Dangerous trade wars, a broken immigration system, inaction on climate change, crumbling infrastructure, and an inadequately funded public education system are affecting Arizonans right now. We must invest in our infrastructure, pass comprehensive immigration reform, fund our schools, and fight climate change.
Underpinning all these issues is the challenge of a broken Washington system that puts partisan politics above real solutions. Congress is out of touch, consumed by partisan arguments rather than providing solutions. As Mayor, I took pride in working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues on the City Council to solve problems for our communities as I believe that government can and should be a force for good in people's lives.
We must pass a clean DREAM Act so we can uphold the promises made to our DREAMers, who should be given the opportunity to continue to enrich our country and our communities. DREAMers should not be used as political pawns for partisan gain.
It is essential that Congress passes a bi-partisan comprehensive immigration reform bill that allows for a path to citizenship and also provides for additional security across our border. We also need to reform our legal immigration system so that our economy can benefit from the highly skilled workers that are getting an education here in the US but are unable to stay.
Climate change is real and it affects all of us, especially in the desert. I will work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure the Colorado river system is efficiently utilized and work to invest more federal dollars into solar and wind - creating clean energy jobs that will strengthen our economy. Alternatives to fossil fuels are the future and it is up to us to invest wisely and do our part to combat climate change.
During my time as Mayor, I'm proud of what we did to make Phoenix an internationally recognized city for sustainable practice. We committed to honoring the Paris Climate Accords after President Trump withdrew, we converted city vehicles to alternative fuel, diverted more waste than ever from landfill, and invested in solar.
When I was elected Mayor of Phoenix, Arizona was still recovering from the Great Recession. I worked hard to create an innovation and export-based economy by attracting top tech talent, bolstering trade opportunities for our businesses, and investing in the biosciences. As a result, unemployment fell to historic lows and the Phoenix metro area had the highest wage growth of any major metropolitan area.
When elected to Congress, I will continue to work towards creating a state that attracts top-tier talent that both diversifies our economy and augments the gains we have made in the last decade. I will work towards building strong markets for businesses, commonsense tax reforms, and providing incentives for companies to relocate here.
As Mayor, I led the passage of an Access to Care Ordinance that raised over $100 million in local funding and an additional $200 million in federal matching that paid for uninsured and low-income patients in Arizona hospitals. And, when Republicans in Congress tried to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we fought for thousands of Phoenix residents who would have lost health insurance.
In Congress I will champion expanding access to quality and affordable health care. I will go after prescription drug manufacturers who place profit over people and increase transparency in healthcare pricing. Above all, I’ll be willing to work across the aisle in Washington to get real results, rather than play partisan games with our healthcare system.