Rosa learned the importance of hard work and compassion from her parents. Her father was an immigrant and her mother was the longest-serving member of the New Haven Board of Alderman. After earning degrees from Marymount College and Columbia University, Rosa entered a career of public service. She has served many positions including the first Executive Director of EMILY’S List, Executive Director of Countdown ‘87 and as Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd. Rosa has served as a Congresswoman since 1990. She is currently the Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. Rosa is also a founding member of the Progressive Caucus.
On healthcare . . .
“No one should have to choose between health care coverage and financial security.” Rosa supported the Affordable Care Act and she will continue fighting to ensure all Americans have affordable and reliable health care. As a cancer survivor, Rosa advocates for funding biomedical research supported by the NIH and CDC.
On the environment . . .
On her campaign website, Rosa writes that “an environmentally sound economy can also be a robust economy.” Rosa is committed to increased access to alternative energy sources. She recognizes that we need a new energy policy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Through her work on the Agriculture Appropriations subcommittee, Rosa has helped boost homegrown biofuel production.
Plans for Economy
“Many Americans have seen their wages stagnate and income fall over the past decades.” Rosa’s top priority is putting people back to work and creating good middle class jobs focused on sustaining economic growth. Her Job Plan aims to create jobs by supporting small businesses, innovative research and education while also preserving existing jobs.
“Educating the whole child means more than teaching to meet the requirements of a test.” Rosa has fought to increase the funding for Head Start. She has also promoted an early learning focus in Race to the Top and created the bi-partisan Congressional Baby Caucus to focus on the development of infants and toddlers. She also fought to reform the No Child Left Behind Act and voted for the Every Student Succeeds Act.