Equality and Social Justice
The 21st century has brought new challenges to American citizens' inalienable civil rights and liberties. We must face these challenges head on, and I will defend the freedoms of all Americans. I will protect the freedom of religion and work hard to improve measures that prevent profiling in law enforcement.
I am a proud member of both the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and the Transgender Equality Task Force. I believe that no person should be discriminated based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I will support and advocate for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning, and others (LGBTQ+) community by fighting to end workplace discrimination, youth homelessness, school bullying, and health care disparities.
Though we have made great gains recently, the fight is not over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all. I will advocate to preserve and expand protections to end harmful practices that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ community, as well as fight any attempts to roll back these potentially life-saving measures.
In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. While I have the utmost respect for the independence of our judiciary, I firmly believe that we need strong protections like this to safeguard the catalyst of our democracy. Voting is fundamental right and should be an easy and safe process for all eligible Americans.
Modern-day voter suppression occurs when states enact discriminatory voter ID laws and when partisan politicians draw up districts in their favor. I oppose any restrictions on the right to vote and support independent redistricting commissions that ensure all Americans have an equal say in their government.
Women are crucial to driving innovation, growth, and prosperity in our country, and I will advocate for women’s rights both nationally and internationally. I support a woman’s right to choose and I will continue to push for accessible and affordable health care for all.
Women are underrepresented in some workplaces, particularly in STEM careers, leadership positions, and Congress. I will fight to change this by supporting more training opportunities for women in male-dominated fields and improved access to STEM education programs for girls.
Employment policies have been unfair to women for too long. There should be equal pay for equal work. I support paid parental leave, access to affordable childcare, and the implementation of comprehensive guidelines for filing equal-pay lawsuits.
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), announced the Protection of Civilians in Military Operations Act, bicameral legislation that would enhance reporting on civilian casualties resulting from U.S. military operations, improve investigations into civilian casualties, and strengthen resources for the Department of Defense (DoD) policies and practices relating to civilian casualty prevention and responses.
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine the crisis of racial profiling, police brutality and lost trust between police departments and the communities they serve. The hearing will stream live here.
Washington DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), and Rep. Susan Davis (CA-53) released the following joint statement on the GAO’s release of the Approaches and Strategies Used in College Campus Surveys on Sexual Violence.
Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and over 50 additional members sent their proposal for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The lawmakers urged Congressional leadership to support frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic by prioritizing these basic protections in the next relief package.
Washington, DC – Today, Representatives Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Tim Ryan (OH-13) introduced the Emergency Money for the People Act to provide additional cash payments for hard-working Americans who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the CARES Act was an important first step, its one-time payment does not provide nearly enough support for American families.