Investing in Infrastructure

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Just like we need to invest in maintaining our homes or cars to get the longest life possible from them, we need to invest in our current transportation infrastructure.  Deferred maintenance of our roads and bridges has created public safety risks and we can no longer sit back and wait for the next bridge collapse before we act.  Dollars invested will be dollars well spent as the added boon to our economy will support continued economic development.  

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Protecting the Environment

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Our growing global population places increasing demands on our water supply and other natural resources. In many urban areas, air quality is so poor that people with medical concerns are at heightened risk. And the acidification of our oceans by rising carbon dioxide emissions threatens the primary food sources of one billion people, in addition to key American industries.

Clearly, we have reached the point where we can no longer ignore the changes in our natural environment, let alone recklessly continuing to aggravate those changes. Being good global neighbors requires us to do what we can to also be good stewards of our environment.  

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Energy Independence

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With heightened concerns about the health of our planet, as well as the global political implications of continued oil dependence, it is imperative that we put all of our efforts into expanding the use of renewable resources to meet our energy needs. Indeed, growing conflict in the Middle East means that the expansion of renewable energy not only makes environmental sense but is a matter of national security as well. 

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Financial Stability for Families

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I believe our economy is at a precarious point. While we have rebounded somewhat from the last recession, we are not out of the woods yet. Families continue to struggle due to wages that haven’t kept pace with the cost of goods while individuals with incomes in the top 1% enjoy disproportionate tax breaks. 

We need to strength our economy by safeguarding the financial stability of average families. When families are secure, our communities thrive. 

To achieve this, I would:

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Student Loan Debt Relief

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Student Loan Debt

New graduates are burdened with high interest student loans and large monthly payments that make it extremely difficult for them to start families, buy homes, explore entrepreneurial interests or even save for their own retirement. As the Iowa State University Foundation has acknowledged, recent graduates of Iowa’s own Regent institutions leave school with some of the highest student debt levels in the nation.

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Financial Stability for Seniors

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Financial Stability for our Seniors

Seniors face many difficult financial choices. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average cost of long-term care in a nursing home is just under $8,000 a month but by 2037, it is expected to rise to over $22,000 a month. In addition to the high cost of long-term care, our seniors incur the financial burden of costly medications to treat age-related medical conditions and illnesses.

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College Affordability and Labor Ready Workforce

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College Affordability and a Labor-ready Workforce

While wages have remained stagnant for most middle and low-income families, the costs to attend college and other post-secondary training programs have skyrocketed. Because of this, people are forced to either take on crushing levels of debt or abandon their dreams of a higher education altogether. Kim believes that the future of our country depends on well-educated citizens. Supporting measures to make education affordable and accessible should be a top priority for Congress.

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Immigration Reform


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Immigration Reform:

Immigration reform is about both compassion and economic common sense. Many of our neighbors, friends, and people we interact with on a daily basis are immigrants. They work in many sectors of our economy and enrich our communities both culturally and economically. 

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