Health Care and the Social Safety Net
I will fight to protect the guarantees of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I will oppose any efforts to slash funding for any of these vital social safety net programs. I will advocate for increasing Social Security benefits to keep up with the high cost of living and maintaining the retirement age. When America makes a promise, America keeps a promise.
The Affordable Care Act is an important step towards insuring all Americans, and I will fight any Republican efforts to weaken or eliminate it. I will also stand up to the large drug companies in the fight to keep prescriptions affordable. No person should have to decide between putting food on the table and buying the medication that keeps them alive.
I support the creation of a single-payer health care system, or Medicare for All. We must increase coverage, support small businesses, expand primary care, and lower premiums. Medicare for All is the next step toward addressing the high costs and inequalities in the current health care system.
We as a nation have a responsibility to protect and provide for the most vulnerable among us. Programs and benefits such as nutrition assistance, earned income and child tax credits, and affordable housing vouchers keep millions of Americans who are living on low and fixed incomes safe, healthy, and secure.
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Washington, DC – Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), led by incoming Deputy Whip Ro Khanna (CA-17), CPC Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and incoming Deputy Chair Katie Porter (CA-45), sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on Dec. 12th, calling for the inclusion of expanded Unemployment Insurance and other direct cash payments in any COVID stimulus deal. Direct cash assistance has been shown to be far more effective in delivering critically-needed aid to communities and stimulating our economy, compared to other programs like the Paycheck Protection Program.
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced a landmark jobs package to ensure the future of work is accessible to every American and that the U.S. leads the digital age. Khanna’s plan will create a Federal Institute of Technology (FIT), with approx. 30 locations spread across the country, and allocates $900 billion in R&D funding for emerging technologies like Advanced Manufacturing, Synthetic Biology, Artificial intelligence, Biotechnology, and Cybersecurity.
The 21st Century Jobs Package also includes:
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) led a bipartisan group of thirteen Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to consider an expedited authorization and modified sensitivity standards for low-cost, rapid, in-home coronavirus tests.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) joined Lori Wallach of Public Citizen at a Netroots Nation at Home Conference for a virtual discussion on how decades of misguided trade and tax policy have hurt America’s economy and domestic production capabilities, how President Trump has failed to fix this crisis and why Democrats must do so.
Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Adam Schiff (CA-28) and sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership asking for the inclusion of mask-related provisions in an upcoming health and economic legislative package responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Washington, DC – Responding to news that the Trump Administration fired Jennifer Santos, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy and the point person at the Pentagon overseeing manufacturing under the Defense Production Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep.
Washington, DC – Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) unveiled the Emergency Medical Supplies Procurement Act to mobilize the federal government to close the gap in the production of health care equipment.
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.