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Healthcare

Healthcare inTexas is overpriced and fails to make Texans healthier.  Republican leadership is careless and reckless regarding the health of Texans.  Republican elected officials have banned mask mandates in schools and prohibited requiring proof of vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 69,000 Texans.  Mask-wearing policies should be decided at the local level.  Healthcare should be accessible and affordable for everyone. Our state’s refusal to expand Medicaid greatly limits healthcare access and leads to premature deaths.

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Coronavirus

States and counties with Republican leadership have a lower vaccination rate and therefore a greater percentage of deaths due to COVID-19.  We must follow the guidance of healthcare professionals to eradicate COVID.  Schools are back in session and are hotspots for COVID-19.  Healthcare professionals tell us that wearing masks and getting vaccinated are the most effective ways to protect students and staff during the worst pandemic in over 100 years.  Republican leadership has politicized these simple and effective measures and by doing so prolonged the incidence of COVID and caused many deaths.

Infrastructure

The big freeze in Texas this past winter showed that our electricity supply is unreliable.  The Republicans’ claim that they have fixed the problem by requiring insulation of pumps is untrue.  To fix the problem Texas must change the way the utility system in Texas is organized, managed, and administered.  In addition to a supply of reliable electricity, Texans need expanded broadband Internet and Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) services, particularly in rural areas.  We also need flood protection to keep our homes, industry, and environment safe and sustainable.

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Education and Jobs

Education is vital because our children are our nation’s future. Trade schools and education beyond high school have become increasingly important in our high-technology economy.  In 2018, 56% of new jobs required training beyond high school; it is projected that 70% of new jobs will require such training by the year 2027.  Skill training for those without jobs will enable them to work without government handouts.  Everyone should be able to work, and their jobs should provide them a living wage.

Voting rights

Voting is an essential American freedom.  Everyone should have easy access to voting.  My opponent voted against certifying the 2020 Presidential Election results.  For this alone, he should be voted out of office! 

I am in favor of 24-hour polling locations, drive-through voting, and mailing mail-in ballot applications to underserved and at-risk populations.  I am against redundant photo identification for mail-in ballot requests and permitting aggressive poll watchers.  Increased voter turnout does not increase fraud!  We should seek every valid voice in every election instead of further restricting access to voting.

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Climate Change

I believe–and the vast majority of scientists agree–that mankind’s activity is affecting the earth’s climate and that we are nearing a catastrophic tipping point where earth will become uninhabitable.  Striving for a more sustainable environment means new job opportunities.  For our children’s future, let’s limit greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide, etc.) emissions!

NASA

Research and development (R&D) spending in this country has decreased dramatically. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), federal R&D spending as a percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) fell from ~1.2% in 1976 (about the end of the Apollo Program) to ~0.7% in 2019.  Science and technology has given the U.S. the “edge” over less developed countries, e.g., North Korea and Iran. We must reverse this downward trend in R&D.  We must promote NASA exploration and technology in Houston!

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Flood Prevention and Recovery

Many people in Congressional District (CD)-36 have not fully recovered from Hurricanes Harvey (2017) and Laura (2020).  Many rural residents have received no federal or state support.  This should have been expedited!  Because of our delay in acknowledging climate change, we are faced with huge costs to build new dikes and levees and fortify our structures.  See “Climate Change” issue.

Revitalizing Rural America

While cities are growing, young people are leaving the countryside.  We should work to reverse this trend by a) ensuring that rural hospitals remain open and making healthcare accessible and affordable for everyone (i.e., expand Medicaid), b) ensuring our youngsters have the best education possible, offering free trade education and two years of community college after high school graduation.  We will be able to work remotely, because we will have improved our broadband Internet access.  Improving Internet broadband will be like the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 that spurred development of rural America.

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Immigration

We should address this issue with compassion and with a sense of “love thy neighbor.”  Because Texas shares a long southern border with Mexico, this is not only a federal issue.  Texans should be at the table when decisions are made about the border’s control and use.  There should be a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants so that they can get driver’s licenses, pay taxes, etc.  Let’s not have a “shadow” population.  We are a nation of immigrants, but our rate of welcoming immigrants must be controlled.  We should work with countries that generate the migrants to reduce the conditions that cause migration.  Building “a wall” treats the symptom, not the root cause.

Energy Sources

We should use all sources of energy, e.g., solar, wind power, nuclear, etc., for greater electric grid reliability, while minimizing those sources that produce greenhouse gases, e.g., carbon dioxide.  See the “Climate Change” issue.  I support the advancement of electric vehicles.  We should pursue alternatives to our carbon energy economy.  Transitioning from our current major energy sources to more sustainable ones means more job opportunities.

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Taxes

We should limit loopholes that allow the mega-rich and giant corporations to avoid paying taxes.  They became wealthy because of the opportunities, infrastructure, and economic environment that the U.S. provides. They need to pay back and re-invest in our country, so that it can continue to prosper.

Social Programs

I support programs that ensure that the basic needs of Americans are met, i.e., the health and education of low-income families, food assistance, child care credit, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, etc.   I will seek to reduce the wide wealth inequality.  No one should face discrimination because of race, religion, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

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