According to U.S. News (August 2021), although America spends more on health care than eleven other developed countries, The U.S. ranked last in the study for access, administrative efficiency, equity, and health outcomes. Alabama landed 45th in state ranking. We have witnessed the devastation caused by COVID-19. We cannot continue to bury our heads in the sand while Alabamians die. We can do better. No one should go into debt to pay hospital bills. No one should perish because we do not have enough hospital beds.
- Lower the cost of prescription drugs
- Expand Medicaid
- Expand Medicare to cover hearing and vision
- Provide funding to rebuild rural health care infrastructure, including hospitals, ambulance services, clinics and emergency departments.
- Support a cost of living adjustment for the elderly
- Increase support for mental health
Our veterans are heroes with many of them actively putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our country. Veterans, however, face a variety of challenges when they come home. Many cannot get essential healthcare services because of a lack of infrastructure in the VA system. Protecting the veterans who protected us must be our priority. There must be support for eliminating the VA benefits backlog and fully funding the VA. In addition to that, Phyllis supports modernizing the VA’s infrastructure, expanding the VA’s Caregivers Program, and providing increased mental health.
- Fully fund the VA
- Expand VA mental health and suicide prevention services
- Long term care service for veterans
- Provide funding for VA Infratructure
- Exand VA Caregiver program
- Compensate veterans exposed to toxic substances
- Remove barriers the that prevent widows, widowers, or family members from receiving military compensation
America is arguably the greatest country on Earth. By the mercies of God, this nation has managed to keep our republic intact and become a lighthouse to all seeking freedom and opportunity. However, our great country has had its shares of problems and moments of shame. It is noted that we are striving to live up to the aspirational words of the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.
- End mandatory minimum sentencing
- End private prisons
- Return voting rights to those formally incarcerated even if they have court fees and fines
- End private for-profit prisons
- Create a national law enforcement training for use of force
- Mandatory counseling and behavioral analyst for incarcerated criminals
- Give those incarcerated better opportunities to get an education while inside
- Legalize marijuana and free incarcerated individuals of marijuana crimes
- Expunge the records of marijuana offenders
Our children deserve the best in education, and they aren’t getting it. As a product of the public school system, I firmly believe there must be educational equity and investment, not just in charter schools or pet projects.
Teachers need to be paid at a level reflecting the importance of their work for our families and our communities. I know that there must be an investment in our teachers because I am an educator. I know the long hours of planning and preparation needed to reach today’s youth. We need to invest in science, math, and the arts as critical gateways to careers that will help America succeed. We must restore trade programs to our schools because not every child’s path to success is by means of a four-year college.
- Increase funding for public education
- Increase teachers salaries
- Include teachers in education policy
- Place more guidance counselors in schools
- Protect and expand teacher bargaining rights and tenure
- Provide grants for teachers explicitly for classroom material
- Create a student loan forgiveness program dor teachers
- Invest in trade and vocational education
- Invest in after school programs
- Increase access to public colleges and universities
Women have the right to determine their own destiny. It is totally unacceptable that a small portion of society is attempting to overturn Roe v. Wade and cause a setback to women’s rights. A woman’s decision to end a pregnancy should be a private decision. The choice must always be the woman’s, not ever the government’s mandate.
- Protect Roe v. Wade by codifying the rule into law
- Adopt equal pay legislation for women
- Continue supporting the Violence Against Women Act
- Fund women shelters for abuse, addiction, and etc
Members of the LBGTQ community deserve to have full and equal protection under the law. LBGTQ Alabamians must have equality in the workspace and access to quality healthcare. There should be non-discriminatory laws to protect their human rights.
- Support the Equality Act
- Support the John Lewis Every Child Deserves a Family Act
- Protect LGBTQ+ persons from medical discrimination
- Protect LGBTQ+ persons from military discrimination
We should be enacting and enforcing laws that make it easier, not harder, for citizens to exercise their constitutional right to vote. We must fight for a system where each vote counts, eliminate partisan bias, and work for a fair voting process. In Congress, I will work to ensure that we are enacting legislation and enforcing laws that make it easier, not harder, for citizens to vote.
- Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act
- Automatic voter registration for those 18 and older
- Provide formerly incarcerated individuals their voting rights
- End gerrymandering on both sides
- Remove dark money from elections
- No excuse absentee voting
In America we dare to dream of equal opportunity for everyone. We are a nation of people that believe in the opportunity to have a good life. In today’s economy, we have some challenges in making certain that everyone has access to mobility and a positive quality of life. To deliver the promise of economic opportunity, we must create a level laying field. We must invest in people and technologies.
Rural Areas + Farmers
Our existing infrastructure is in desperate need of attention. I will work with state and federal agencies to ensure that the district has the necessary resources to prosper. A strong infrastructure will help move our economy forward and strengthen our residents and small businesses. Farming is the economic engine in District 2. According to ALFA, agriculture accounts for 96, 295 jobs and $3.7 billion in annual wages. Although there has been a move for industrialization and corporate domination to take over farming, signs are showing that private farms will continue. Sustainable farming will provide a desirable quality of life for farmers and for the district. As someone growing up in Evergreen, AL, my family depended on local farms and pastured poultry as well as informal direct markets for vegetables. I understand how interconnected agriculture is to a community. I will support our farmers and be vigilant for all legislation affecting agriculture.
- Expand broadband in rural areas
- Protect and support local small businesses
- Support "Right to Repair" legislation that allows farmers to outsource repairs for their equipment
- Stop big agriculture from ruining small family farms
- Make government owned farmland available as incubators for beginning farmers
- Provide funding to rebuild rural health care infrastructure, including hospitals, ambulance services, clinics and emergency departments
Working People + Families
Alabama’s minimum wage has not changed since 2009. Alabama has no active minimum wage law, so the minimum wage is by default set to the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. The Alabama state legislature passed a law barring a municipality (etc., Birmingham) from setting its own minimum wage. Working-class Alabamians are tired of working longer hours for lower wages. Therefore, I support raising the federal minimum wage. No one who works a full-time job should be unable to take care of basic needs such as food or not be able to pay utility bills. There must be dignity in work if we expect a good day’s work. I support a livable wage for all Americans.
- Increase the federal minimum wage
- Provide paid medical and family leave
- Fight for stronger unions
- Fight against employers that penalize workers for organizing a union or union strike
- Protect worker pensions
- End union-busting
Small Businesses and Jobs
COVID-19 is threatening the future of small businesses in the 2nd District. And in the meantime, corporate America is doing just fine while tech giants like Amazon continue to pay $0.00 in federal taxes. The American spirit embodies our ability to build and grow small businesses because we know small businesses fuel job growth.
I believe innovation is a must to rebuild our economy after COVID-19, and I want to move us forward into new industries like digital businesses, technical careers, cleaner energy, and specialty farming. People have shown resiliency throughout the pandemic. I will support small business accelerators as economic engines to generate creativity and ingenuity, and eventually more jobs.
- Invest in Vocational and Trade education
- Invert in small businesses incubators
- Expand on "Buy American" and "Buy Local" to increase jobs
- Provide grants to small businesses and innovative startups Defense and Military Instillations
The 2nd District has been graced to be home to two great military installations - Fort Rucker down in the Wiregrass and Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery. I have had the opportunity to meet some of the great men and women who are employed at these great posts. These military installations provide greatly to the economies of the Wiregrass area and Montgomery. Also, the leaders of these installations provide vital resources to each respective area. Their volunteer hours to community projects are remarkable. I will tirelessly work to support each base and all efforts to maintain and update base facilities. Those who serve and protect us deserve our advocacy.