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 votes with Nancy Pelosi 100% of the time.

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 Pelosi/Dutch policies that drive up inflation and hurt our economy, such as spending money we don’t have and failing to make sure existing federal dollars are used responsibly.  We need more accountability with our federal taxpayer money.

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.

My opponent, entrenched politician Dutch Ruppersberger helped author the bill in Congress to Defund the Police. He is explicitly responsible for the uptick in violent crime we have seen here in Maryland and across the nation. He is so out-of-touch that he cannot see the real damage he is doing to our families, our communities, and our country.

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.

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 is vital that we take care of our environment and we as a nation should have a strong focus on conservation, however we cannot impoverish ourselves in the meantime. 

The past 2 years have made it clear – we can no longer rely on foreign countries for energy. It is a risk to our national security and our livelihoods.

America needs an all-of-the-above approach to powering our nation, and we need to explore more nuclear energy. We need to allow American innovation to create the best and most economical ways to produce energy in the 21st century.

A few short years ago our country was energy independent, but career politicians in Washington stopped American success dead in its tracks. We cannot have politicians like Dutch Ruppersberger undermine our economy, our national security, and our ability to provide for our families.

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.

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 fight for common-sense solutions to mitigate the student debt crisis by supporting policies to lower interest rates, promote financial literacy, and curb higher education tuition inflation.