Valley Values

Family - The Foundation of our District

 
 
 

For the people of the 6th, family means everything. The day begins and ends with family. And that daily sacrifice, which for too many means working multiple jobs to keep the lights on, is ultimately worth it if it means keeping our families safe, happy, and dignified. 

In our deepest, darkest times of need - when we can't depend on a politician, an employer, or even a friend - we turn to family. So as we approach public policy, we want to consider how families are affected and how we can elevate family relationships.

We all have mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters - women we couldn't live without. Don't they have a right to pursue their dreams, to be treated (and paid) fairly at work, to make decisions about their own bodies?

Jennifer believes they do. That's why she supports Senator Gillibrand's FAMILY Act which provides up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, wants to increase funding for domestic violence shelters, urges Virginia's General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and wants to protect funding for women's health centers. 

Most of us also have family members who are part of the LGBTQ community. How can we deny them the right to be who they are? And how can we tell them who they can love, when our love for our family is often the only thing that gets us through the day?

Jennifer believes all citizens of the 6th - regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation - should be treated fairly and equally under the law. That's why she supports The Equality Act, which provides non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people in education, credit, housing, employment, jury duty, public services, and federally funded programs. 

The most cherished members of our families, our children, deserve to grow in a safe, enriching, and loving environment.

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants were brought to the United States as children - commonly known as DREAMers - and Jennifer supports a path to citizenship for these individuals. The Dream Act doesn't go far enough - Jennifer believes in expanding DACA and DAPA to further help parents of DREAMers, parents of legal permanent residents, and parents of citizens. A nation founded by immigrants cannot justify breaking up law-abiding families.

In the wake of the Parkland tragedy, we have to ask each other: is it acceptable for our children to fear for their lives at school? Let's set aside partisan politics and NRA-funded talking points. Let's instead embrace gun safety measures for the sake of our children.

Jennifer supports strengthening national background checks (Fix NICS Act), expanding background checks to include gun shows and internet sales (Toomey-Manchin proposal), ending the sale of "bump-stocks," and raising the minimum age to buy an AR-15 to 21. Alongside Senator Kaine, Jennifer supports Senator Feinstein's bill prohibiting the sale, manufacture, import, transfer, or possession of a semi-automatic assault weapon or a large capacity ammunition feeding device.

Sadly, too many of us have family members suffering from opioid addiction. Jennifer's professional experience in mental health illustrates to her the lack of resources at the community level. She supports increased funding for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation - but also insists on holding pharmaceutical companies accountable if they're prioritizing profits over lives. 

 

Jennifer with her mom and sisters.

 
 Jennifer with her husband and pets. 

Jennifer with her husband and pets. 

 

Paid for and Authorized by Friends of Jennifer Lewis