Issues

I got into public service as a mom on a mission for my son with autism, and over my career I’ve worked tirelessly to create a better life for my four kids and everyone else’s. This is what I believe, what I’ve accomplished, and what my mission will be in Congress. 

BOLD STEPS: DISRUPTING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Read Bold Steps: Disrupting an Epidemic, my progressive, comprehensive plan to take on the opioid crisis that has stolen too many lives in this district ->

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DIGNITY FOR OUR SENIORS

Long before I ever thought about running for office, I worked in elder care right here in this district. One of my first jobs out of college was as a social work case manager at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, going into individual homes and helping place...

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PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT & POWERING THE CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY

Climate change poses a threat to our health, our safety, our economy, and our national security. Transitioning to renewable energy is crucial for our economy and our children's futures. We have no time to waste.

Instead, Donald Trump and his administration...

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STRENGTHENING PUBLIC EDUCATION

I’ve helped lead the charge against charter schools and education privatization in Massachusetts, and I’m ready to do it in Congress. Now more than ever, we need representatives in Washington who will stand up to Betsy DeVos and Trump....

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HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

When my son was growing up, kids with autism like him couldn’t get health insurance to cover what they really needed. I’ve worked successfully to change that, but it used to be common for families like mine to have to take out second mortgages on their homes just to afford...

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COMMON SENSE GUN CONTROL

The need for common sense gun control is personal to me, as it is for far too many Americans. Both of my daughters are teachers. My daughter Sam’s classroom is closest to the door at her school, giving her the responsibility of tackling a shooter. Every time the news reports...

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THE GOOD JOBS WE NEED

Anyone in public office who isn’t dedicating themselves to getting more people good jobs shouldn’t be serving. I’m committed to building an economy that works for everyone – not just the wealthy.

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HELPING VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

As the mother of a son with autism, I ran for office to be a champion for those who need one most. The needs of communities on the fringes of society like seniors and people with disabilities will be at the top of my agenda.

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CHAMPIONING THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE

We need fierce female voices in Washington to resist efforts to roll back our progress. I’m proud to be the only Massachusetts Planned Parenthood-rated “champion” in our race, and I’ll never back down from fighting for our reproductive rights.

I was 12 years...

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DEFENDING IMMIGRANTS

Like most Americans, my family came here from somewhere else - my grandparents were French-Canadian and Irish and immigrated to Lawrence to work in the mills. I’ve always seen immigrants as vital to what makes America, America, and I’ve been honored to represent many new...

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GETTING BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS

America’s wealthiest and most powerful are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to put the politicians they want in office and see their agendas made into law. Their chosen elected officials push policies that hurt ordinary homeowners and working families, and...

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REPEALING TRUMP TAX PLAN

Trump and the Republicans want to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy by cutting Social Security and Medicare. I won’t stand for it, and I’ll work to make the millionaires pay their fair share.

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SMARTER FOREIGN POLICY

I was marching for peace long before I ever thought about running for office. I believe in diplomacy, and America needs to recommit to diplomatic engagement.

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RESPECTING VETERANS

We need to do more to keep our promises to those who defended our country. I’m going to seek real solutions and tirelessly oppose the Koch brothers’ privatization plans.

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR MASSACHUSETTS FAMILIES

Every family needs a roof over their heads. So everyone in public office needs to be fighting to make housing affordable for the families they serve. It’s that simple.

In my Lawrence district office, housing is the number one issue that...

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BARBARA IS A MOM ON A MISSION TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR MASSACHUSETTS FAMILIES.

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