Preserving and Advancing Women’s Rights
Michelle is more than just an ally or a reliable vote against the Republican War on Women. She brings a lifetime of experience and hands-on activism that prepared her to stand up to Republicans in Congress who are giving corporations more personal power and more personal freedoms than they’re giving women. Michelle will carry the torch for the future of our daughters.
Jobs and the Economy
Michelle’s top priority in Congress is getting our economy moving and putting New Mexicans back to work. Michelle knows that small businesses and entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy and will lead the way to recovery. Supporting business growth and fostering innovative entrepreneurial enterprises is key to developing a viable economy, an economy with responsible corporate citizens that provides good paying jobs in the near term and lays the foundation for a prosperous future.In Congress, Michelle will do and be an advocate for the following:
- Work with small businesses to provide incentives for creating new jobs.
- By investing in critical infrastructure, she believes we are investing in New Mexico’s middle class. From roads, bridges and schools to broadband for all New Mexicans to renewable energy, Congress can take the lead in setting priorities, incentivizing entrepreneurs, and getting people back to work. With smart, targeted investments, we can build the foundation for tomorrow’s prosperity today.
- Finally, by supporting research and development, we can help our businesses become more competitive, promote green technologies to keep us on the cutting edge of renewable energy, and create the high tech jobs of tomorrow.
Michelle has spent a lifetime standing up for seniors. She knows that across New Mexico, many of our neighbors and relatives rely on Social Security and Medicare to make ends meet and provide the health care they need. New Mexico’s seniors have paid their dues by contributing to these programs. They need know that Social Security and Medicare will be there for them. Michelle strongly opposes any effort to privatize Social Security and Medicare and believes we must ensure the solvency of these programs for the next generation without raising the retirement age or affecting benefit levels for current recipients.
- Empower home caregivers. With the proper support, more seniors can continue to be active in their own communities and to be healthy in their own homes.
- Pushing for tougher laws to crack down on financial crimes against seniors. Scam artists who defraud vulnerable seniors need to be brought to justice.
As small business owner, Michelle knows how to balance budgets. Fiscal discipline is a matter of setting priorities and sticking to them. To that end, Michelle supports a balanced approach for getting America’s fiscal house in order. The federal government is going to have to start doing more with less but it must also demand more from those who have prospered over the last decade while so many New Mexicans have fallen behind. Through a combination of cutting wasteful spending, weeding out fraud in government programs, and revenue enhancements like ending the Bush tax cuts for millionaires and subsidies for Big Oil, we can restore fiscal sanity to Washington.
As a mother of two daughters, Michelle knows how critical education is to creating a strong economy and preparing our children for the future. Competition for jobs is as fierce as ever. New Mexico’s students must compete for jobs not only with students from other states, but also Asia, South America, and the entire world. In Congress, she will work hard to support our public schools and expand educational opportunities for lifelong learning. By making this investment in education and enrolling more New Mexicans in our colleges, universities, and technical schools, New Mexico will be able to continue to have a workforce that makes our wonderful state competitive in keeping and bringing in new businesses and industries. From supporting (and keeping) good teachers to making sure class sizes are manageable to giving parents a greater role in their child’s education, Michelle will be a strong voice for improving our schools.
Right to Choose
The right to choose has been a fundamental right enjoyed by women for more than two generations. But today that right is more tenuous than it has ever been in the last four decades because of repeated attempts by this Congress to turn back the clock on women and families. Michelle is life-long supporter of women’s reproductive rights. She will stand strong against attacks on the right to choose, women’s health care, and Planned Parenthood.
Restoring Our Democracy
Michelle believes our electoral system is broken and the disproportionate influence of corporate money on our campaigns and elections is destroying our democracy. Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, corporate special interests are spending unprecedented amounts of money to drown out the voices of regular people. In Congress, Michelle will join with fellow progressive Democrats to sponsor a Constitutional Amendment to overturn the Citizens United decision and supports passage of the DISCLOSE Act.
Click here to learn about Michelle’s accomplishments as the Director of Agency on Aging and Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Aging and Long-Term Services, as the Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, and in her current role as Bernalillo County Commissioner.