1) Women and girls will never reach their true potential unless they are healthy, safe, and free from violence or the threat of it. Lawmakers must stop trying to elbow their way in between a woman and her physician. We must continue to educate and prosecute in ways that prevent domestic violence, rape, and human trafficking. Fully funding an inclusive Violence Against Women Act can help accomplish that goal.
2) Until America’s corporate boardrooms and governing bodies look more like our college graduation classes, women are not going to see economic equality. We must pass legislation that guarantees pay equity, paid sick leave, and affordable child care. We must promote workplaces that are fair and family-friendly. And we must protect and improve upon the Affordable Care Act, which protects women from higher premiums, and ensures that preventive care such as mammograms, and other early child health services carry no out-of-pocket costs.
1) Protect American Jobs. We need to eliminate trade deals that cost American jobs and replace them with fair trade agreements that force our trading partners to respect American protections for workers and the environment. We cannot create and protect good jobs at home when trade deals allow other countries to undercut the American worker.
2) Reform Corporate Taxes. We need to eliminate tax loopholes for large corporations that ship jobs offshore, and then use that money to make long-term investments in rebuilding our infrastructure and increasing investment in clean, renewable energy.
1) Protect Medicare. We need to require the federal government to negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. This will save more than $200 billion per year, which can be used to strengthen Medicare's future.
2) Strengthen Social Security. We need to scrap the cap. The income inequality that has plagued our middle class has also weakened Social Security. All the growth in income has been at the top, and none of that growth has contributed to Social Security because of the cap. Middle class Americans pay into social security and so should the rich. This will strengthen Social Security for decades to come, and protect the single most important program that has kept our seniors from living their last years in poverty.
1) Affordable College. We need to ensure that our students have an opportunity for higher education by making our universities more affordable. We also need to allow everyone to refinance their student loans more than once in order to take advantage of lower interest rates--just like any other loan.
2) High Quality Pre-Kindergarten. We need to ensure that high-quality pre-Kindergarten programs are available to every child in America.
3) Affordable Child Care. All parents deserve access to affordable, high-quality child care. We need to provide better oversight of child care programs so that parents can go to work knowing their child is safe. We need to restore the Dependent and Child Care Tax Credit and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts to their original goals. The current limits are less than half of what they were in 1981 after inflation, while at the same time child care has nearly doubled.
1) Ban offshore drilling to protect our coastal communities, and take serious steps to leave fossil fuels in the ground and move towards 100 percent renewable resources,
2.) Enact a Green New Deal to increase our use of wave, wind and solar energy,
3.) Retrain coal miners and oil workers to fill clean energy jobs,
4.) Ban harmful fracking
The decisions we make today will affect the world our children and grandchildren live in. America must not only join this urgent conversation, but we must commit to leading the global effort to combat climate change.