As an educator and a farmer, Audrey understands the challenges people face in the North State.
Getting Money Out of Politics
We all deserve an equal voice in our government. But thanks to court rulings, corporations and wealthy special interests have flooded the system with money and have bought the politicians, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. I have pledged not to accept corporate PAC contributions, because it is my firm belief that our elected officials should serve the voters, not corporations or special interests.
Healthcare & Rural Health
Every American deserves high-quality healthcare and no one should go bankrupt because of health issues or be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. I will work to decrease prescription drug costs and fight to protect and expand Medicare as an option for everyone and keep our health care dollars in our district to support preventive care, and improve access to quality medical care, mental health services, and addiction recovery.
Every child deserves equitable access to the education necessary to achieve their full potential. As a former educator at Chico State, I know first-hand the value of a high-quality education. I will support legislation that invests in our teachers and schools and develop partnerships with the private sector to enhance career and technical education and apprenticeship programs so students can be prepared for good-paying jobs in our district.
I know we have a responsibility to take care of those who have served in our military. As the proud daughter of a Vietnam veteran who depends on the VA healthcare system, I will fight back against any attempt to privatize the VA and take care away from our veterans. I will ensure our veterans have the best physical and mental health care, housing assistance.
We all have a duty to take care of our most vulnerable populations, including our seniors. But Congress keeps trying to make deep cuts to earned benefits like Social Security and Medicare. I will stand against any attempt to take money away from hardworking seniors and families who paid into the system their entire lives and protect Social Security and Medicare to ensure it’s a rock-solid benefit seniors can count on. We can’t break our promises.
Forest Health & Fire Prevention
In Northern California, our forests have the potential to benefit us or destroy us. Our forests currently are in a state of crisis. Instead of providing us with necessary natural, social and economic resources, they have become a public safety hazard. Unfortunately, we can expect to see increased extreme weather conditions that continue to spark catastrophic fires, threaten our communities and claim lives. If we use scientific practices to manage our forests back to their natural state of health - we turn that threat into the center of our environmental and economic prosperity.
Northern California’s water is used to supply water all over the state, but years of drought have strained our aging water system. In Congress, I will fight make it a priority to secure federal funding to invest in California’s water system and support measures for maintaining and repairing our water infrastructure and storage with new technology, and restore the land in our headwaters region to facilitate groundwater recharge. Our region also suffers from terrible floods and I will work with local stakeholders to identify flood management solutions that provide multiple benefits. We will work together to identify projects for the Water Resources Development Act and I will fight to include our projects in this key legislation.
I grew up farming, earned my degrees in agriculture and understand that farmers and ranchers facing a volatile era for commodities deserve our support. In Congress, I will fight for our farmers, including supporting infrastructure to increase production of value-added products, fighting reckless trade policies and regulations that hurt agriculture, supporting a simplified visa program for foreign workers, and investing in technical assistance for farmers to improve agricultural productivity.
Infrastructure & Rural Broadband
Inadequate highways, dangerous rural roads, poor cell or internet service, and aging water systems plague most of our district. Our crumbling infrastructure puts us at an economic disadvantage and threatens lives. I will fight to secure federal funding for highway and water infrastructure improvement and encourage public and private investment in communications infrastructure.
Working Families & Workers' Rights
It is wrong that we live in a system where full-time workers live below the poverty line, while big businesses make record profits. It’s time that people are fairly compensated for the work that they do. I will fight for working families by increasing job readiness and workforce development, and supporting small businesses instead of big corporate tax breaks. I will elevate the North State as a place for businesses to start and grow.
From our nation’s founding, to today, immigrants have played a crucial role in the growth and success of our nation. Whether first generation immigrants or tenth generation, American families celebrate the stories of those who came to this country looking for a better life. It is time that our immigration system reflect the value immigrants have always had to our nation. An effective immigration system does not create cruelty, but prevents it.
I believe hardworking families need a break. The GOP Tax Bill increased our national debt by $1.5 trillion to give 83% of the benefits not to the middle class but to the wealthiest few and special interests. The corporate tax rate was slashed by 40%, and companies that take their business overseas were rewarded. Rather than choosing to share these windfalls by raising worker wages, companies have made pay outs to CEOs, and shareholders, while the prevailing wage continues to lose value due to inflation. It is projected the tax bill will also significantly raise health insurance premiums, and cause 3 million people to lose coverage. I support common-sense tax reform that will put money in the pockets of working families, small businesses, and local farmers, not CEOs and big corporations that move their jobs and stash their profits overseas. I will serve the hard-working people in the district, not Washington lobbyists.
I grew up in a family that safely and responsibly used firearms, and I am a gun owner. I respect farmers, ranchers, and sports enthusiasts right to own firearms. Yet every American can agree that no one wants innocent lives taken at the when guns get into the wrong hands, and there are things we can do at a federal level to keep our kids safe at schools.
National Security & Foreign Affairs
When I signed my declaration of candidacy, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. That is my highest commitment. One of the best ways to protect our country and make the world a safer place is to reclaim our long-held leadership role in the world, with an active diplomatic corps, and as proponents of human rights.