Andie's Priorities

INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOB CREATION

Louisianians have been promised durable, high-quality infrastructure improvements time and time again, but each hurricane season brings a new threat to the homes and livelihoods of our state’s hard-working families. It’s time to stop rebuilding and start building to withstand. Reliable roads, bridges, drainage systems, and power grids will protect Louisiana residents and create a stronger and more stable economy.

We need to invest in engineering and the implementation of reliable drainage systems to keep storm waters from flooding our streets and our homes.

We need to invest in fail-safe , dependable power grids that can withstand a true Louisiana storm season.

We need updated, durable, reliable roads that efficiently meet our transit demands.

Most of all we need politicians who will do what is necessary to fight for these investments on behalf of Louisiana's people.

For years, our politicians have paid lip service to addressing our critical infrastructure needs while paying corporate donors in deregulation and tax cuts. Instead of adding trillions of dollars to the federal deficit while leaving Louisiana unprepared in the greatest times of need—such as the Great Flood of 2016—I believe that we should invest in filling the gaps in our infrastructure. Unlike corporate giveaways, these investments would pay for themselves by creating a stronger state economy.

BETTER QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE

I believe all Americans have the right to see a doctor when we are sick without accumulating mounds of debts that take food off our tables and clothes off our children's backs. As a mother of four, I understand the effects that the rising cost of health care has on working families.

This is why I believe it's critical to reduce the cost of healthcare and to increase the quality of care that we receive.

We can all agree that the Affordable Care Act has flaws, but it has provided affordable coverage to hundreds of thousands of working Louisianans who were previously uninsured. As an engineer, I would never retire a functioning system without first preparing a strategy that produces a viable solution of equal or greater value. That's throwing the baby out with the bath water. Yet this is the strategy the Republican representatives in Congress have adopted with measures like the Better Care Reconciliation Act. This strategy is both irresponsible and neglectful. Just as I would be fired for being reckless, they should be fired.

Our Republican leaders in Congress have failed to give us a sensible, bipartisan solution to strengthen the ACA. They missed their opportunity to reduce the cost of health care, stabilize health insurance markets, and give Americans better quality healthcare. These neglectful politicians put children at risk, ignoring them for months, until the threat of a government shutdown, forced them to work with both parties to fund the CHIP program for children living in poverty.

If we want to put America first, we must be Americans first, and quit electing corporate-owned politicians that sell out to Big Pharma. I will put people first, as I would work with any of my fellow members of Congress, regardless of party, would be willing to work to reduce the cost of health care, raise the quality of care that we receive, reduce premiums and out-of-pocket costs, and give us the sensible solution of negotiating the cost of prescription drugs.

GIVING POWER BACK TO WORKERS

I am a believer in the American Dream, yet wages are stagnant and the median income for Louisianians is $45, 146. Gallup polls have shown that Louisiana's workers are among the most engaged and enthusiastic about their jobs of any workforce in the country. Working Americans deserve to see fair rewards for our hard work and grit.

This why we need to restore the power of collective bargaining, because it is our right to negotiate better wages, benefits, working conditions, and equal protections. Without these protections, working families suffer while helping the rich get richer. When our unions do the work, our unions work. This is why I will support legislation that strengthens worker unions instead of undermining them to take power from people.

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

I believe that our children deserve to go to school with out fear. No parent should ever have to mourn the death of a child they sent to school that morning.

Responsible gun owners go above and beyond what is required for them. It's time for us to expect all Americans to be responsible gun owners. That is why we need to implement universal background checks. We should expect citizens to be trained in the responsibilities that lie in handling such deadly weapons, and we should prevent civilians from owning and modifying weapons that increase the capacity for massive destruction and death.

These are sensible things that responsible gun owners already do, but our politicians refuse to act, putting the interest of corporate profits over the safety of our children.

SECURING OUR PRIVACY AND PRESERVING OUR RIGHT TO THE INTERNET

I believe Americans have a right to privacy in our homes as well as on cell phones, computers, and other electronic devices that are an extension of our homes. As a software engineer, I understand how important it is to address this issue because I understand the extraordinary capabilities of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. AI can take mass accumulated data about private citizens and make accurate predictions, then use this data to determine how to best persuade or manipulate people. This power must have checks and balances. Congress must protect Americans not only from abuse of this power in our own country, but also from foreign enemies who would use this power against us. We need members in Congress who understand these threats and how to counteract them.

The internet is a communication infrastructure that American tax payers paid to create. We have a vested interest in this infrastructure, and our rights and freedom to access it must be protected. This is why I will fight to protect net neutrality, to ensure that for-profit companies can’t impinge on this freedom. Congress must protect our right to access, use, and enjoy the internet while also protecting our privacy and securing us from foreign threats.

ENSURING OPPORTUNITY PROMISED WITH A GOOD EDUCATION

Without a good education and workplace preparation, our children lose the freedom and opportunity of the American Dream—and communities lose hope for the future. Investment in our children is an investment in the future economy and a healthy middle class. A movement is underway to attack and defund our public schools system while moving tax dollars to for-profit schools, many of which lack the will and expertise to provide students with a quality education. We must protect the promise of education and opportunity for all children and put an end to detrimental public-private partnerships that drain our tax dollars to for-profit education.

With the Age of Automation upon us, sweeping through our economy and putting an end to low-skill jobs, I believe that we must prepare for the future. An investment in training skilled workers and college-educated young adults provides a huge rate of return in the form of a robust and growing economy. We must invest smart by training young adults for the jobs that the new generation will demand, without saddling our children with a lifetime of debt. The country’s economy thrives when we have a healthy and growing middle class, which is why I will support legislation like the College for All Act and the America’s College Promise of 2017, to help America’s hard working families and build up the middle class.