Healthcare
Economy
Education
Immigration
Environment
Gun Safety
Women
Tax Reform
Healthcare
Economy
Education
Immigration
Environment
Gun Safety
Women
Tax Reform

Healthcare

Debbie has spent her career working to expand access to health care for families across South Florida. She believes all Americans, regardless of income or zip code, deserve quality care that can never be taken away – and will make improving health care her top priority in Congress. She has pledged to work with her colleagues to improve the Affordable Care Act and to protect Medicare from Republican efforts to raid it. Debbie has a record of working to improve health care access in her community. While at Florida International University College of Medicine, she helped to build public-private partnerships to establish and grow the NeighborhoodHELP program, which provided health care access to underserved communities in South Florida. Her life’s work has been about improving our health care system so no family needs to choose between putting food on the table and getting the care they need. She will bring that same passion and dedication with her to Washington.

Economy

Debbie’s mother and three sisters immigrated to the United States in search of opportunities to better their lives – and through hard work and the opportunities this country provided, they were able to achieve their American Dream. The opportunities that helped Debbie and her family get ahead are disappearing for too many families across the country. Debbie believes we need to boost the economy by bringing good-paying jobs to South Florida and making sure that Floridians can get the skills they need through job training programs. By investing in our workforce, our nation will be more prepared to compete in a global 21st century economy.

Education

As a first-generation American, Debbie was able to achieve the American Dream through education, and believes every child should have the same opportunity to reach their highest potential. Debbie believes in fully funding our public education system, ensuring every child has access to a quality K-12 education regardless of their zip code and access to early childhood education. Debbie knows we must make college more affordable by expanding financial aid programs, lowering interest rates for all federal student loans while working on a plan to provide free community college for families.

Immigration

As a Hispanic immigrant and first-generation American, Debbie knows firsthand the challenges immigrants face in this country. Just like millions of other families, Debbie’s family came to this country seeking, opportunities to better their lives. It is with this compassion that Debbie believes we need to fix our broken immigration system, replacing it with an accountable system that includes an expedited path to citizenship for DREAMers and their families. Bringing eleven million hard-working immigrants out of the shadows and into our system will only strengthen our great nation.

Environment

South Florida is ground zero for climate change, and we must lead the way in combating it. We are already seeing its effect in stronger storms and increased flooding, and we cannot afford to wait for action. Through her work at the Coral Restoration Foundation, Debbie has worked to slow the impacts of climate change on our marine life, and knows there is no time to wait when it comes to our environment. Debbie believes we must move quickly to a low fossil fuel economy, invest in clean energy, minimize greenhouse gas emissions, and invest in innovative infrastructure to protect our communities from sea-level rise. Florida, the Sunshine State, should be leading the way in solar energy production and reducing our reliance on oil and gas.

Gun Safety

Debbie lost her father at the age of 24 to gun violence and understands firsthand the devastating impact gun violence has on our families and communities. Debbie will fight every day to prevent another mother or father, sister or brother, daughter or son from ever receiving the devastating news that a loved one has been taken too soon by gun violence. Gun violence is an epidemic in the United States, which is why Debbie will fight for common-sense gun safely legislation. We must close the gun show loophole by requiring universal background checks, prevent those with a history of domestic violence or terrorism from purchasing a gun, and prevent firearms from falling in the hands of the mentally ill.

Women

As a mother, sister, and aunt it is Debbie’s priority to ensure women are paid the same as men for the same work; and especially women of color who particularly get the short end of the stick when it comes to equal pay. Debbie is committed to ensuring real on-the-ground equality for all women. Debbie will fight to end gender discrimination in the areas of education, employment, health care, and all other spheres. She will work to achieve equal pay for women, ensure paid maternity leave, pass child care legislation, and protect reproductive freedom. She will also pledge to always stand with Planned Parenthood.

Tax Reform

Debbie believes we need real tax reform, but not at the expense of hard working families. The Republican tax plan raises taxes on millions of middle class families in order to give big corporations a hand out. Not to mention that the bill eliminates critical deductions we depend on, such as the student loan and medical expense deductions. As Debbie talks with families in FL-26, she hears over and over again that the opportunities to achieve the American Dream are disappearing for too many. That should be our focus, — not new tax breaks for millionaires or for companies that ship jobs overseas. Debbie knows we must make it easier for people to make ends meet–not harder.