Renee Hoyos ~ U.S. House, District 2

Renee Hoyos writes, "After growing up in northern California, I earned two degrees from the University of California at Davis. After I graduated, I worked for the Immigrant Legal Resource Center and for the state of California in their Natural Resources Agency . In 2003, I moved to Knoxville to serve as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Clean Water Network, and I’ve been here ever since.

When I first started at the Tennessee Clean Water Network, times were tough. On three different occasions, I gave up my salary so my staff could have theirs. . . . It took hard work, but eventually, we became a scrappy environment advocacy organization, who sued the hell out of polluters, took on powerful special interests, advocated for major changes to government policy, testified in front of Congress, and installed lead-free drinking water fountains at schools across Tennessee."

During this time, she "fell in love with the hills and valleys of East Tennessee [and] fell in love with the people. Brave, tenacious, hard-working – they deserve better representation than what they are getting in Congress."

On healthcare . . .

Renee writes "as a Congresswoman, I [will] support legislation to expand Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veteran’s Health Administration. Everyone should have the healthcare they need, regardless of their ability to pay." She believes Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA should have the authority to negotiate prices for prescription drugs.

On the environment . . .

"As a member of Congress, I will continue to fight for environmental protections and to support policies that protect air quality and water resources and to address the sources of climate change. The administration budget would reduce funding to the US EPA by more than 20 percent. This would have grave consequences for Tennessee by undercutting programs like enforcement, state revolving fund loans, and services to protect water quality. I will work to oppose those proposals. Let’s reverse the actions of this administration that will threaten clean air, fresh water and the climate."

Plans for Economy

Renee wants to ensure that "trade disputes don’t harm our agricultural economy so that we can have good jobs and farmers can continue to provide safe, reliable food supplies." In addition, she wants to "extend the life of the Social Security trust fund to ensure retirement security" and "raise the minimum wage to a living wage and ensure that no working family has to live in poverty".

Education Policy

"Public schools are the educational foundation of communities across the 2nd District. Ensuring a basic, solid education for all students must remain our goal. States depend significantly on federal support to provide educational resources. Dollars at the federal and state level should not be diminished, diluted or diverted for other purposes – they should make it to the classrooms of our public schools.'

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