No one should be dismissed. I want to know what issues are important to you. Please reach out and tell me your story and how your Congressman can help.
As a product of public education, I know how education can be the bridge from poverty to a better life. Both state and federal governments need to increase investment in public education (pre-K to public colleges and universities), vocational training, facility modernization, teacher pay, classroom supplies, textbooks, and post-graduate teacher development. I strongly support access to Child Care and Public College regardless of income. The payoff is a stronger economy!
I support an infrastructure program that will address underserved and rural areas. Small business owners need broadband to build back better, students need access to the internet, and many residents live in areas that lack access to transportation and health facilities. My information technology background allows me to present fresh solutions for a vibrant future.
My experience as a young immigrant made me passionate about creating equity and opportunities for success for everyone. People in our state continue to struggle to meet their basic needs. As your Congressman I will advocate for a livable minimum wage, affordable public college/university for ALL income levels, expanded childcare support, affordable housing, tax reforms that reward work (not wealth), and strengthened safety net programs like Social Security and Medicare.
Efforts of politicians across the country to suppress the vote is a violation of our sacred right as Americans to participate in our democracy. I will work tirelessly to protect our right to vote via legislation like HR – 1 For the People Act and HR 4 – John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
I strongly believe in every woman’s right to control her own body and make her own very personal health decisions. As your Congressman, I will strongly advocate for reproductive rights. I will also support legislation like the Equal Rights Amendment, pay equity, and family supports that guarantee the further expansion of women's rights.
Our democracy stands because of those who have served and those who serve us now. It is our sacred duty to provide our veterans with the best care. I fully support improving access to veteran’s benefits in NC. We must improve veterans' access to healthcare including mental health resources to treat PTSD and depression.
Healthcare costs are the #1 reason for personal bankruptcy. Yet Republican leadership in the NC legislature has blocked Medicaid Expansion leading to the closure of medical services in many rural areas. Local hospitals and clinics carry the costs of uninsured patients, making it harder to stay in business. NC needs to accept federal Medicaid funding to expand coverage. The Medicare for All Act would deliver comprehensive healthcare to all Americans with better outcomes for the least cost. I challenge Republicans and others to present their proposals and see how they stack up against Medicare for All. I strongly believe it's time for comprehensive healthcare in the U.S. like other developed nations.
When 1 out of every 6 people is prescribed antidepressants or painkillers, it is easy to understand why we have an opioid crisis in America. Study after study has shown that addiction to prescription painkillers leads to more lethal drugs like heroin and crystal meth. The epidemic has put enormous burdens on our families, healthcare facilities, social services and county jails. I will work to expand federal grants to assist our communities in effectively preventing and treating Opioid addiction.
I will oppose all attempts to cut or privatize Social Security or Medicare programs that our Seniors so heavily depend on. This will be one of the top priorities for me in office. We also need to find ways to strengthen social safety net programs like unemployment benefits, food assistance, and family medical leave to help citizens weather the ups and downs of an ever changing economy. A guaranteed minimum income may cost less than the complex social safety net bureaucracy we now use.
The federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe is long overdue. As a Congressman, I will not rest until legislation is passed to make the Lumbee Tribe a federally recognized tribe of North Carolina. I will also work to extend and expand federal grants to assist the Lumbee Tribe that has been financially impacted by the pandemic.