Christina Finello ~ U.S. House, District 1
After earning a joint law degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology, Christina began her career as an intern at a federal correctional facility, where she interviewed and evaluated some of the most violent prisoners in our federal system. She has spent the past 10 years improving government systems for care delivery as the Deputy Director of the Bucks County Department of Housing and Human Services. She also works with the Philadelphia Veterans Court. She has also served on the board of Alpha Bravo Canine, where she connects veterans with combat-related injuries and service dogs. Christtina was the only Democrat on the elected Ivyland Borough Council, and also serves on the Nativity of Our Lord’s school advisory board and the YMCA of Buck’s Country Central Bucks Regional Advisory Board.
On healthcare . . .
Christina is fighting to strengthen the Affordable Care Act by creating a non-profit public option to compete with for-profit insurance companies. The law should also allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prescription drug prices. Christina will also prioritize mental health and combat substance abuse, as well as advocate for women’s healthcare.
On the environment . . .
Christina will invest in alternative energy, such as wind and solar, that will end our dependence on fossil fuels. She is also fighting to rejoin the Paris Agreement and reinstate Obama Clean Power Rules and other regulatory measures that govern pollution.
Plans for Economy
Christina believes in raising the minimum wage and strengthening unions and wage boards. She also wants to protect workers by guaranteeing 12 weeks of paid family leave and paid sick leave. Christina will also institute robust skills and training apprenticeship programs.
In order to ease the burden of college tuition, Christina will double Pell Grant Awards, institute free community college, restructure student loans and repayment programs, and lower interest rates of student loans. She also wants to enhance apprenticeship programs, partnerships between employers, community colleges and trade centers, and invest in technically education programs in high schools.