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This is why I am running for Congress:
Our current Congressman, Mark Amodei, has been so un-involved in helping create solutions for rural Nevada that he has earned the title, “worst Congressman for the rurals in the state’s history.” His voting record is why.
Mark Amodei has voted over and over for policies that destroy our healthcare, despite a desperate need for solutions to make access and affordability a priority. And, he bold-faced lied about it and how it would adversely affect Nevadans.
Healthcare is my top priority. Given my conversations with residents, it is also what I hear as the most pressing concern for the majority on Nevadans.
Most important to me – develop an accessible, secure healthcare system. We are NOT FREE if we cannot afford to seek medical care without the risk of financial collapse. I will lead the charge in creating a public option.
In 2019, Mark Amodei voted against the bill “Strengthening Healthcare and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act.” I would consider backing an even stronger version of this bill, which includes increasing the minimum number of drugs that will be subject to negotiation, up from 35, and fully repealing the ban on Medicare negotiating drug prices. As the bill stands now, it creates an exception allowing a limited number of drugs to be negotiated, rather than fully repealing the ban.
Veterans have not been treated very well by our current Congressman’s votes. Just one example: Amodei voted against an amendment to the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill to make it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana. The amendment had bi-partisan support. This is just one of many votes by our incumbent Congressman hurting our veterans.
I support H.R. 2191, the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act, which would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefit administered by the Secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a State-approved marijuana program. 33 states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational uses.
I support authorizing the Veterans Administration to receive reimbursements from TRICARE and Medicare.
I support making nursing home eligibility part of the VA health benefits package.
In addition, we must:
Strengthen our public schools. When we educate our children and all Nevadans, our economy thrives. Federal policies that work in favor of public schools have my vote.
Close the gender pay inequality gap and help families get ahead. Move toward a $15 minimum wage, no later than by 2023.
Make Nevada a renewable energy powerhouse that will create a minimum of 8,000 new jobs that cannot be outsourced overseas.
Preserve and protect our public lands and wild horses.
Congressman Amodei has failed us over and over again. From agriculture and food issues, transportation and infrastructure, broadband/internet, mining, energy, privacy issues – Amodei’s voting record is abysmal. When you see how his votes have hurt us – you’ll be ready for the change too. When you hear how we can do it, you’ll rest easier knowing someone who truly cares about Nevada is ready to lead.
“Leadership is not about being the best. Leadership is about making everyone else better.”
I pledge to do just that.