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I believe in our right to privacy. This includes our right to private ownership of our bodies (autonomy), ownership of our image, our voice, and our likeness. The overturning of Roe v. Wade not only jeopardized our autonomy, particularly a woman's right to choose abortion as healthcare, but opened the door for predatory behavior from tech giants to collect, sell, and use our image, voices, likenesses, behavior, and biometric data with little regulation. This, coupled with the rapid advancement of Artificial Intelligence, presents an immediate crisis to individuals and needs federal regulation. I call for President Biden's Blueprint for AI Bill of Rights be implemented as law.

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Painting Class

Child Care

The Child Care industry across the country is in crisis. The cost to provide care has skyrocketed with the inflated cost of goods. Families cannot afford the care resulting in many choosing to leave the workforce to care for their children, leading to the decrease in average household income, exacerbating the wealth divide. The lack of available regulated care contributes to couples choosing to have children later in life or not at all. We need to support our child care professionals and working parents by federally subsidizing the child care industry. If we can subsidize the oil industry, we can subsidize the child care industry.

Separation of
Church and State

Far right fundamentalists are destroying the foundational principle of separation of church and State. I vow to stand up to their unconstitutional efforts to ban books from public institutions, include faith based teachings in public schools, and divert tax payer dollars to private faith based organizations. Their successful efforts can be seen in Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, and here in Wisconsin with the school choice voucher program. Our public school system is being crippled. We must act now!

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Pass the Equal Rights Amendment

Now that the necessary 38 states have ratified the ERA, Congress must eliminate the original deadline. A joint resolution was introduced in Congress on January 21, 2021 which reads:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That notwithstanding any time limit contained in House Joint Resolution 208, 92nd Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972, the article of amendment proposed to the States in that joint resolution shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States.

In Congress, I will vote to pass the Equal Rights Amendment. The ERA is paramount to democracy.

Antitrust Law

Enforcement of laws that prohibit large corporations from monopolizing, collusion, mergers that undermine the free market, and illegal activities like money laundering is lacking and has been to the detriment of small businesses, particularly Wisconsin farmers. As factory farms gain buying and selling power, they gain influence over the courts that are meant to uphold antitrust law and become the main recipients of the Farm Bill funding. It is a vicious cycle. Former Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust Bill Baer testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law in a hearing titled “Proposals to Strengthen the Antitrust Laws and Restore Competition Online”. In his testimony, Baer recommends "We need to change current law to direct the courts and antitrust enforcers to be more assertive in challenging conduct and consolidation that risks creating or enhancing market power. Modest changes will suffice: by incorporating presumptions that certain behaviors are likely to reduce competition, making it clear that showing a risk of a reduction in competition is sufficient, emphasizing that anticompetitive effects include price and quality and innovation competition, and legislating to overrule recent problematic court decisions, Congress can make a meaningful difference." 

I support Baer's suggestions.

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