Issues

Economy & Inflation

So many of America’s problems are unnecessary and man-made, generated by bad policy and pettiness coming from our nation’s capital every day. These problems are made worse by politicians who put themselves above the concerns of their constituents—like my opponent Dutch Ruppersberger, who has voted with President Biden 100%.

Today, Americans face unprecedented inflation that affects nearly all aspects of everyday life. From grocery bills to paying your mortgage/rent to filling up your gas tank, Marylanders’ lives have quickly become unaffordable. I hear it from folks every day—and unlike Dutch, I live this reality just like you.

In addition to skyrocketing inflation, we’ve also experienced unexpected housing, food, and fuel shortages—even empty shelves with no baby formula. Solutions to these problems aren’t simple, but they are possible.

We may not be able to turn back the clock, but we can put an immediate end to the Biden/Dutch policies that drive up inflation and hurt our economy.

Public Safety / Law Enforcement

If you feel less safe in your community than you did just a few years ago, you’re not alone. I’ve spoken with many residents who are worried about the violent crime occurring throughout the District.

In 2021, while the “Defund the Police” movement gained momentum around the country, there were a combined 399 homicides in Baltimore County and Baltimore City—including the unfortunate distinction of the all-time record for homicides in Baltimore County. Meanwhile, Baltimore County and Baltimore City police departments continue to struggle with hundreds of vacancies.

We cannot let our District continue down this dangerous path. We must institute policies to reduce crime in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and prevent this crime from reaching Carroll County.

How can we keep our communities safe without properly staffed, trained, and supported public safety professionals, including not only law enforcement, but also fire and EMS personnel? When our communities feel less safe, the last thing we need to do is take away critical funding and support to give these men and women the proper resources and training they need to do their jobs effectively and with integrity.

We need to let kids be kids and prioritize teaching them the basics. As a product of public education, I believe it can achieve great results, but only if we focus less on politics and more on preparing students for the real world. We need to do more to ensure that students have the skills they need to become successful adults—and that includes not just reading, writing, and arithmetic, but also expanding access to financial literacy and vocational training.

In 2017, more than half of Baltimore City public high schools had a zero or one percent proficiency rate in math. This is a failure of leadership by career politicians, like my opponent Dutch Ruppersberger, who have held office for decades as these problems have gotten worse and worse.

In the 2nd District, parents are concerned about the lack of opportunities, school choice, and feeling like they aren’t given a voice in their child’s education. I understand these concerns because as a parent I had to fight for my children’s education. 

As Congresswoman, I’ll fight to get politics out of the classroom, support parental involvement in schools, and work to ensure that all students have access to a world-class education, regardless of where they grow up.

It’s time for the government to stop picking winners and losers—America needs an all-of-the-above approach to powering our nation, from fossil fuels to nuclear energy.

With gas prices constantly rising across our state and nation, it’s clear we can no longer rely on foreign countries for energy. Furthermore, why should we? We need to allow American innovation to create the best and most economical ways to produce energy in the 21st century. In the meantime, a few short years ago our country was energy independent, but our politicians stopped American success dead in its tracks. We cannot have politicians undermine our economy, our national security, and our ability to afford driving to work.

We need representatives in Congress who will bring clean energy production home so we can end dependence on other nations while creating high-paying jobs, growing our economy, and preserving our environment.

As everyday life gets more expensive, Americans are sending more and more of their hard-earned money to Washington, while politicians continue to print cash and jam through trillions of dollars in reckless spending and tax hikes.

This includes President Biden’s failed Build Back Better boondoggle that was supported by my opponent Dutch Ruppersberger and adds trillions in new federal spending, helping to fuel inflation even more.

We need to get our economy back on track by supporting common-sense policies that let Americans keep more of their paychecks.

Ronald Reagan once said, “a nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” The current crisis at America’s southern border creates a national security and a humanitarian crisis, and Washington must address both.

America is the greatest country on Earth. For this reason, we have millions of people coming here from all over the world every day in search of a better life. It’s also for this reason that there are many people around the world who want to do us harm. For basic security measures, we need to be able to account for any person who comes in or out of our country. The situation at the border is also a humanitarian crisis, creating the perfect environment for cartel violence, drug smuggling, human trafficking, and diseases like COVID-19 and tuberculosis to thrive. It is more compassionate to both Americans and those seeking to become Americans to have a safe and functioning border.

All jobs and all businesses are essential. Politicians must never again be able to decide who can and cannot work. Everyone is essential because everyone needs to feed their family.

Congress has a unique and vital role in ensuring our economy promotes a sustainable job market. Nearly 99.5% of all businesses in Maryland are small businesses—they need a representative in Washington committed to cutting burdensome regulations and red tape that make it harder for small businesses to operate and create jobs.

The blame for our nation’s student debt crisis and the skyrocketing cost of tuition lies at the foot of our federal government. For decades, Washington has not only allowed but encouraged students barely of legal adult age to take out risky, high-interest loans without fully understanding the real-life, post-graduation consequences. Meanwhile, colleges and universities have raised tuition costs with impunity thanks to a guaranteed check from Uncle Sam.

The result? Unemployment or underemployment of college graduates remains high, with half of the recent graduates working either in low-wage jobs or jobs that do not require degrees. Skilled labor has fallen by the wayside. And America’s student loan debt has ballooned to over $1.75 trillion, making it even harder for young people to get married, buy a home, and start a family—something we used to refer to as “The American Dream.” 

Washington created this mess for millions of American students who wanted to study hard and be successful. Now, Washington needs to clean it up. Congress must act to keep federally-funded higher education institutions from bilking students and setting them up for financial failure by reforming this broken system.

As your representative in Congress, I will support common-sense, fiscally responsible solutions that decrease student loan debt while supporting policies to lower interest rates and promote financial literacy opportunities in public schools.