Values



Health Care

Health care is a personal issue for me. As a cancer survivor and someone who put my blood, sweat, and tears into protecting Medicaid expansion in Arkansas, I understand health care is more than just a talking point. It’s vital for every child, woman, and man to have a dignified and full life. Arkansas families should never have to choose between their health, their food, or providing for their family’s future.

  • Ensure access to quality, affordable health care
  • Create a Medicare opt-in program for those who are dissatisfied with their current health-care plan
  • Improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by stabilizing the insurance exchange markets.
  • Incentivize insurers to participate in the exchanges, especially in rural and underserved areas.
  • Improve access to health care by combatting waste and exercising appropriate oversight over the Medicare program.

Jobs

I believe a job brings more to an individual, to a family, and to a community than any check could ever deliver. Many in our communities are still struggling. That’s why investments in infrastructure and the jobs of tomorrow, and support for small businesses and working families are essential to ensure every person who can work has the opportunity to do so.

  • Increase federal investments in infrastructure to make sure that our communities are prosperous and competitive in the 21st Century economy.
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to make sure that our families are bringing home more of their paychecks to invest in themselves and their local businesses.
  • Invest in rural broadband to connect our communities with opportunities in national markets right here at home.
  • Lower taxes for our working families, while promoting policies that create a responsible and forward-looking federal budget.

Education

Access to a quality education is access to opportunity. We must ensure that all Arkansans, both young and old, have the resources and opportunity to realize the most of their God-given potential.

  • Increase investment in Pre-K and Early Childhood Education.
  • Oppose federal funding of for-profit charter schools.
  • Empower teachers in the classroom and reduce emphasis on arbitrary standardized testing.

Accountability in Government

Right now, our government lacks the basic values that we in Arkansas cherish so much, like courage, honesty, integrity, and a duty to serve. Our representatives have failed to look out for us and instead have toed the party line in order to further special interests and their own careers. We must enact key reforms to ensure that our representatives focus on the people, and not the politics of division.

  • End partisan gerrymandering by giving independent, non-partisan commissions the task of redistricting.
  • Enact comprehensive campaign finance reform to end the legacy of Citizens United and the spectre of dark special interest money in our politics.
  • Defend our democracy by ensuring that foreign threats stay out of our elections and domestic affairs.

Social Security & Medicare

Our seniors have spent their lives working to give future generations a chance at a better life. They deserve full retirement benefits that let them live out their lives with dignity. That’s why I will fight ongoing attacks on Social Security and Medicare, and work to increase support for nutrition programs for seniors. These programs make all the difference for our seniors and retirees who have done so much for us.

  • Safeguard the benefits Arkansans have worked their entire lives to earn by protecting Social Security and oppose calls for privatization of our seniors’ benefits.
  • Improve access to health care by combatting waste and exercising appropriate oversight over the Medicare program.
  • Make prescription drug costs affordable and oppose government pension offsetting.

Immigration & Border Security

Immigration and securing our borders are issues where there is actually much in the way of bipartisan support for action. Yet, our current Congress has engaged in political finger-pointing and gridlock for years instead of coming up with solutions. Our country is in need of comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders, strengthens our economy, and upholds our American values. In Congress, I will work to bring folks on both sides of the aisle together on this important issue.

  • We can both secure our borders and show compassion in our immigration policy, specifically to the over 800,000 DACA recipients — undocumented young men and women who were brought here by their parents years ago and are just as American as you or I am.
  • Like the vast majority of Americans, I support ICE and our other Homeland Security agencies in carrying out the mission to keep our borders safe and strong, while increasing accountability and transparency in our immigration enforcement through common-sense strategic investments.
  • While we need increased border security, building a border wall is an inefficient and ineffective use of taxpayer funds with a price tag of $21.6 Billion — it also sends the wrong message about who we are as a country and our values.

Equality

All Americans, no matter their background, must be treated equally under the law. Every Arkansan has a stake in our future and each deserves the fullest opportunity to contribute to and share in our collective prosperity. This is a fundamental value that I carry with me every day.

  • Equal pay for equal work. All Americans should be paid equally and treated fairly, no matter their gender or race.
  • Support measures like the Equality Act, which would provide the same nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans as any other protected class under federal law.
  • Eliminate unreasonable and discriminatory Voter ID Laws. Congress must work together to combat laws that disenfranchise our most vulnerable and underserved citizens. Every man and woman has the right to vote and we must work to create a system where everyone feels they can exercise that right.

Environment

There is no denying humans’ effect on our environment. Whether it’s cleaning up our forests and streams or limiting carbon emissions, our actions are responsible for the condition of our planet. As residents of the Natural State, we must take this responsibility seriously.

  • Invest in solar, wind, water, and other clean-energy advances. It’s not only good for our environment, but it’s also good for business — agriculture, manufacturing and tourism industries all stand to benefit from smarter investments in renewable, clean energy.
  • Stop the ongoing attacks on our environmental protections and standards so that we may preserve our state’s natural beauty and resources, which are vital to our personal well-being and the strength of our economy.
  • Rejoin every other nation on the planet in committing to the goals set forth in the Paris Climate Accord.