Working for Working Families
Putting America back to work is my top priority. Too many families are struggling to make ends meet which is why I am working everyday to reduce unemployment and re-ignite the American Dream by investing in our middle class. Since the Bush recession started, I have supported efforts to prevent out-sourcing of American jobs overseas, create incentives for small business and support legislation that helps our manufacturing sector Make It In America once again.
I also stood with President Obama in supporting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that direct over $9 billion dollars in investment in Pennsylvania and provided critical funding for the City of Philadelphia the Philadelphia School District among many of our job creating hospitals and Colleges and Universities. Additionally, I have supported legislation to make it cheaper for American companies to obtain the materials they need to manufacture goods in America. I also supported the Small Business Jobs Act which offers tax incentives to help small businesses grow.
As a long time member of the Capenters’ Union, I have consistently supported organized labor, constantly earning 100% rating from the AFL-CIO. I have also helped resolve settle labor management disputes and strikes in the City of Philadelphia. I’ve worked with labor and management to resolve disagreements at SEPTA, the Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University among others.
Standing Up for Civil Rights
Throughout my career I have been honored to received either an “A” or 100 percent rating from the NAACP, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, the Human Rights Campaign among others. I have fought for expanding economic opportunities for America’s middle class. I have supported dramatic increases in funding for public education, job training programs and for initiatives to combat discrimination wherever it may be found. I have stood for legislation that invests in financially disadvantaged communities. I’ve worked tirelessly to to support affordable housing and will always work to make the American Dream available to everyone.
Keeping America Safe
As a senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have worked throughout my entire Congressional career to support our Armed Forces. I have voted for policies and programs that help our veterans and fought to make sure our brave men and women serving abroad have the resources they need to discharge their duties. I have also worked with the Pentagon to bring important funding back to the Delaware Valley for important national security projects at Philadelphia’s hospitals and universities as well as our local manufacturers such as Boeing. My commitment to America’s servicemen and women is without rival. I am, however, opposed to unnecessary wars at exorbitant costs without clear missions. While distinguishing the warriors from the war, I opposed the war Iraq and support the President’s plan to bring our troops home from Afghanistan.
Supporting Public Education
I believe a strong system of public education is a cornerstone of our democracy. I have supported education as a lifelong pursuit. From access to quality, early education programs like Head Start to working with labor and business for mid-career job retraining programs, my commitment to federal support for education has been steadfast. I have voted for smaller class size and for school construction. I have worked to make College more affordable by fighting for the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act and the American Opportunity Tax Credit Act. Throughout my career, I’ve been honored to supported by public school teachers. Access to a quality education system is the first step in securing a family-sustaining job. Supporting these policies will remain a top priority during my service in Congress.
Making Government Work
As the Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration, I have worked to make our federal elections work. I have championed the DISCLOSE Act, to require big corporations to disclose there spending our elections and to strengthen the ban on foreign money in our politics. I have also been pleased to support the Fair Elections Now Act, to create a hybrid public financing system for Congressional candidates.