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U.S. House, District 25

Primary Election: March 6, 2018Early Voting: February 20 - March 2, 2018
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    Julie Oliver (Dem) Attorney who works in healthcare finance

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    Chris Perri (Dem) Attorney

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Biographical Information

Explain your position on immigration to the U.S. Please address DACA, a pathway to citizenship, and border security.

What would you do to ensure affordable healthcare access for all citizens?

Identify three measures you would support that reduce gun violence.

What policies would you pursue to address safety and inequalities facing women and people of color?

Do you believe the government has a role in reducing student debt? Why or why not?

What are your legislative priorities for responding to our changing climate?

What other issue do you consider most important and how would you address it?

Immigration: What changes, if any, would you propose to our immigration policy for current undocumented residents? Do you support construction of a wall along our southern border? If so, how would you pay for it?

Foreign Intervention: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict? What policy would you support regarding North Korea?

Budget: Social Security and Medicare are key programs which are relied upon by millions of Americans. Do you support changes to these programs in order to reduce the budget? If so, how would you accomplish that? If not, how would you reduce budget deficits?

Healthcare: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans? Should Obamacare be repealed, replaced or reformed?

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of Congress, and what is your position on these issues?

Background Former teen Medicaid mom who put herself through college and law school; attorney with background in taxation and healthcare finance
Education B.B.A, University of Texas at Arlington (Summa Cum Laude); J.D., University of Texas Austin
My positions entail: Ending family detention and closing private immigration detention centers; Preventing ICE from contracting with for-profit prison corporations; Crafting bills that explicitly create policies calling for detaining and deporting only those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety and that ensure that refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories; Protecting the DACA and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs; Expanding eligibility to new categories which includes creating a route to citizenship through employment
We must stabilize the ACA by reenacting the individual mandate, and we must reestablish cost-sharing subsidies to the markets so that every Texan has an opportunity to have healthcare coverage. A universal healthcare system is the only way to ensure that everyone who needs to see a doctor get to, and the government is the only payer that has the leverage to negotiate with healthcare companies, prescription drug companies, and medical device producers. Moving to this model would bring immediate healthcare savings of 10%. It’s good for businesses as it lowers their costs.
1. Overturning the Dickey Amendment, which prevents the CDC from funding research into firearm injuries and deaths; 2. Requiring universal background checks and universal licensing requirements; 3. Closing the “boyfriend loophole” so that anyone who commits acts of domestic violence cannot purchase firearms (as well as preventing gun sales to people with prior violent-crime convictions or to those who have been adjudicated as mentally defective or have been committed to any mental institution).
Ensuring that black women through good preventive healthcare have access to education about pelvic floor disorders, breast cancer, and hypertension, good pre- and postnatal care, screening for pre-existing conditions, and care for chronic conditions; Ending ideologically motivated attacks on women’s reproductive health and Planned Parenthood, which negatively impacts low-income women seeking birth control and preventive care; Addressing gender pay inequality by amending the Equal Pay Act so that it is enforceable; Ending the federal prohibition on marijuana; Instituting aggressive bail reform.
Yes, an educated society is an advanced society. That is why I am in favor of the following: Allowing every student from a family making up to $85,000/year to attend an in-state four-year public college or university without paying tuition; Allowing borrowers to be able to refinance loans at favorable rates not to exceed 2% and providing debt relief to an estimated 25 million people; Allowing graduate students the opportunity to receive tax-free tuition remission in exchange for research or college-work opportunities to avoid acquiring student debt.
Ensure that Congress funds the EPA and the NOAA so that they can provide necessary climate science research and that these institutions remain independent; Rejoin the Paris Climate Accord; Impose a carbon-fee-and-dividend with an initial fee of $15/ton on the CO2 equivalent emissions of fossil fuels and annual escalations imposed upstream at the mine, well or port of entry; Invest in clean energy infrastructure, innovation, manufacturing and workforce development to make our economy more competitive with good-paying jobs and careers; Amend the tax code to encourage renewable energy investment.
We have to get corrupt dark money out of our elections. So I plan to: file or support bills that require any 501(c) entity spending on *any* political activity that mentions a federal candidate or that's intended to influence an election to be disclosed; taxing the political activities of 501(c) entities that spend beyond a certain threshold on political activities; oppose any and all attempts to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which restricts 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organizations from engaging in political activity.
Texas doesn't need and we don't want a $25 billion poured concrete monument to xenophobia, paid for by US taxpayers, built on Texans' private property seized by the federal government. The border is heavily militarized and secure. We need comprehensive, humane federal immigration reform & an earned path to citizenship for those that contribute to the American dream. My commitments: Prevent ICE from contracting with private for-profit prison corporations like the GEO Group; detain & deport only those individuals who pose a violent threat to pub safety; expand eligibility; protect DACA & TPS
We should honor our commitments to veterans, service members, and military families, who put their lives on the line for this country. We owe them a coherent strategy and a definition of victory for the war -- estimated at $250 million a day -- we’ve been fighting in the greater Middle East for over a decade. If we are to continue to put our service members in harm’s way, Congress owes the American people a real debate to create a roadmap for our military on who we should be fighting and where. We can't kill our way to achieving our goals in North Korea. I advocate containment.
Social Security is an earned benefit that seniors in Texas and all over American have worked their entire lives for. We have to protect and strengthen that benefit for future generations of Texans. Likewise, Medicare is the bedrock of care for millions of American seniors and people with disabilities. We should fight against any attempt to privatize Medicare or Social Security. We'd reduce budget deficits by creating a tax revenue stream whereby everyone is paying their faire share - not giving huge tax cuts to billionaires and multinational corporations at the expense of working Texans.
Healthcare is something that everybody needs. We should shore up the ACA - which has allowed millions of Americans to be able to afford to see a doctor, afford subscriptions, and get the healthcare they need without facing bankruptcy - by reinstating the individual mandate and providing cost-sharing subsidies. We have to move to some form of universal healthcare system so that every American has high-quality healthcare, be able to see a doctor, and be able to afford prescriptions--no matter if they’re rich or poor, young or old, or have pre-existing conditions or not.
American democracy is under threat. We have to get big money out of our elections, end partisan gerrymandering, and institute term limits. My commitments include: Holding once-a-month public town hall meetings; Filing bills that require any 501(c) entity spending on *any* political activity that mentions a federal candidate or that's intended to influence an election to be disclosed; Taxing the political activities of 501(c) entities that spend beyond a certain threshold on political activities; Opposing any and all attempts to repeal the Johnson Amndmnt; Automatic voter registration
Background As a criminal defense attorney in Austin, I tirelessly fight to uphold the Constitution, by defending Texans of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Education M.A. (economics), University of Illinois-Chicago (2009); J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2005); B.A., Southwestern University (2002)
We have a moral duty to pass a Clean DREAM Act, and it’s also good for our economy, enhancing our social safety net and filling a labor shortage in many markets. Moreover, I believe that we need comprehensive reform of our immigration system so that there is a reasonable, certain pathway to citizenship. It’s unconscionable that people have to wait 10-20 years for their immigration applications to be processed. Regarding border security, I'm against a wall because it's both ineffective and a symbol of isolationism. Mobile surveillance technology is cheaper and more effective.
I support Medicare-for-All. Health is freedom. As a child, I often heard my mother and father (both health professionals) discuss patients who died from afflictions that could have been prevented with timely care, but they didn’t seek such preventative care due to a lack of adequate health insurance. Despite the ACA, millions of Americans remain uninsured. Medicare-for-All is the best solution for delivering universal health care. For-profit, private insurance companies have led to soaring costs, and the answer is to remove the for-profit motive from the health insurance industry.
1. Repeal the Dickey Amendment, which prevents the CDC from using federal funds to study gun-violence solutions. Without data, how can we craft the best policy solutions? 2. Remove the boyfriend loophole: Domestic abusers can still possess firearms under federal law if they never cohabited with the victim or had children together. Domestic violence is often a precursor to gun violence. 3. Repeal the gun-show loophole: Through advances in technology, criminal background checks can be conducted almost instantaneously. There's no longer a reason to exempt gun shows from conducting these checks.
