Issues

Click on a card to learn more about Jess' positions on various issues.

 

ECONOMY

"The United States, and California in particular has long been a global leader in research, development and manufacturing of new technologies. We need to prepare for the coming decades by giving American workers the tools to succeed in the economy of the future. I will work to bring federal investment in the technologies of the future home to the people in our community, creating an environment of innovation." - Jess Phoenix


ENVIRONMENT

"The greatest threat to our security and prosperity is global climate change. Scientists agree - human activity is a big factor. When Republicans in Congress deny this reality, they are setting Americans up for suffering. I've studied climate change around the world during my decade of work as a scientist, and I will bring truth and facts to the table." - Jess Phoenix


HEALTHCARE

"As one of the strongest and wealthiest countries in the world, we must do more to provide healthcare to every American. I strongly support the ACA, but I know we can do more. The Trump/Knight plan is a disaster that would cause over 70,000 of our neighbors to lose coverage. I will be a strong advocate for Medicare for all Americans." - Jess Phoenix


EDUCATION

"As a scientist and educator, I know how critical education is. Every child deserves a world-class education that gives them the opportunity and skills to compete. I will stand up to the Betsy DeVos and Steve Knight agenda that threatens our children's education and makes college impossible." - Jess Phoenix


Jess responds to the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting.

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION

"I was a seventeen year old high school student living in Littleton, Colorado in 1999 when the Columbine shootings occurred. I saw firsthand how gun violence shatters lives and tears apart communities. Since then, we have seen too many mass shootings with no end in sight. Domestic violence and suicide attempts are also made worse when guns are involved. We need common-sense gun reforms that will help prevent mass shootings, domestic violence, and suicides. This means closing background check loopholes, opposing Concealed Carry Reciprocity, directing the Centers for Disease Control to study the gun violence epidemic and fully funding their efforts, and forming a Congressional Select Committee to investigate the causes and solutions to our country's gun violence problem." - Jess Phoenix


OUR VETERANS

"Since the conception of our Constitution, serving our veterans has been the one obligation we commit to in exchange for protection by our military. The Trump administration’s budget will increase funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs, but it doesn’t come close to the increase given to the Department of Defense. Their proposal also cuts programs in the VA’s budget, which will harm our service members and their families. In Congress, I will stand up for our veterans, here in CA-25 and across the nation." - Jess Phoenix


IMMIGRATION

“We need a clean bill, and then we must pursue comprehensive, bipartisan immigration reform. We need to immediately approve citizenship for DACA recipients who are in good standing, and create a pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants with no criminal record who meet requirements like paying back taxes and holding jobs. Our immigration policies must be revamped to be both fair and humane. We also need to focus on border security measures and deporting undocumented immigrants with criminal histories. We must balance family-based immigration with a merit-based system to insure we’re being humane and compassionate while securing our borders.” - Jess Phoenix


LGBTQ+ RIGHTS

"I believe access to healthcare, protection against discrimination, and bullying prevention are some of the most critical issues facing our LGBTQ+ communities today. I will work to enact legislation that creates federal programs that fund training for healthcare providers specifically around LGBTQ-specific issues, with an emphasis on Transgender healthcare. I will work for taking California’s Gender Recognition Act nationwide, and advocate for a non-binary gender option to be included on the US Census. We must prioritize work on legislation that would direct federal agencies to collect gender and sexual orientation data to ensure that LGBTQ community needs are addressed by federal programs, and particularly those that involve workplace rights.” - Jess Phoenix


JUSTICE REFORM

“I will introduce legislation to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, and fight against discriminatory policies like voter identification laws and the elimination of early voting in predominantly minority communities. Our justice system should not be privatized. We need to eliminate private prisons, eliminate mandatory minimum sentences, and pursue treatment before incarceration for drug offenses. Our bail system must be reformed immediately to prevent further civil rights abuses. We must incorporate civilians into the law enforcement oversight process, as well as community policing initiatives. Recruiting officers from the communities in which they will serve is critical to fairness in the justice system.” - Jess Phoenix


DRUG POLICY

I am firmly committed to drug law reform and supporting Senator Booker's Marijuana Justice Act. Marijuana has excellent potential for helping our veteran population and patients suffering from serious medical conditions. The mass incarceration of people who have committed marijuana-related offenses is a travesty. In addition, we must address our nation's opioid and heroin crisis. We need compassion and evidence-based treatment options that are accessible to everyone. We need funding for treatment and rehabilitation programs which have been proven to help people with addiction. We need to expand healthcare coverage to include every American, not take it away.” - Jess Phoenix


WOMEN'S RIGHTS

“I support passing the Equal Rights Amendment immediately. Affirmative consent laws are necessary, and consent needs to be discussed thoroughly with children, so future generations understand why enthusiastic, continued consent is essential for all sexual relations. A woman’s right to an abortion is between her and her doctor, and I will protect reproductive healthcare providers and those who use their services. We must fund science-based sex education in public schools, and ensure that contraceptives are accessible and affordable for all who need them . Sexual harassment or assault against anyone of any gender must be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly.” - Jess Phoenix


NET NEUTRALITY

"Net Neutrality is the principle of an open internet, where service providers do not unfairly block or favor particular content, products, or sites. It levels the playing field for all internet users, and we must preserve this principle in our country. The free and open exchange of information is vital for the pursuit of knowledge. I will resist attempts to remove or modify net neutrality, and I will work to introduce legislation to protect this important principle for generations to come." - Jess Phoenix