Seniors have paid into Social Security and Medicare every paycheck. They’ve earned it, deserve it, and must be able to count on it. My mom and dad raised five kids on a single income paycheck. They worked hard to create a good life for our family and paid into a system, as we all do, that promised to be there for them when they needed it. We’ve got to balance the budget but we’ve got to do it the right way – not on the backs of seniors who’ve earned Social Security and Medicare after a lifetime of hard work.

[ARTICLE] Click here to read more on my work to protect Social Security here. 


Our country was built on the backs of middle class Americans. We must focus on bringing back the strength of our middle class which has been steadily eroding for the past 30 years.

It’s time to eliminate tax breaks for corporations outsourcing jobs. Instead, we need to provide tax incentives to small businesses, to create jobs here.

I support measures that encourage business to take the long view and reinvest in workers and plants, equipment and research and development in the U.S. I support incentives that include livable wages.

I support collective bargaining and the efforts of our brothers and sisters in organized labor who are working hard to rebuild the middle class. I believe labor, business and the government must work together to create jobs and a vibrant economy here at home.

Climate change is real. NASA and Scientists agree – climate change worsens extreme weather. Left unaddressed, floods, droughts, super storms, and other natural disasters will continue to worsen – to the extreme — causing devastating economic and environmental consequences for our community.

We must approach climate change with a common sense, scientific approach – to prepare now and mobilize for change for the long-term. We have an opportunity to harness the research and development arms of American industry to develop, invest and build more renewable energy sources, more fuel efficient cars, and new technologies.

We need a renewed interest in alternative energy, to help preserve our planet and reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil.

I am proud of the Supreme Court’s decision to make marriage equality the law of the land. I have always believed all people should be free to marry whom they love and be given equal rights. Iowa has been a pioneer for marriage equality and I am extremely proud of that.

As the mother of three girls, I won’t let out-of-touch politicians TURN back the clock on the progress women have made. My girls and all women deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare and the freedom to make their own decisions. I will stand up to the continuous attacks on Planned Parenthood and will work to ensure women and families across northeast Iowa have the medical options they need.

[VIDEO] Click here for more on my work to protect women’s healthcare here.

Our brave service men and women have put their lives on the line every day to defend our freedoms. They have done all that we have asked of them. They deserve leaders who will honor the sacrifices they and their families have made.

Far too many veterans return home to empty promises. Supporting our veterans means cutting through the bureaucratic red tape that too often causes backlogs at the VA. And it means ensuring the GI Bill is fully-funded to provide returning veterans with the educational opportunities they need to succeed.

We can and must do more to help our veterans find meaningful employment and a solid support structure after their service.

A strong country must have a great transportation system to move people, products, and our economy forward.  We need to repair and replace crumbling roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure throughout northeast Iowa. Not only is this a safety concern, but investment in infrastructure will put more people back to work and help us continue to rebound from the recession.

Transparency in trade agreements is a key way to avoid the unintended consequences of unfair labor and environmental standards. In order for trade to work, it’s got to be fair.

That’s why I oppose fast track and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Agriculture and the work of Iowa’s farmers is vital to our country’s economy and food supply. I will work hard to protect those who grow our crops, livestock and biofuel products.

It’s outrageous that the Farm Bill has fallen victim to politics. This vital program should never be used as a bargaining chip.

It’s time to pass a fair Farm Bill that Iowa’s farming families can depend on.

Every American should have access to quality, affordable health care. The idea is simple, but the execution is more difficult.

The Administration made an important step forward with the Affordable Care Act. But there were serious problems with the website that were unacceptable.

We can’t go back to the days when insurance companies could deny coverage for a pre-existing condition or raise rates or drop coverage if you get sick. We’ve got to fix it so it works for the middle class and small business.

The measure of a great country is how we take care of all of our people. Access to quality, affordable health care is imperative for the strength of our nation.

No person should suffer due to lack of insurance. I will work as hard as needed to make sure nobody does.

Investments in education are investments in our people. However in recent years, we’ve witnessed declining academic performance and standards across the country.

If we want the best and brightest teachers, we’ve got to recruit them by making education investment a top priority – with the pay, flexibility, and focus they need, as well as modernized infrastructure and technology.

From universal pre-kindergarten through college, it is time we take a look at comprehensive education reform to make sure America is back on top in the classroom, and therefore back on top for the future.

Big money, the special interests, and constant fundraising are getting in the way of what federally elected officials are sent to Washington to do: Make progress for the American people.

It’s why Congress should work to overturn the Citizens United court decision – which opened the floodgates to billions of non-disclosed special interest money. We must force the special interests from hiding in the shadows, to show how they are trying to influence elections.

Public service should be about people, not personal profit. It’s why we need to ban members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists – permanently.