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An Economy That Works for All

As Washington touts economic growth, too many Americans are being left in the dust. Republican-led efforts, such as tax-cuts for the super-rich, have prioritized the whims of special interests at the expense of the American people.

True growth starts with a thriving, innovative and balanced economy that is focused on creating the jobs of tomorrow. That means forward-thinking economic policies that strengthen the middle class, and create jobs that pay a living wage. To rebuild the middle class, the first step is closing antiquated tax loopholes that benefit outdated industries and the wealthy.

High-Quality Education for a Better Future

To continue the American tradition of being a global economic leader while promoting a vibrant middle class that shares in the fruit of prosperity, we must have the best prepared workforce in the world.

We must educate our kids P through C [Preschool through College] to compete in today’s global economy, with trade skill apprenticeships available for those who do not want to go to college. Increasing access and affordability of a great education is the best way to reverse growing income inequality, and to supercharge the rebuilding of a vibrant middle class where parents can expect their kids to do better and live better than they did.

To level the achievement gap once and for all, we need to invest in universal Pre-K; we need to phase in tuition-free education at non-profit public colleges and universities that doesn’t explode our deficit and fuels upward mobility; we need to promote trade school apprenticeships that equip folks for the jobs of the future in advanced technology sectors; we need to work with our teachers to innovate education and employ teaching methods that embrace emerging technologies; and we need to find solutions that help the 4 out of 10 Americans under 30 struggling to pay off excessive student loans, such as encouraging businesses that help employees pay of their student loans by offering payroll tax deductions.

Common Sense Gun Reform

Every day over 90 students, teachers, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and co-workers are killed by gun violence. We must do more to stop this national epidemic. Now is not the time for partisan talking points that divide our country, we need to enact common-sense reforms that will keep all Americans safe.

While the Second Amendment endows the right to bear arms, it also is understood to give every person the liberty to live without the fear of the unjustified violence that stems from firearms. Unfortunately, extremist organizations like the National Rifle Association have bought politicians who are too afraid to stand up to their corrupting influence, and block all reforms, even those with bipartisan and wide popular support.

It’s time we pursue common-sense reforms that will keep our neighbors and family members safe. We need to implement mandatory background checks for all gun buyers, including online, at gun shows, and even for 3-D printed guns. We need to prevent all convicted domestic abusers from buying guns and once-and-for-all close the so-called “boyfriend loophole.” And we need to ban assault rifles and high capacity magazines, ban the sale of guns to violent criminals and the mentally ill, and ensure that every gun-buyer is subject to an appropriate waiting period for all purchases.

Health Care as a Right

While the Affordable Care Act was not perfect, it was a step in the right direction. The ACA did well to prohibit discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions and to allow children to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26. However, instead of working to adjust, reform, improve and expand the ACA, Republican leaders in Washington have taken to playing politics with Americans’ health care.

I believe our nation’s health care system reflects how we treat each other in times of need. We need to join the rest of the advanced world and finally ensure that health care coverage is a right for every American. To achieve this goal, we must pursue Medicare for all as a long-term solution; we must attend to the nation’s most pressing public health crises, such as the opioid crisis, by prioritizing treatment and prevention efforts and ending the overprescription of painkillers; and we need to empower and expand organizations like Planned Parenthood, who help fill the void of our fragmented health care system.

Getting Money out of Politics

With the 2018 midterms expected to shatter records for midterm election spending, now more than ever the voices of everyday Americans are being crowded out by special interests and corporate Super PACs.

All of this can be tied back to the Supreme Court's decision to allow corporations to spend unlimited amounts in our elections, which has severely undermined our Democracy. I support ending Citizens United and have pledged to not take money from Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Pharma or the Gun Lobby.

Protecting the Environment, Propelling the Economy

The 48th Congressional District is one of the most remarkable places to live in the world. However, as Republican leaders in Washington continue to deny the threat of man-made climate change, the pristine natural beauty which makes our home district so special is under attack. I will work to protect California’s most precious asset, our beautiful coastlines, from offshore drilling. We need to focus on consistently choosing clean energy over the fossil fuels of the past.

As a businessman, I know firsthand that protecting the environment and incentivizing economic growth are not mutually exclusive goals, and that is why I support making Southern California the clean tech capital of the world. Clean energy innovation is not only better for the environment, but it also creates high paying jobs, economic growth, prosperity, energy choice and freedom from foreign dependence. And there is no better place in the world to unleash America’s clean energy potential than Southern California. We have all the ingredients: one of the best places in the world to live that attracts talented workers from around the globe; over 300 days of sunshine; a well-developed infrastructure; some of the world’s leading universities; an innovative culture; forward thinking municipalities; access to capital; and numerous high-tech businesses.

 

Washington is in desperate need of real, meaningful, and lasting change.
Our country and our people deserve better.

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