Patricia Ackerman

- FOR CONGRESS -

Checks made payable to Friends for Patricia Ackerman, PO Box 1965 Minden, NV 89423

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© 2020 by Patricia Ackeman for Congress

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PRIORITIES

Fight Back Against Corruption

Americans have been losing faith in government years before Trump was elected. Income inequality is the #1 driving force. Today we see a dividing line that appears to be the Republicans versus the Democrats. The real dividing line is between leaders (like Mark Amodei) or candidates who are comfortable with big, dark money influencing politics and those who oppose it.

I’m opposed to it. We Americans are suffering the worst inequality since the Great Depression. I will not stand passively at the sidelines and continue to allow corruption to bully us. 

I will fight to end Citizens United, which is a policy that has completely allowed corruption and corporations to own our government. Campaign finance reform is critical to taking back our government.

A Living Wage

We’re now living the results of a system that has promulgated poverty, violence, and disease. By shifting the system toward economic balance through a living wage that is finally brought up to modern times (at the current pace with inflation, it should be no less than $12 an hour. This is a fundamental reason why income inequality is the worst it’s been in eighty years. I fully support transitioning within the next two years to $15 per hour.

The benefits of phasing in a $15 minimum wage would be far-reaching, lifting pay for tens of millions of workers and reversing decades of growing pay inequality.

Medicare For All Option and Rural Access to Healthcare

The current system which is known as healthcare is actually just disease management, which is massively profitable and causes deaths and bankruptcies at an alarming rate in America. And insurance companies are making a killing – literally. 

When I ran for State Assembly in 2018, we knocked on over 10,000 doors and at least 75% of the people said healthcare costs and access was and still is their number one concern. We met a woman in Lockwood who is preparing to die because she lost her healthcare coverage from her employer a month before being diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. And she won’t leave her family in debt.  

Unhealthy food production and the typical American diet, pharmaceuticals and the high cost of treatment, the healthcare system is quite successful with the status quo. Again, the profit off our suffering is staggering. Only by taking a step by step untangling of the complex web that has been allowed to flourish for decades can we design a better web of health. A Medicare Buy-In Option is the strongest way to redesign our system. 

For those who have a healthcare plan through their employer or union and are happy with it, we should respect the freedom to choose. When we develop a better way through Medicare for All, it will become the choice. I believe a universal healthcare system is ultimately the way to go. I believe when we offer Americans the plan, they will choose it, it will grow, become better funded, costs will go down even further and ultimately, we will succeed in a Universal healthcare system for All.  Our current Congressman voted over a dozen times against our wellbeing and lied straight-faced about how his votes would affect Nevadans. 

In congress I will vote for funding of rural clinics and the broadband/highspeed internet necessary to bring telemedicine to rural areas. In 2019, our current Congressman voted against a spending bill that funds the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Programs. This is just one of several critical votes where he hindered improving life for our rurals. He’s hurting rural Nevada.

Prescription Drug Prices

In May of 2019, our Congressman voted against a bill called Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which was designed to lower prescription drug prices. This was very bad for the average person, good for pharmaceutical companies. 

 I would fight for a bill that would increase the number of drugs that will be subject to negotiation, up from 35, and fully repeal the ban on Medicare negotiating drug prices. And add a provision that would extend protections against drug price increases to people in private employer-sponsored insurance plans, not just those on Medicare. 

Bottom line – you should not spend more than $200 a year on your prescription drugs. I will fight for that. We can win.

Climate Change and Clean Energy and Jobs

The science is in – the best of science around the world agrees climate change is our number one threat. The reports and eyewitness accounts of how our planet is rapidly changing cannot be ignored. Anyone who denies the threat is not being truthful. We have very little time to make dramatic changes from fossil fuels to sustainable, clean and renewable energy sources. 

Solar power is not the future – it’s the now. A minimum of 8,000 new, stable jobs will be created once we commit to renewables. These are jobs that can’t be outsourced overseas, will release us from the chains that bind us to fossil fuels that give foreign countries leverage over us. It will reduce air, water and land pollution. 

Our current Congressman voted at least 9 times to block renewable energy funding. His record is stunning. His views archaic and dangerous. 

Geo-thermal energy is abundant in Nevada and has huge potential, as does increased solar energy development. However, solar jobs are trending in the wrong direction as a result of Amodei’s votes – in 2018 solar jobs in installation declined 1% while solar manufacturing jobs dropped by 9%. A full transition to clean energy would dramatically increase the jobs in Nevada. I pledge to develop clean energy on our public lands, and unlike Mark Amodei, to support policies like the Public Land Renewable Energy Development Act of 2019, which is sensible legislation with multiple benefits and bipartisan support – Our current Congressman Amodei is not on board and is a danger to our future economic stability for all Nevadans, not just the giant fossil fuel corporations who employ a fraction of the workforce of what clean energy would. 

I also want to see continued development of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and waste heat and support the enactment of the Heat Efficiency through Applied Technology (HEAT) Act. 

On a personal level, our family home has been powered by solar since 2009. Our monthly bill is about $17, up from about $9.50 because of changes in policy. We witnessed the ebb and flow of the solar industry and it was disheartening to see the direction it was going in. 

I propose a change to our current net metering policy to incentivize homeowners to switch to solar and be able to sell their solar power back to the utility company. These are just a few of the positive steps we can take with clean, renewable energy.

Education

To compete in this world and be the leaders, we must re-evaluate the priorities of our education system. Nevada was ranked next to last in the nation in 2019. 

