Catherine Cortez Masto – 2016 Progressives to Elect

Catherine Cortez Masto Nevada –

US Senate

Job Creation

I’ll work for higher wages for workers, promoting innovation and small business entrepreneurship, and making Nevada even more enticing for new sectors and companies to move here. I’ll work to lower the tax burden for the middle-class and push Washington to start being responsible in budgeting taxpayer money. I’ll fight for more transportation funding that will create jobs, spur commerce, and encourage tourism. We need to invest in Nevada’s clean energy industry which will bring good-paying, middle class jobs to our state that can’t be outsourced. I will work to end special tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas.

Trade

As Attorney General, I refused to rubber-stamp a nationwide settlement with the big banks that was negotiated behind closed doors, because I thought Nevada families deserved a better deal. We won that fight, which resulted in a historic $1.9 billion settlement with Bank of America. Similarly, trade agreements that affect the jobs of American workers should be debated in the open – not negotiated in back-room deals and then sent to Congress to be rubber-stamped. I oppose so-called “fast track.”

Protecting Seniors

As Attorney General, I created a special unit to go after scam artists who prey on Nevada seniors. In the Senate, I will fight to protect Medicare and Social Security from politicians who want to dismantle the programs. I will oppose any attempts to cut or privatize Social Security and subject Nevada seniors’ retirement security to the whims of the stock market. I will also oppose reckless budget proposals that turn Medicare into a voucher program and increase seniors’ insurance premiums by thousands of dollars a year.

Immigration

I support comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and allows millions of undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows to earn a path to citizenship. Congress needs to do its job and pass immigration reform to keep families together.

Housing

I will continue this fight to help Nevada families who are facing foreclosure through no fault of their own and hold accountable the big banks who prey on Nevada homeowners.

Equal Pay

Our country still has a long way to go in ensuring paycheck fairness for middle-class families. This isn’t just a women’s issue; it’s an economic issue for Nevadans who are struggling to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. We cannot achieve real economic fairness for the middle-class if families aren’t earning a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.

Energy and Environment

I will fight to ensure that future generations are able to experience the incredible natural resources Nevada has to offer, just like I did. I will work to protect Nevada’s incredible public lands – a valuable resource in Nevada that creates thousands of jobs and brings in millions of dollars into our state. I will work to ensure we are fully utilizing Nevada’s abundance of wind, solar, and geothermal energy resources and increase investments in renewable energy technology to create green jobs here in Nevada. We must safeguard our natural resources and stop Big Oil from receiving unnecessary tax subsidies.

Minimum Wage

While Nevada slowly recovers from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, many people who have been able to find work are still unable to live off the wages they earn. It is long past time for Congress to raise the minimum wage so working Americans can feed their families off the pay they earn.

National Security

Nothing is more important to me than keeping our families safe. I’m a prosecutor who spent eight years as Attorney General putting violent criminals behind bars. I also worked with Homeland Security officials to gather intelligence about criminal and terrorist threats to protect Nevadans. Imagine the lunacy of letting those listed on the terrorist no-fly list to be able to buy guns like the rest of us. ISIS is determined to continue to attack us and we must destroy them before more innocent lives are taken. This starts by Congress declaring war on ISIS. We also need to directly arm and train the Iraqi Kurds to help combat ISIS, as well as increase targeted air strikes and continue supporting our allies.

LGBT Discrimination

LGBT Americans still face discrimination in housing and in the workplace in public accommodation, jury service, and education. In the Senate, I will work to end discrimination against every American regardless of whom they love. Citizens United The Citizens United decision has been a disaster for our democracy, tearing apart our campaign finance laws and bringing on a flood of anonymous “dark money.” We can’t continue to let the voices of everyday Americans be lost in a sea of special interest spending. I will work to overturn this decision that has given too much power without any accountability to large corporations.

Women’s Health

Access to birth control shouldn’t be a luxury that’s just for the people who can afford it: It’s basic health care, and we need to make sure that every woman can access the care she needs. That’s why I support legislation that would require insurance companies to provide birth control at no additional cost. I will also oppose any efforts to restrict women’s access to preventative health care. I’m a strong believer in a woman’s right to choose and will oppose efforts to criminalize abortion. Reproductive health decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor, not politicians in Washington.

Education

A good education can help children rise out of poverty and provide a better life for themselves. Helping our kids get a good education should never be a partisan issue. I will fight for more education funding because our kids cannot get a 21st Century education in an overcrowded classroom or a portable trailer. We need to make sure teachers have the tools they need for our kids to succeed. I will also oppose any efforts to abolish the Department of Education. We need to do more for our kids, not less.

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