Debbie has spent her career as a strong advocate for progressive values. She made history at 26, as the youngest woman (at the time) elected to the Florida Legislature, and again in 2004 when she became the first Jewish woman ever elected to represent Florida in Congress. She also battled breast cancer whilst campaigning for Barack Obama in 2008. President Obama appointed Debbie to lead the DNC as Chair during his re-election campaign.
Debbie also authored For the Next Generation, which calls to service Americans who want to make a difference through public service. Debbie prides herself on her reputation as one of the most liberal yet effective members of Congress. She is currently the Chief Deputy Whip in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is a co-chair of many congressional caucuses, such as the Kids Safety Caucus, LGBT Equality Caucus, E-Tech Caucus, and Girl Scouts Caucus.
On healthcare . . .
“I am proud that I was a part of the first time in American history we passed a comprehensive health care reform bill to ensure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care, while having the added benefit of significantly reducing long-term health care costs . . . I am committed to working in a bipartisan fashion to continue making meaningful improvements to our health care system based on facts and real-life impact, not political rhetoric.”
On the environment
“I use my position as a senior appropriator on the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee to support a national energy strategy that promotes and facilitates a rapid transition to clean, renewable, domestic sources of energy that will fuel an economy that is sustainable, while protecting our environment and promoting our national security. I believe it is critical that we use smart, forward-thinking energy policy to address the climate crisis and prevent the worst consequences of climate change by dramatically reducing our emissions of greenhouse gases.”
Plans for Economy
“Everyone should have a fair chance at living the American dream if they work hard and play by the rules. I’m fighting to ensure that our economy works for all Americans.” Debbie is fighting to close the national wealth gap and the gender pay gap, as well as increase the minimum wage. She supports a fair taxation system that supports small business creation, American families, and provides funding to support the services and infrastructure that run our country.
“Education is not only the right of every child; it is the cornerstone of America’s economic future.” Debbie supports federal investments like Head Start, and a proposed package of funding for young students, which includes a federal-state partnership to help more students get into pre-K classrooms. She also supports Title I Funds, which provide critical investment that helps even the playing field for schools that serve low-income families. She also believes teachers receive the compensation, resources, and respect they deserve.