As your next congresswoman I will fight for:

  • Debt-free community colleges & trade schools.  Our kids and young adults are drowning in unprecedented college loan debt. The American dream just isn’t possible with this yoke around their necks. 

  • Universal pre-k.  Research shows the long-term benefits for children.

  • Social services that ensure our kids have the support they need to focus on learning. Healthy food, stable housing, and mental health support is vital for rapid learning. A violence-free environment is also critical. 

  • More federal funding for public k-12 schools.

 

I have personally fought against school vouchers before ever running for office and will fight any federal laws that would take money away from public schools.

Immigration

My parents were immigrants. Immigrants made this country great.  I will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants in America. Without them, America would suffer. The research on the contributions made by immigrants speaks for itself.

Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

WHY I’m PRO-CHOICE:

Everyone, especially conservatives, understand the ancient law of property rights. Our bodies are the ultimate in sacred ownership. 

NO ONE bears the right to tell you what you can or cannot do with your body. It’s the ultimate in sacred violation. I will always stand for a woman’s right to make healthcare choices for her own body. 

I will support all efforts to close the national pay gap, with attention paid to black, Latina, indigenous, and disabled women as well as genderqueer and transgender people -- all of whom deserve equal pay for equal work.

Labor Rights and Unions

As mentioned above in the top priorities, income inequality and the increasing corporate power is what’s driving a divided country. Our labor workers and their rights must be protected at all costs to be able to compete in this ever-growing world of corporate dominance. I advocate for fair trade policies and to strengthen labor unions. I was a longtime member of two unions – SAG and AFTRA. I know what they did for us. And I stand behind the unions.

Public Lands

Nevada has more land owned by the federal government than any other state. I am committed to keeping this land open and available to Nevadans for recreation, smart economic development and housing where appropriate. This is an issue where Amodei serves only the special interests, putting the needs of the wealthy ahead of tourism, outdoor recreation and other ways Nevada’s open spaces can benefit taxpayers and visitors of Nevada.

Wild Horses and Burros

Our current administration has our wild horses on a fast track of slaughter and extinction. I’ve lived with horses since age 11. The love and reverence for them is deep in my soul. There IS a solution for the horses that not only saves the taxpayers millions of dollars and is humane, ethical and will protect our horses, but special interests are standing in the way. I pledge to you and especially to the horses, that I will not rest until a program is implemented that serves our wild horses humanely and with their protection in place. This includes phasing out helicopter roundups and shifting resources to humane birth control measures. 

Mining

Mining has helped make Nevada prosperous. It has also unfortunately been responsible for poisoning our land and water because the regulations currently in place don’t go far enough toward protection or they are being ignored completely. To be fair, there are mining companies who are ready and willing to comply, but agencies like the BLM aren’t staffed well enough to implement the enforcement. The agencies that oversee the regulation compliances must be empowered and supported. Our current congressman does nothing to rein in the corruption that threatens and intimidates the very agencies we rely on to protect our lands from mining violations. 

Amodei has also left us very vulnerable when he chose to look the other way and do nothing in his H.R. 761 bill regarding rare earth elements such as gadolinium and yttrium.  These rare minerals have unique properties and uses that we are just learning about.   Amodei's bill allows the Chinese companies that extract these minerals here in the U.S. to not sell them back to us.  If they don't want to sell them to us, they do not have to. These high-tech minerals are used in sophisticated metal manufacturing for our military including fighter jet engines and healthcare services that target tumors in neutron therapy.  These are just two of the many known uses.  Who knows what the future holds, but once again Amodei has left us very vulnerable-this time to the whims of the Chinese government.   

I pledge, in the interest of bipartisan national security interests, that our own domestic resources aren’t used to promote or increase Chinese or Iranian business interests at the expense of the American taxpayer. I want to ensure that American minerals stay here and help make our supply chain be more stable.

Veterans Priorities

At 11%, NV – 2 contains the second-highest number of veterans and active-duty military of the state’s four congressional districts.

 Rep. Amodei has cast some very damaging votes against our veterans. He voted against an amendment to make it easier for qualified veterans to access state-legal medical marijuana. The amendment had bipartisan support and was co-sponsored by Republican Heck and Democrat Titus along with six other House members and passed. 

A sobering statistic – Every 13 minutes a veteran takes their life. We MUST DO BETTER FOR THEM. 

I support:

  • H.R. 2191, the Veterans Cannabis Use for Safe Healing Act, which would prohibit the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from denying a veteran benefit administered by the secretary by reason of the veteran participating in a State-approved marijuana program. 33 states have legalized marijuana for either medical or recreational use. 

  • Authorizing the Veterans Administration to receive reimbursements from TRICARE and Medicare.

  • Modernizing the Veterans Administration health IT systems so they function in our 21st-century digital environment.

  • Expanding tele-medicine and tele-health options of VA services so as to better serve veterans who have to drive long distances to VA clinics in Elko, Fallon, Gardnerville, and Reno. 

  • Make nursing home eligibility part of the VA health benefits package.

  • Fully fund Post – 9/11 GI Bill benefits for veterans and their families.

Gun Safety and Reform

I’ve been a gun owner for decades. I support full background checks and closing the loopholes like those at gun shows. I believe assault style weapons should be banned. I intend to foster a culture that works toward peace, not violence. I will never take money from the NRA.

Yucca Mountain

I’m strongly opposed to using Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository.