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U.S. House, District 10

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    Tawana W. Cadien (Dem) Public Administrator, Health Care Educator

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Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues,if elected?

What do you think should be done to help those who don’t receive employer-sponsored health insurance and cannot afford insurance through other currently available options?

What do you think is the appropriate role of the federal government in fostering a positive environment for job creation in the United States?

Education/Degrees Executive Masters in Public Administration/Texas Southern University Bachelor's of Science in Nursing/Prairie View A&M University
Professional Experience Public Administrator; Texas Health Steps Case Manager, Quality Assurance Director, Pregnant Women and Infants Case Manager, Director of Nurses, Territory representative, Surgical Center Supervisor, Registered Nurse Educator
Community Involvement Director of W.I.S.E. Women(Women, Inspiring, Servicing, Educating), Voter Registration Coordinator, Precinct Chair, Director of "Kids Care" non-profit, Top Ladies of Distinction, Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc.
Campaign Phone (409) 553-9381
Although so many concerns have been expressed by constituents throughout the district, the top three are: Social Security, Health Care, and Child Safety. I will continue to champion to save Social Security for today and the future. Our seniors have worked for decades, paying into the Social Security system. They should not live with constant anxiety wondering if the federal government is going to continue to use Social Security as bargaining tools. Social Security is not a game, but is a necessary part of their life that they deserve to have without fear of loss. Health Care is a vital issue throughout the district for every generation. As an RN seeing the devastating impact of no health care, I will continue to fight, and introduce health care bills. I have drafted a bill, Children's Transportation Protection Against Child Trafficking, in an effort to end child trafficking, as Houston, Texas is the number one hub. Our children need advocates in Congress. I will advocate for them.
The lack of Health Care is a major issue for not only Texas, but citizens across the country. For far too long, the battle for health care has been at the forefront of bargaining tables. While these bargaining games are being played, many have died. As a Registered Nurse, health care and its accessibility and affordability is vitally important to me. I understand the domino effect of no healthcare. In addition to battling disease, citizens lose their jobs, homes, transportation, and ultimately their lives. We can do better as American representatives with creating a plan that works for all, including fine tuning the Affordable Care Act, and looking with an open mind into the single payer option. We must save CHIP, and expand Medicare and Medicaid. Children and adults alike are living in constant fear of losing health care. We must have representatives like myself who will not attempt to repeal health care, but will fight FOR health care. I will fight FOR health care.
The federal government plays a major role in fostering a positive environment in not only job creation, but over every aspect of American's lives. Decisions made by the federal government have a direct impact on American lives. The response or lack thereof by the federal government will resonate throughout the country. The current administration is very much aware of just how powerful their stance and demeanor can impact the entire American culture, whether positive or negative. I believe that as far as a positive environment for job creation stands, the federal government should assure the American worker that all decisions being made in Congress, Senate, and through the highest office in the land, are not geared towards making corporations richer, and the worker poorer. American workers need to have confidence in knowing that they will have representatives in the federal government that will fight for fair pay, job safety, and job security.

Education/Degrees B.A., Comparative Literature, Brandeis University; Teaching Credential, California State University - East Bay; J.D., Cornell Law School
Professional Experience Public school teacher; Teachers' union representative; Executive director of nonprofit education agency; Civil rights lawyer; Assistant City Attorney, City of Austin
Community Involvement I have fought for justice my entire career. As a teacher, I fought for public education, and against privatization. As a lawyer, I represented victims of discrimination and retaliation. As a City Attorney, I sue the State to invalidate unjust laws.
Campaign Email mike@siegelfortexas.org
Campaign Phone (512) 993-8832
Twitter @siegelfortexas
Three critical issues facing the 10th District are health care, immigration policy, and fair taxation.

Health care is a human right. The Republican assault on access to health care is a criminal act, aided and abetted by Michael McCaul. I believe in Medicare for All and will support the legislation proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders.

Immigrants have enriched our culture, strengthened our economy, and made the United States a better place to live for everyone. I support the DREAM Act and similar programs for parents of US citizens, and I will work to restore the path to citizenship for hard-working, law-abiding members of our community.

I believe in shared economic prosperity - all Americans should share in this country's success. The 2017 Republican Tax Bill is an atrocity that attacks working people and sets the stage for cuts to Medicare and Social Security. I will work to repeal the tax breaks for millionaires and ensure a tax policy that benefits us all.
The United States has been a world leader in providing basic support for all of its citizens, regardless of wealth. Unfortunately, the Republican Party has attacked this safety net. The current "representative," Michael McCaul, is worth $300 million and is apparently unconcerned about our health - he voted to cut health care for tens of millions of Americans and refuses to support the Children's Health Insurance Program.

If elected, I will fight for Medicare for All. There is substantial support in Congress or this initiative and if we succeed in 2018, we can make it a reality. Until then, we must protect the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and Medicaid, and make fixes to ensure that all Americans can access high quality, affordable health care. We must also immediately fund the Children's Health Insurance Program to protect our children.
The federal government should use its resources and policy-making authority to encourage and create high quality jobs for every American who is ready and willing to work. I grew up idealizing FDR's New Deal and see that as a great example of what we should do now.

We must begin with investments in infrastructure. The current administration wants an $18 billion "border wall" that will do nothing to create jobs in the 10th District or make us safer. Instead, we must invest in roads, bridges, and--of critical importance--flood infrastructure. As terrible as the impact of Hurricane Harvey was, tens of thousands of Harris County residents narrowly escaped a further catastrophe - the potential collapse of the Addicks and Barker dams. These neglected facilities must be immediately strengthened, and we must invest in similar infrastructure across Texas. I will restore our priorities to focus on practical efforts that actually benefit the people of this District.