Gloria explains her stance on popular issues by answering some frequently asked questions.
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I am firm believer in the power of education and in making substantial improvements to our nation’s education system.
We must improve the No Child Left Behind Act and the Education and Secondary School Act so that every child in the region and the rest of the nation has access to equal and excellent education. We also must make changes to ensure higher education is affordable and accessible for every child in America. The unfortunate reality is that skyrocketing college costs are putting a college education out of reach for many families. To help address this, I will support legislation that prevented student loan interest rates from doubling, and locked in rates for new student loans to prevent rates from skyrocketing in the future.
This is a good step, but further action must be taken. Nearly 40 million Americans are struggling to repay student loans, putting off goals such as home ownership and saving for retirement. I support legislation that would allow student loan borrowers to refinance their loans at more affordable rates, saving them thousands of dollars.
Finally and importantly, we must invest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education today in order to produce the innovators and inventors of tomorrow. I want to make sure that not only is our nation producing the STEM leaders of tomorrow, but that they are coming from the great state of Iowa.
Clean energy is a growing industry in Iowa region, filled with both promise and potential. I will introduce legislation to support our local clean-tech businesses while also reducing our dependency on foreign oil. As a result, the Iowa region has been transforming into a clean energy hub, with more than 450 companies and a growing number of other companies flocking to the region. Energy efficiency must continue playing a large role in our energy future.
Tremendous efforts have recently been made to ensure all Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only opened up access to health insurance for millions of Americans, it also improved the quality of insurance, providing new consumer protections and cost savings.
I will work closely with our region’s health care and safety-net providers to ensure that residents understands their health care options, and have access to the health care they need. As the result of our hard work, local clinics and health care providers have received millions in federal grants and reimbursements under the ACA to expand access to care and provide more services. I will continue fighting to preserve the ACA and its protections for consumers, so that all hard working American families can benefit from and access affordable health care.
I am also a long-time supporter and advocate for improving our nation’s mental health care. I will fight in Congress to ensure that we build on this achievement and further expand access to mental health services.
How will you strengthen Iowa's economy?
Rebuilding our economy and putting our region’s residents back to work must be our number one priority. Over the last several years, we have seen some progress, but there is much more to be done. In light of state and local budget cuts, ensuring the federal government is responsive to our region’s needs has never been more important. I will continue supporting legislation that will create jobs and move our economy forward by investing in the growing industries of healthcare, clean energy, and technology. This will not only make our economy stronger today, but make our future brighter tomorrow.
I also believe that while we must strengthen the economy, we must also ensure our economy works for everyone. I strongly support raising the national minimum wage to $10.10/ hour.
With the large role women play in today’s workforce, the success of our economy relies on the economic security of women. That is why I joined my colleagues in launching “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families.” This Economic Agenda includes legislation enabling women to achieve greater economic security, raising wages for women and their families, and allowing working parents to support and care for their families. From legislation ensuring equal pay for equal work to paid sick leave to protections for pregnant workers, I strongly support legislation that will help women succeed, because when women succeed, America succeeds.
How will your administration help Iowa's senior citizens?
Those who work hard and play by the rules deserve a dignified and secure retirement. I am committed to improving the health and well-being of our aging population. I will also advocate for reforming our systems so that all Americans can achieve retirement security. I will continue working to make sure that our aging population can gain the fiscal and social stability they deserve and have worked so hard to acquire.
Access to the Internet is essential in today’s world, and I believe that in order to remain competitive everyone must have access to the tools needed to innovate and succeed. I will introduce legislation to help close the digital divide, increasing access and affordability of Internet services for all. I will also work to introduce bills to help our nation meet its future spectrum demand, ensuring next generation technologies can be developed and used by consumers.
One of the biggest technology issues of our time is the issue of net neutrality. I have heard from hundreds of Iowa residents who are concerned about the future of the Internet. I strongly support net neutrality. A free and open Internet is essential for consumers and to encourage innovation in our country. I introduced legislation that would ban paid prioritization agreements, or so-called Internet fast lanes. Our country cannot afford ‘pay-for-play’ schemes that divide our Internet into tiers based on who has the deepest pockets. The Internet has always been governed by fair competition and consumer choices online. This is essential to the growth of our economy and the health of our democracy.
Reliable, accessible public transportation and ensuring our region has the infrastructure needed to grow and ensure residents’ safety are among my top priorities in Congress. We must continue to make much needed investments in our transportation infrastructure in order to boost our economy, create jobs, and plan for the future.
I continue to address our region’s transportation needs and collaborate closely with Federal, State, and local agencies to secure much-needed funds and approvals to move Iowa’s transportation projects forward. Whether it is procuring federal grant dollars to build a new bridge connecting both sides of the river, expanding light-rail to Cosumnes River College and beyond, or bringing together local entities to explore a potential streetcar system, I am committed to improving Iowa’s transportation infrastructure so that it remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family.