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Kansas US House District 1

The United States House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the United States Congress, the Senate being the upper chamber. Together they comprise the legislature of the United States.The composition of the House is established by Article One of the United States Constitution. The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. Since its inception in 1789, all Representatives have been directly elected. The total number of voting representatives is fixed by law at 435.

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    Kali Barnett

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In the current political environment, how do you propose working with others in Congress to accomplish representing issues that apply to Kansas?

What federal issues do you see as having the greatest impact on Kansas? How do you propose to address these issues?

What, if any, steps [will you/should our nation] take concerning healthcare and healthcare access? Should mental health be addressed? Why or why not, and how should mental health be included?

What measures do you support, if any, concerning voting rights, setting voting policies, and securing elections in our country?

What, if any, steps should our country take concerning campaign financing and the influence of money in politics?

What is your position on gun control? What measures, if any, do you support or oppose to deal with gun violence?

What steps, if any, should be taken towards immigration reform? What do you support/oppose in current immigration policy?

Of the many issues facing the U.S., which three are your priorities? How might you best address these issues?

Personal Biography I was born and raised in Garden City, Kansas to a three generation farming family. Prior to running for U.S. House in the First District of Kansas I taught elementary music for twelve years. I'm running for the House of Representatives in Kansas' 1st District to build a positive movement for change that encompasses education reform, agriculture policy that values family farmers, expanding access to affordable healthcare, and standing up for the needs of everyday working Kansans.
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Education Barnett attended Garden City public elementary schools. After graduating from Garden City High School with honors, she attended Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, earning a degree in Music Education. Barnett received a Master’s Degree in Music Education, Elementary Music Education, with a Minor in Music with Special Education from Wichita State University and has completed the Kodály Music Institute Level III Certificate.
There isn’t a single issue facing America today that can be solved by one party alone. We need to recognize this and put partisanship aside so we can focus on real solutions. Solutions will come from ideas, not rhetoric. We can’t solve our nation’s problems until we reach that place of mutual understanding and respect.
Education Funding for our schools is not up for debate. I have seen first-hand how leaders use economic recovery and tax experiments as an excuse for not providing our schools with the funds they need. Our teachers must have the resources they need to do their jobs well and keep their students and classrooms safe. Healthcare As millions lost their jobs during the pandemic, they also lost access to their employer-provided healthcare. Healthcare must be affordable and available to all Americans regardless of their employment status. I support the expansion of Medicaid in Kansas as well as the creation of a public healthcare option for those without access to coverage through the private market. Agriculture Our farmers have been hit hard by disastrous trade wars and the adverse effects of climate change. We need to make sure we have fair trade deals and stable markets.
First, we have to expand access by building on the strengths of the Affordable Care Act while we continue to develop a robust public option. The pandemic has shown us that folks cannot be dependent on their employer-provided coverage, so we need to make sure first and foremost that people can get the care they need and that it’s affordable. Secondly, that care must be comprehensive. That means mental health must be included. The brain does not exist outside of the body. It is just as important to your wellbeing as the heart and must be covered under any plan.
Voting rights are essential to our democracy and must be protected. There should not be any roadblocks to voting such as fees or ID checks. Formerly incarcerated people should have their voting rights restored, no matter where they live. In terms of election security, we need to listen to our intelligence communities and take seriously any attempts to undermine our democracy.
We need to reduce the influence of corporate money in politics. I signed a No Corporate PAC pledge and have relied on donations from everyday people. Politicians need to be responsive to the people, not corporations. I support ending the Citizens United ruling that allows corporations to have too much influence in politics.
I support reasonable gun control measures like universal background checks, the creation of a federal database to track gun sales, preventing the mentally-ill and those on no-fly or watch lists from purchasing weapons, and requiring training to license people to carry weapons, measures that the majority of US adults support.
Immigrants have contributed heavily to the growth of our country. DACA needs to continue, our government should not be separating families at the border, and we should expand the paths to citizenship to allow people to pursue their American dream.
Education We need to increase support for our public schools and ensure that federal dollars meant for public schools are not being sent to private schools. Healthcare Even with the increased accessibility under the ACA, there are still millions of Americans who do not have access to quality, affordable care. We need to provide a robust public option, as well as provide funds for struggling rural health care centers, so everyone can get the care they deserve no matter where they live. Agriculture Our farmers should not be used as political pawns when it comes to negotiating trade deals. Yes, we must provide them with aid when they need it, but more importantly, we should be providing them with fair markets for their crops. We also need to provide support as many farmers begin transitioning to more sustainable farming practices as the effects of climate change become more apparent. The Federal Government should be a partner alongside farmers as they implement new best practices.
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