Priorities

Our Economy

Sharice believes -

  • The current tax bill is a corporate giveaway and a handout to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. 
  • Worse yet, the tax bill saddles our future generations with a crippling financial burden and further indebts our country to foreign nations, such as China.
  • Small businesses are the lifeblood of America and need to be front of mind when creating economic policy.
  • Modernizing our aging infrastructure is necessary to maintain our communities and our economies. It would create thousands of jobs and provide a foundation for decades of future growth.

Sharice plans to -

  • Fight for a true tax cut for the middle class.
  • Incentivize health care benefits for small businesses and create a small business standard deduction to lower administrative costs.
  • Create a childcare tax credit to help working families across America.
  • Support efforts to increase broadband access, which is key to economic success in the modern economy.

 

Our Education

Sharice believes -

  • Every student should have access to quality public education, regardless of their zip code, ability, or special needs.
  • Supporting early childhood education and afterschool programs benefits families and gives children more opportunities to succeed.
  • The cost of obtaining a college degree has skyrocketed and so has the likelihood of crushing student loans. We should be implementing policies that encourage and facilitate the opportunity for higher education.
  • Students should be exposed to careers in trades and technical areas - skills that are vitally important to a robust economy.

Sharice plans to -

  • Implement a holistic approach to education, focusing on access to quality public options from pre-K through secondary higher education and promoting strong, skills-based training programs.
  • Prioritize access to public education and facilitate ways for Congress to partner with and support states in implementing robust K-12 systems. Sharice will work to support opportunities to hone technical skills through apprenticeships and partnerships with community colleges and trade schools.
  • Support Head Start programs and ensure they are operating effectively. Sharice understands the importance of afterschool and summer programs for educational success, particularly in households where adults are working long hours to support their families.
  • Support policies that enable people to refinance student loans at lower rates and make it easier to renegotiate a loan’s terms.
  • Support initiatives such as loan forgiveness programs for those entering public service.

 

Our Healthcare

Sharice believes -

  • Too many Americans are suffering - and dying - because they lack affordable healthcare.
  • It is unacceptable that we pay the highest cost for prescription drugs in the world.
  • Women face too many restrictions and regulations over the care of their own bodies. Costs are too high for the full range of necessary reproductive healthcare services, including pre-natal, post-natal, contraception, and fertility treatment.  

Sharice plans to -

  • Support the continued expansion of Medicaid.
  • Support legislation that prevents price gouging and restricts the ability of companies to slow the introduction of generic brands.
  • Enable Medicare to negotiate drug prices.
  • Support legislation that ensures women have access to a full range of healthcare services and that they are not excluded from insurance plans or denied care by providers. 
  • Support initiatives aimed at reducing the alarming and preventable disparity of maternal mortality rate facing African American mothers.

 

Our Gun Safety

Sharice believes -

  • We must demand more than condolences from our lawmakers. We need swift legislation to enact common sense gun safety laws.
  • We can not allow legislators who accept millions of dollars from the gun rights lobby to continue risking the safety of our children and communities in exchange for campaign contributions.
  • Guns do have their place. As part of a military family, Sharice recognizes that firearms have a role in society. That place is not in schools, in hospitals, in mental health facilities, or in the homes of domestic abusers.

Sharice plans to -

  • Support a holistic approach to reducing gun violence and deaths in our country.
  • Treat gun violence as a public health issue, allowing us to study it and regulate it as such.
  • Never accept any campaign contributions or endorsements from the gun lobby.
  • Support expanded background checks and higher standards for conceal-and-carry permits.

 

Our Environment

Sharice believes -

  • Climate change is real and should be addressed immediately.
  • Protecting our environment and natural resources is necessary for our planet and our economies.
  • Kansas is uniquely poised to capitalize on wind energy, as our region has some of the highest wind production potential in the world. We should capitalize on renewables as a mechanism for job growth and skill development.

Sharice plans to -

  • Support tax policies that encourage use of and transition to renewable energy resources.
  • Work to create greater investment in Kansas’ wind-production infrastructure.
  • Fight against the dismantling of the Clean Water and Air Acts.

 

Our Immigration

Sharice believes -

  • Our current immigration system is unnecessarily complex and outdated.
  • The country promised to protect childhood arrivals under the DACA program and we must uphold that word.

Sharice plans to -

  • Do the hard work necessary to finally achieve comprehensive immigration reform.
  • Work across the aisle to develop common sense policy that supports our nation’s role as a beacon of hope for people around the world.
  • Fight to protect DACA recipients and create a pathway to citizenship for those undocumented immigrants -- our friends, teachers, neighbors -- who have known no other home.

 

Our Equal Rights

Sharice believes -

  • That all people are created equal.
  • That we are all guaranteed the same rights, freedoms, and protections under the law.

Sharice plans to -

  • Combat voter restrictions and fight for fair and equal access to the ballot box.
  • Support legislation and policies that recognize full civil rights protections for LGBTQI people.