Donna Shalala ~ U.S. House, District 27

Donna has a long history of public service. She served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York and as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Donna was appointed by President Carter as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She was later appointed by President Clinton as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, where she has been described as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.” Donna also served as the President of the University of Miami for 15 years. She was handpicked by President Bush to co-chair the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors. In 2008, President Bush awarded Donna the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She also served as the President of the Clinton Foundation for three years.

On healthcare . . .

Donna is one of our nation’s foremost experts on healthcare. In her time as Secretary of HHS, she led the Children’s Health Care Insurance program, oversaw the doubling of the National Institute of Health’s budget, and secured the highest immunization rates in history. In Congress, she leads efforts to end surprise medical billing and curb the tobacco and e-cigarette epidemic. She is also fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs by giving Medicare the power to negotiate with drug companies.

On the environment

Donna believes the U.S. must be a leader in the international response to climate change. She has proudly supported legislation that sets a national goal of achieving a 100% clean energy economy by 2050, requires the president to meet the commitments of the Paris Climate Accord, and protect Florida’s environment from spoilage by banning drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of Florida.

Plans for Economy

Donna is fighting for an economy that invests in people, not tax cuts for the wealthy. She supports the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the minimum wage to $15/hr and provide a raise for 33 million Americans. She also supports the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which protects workers’ rights to negotiate for higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions. Donna is also fighting for jobs that deliver affordable healthcare and retirement plans.

Education Policy

Donna is fighting to strengthen government funding and support of public schools, as well as tackle the student debt crisis. She supports the College Affordability Act, which lowers the costs of college for students and families, improves the quality of higher education, and expands opportunity for students from all backgrounds.

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