Money in Politics

In our political system, the voices of everyday Americans get drowned out by wealthy interests that have far too much influence. To reinvigorate the health of our democracy, we need to rid our system of the influence of big money and I will not stop fighting until we achieve this goal. It’s time to return our politics and government to the hands of the people where they belong.

Dana will fight to...

Overturn Citizens United, which has allowed unlimited corporate financing of candidates and campaigns. This decision has allowed corporate special interests to buy votes from our elected officials. They don’t work for us anymore, only for their wealthy donors. This must end.

Institute a small donor matching program to amplify the voices of everyday Americans so they can have influence in our political system just like the wealthy and powerful do.

Pass the Shareholder Protection Act which requires companies to disclose their political spending.

Prohibit Members of Congress from receiving a salary if they don’t pass a budget.

Implement a five-year ban on Members of Congress and executive branch officials becoming lobbyists and a six-year ban on lobbyists joining Congressional staffs or committee staffs that they previously lobbied.

You can find more details on my priorities for Congress in my Campaign Finance & Government Reform Agenda.

Healthcare for Everyone

Healthcare is a fundamental human right. No one should have to choose between buying food or buying medicine or between taking their child to the doctor or paying the electric bill. Yet many of us are forced to make those choices every day. We must ensure that every American has both affordable insurance coverage and access to high quality healthcare.

Dana will fight to...

Lower out-of-pocket costs for health insurance and care for families and individuals by providing the basic level of guaranteed services, including preventative care, that are currently offered by Medicare.

Guarantee coverage for essential health services that protect our families such as maternity care, hospital services, mental health care, and addiction support services.

Protect people with pre-existing conditions so they cannot be charged higher premiums or denied insurance.

Safeguard women’s access to reproductive healthcare. This includes well-visits, preventive care, cancer screenings, and safe abortion services.

Negotiate drug prices, like the VA currently does, which can save Americans up to 40% on prescription drugs costs.

Unburden small and family-owned businesses from the overwhelming cost and complexity of providing health insurance to their employees.

Liberate entrepreneurs to start new businesses without the fear of losing the coverage they and their families count on.

The efficient and economically sound way to achieve these goals is to expand a program that already works for millions of Americans and give everyone access to Medicare.

A Fair Economy

Our economy works very well for a select few in this country. While corporations see record profits and CEOs make tens of millions of dollars a year, everyday Americans are struggling to make ends meet. Too many central and western New Yorkers work too many hours for too little money. It’s time to build an economy that works for everyone with better-paying jobs, long-term economic growth, and a fair tax system.

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Make strategic investments in building a green economy. There is limitless potential for economic growth and in central and western New York. We have the scientific and manufacturing capabilities to lead the way.

Raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, indexed to inflation. No person in the United States of America who works full time should live in poverty. That means our minimum wage must be a living wage.

Ensure people have access to debt-free educational and vocational opportunities that will allow them to pursue well-paying jobs.

Bolster apprenticeship programs so that more people have the ability to join unions and secure good jobs for themselves and provide for their families.

Implement a fair tax policy that makes sense for everyday Americans. We need to prioritize working families, seniors, veterans, and students in our tax system and close loopholes so that the wealthiest and big corporations pay their fair share.

Close loopholes and collect the rest of the $750 billion in taxes owed on offshore corporate profits so we can invest it here at home.

Additional Priorities

Education is the cornerstone of democracy. Our public school system is under assault; Donald Trump’s Department of Education is trying to privatize it. We cannot allow that to happen. Providing quality education is one of the government’s most important obligations to the people.

Dana will fight to...

Fully fund our public schools. In too many places, under-resourced schools and districts are waiting for money from the state and federal governments. It’s time to fund our schools adequately. This includes fully funding IDEA for students with disabilities and expanding school meal and after-school programs.

Ensure quality public schools for all of our children. Every child deserves access to a public school that meets high standards of accountability, regardless of their zip code.

Codify civil rights protections for our vulnerable students so that safe learning environments are permanently available to every student no matter their race, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or other identity group. The right to these protections must never again depend on the whims of the Secretary of Education.

Establish universal Pre-K for all three- and four-year-olds so they have the best shot at success in school and beyond.

Revitalize civics education. We need to prepare students to become participants in our democracy. This requires knowing how all levels of government work, how to engage in public deliberation, and how to get along in a plural society. We must prepare them to understand not only their rights conferred by our democracy but their responsibilities as stewards of our democracy.

Treat educators as the professionals they are by paying them salaries commensurate with the value of the work they do and providing excellent mentorship and professional development programs.

Guarantee debt-free post-secondary options including four-year colleges, community colleges, and technical and vocational schools. This will require tuition-free options, expanded debt-relief programs, an end to predatory lending, and a cap on interest rates.

We are home to some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and resources in the country. But our environment is facing unprecedented dangers from the climate crisis. More than ever, we need to continue the central and western New York tradition of protecting and preserving our land, water, and air.

Dana will fight to...

Reinstate the environmental protections rolled back by Donald Trump, John Katko, and the GOP Congress. We’ve made too much progress to watch it undone.

Institute a carbon fee and dividend. By putting a price on carbon emissions, we will reduce demand for fossil fuels and spur significant investment in renewable energy. This market-based solution is popular with both conservative and liberal experts and can be a great bi-partisan solution.

Invest in infrastructure. Replacing our aging water systems will ensure that our drinking water is safe and stop the catastrophic sewage spills that pollute our water supplies. And modernizing our energy grid will allow us to transport energy from renewable sources to every community.

Promote sustainable agriculture. Our farms play a very important role as stewards of the land, air, and water. Tax incentives and grants for the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices will help our farmers prosper and help keep our natural resources healthy.

Responsible gun owners across central and western New York agree: it’s past time to address the epidemic of gun violence in our country. I support the second amendment and responsible, law-abiding gun owners should be able to hunt and protect their families. We want our communities to be safe for our families, friends, and neighbors. That’s why I support common sense gun safety measures.

Dana will fight to...

Implement universal background checks and close the gun show, online, and boyfriend loopholes in our federal background check process.

Ban items that put our communities at undue risk, including military-style assault weapons, silencers, armor piercing bullets, high capacity magazines, and bump stocks.

Repeal the Dickey Amendment so that we can study the causes and impacts of gun violence. We need actionable information on which policies would be most effective in curtailing the epidemic of gun violence.

Oppose the Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Act, co-sponsored by my opponent, which our own law enforcement officials tell us makes our communities less safe.

Create real, effective “red flag” laws that let law enforcement officials take steps to remove guns from the hands of people who are found to be an extreme risk to themselves or others.

Opioids are ravaging our communities. If we hope to resolve this crisis, we must treat opioid use disorder as the medical problem that it is rather than as a criminal problem.

Dana will fight to...

Guarantee access to long-term substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment through universal healthcare. Currently, just 20% of patients who need Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder have access to it. We must do better.

Ensure first responders have the resources they need to save lives in emergency situations.

Increase the number of substance abuse treatment providers, especially in underserved communities, by incentivizing practitioners and investing in community-based programs.

Stem the flow of opioids into our communities. We have to prosecute drug dealers and hold the pharmaceutical companies responsible for knowingly flooding our communities with these harmful drugs. They must be made to pay for the damage they’ve caused and face criminal penalties where appropriate.