Masterman – Smith (D)
courage, integrity, initiative
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Time for a Change
I am a healthcare specialist and cancer scientist. I work on tough healthcare problems. I am running for Congress because I can be a powerful force in solving some of the hardest problems facing our country. I believe evidence-based, no-nonsense solutions will bring our country together and get us on track for success in the 21st century.
I learned the values of compassion and commitment to the betterment of our country from my dad’s historic career as a communications pioneer in the US Army Signal Corps and my mom’s career as a special education reading teacher. I will take those values with me to the Capitol.
Ending the heartbreaking opioid crisis and fixing a costly, ailing healthcare system will be top priorities for me in Congress. Our healthcare system can be a national treasure but reform is necessary. I will sponsor a national Medical Cannabis Accessibility Program and Overmedication Prevention Act. These will help end the opioid crisis, get us off the unnecessary amount of prescription drugs we consume, reduce healthcare costs and improve healthcare.
Science, Technology and the Economy
As a business leader, scientist, engineer and entrepreneur, I have the experience to advance science and technology in the best ways possible and create jobs doing it. We need to get to work on smart highways, usher in technologies that get us off fossil fuels and walk us back from the catastrophic effects of climate change. We need a free and open internet so our businesses and economy can thrive. I will assure Artificial Intelligence aids our workforce, not replaces it. This is the route to sustainable economic growth.
I will lead on crafting a gun violence prevention plan that works. Law enforcement, healthcare, our communities, schools and mental health services all need to work in concert to stop the senseless shootings we now see so regularly. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which normally would take the lead during a crisis of this magnitude is banned from preventing gun violence. The Congressional ban on preventing gun violence in the U.S. needs to go.
We must give DREAMers a chance to live it. We need permanent solutions for immigration. Our country is much stronger and vibrant with an immigration policy that works.
National Security and Defense
I’ll lead and push for a coherent national security policy and a strong, technologically advanced and agile national defense.
I will work to improve education in the U.S. Teaching to the test does not prepare children for success. Outstanding and caring teachers do. We need to provide our teachers with competitive salaries and the resources they need so our children can be successful.
As a former member of Communications Workers of America and United Auto Workers unions, my unions came through for me and my co-workers when we needed protection from unfair and illegal labor practices. Now unions are under attack under the guise of right-to-work. This will hurt workers’ rights. Just like my union protected me then, in Congress I will protect them.
I will work to find a permanent solution for the Cemex mine, push to get the clean-up of toxic and radioactive waste at the Santa Susanna Test Facility going and assemble a better plan for Aliso Canyon.
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I will spearhead a federal investigation into the Aliso Canyon methane leak and the health problems caused by it. Because the facility sits on the same fault line as the historic Northridge earthquake, we will also examine the overall safety of the facility and the risk of additional leaks. Above all, we will hold the owners accountable. I […]
I will push for the clean up of toxic and nuclear waste from my district’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory and will not rest until it is a habitable site. Due to the worst nuclear disaster in U.S. history, and a half century of nuclear power and rocket testing, nuclear and toxic waste has built up and […]
We are two states away from ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. It will be a historic day for the civil rights movement when the Women’s Equal Rights Amendment is passed. Women deserve equal pay for equal work, reproductive health rights, and protection from the kind of brutality that hurts and denigrates our society.
American education is failing to prepare our future generations to carry out their civic responsibilities and our students fall further and further behind the rest of the world. In 2015, our high school students ranked 41st in math, 24th in reading and 25th in science internationally. This is alarming. My mother was a teacher of reading […]
Mass shootings are growing increasingly common in America. Sadly, it is easy for an American to obtain a military grade weapon and commit mass murder. We cannot allow our families to be gunned down because of gaping holes in our gun policies. We need background checks, waiting periods and a coherent and functional system in place to […]
Today, seventeen years into the Global War on Terror, America is in the midst of suffering from what historian Paul Kennedy described as “imperial overstretch.” Although U.S. forces conduct active military operations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and Asia, we do not have clear policy objectives. America needs a coherent national security policy with clear and […]
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