Fighting for freedom and equality has been my life’s work. Medicare-for-All is essential for addressing the assault on women's health. Investing in education is important to help uplift people of color so that they have access to the skills needed for well-paying jobs. Further, gender and racial pay gaps are a huge problem, and I propose auditing companies to ensure pay equality. If there is not equality, then the companies must offer a race and gender neutral explanation that's supported by objective data. Criminal justice reform is necessary to address systemic racism and mass incarceration.
The government has a role in reducing student debt because education is an investment in our future. For our country to thrive, we must reduce income inequality, and education is essential in this process. It's unconscionable that people often graduate college with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, and private banks are profiting off of this debt. The government should subsidize student loans so that the real interest rate is zero, along with forgiving student loans for people who work in underserved communities after graduation. This plan will help revitalize struggling rural areas.
1. Carbon Tax and Dividend in order to encourage corporations to reduce their polluting emissions and develop cleaner technologies. This tax should also apply to any type of pollution, including pollution of waterways. 2. Revive the Public Works Administration to invest in renewable energy infrastructure projects, such as solar and wind. 3. Rejoin the Paris Climate Accord. In fact, we should strengthen the agreement and encourage the world to move to 100% renewable energy as fast as possible. 4. Subsidize the installation of solar panels in homes and businesses (also helps conserve water).
As long as Congress puts donors before voters and profits before people, any progressive policy advances can be undone. Thus, we must reform the electoral process through campaign finance reform and ending partisan gerrymandering. Only by restoring our government’s loyalty to the people can we achieve the policies needed for society to thrive and ensure that no one falls through the cracks. Further, corporate interests have hijacked our democracy, yet our government does nothing to prevent mega-mergers. Strengthening our anti-trust enforcement is essential to combat the corporate takeover.
We have a moral duty to pass a Clean DREAM Act, and it’s also good for our economy, enhancing our social safety net and filling a labor shortage in many markets. Moreover, I believe that we need comprehensive reform of our immigration system so that there is a reasonable, certain pathway to citizenship. It’s unconscionable that people have to wait 10-20 years for their immigration applications to be processed. Regarding border security, I'm against a wall because it's both ineffective and a symbol of isolationism. Mobile surveillance technology is cheaper and more effective.
I believe that we should use diplomacy and humanitarian aid to maintain world peace. Military intervention should be a last resort that is used only when all other options fail. Regarding North Korea, I support a policy of strategic patience, using economic sanctions and aid to persuade Kim Jong-un to de-escalate his nuclear aggression. A hardline policy of military intervention puts all of civilization at risk. However, if North Korea attacks South Korea or one of the neighboring countries, I support a surgical strike to wipe out North Korea's nuclear arsenal.
I am against any attempt to decrease funding for Social Security and Medicare. If we can pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut and bail out the banks with $700 billion, then there is enough money for our safety net. In order to fund the programs, I'm in favor of tax reform that eliminates the loopholes (e.g., special treatment for capital gains and the carried interest loophole) so that the top 1% pay their fair share. I'm also in favor of a Financial Investment Tax on Wall Street trading and eliminating the Social Security cap on taxable wages.
I support Medicare-for-All. Health is freedom. As a child, I often heard my mother and father (both health professionals) discuss patients who died from afflictions that could have been prevented with timely care, but they didn’t seek such preventative care due to a lack of adequate health insurance. Despite the ACA, millions of Americans remain uninsured. Medicare-for-All is the best solution for delivering universal health care. For-profit, private insurance companies have led to soaring costs, and the answer is to remove the for-profit motive from the health insurance industry.
As long as Congress puts donors before voters and profits before people, any progressive policy advances can be undone. Thus, we must reform the electoral process through campaign finance reform and ending partisan gerrymandering. Only by restoring our government’s loyalty to the people can we achieve the policies needed for society to thrive and ensure that no one falls through the cracks. Further, corporate interests have hijacked our democracy, yet our government does nothing to prevent mega-mergers. Strengthening our anti-trust enforcement is essential to combat the corporate takeover.