Creating Livable-Wage Jobs at Home

Congress should immediately increase incentives for federal agencies to send more government positions and facilities to regions slowest to recover from the recession such as metro Detroit. Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour with annual increases to match the rate of inflation will help grow the shrinking middle class. Additional tax incentives for manufacturers to create jobs will …

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Closing Tax Loopholes for the Wealthy and Large Corporations

I strongly oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This bill will not benefit the middle class but instead will put more money in the pockets of wealthy corporate executives and shareholders. I will demand that Congress implements more progressive tax policies across the board for both individuals and corporations, including on pass-through and estate income. Closing corporate …

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Protecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Individuals

Sexual orientation and identity deserve the same legal protections in housing, employment, education and military involvement as other protected classes of individuals.  As a representative in Congress, I will continue demanding funding and legal protection for LGBT individuals, including: Fully funding research to end new HIV infections and protecting HIV+ individuals against discrimination, homelessness, and unemployment; Enacting federal hate crime …

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Ending War and Caring for our Veterans

Diplomacy must be the starting point for every relationship with a foreign country. Economic sanctions are important to tip the scales of any nation’s policies toward democracy and human rights. War is a last resort for only the most extreme of cases. Even in extreme circumstance, our country should not engage in war, if it is not able to care …

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Criminal Justice Reform

I plan to immediately introduce legislation to decriminalize non-violent federal offenses such as minor marijuana possession charges. Investing in non-criminal medical treatment programs for heroin and other opioid addictions is also a critical step to improving the disparities in criminal justice reform. For-profit prisons should not exist in this country; and I will immediately work to defund them. I will …

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Fair Immigration Reform

I will introduce meaningful immigration reform allowing families who are living and working in the U.S. to have a realistic opportunity to avoid separation and be able to continue contributing to our economy. Law abiding individuals who have never realistically called another country home should never be at risk of deportation. Real immigration reform also means that people from across …

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Single-Payer Healthcare for All

I firmly stand by implementing a single-payer Medicare-for-All system in the country. Healthcare is a right and the United States is the only major developed country that does not guarantee this right.  Along with supporting a Medicare-for-All system, which will negotiate prescription drug prices internationally, I will also support a campaign to get the remainder of Congressional Democrats on board …

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Strengthening Social Security

I stand by expanding our Social Security System as much as possible and will propose amending Social Security contributions, so they are progressive across all income brackets, without limitation with the objective of the wealthy paying their fair share into the system. I also support implementing a constitutional amendment to prohibit removing funds from Social Security for any reason.

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Environmental Protection and Justice

I fully support defending and expanding the progress made to address climate change, reducing the use of fossil fuels, and decreasing air and water pollutants. Promoting clean energy incentives and expanding renewable energy projects will be essential to moving the U.S. toward a clean energy economy and I will push for these programs at every opportunity. I will also work …

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