We need to create an economic foundation that gives everyone a fair shot at the American Dream. Politicians in Washington don’t understand our local priorities. I have spent my career delivering results for southern New Mexico. I fought to protect water for our farmers, to bring new funding and support to New Mexico State University—from STEM education to energy research—and to increase broadband throughout our rural communities. I also worked to protect our public lands because I know that our parks and public lands are not only what makes southern New Mexico so beautiful, but also serve as a significant economic driver for the community.
In Congress, I will fight for living wages for hard working New Mexicans and work with stakeholders to provide incentives to attract businesses that offer good-paying jobs. I’ll support investment in 21st century infrastructure, from safe roads to broadband and cell phone service. I’ll find creative ways to streamline interaction with government agencies, so New Mexico businesses can operate as efficiently and effectively as possible. And I’ll continue to fight for funding for workforce training and development programs that connect K-12 students to local universities, education programs, and local businesses to prepare New Mexico’s students for the jobs of the future, right here at home.
Quality education will allow us to break the cycle of poverty and enhance our communities. As a product of Las Cruces Public Schools and the daughter of a teacher and National Education Association member, I will be a strong advocate for public education and will fight to ensure that every student—regardless of income, location, or background—has access to an excellent education.
In Congress, I will work to level the playing field. In southern New Mexico, we have some unique challenges in providing strong public education to our rural and diverse communities. These unique challenges need targeted solutions. That’s why I’ll fight for increased funding for our public schools so that all students have access to the tools and technology they need to succeed in school and in life. I’ll work to increase funding for English language learning programs. I’ll advocate for better pay for teachers, so we can retain and attract the best educators to guide our children, and I’ll push to reduce class sizes so every child has the chance to learn. Finally, I’ll invest in early childhood education and work toward universal access to Pre-K for all New Mexican families.
Everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care. I’m fed up with politicians in Washington playing games with our health care. I’ll always put southern New Mexicans first — that means taking on the pharmaceutical companies to lower the cost of prescription drugs, standing up for our veterans by working to fix the VA, and protecting and strengthening Medicare.
We need an advocate who understands the unique health care needs of rural communities. On the campaign trail, I met an expectant mother who drives hours for each of her prenatal appointments. She’ll have to make that same trip once she goes into labor. This isn’t right, and that’s why, in Congress, I’ll work across party lines to expand rural health care access by providing incentives for medical professionals to serve our rural communities.
Our immigration system is broken—politicians use it as a talking point instead of trying to solve the problem. I’m committed to working with everyone to fix that.
We need secure borders to keep out traffickers and violent criminals. That means giving Customs and Border Protection the technology and personnel they need to keep us safe and maintain effective and efficient ports of entry. We don’t solve any problem by building another wall—that’s just fiscally irresponsible and impractical. And, burying ICE under another layer of bureaucracy doesn’t protect against abuses of power or help us enforce our laws. I will work with anyone who’s willing to focus on enforcing laws against criminals and keeping us all safe.
And, having grown up and worked along the border, I know that a fundamental part of our border security is a clear and moral immigration system. We need a border that is both strong and vibrant. That’s why I’ll fight for a path to citizenship for DREAMers and others without criminal records who are living, working, and paying taxes across our great country. And, by expanding work visas and skills-based immigration, we can support American agriculture, technology, and other sectors that benefit from hiring the best, brightest, and hardest working people from around the world.
Our veterans have sacrificed to serve this country and defend our freedom. It is our duty to honor veterans by providing them with the comprehensive services they were promised and deserve. I am committed to fight for a VA that is fully funded, fully staffed, and accessible to veterans wherever they are. That means making sure all veterans have more accessible transportation options available to them to access VA clinics or their preferred healthcare provider through an integrated veteran’s healthcare system, and that the VA is actively reaching out to veterans to ensure that they are getting the services they need. It also means ensuring that veterans have access to the most up-to-date and effective treatments, including for mental health conditions like PTSD and depression. Mental health treatment must be a priority if we are to reduce the staggering number of veteran suicides.
We also need to provide better transition services to service members as they return to civilian life and their communities. Our veterans need to understand the services that are available to them, and we need to provide a full suite of services, including actively connecting veterans to job opportunities and services that combat homelessness.