Jennifer believes that healthcare is a human right and that it's our moral obligation to create a nation in which nobody dies - or goes bankrupt - because they lack insurance. The Affordable Care Act was a historic start, but the insurance and pharmaceutical companies had too much influence over policy.
Jennifer supports establishing a national health insurance system in line with the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. She believes it's necessary to keep out-of-pocket and prescription drug prices down, reduce premiums, guarantee a high quality of care, and safeguard individuals with pre-existing conditions.
Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act
Improving Access To Affordable Prescription Drugs Act
Personal Drug Importation Fairness Act
Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act
Jennifer opposes both the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. She pledges to stand with landowners in opposition to eminent domain takings that favor large for-profit corporations. Jennifer also supports reforming FERC so citizens and scientists have as much influence as fossil-fuel industry lobbyists. She has taken Activate Virginia's pledge to refuse contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power, and she's taken the broader No Fossil Fuel Money pledge covering the entire industry.
Our priority should be green energy infrastructure and jobs. Jennifer supports legislation moving us towards 100% clean and renewable energy as soon as possible.
Corporate Control & A Corrupt Campaign Finance System
Jennifer supports a constitutional amendment to eliminate corporate personhood and require federal, state, and local government to ensure all citizens have equal capacity to influence elections, regardless of wealth or power. She refuses to accept campaign contributions from corporate PACs, special interests, and the fossil-fuel industry.
Creating a fair economy means taking on the big banks who brought our system down - and then were conveniently bailed out with our money. Jennifer supports separating commercial banking from the risk and unpredictability of investment banking. She supports breaking up the big banks so they can no longer hold the economy hostage, and she believes we should fortify the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Dodd-Frank measures.
The right to vote is fundamental to democracy; across the nation, we see continued attempts to disenfranchise Americans. Jennifer supports restoring the power of the Voting Rights Act in the wake of the 2013 SCOTUS decision in Shelby County v. Holder. This type of legislative solution will help us battle discrimination against people of color and Native Americans. She is also in favor of creating Election Day, a federal holiday aimed at increasing voter participation.
Criminal Justice Reform
Our criminal justice system is hardly just - and possibly criminal. Jennifer supports widespread reform starting with reducing mandatory minimums for non-violent offenders, eliminating for-profit prisons, and emphasizing treatment - not punishment - for people suffering from addiction and mental illness.
Protecting and Empowering Women
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?
That's why Jennifer supports providing 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.
Jennifer also believes it's only fair to pay our workers a living wage, a wage that makes sure full-time workers don't live in poverty. She supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hr. as soon as possible. Jennifer wants to reduce unfair discrepancies in pay between men and women and protect workers from being exploited.
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. She also believes in protecting those covered by Temporary Protected Status. A nation founded by immigrants cannot justify breaking up law-abiding families.
Legalize Marijuana & Hemp
Most of us 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 work 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 providing non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people in education, credit, housing, employment, jury duty, public services, and federally funded programs.
Gun Safety Measures
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, expanding background checks to include gun shows and internet sales, ending the sale of "bump-stocks," and raising the minimum age to buy an AR-15 to 21. She refuses to accept contributions from the NRA.
Jennifer supports prohibiting the sale, manufacture, import, transfer, or possession of a semi-automatic assault weapon or a large capacity ammunition feeding device. The Assault Weapons Ban grandfathers in weapons legally acquired before the bill’s enactment.
Not a single county in Virginia was spared from opioid overdoses last year. 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.
Infrastructure & Rural Broadband
We need to increase capital lending to small businesses and expand high-speed broadband networks throughout the district. Jennifer supports a comprehensive approach to jobs and infrastructure along the lines of the 2015 Rebuild America Act introduced by Senator Sanders.
Protect Social Security
Jennifer also wants to protect Social Security. Working Virginians who've paid into the system for years shouldn't feel uncertain about their benefits, and it's our responsibility to keep our promises to these citizens. Jennifer will never vote to cut Social Security.
Jennifer comes from a farming family, and she understands the stress and strains endured by family farms. She wants to encourage policy that allows farms to sell directly to consumers and restaurants. Just like in other industries, corporate conglomeration and monopolization has led to large agribusiness crushing competition from smaller farms. Jennifer supports tough enforcement of antitrust laws in the industry.
Our veterans deserve our respect, regardless of our views on any specific conflict. And when they return home, or leave the service, we need to take care of them and provide the tools and resources they need to thrive as civilians. Jennifer supports improving the educational benefits in the post-9/11 GI Bill and, as a mental health professional, is particularly passionate about helping veterans with homelessness, depression, and PTSD.
Our children - the future of the Sixth District - deserve a high-quality public education that prepares them for the 21st century economy. Our neighborhood public schools need to be well funded, regardless of the wealth of local residents, and controlled at the local level. We need to transition away from the idea that, in order to be successful, a student must attend a four-year university. Vocational training needs to be treated as an equally dignified path.
If our children decide to attend a four-year college, we need to step up and ensure they can graduate without being deeply in debt. Jennifer not only wants to reduce interest rates on student loans, she also supports tuition-free public college and university. It makes no sense to tell students to work hard, study, graduate from college, and then spend decades paying off the debt.
We also need to rebuild our crumbling schools - and do so with the least amount of burden on municipalities and taxpayers as possible.
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