Nanette Diaz Barragán is the youngest of eleven children raised by immigrants from Mexico. After taking office, she "immediately sought leadership opportunities and was elected by her peers to serve as the President of the freshman Democrats. She serves on the House Homeland Security Committee where she is busy protecting our country from threats while fighting to stop Trump’s wasteful border wall."
On healthcare . . .
"Healthcare is a fundamental right. Throughout my time in Congress, I have consistently fought on behalf of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA has provided affordable health care coverage for approximately 20 million Americans since its enactment in 2010. Thanks to the ACA , insurance companies can’t discriminate against those with pre-existing medical conditions. Thanks to the ACA, families can keep children on their health insurance plans until they turn 26 years old. And thanks to the ACA, Medicaid coverage has been expanded in California. While the ACA is not perfect and needs to be strengthened, it has saved lives and expanded coverage to those in need."
On the environment . . .
"A clean environment is about more than environmentalism. It’s about breathing in clean air and drinking uncontaminated water. It’s about new technologies and creating new jobs for the 21st century. Instead of risking the public health of the frontline communities across the country, we should be focused on transitioning to a clean energy economy by electrifying our transportation system and ramping up our use of renewables. We can’t have life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness unless you also have environmental justice. These issues go to the core of who we are as a nation."
Plans for Economy
On her campaign website, Congresswomen Diaz Barragán writes, "We need to continue the post-recession economic recovery started under President Obama’s administration. While unemployment is at its lowest level since the Recession of 2008, we must continue to work so that the recovery touches everyone. I will fight for economic policies that strengthen California’s working class."
"Education is a great equalizer and the foundation of the American Dream. Every child, regardless of their zip code, should have access to a free, quality education. The federal government must continue to play a key role in boosting education standards and closing achievement gaps so that all children receive a strong and equal foundational education. We must also ensure that higher education is accessible for everyone and affordable so that young college graduates aren’t crippled with debt."