goes to people, not giant corporations with ties to Trump.

    Protect Obamacare from Republican attacks and preserve coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, including those who have had coronavirus.

    Bring down the cost of prescription drugs and expand access to affordable health care by forcing insurance companies to compete with a public option.

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