Bonnie Watson Coleman ~ U.S. House, District 12

A long time public servant and advocate for New Jersey families, Bonnie is currently in her third term representing New Jersey’s 12th district in U.S. Congress. She is the first African American woman to represent New Jersey and remains devoted to fighting for vulnerable populations as a representative. She serves on the House Committees on Appropriations and Homeland Security. She has co-sponsored legislation offering protections for women and economically and socially disadvantaged groups, such as the Healthy MOM Act, the End For-Profit Prisons Act and the Consumer Non-Discrimination Act. Bonnie is an active member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Caucus for Women’s issues, the Congressional LGBTQ Equality Caucus, and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Prior to her election to the House of Representatives, Bonnie served eight terms in the New Jersey General Assembly, where she received praise for her legislation on prisoner rehabilitation and release.

On healthcare . . .

“I passionately believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege...In the 116th Congress, I am a cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act (H.R. 1384) which would expand coverage to all Americans for medically necessary care including primary care, maternity care, hospital visits, and dental and vision care. Under this universal plan, medical devices, lab services, and prescription drugs would also be covered.” “Women especially have unique health care needs that require special focus and attention. The ability to have access to primary care and preventive services that are mindful of these needs is a necessity that I emphasize.”

On the environment . . .

“Climate change is a crisis that affects everyone. For this reason I have co-sponsored the Green New Deal. It is crucial that the United States demonstrates to the international community that many Americans still support the Paris Climate Agreement even though our President may not. We must reaffirm our commitment to the agreement and our effort to combat climate change. While this bill is important, we must work on additional legislation that will protect our environment and our communities.” “I have also co-sponsored a number of other environmental bills, including: Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2018, which would create a carbon cap and trade program to cut emissions, and the Reducing Waste in National Parks Act, a bill to reinstate our national parks’ policy of going free from bottled water.”

Plans for Economy

"To obtain the American Dream and to close the wealth inequality gap, Americans need to be paid a living wage. I have been a lead advocate for the “Raise the Wage” campaign to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey, and I am committed to helping every American provide a decent life for their families.” “ Working and middle-class Americans deserve tax reforms that benefit them and assist them as they strive to improve their financial situations. That’s why I introduced the Earned Income Tax Credit Modernization Act to increase financial stability for caregivers and students pursuing higher education and advanced degrees.” “Modernizing our nation’s infrastructure and emphasizing innovation are critical to getting our economy back on track. Government investment in infrastructure projects, such as updating transit systems and bridges, would help create jobs for thousands of Americans.”

Education Policy

“The United States needs a high-quality public-school system in order to maintain a high standard of education. Additionally, I believe teachers are the linchpin of not only an educational community, but any community. We must support teachers and the educational community. I firmly believe that Washington needs policies that support teachers and students in their classrooms. As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services, and Education, I was proud to champion more than $2 billion in grants to support our teachers and education professionals in the fiscal year 2020 education funding bill.” “It is critical to our nation’s future that we provide children with an avenue to reach higher or vocational education early in their academic careers. In the education funding bill, I included language to direct the Department of Education to study and report to Congress ways to improve the effectiveness of current federal policy in supporting first-generation college students.”

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