On the Issues

Climate Change

An Existential Threat

Donna believes climate change is the biggest planetary challenge we face in the 21st Century, and for South Florida it is a dire existential threat.

The United States must once again assume a position of leadership in an international, coordinated response to the threat posed by global warming.

In Congress, Donna has proudly supported bills that would set a national goal of achieving a 100 percent clean energy economy by 2050 and require the President to develop a plan for the US to meet its commitments under the Paris Climate Accord.

She has also backed legislation to protect Florida’s unique environment and ecosystems from spoilage, such as the COAST Anti-Drilling Act which would ban drilling for oil or natural gas off the coast of Florida forever.

We cannot postpone decisive action any longer. We must act now if we are going to save our community, our country, and our planet from irreparable harm.

Jobs and the Economy

Invested in People

Today, for too many working families, the American dream is slipping away.  Low wage jobs, wage stagnation and high healthcare cost have forced many people to work harder than ever, not to get ahead but just to survive.

Donna wants to build an economy that invests in people, not in tax cuts for the wealthy. Smart, strategic investments that include an education system that prepares our children for the jobs and industries of the future; investments that will allow everyone in our society to enjoy a decent minimum standard of living.

It is because of her commitment to investing in the people of South Florida that she supported the bills like the Raise the Wage Act which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and provide a raise for 33 million Americans. She is also actively supporting the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act of 2019, a bold proposal to protect workers’ right to stand together and negotiate for higher pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions.

Donna believes that as a nation we can and should do better by our workers.  It is not enough to just create more jobs, we need better jobs with higher wages, jobs that can deliver affordable health care, retirement plans you can count on and a genuine sense of prosperity and security for American workers and their families.

Immigration

A Heritage as a Nation of Immigrants

As the granddaughter of immigrants from Lebanon, Donna is proud of our nation’s immigrant heritage and believes that we must continue to welcome those seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families with fairness, dignity, and compassion.

Donna Shalala is working to fix America’s immigration system and help restore the American Dream. In her first term in Congress, Donna has worked tirelessly on behalf of immigrant communities like ours.

She voted in favor of the American Dream and Promise Act, a bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers and people with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). She also cosponsored legislation to reunite Cuban families and extend TPS to Venezuelans and Nicaraguans suffering under authoritarian regimes. 

Donna knows that diversity is one of our country’s great strengths and she is fighting every day to preserve its great immigrant legacy.

Healthcare

Decades of Experience in Improving America's Health

Florida’s 27th District has the highest number of people enrolled in the ACA marketplace in the entire country. Taking that coverage away would do irreparable damage to the health of our community. As the longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in American history, Donna Shalala is one of America’s foremost experts on health care and she is committed protecting and expanding access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. 

During her tenure as Secretary of HHS, Donna led the effort to provide health care to millions of children through the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program (CHIP). She also oversaw the doubling of the National Institute of Health’s budget and secured the highest immunization rates in American history. At the end of her tenure, a Washington Post article described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times. 

In 2007, President George W. Bush handpicked Donna Shalala to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, to evaluate how wounded service members transition from active duty to civilian society. For her work, President Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of her “leadership and determination to ensure that all Americans can enjoy lives of hope, promise and dignity.”

Since being elected to Congress, Donna has worked tirelessly to defend the Affordable Care Act that millions our people across the nation rely on. She has also been a leader in working to end surprise medical billing and curb the tobacco and e-cigarette epidemic affecting America’s young people.

She has been especially vocal in supporting the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, landmark legislation that would dramatically lower the cost of prescription drugs for by giving Medicare the the power to negotiate directly with drug companies to bring down prices and make those savings available to hardworking families across America.

Education

Raising the Level of Education in Miami and Across Florida

As a lifelong educator and former President of the University of Miami, Donna Shalala knows that our children’s success depends on their teacher’s success. To raise the level of education in Miami and across Florida, we must strengthen government funding and support of public schools.

We must also tackle the crushing debt which so many of our students become saddled with after graduating college.

That is why she is supporting the College Affordability Act, a comprehensive plan to overhaul the United States’ higher education system so that students can spend less on an earning their education, while earning more money in the long run. The College Affordability Act would:

  • Lower the cost of college for students and families by reinvesting in higher education, and making student loans cheaper to pay off for existing borrowers;
  • Improve the quality of higher education by holding schools accountable for students’ success; and
  • Expand opportunity for students from all backgrounds by providing flexible college options and stronger support to help students graduate on time

Gun Control

Common-sense Measures to Prevent More Tragedies

Donna Shalala is calling for immediate action to reduce gun violence in our country.

She was part of the team that pushed the 1994 assault weapons ban and knows that we can do it again. In addition to banning assault weapons, she believes in expanding background checks by closing the gun show, internet sales, and “Charleston” loopholes, and increasing access to mental health services.

That is why she supported the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, the High-Speed Gunfire Prevention Act, and the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019  Together, these bills would require a background check for every gun sold in America, ban aftermarket modification that can dramatically increase the rate of fire of weapons, and once again ban the sale of military style assault weapons .

Donna Shalala supports the Second Amendment and comes from a family of hunters. Law-abiding Americans should have access to firearms for sporting and self-defense. This is about common-sense measures to prevent more tragedies from happening.

The only way these and other common-sense gun control measures will come to fruition is with your help. Now is the time to join Team Donna. Work with us to mobilize, to create real change, and to make sure our views are represented in Washington.

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Traffic and Infrastructure

Committed to Innovative Solutions

Inadequate and outdated infrastructure is crippling to the long-term viability of our community, hampering the economy and undermining the quality of life of Miami-Dade residents.

Donna Shalala is committed to promoting innovative solutions to help alleviate traffic concerns and improve local infrastructure – including canals, roads, bridges, mass transit, airports and seaports – to allow the efficient movement of people and goods throughout our region.

Donna has a proven track record of delivering transportation and infrastructure solutions. As a trained urbanist with expertise on state/urban government and finance, she served as treasurer of New York City’s Municipal Assistance Corporation early in her career and helped rescue the city from the brink of bankruptcy. She later worked extensively on urban issues while serving as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

As President of the University of Miami, Donna Shalala worked to mitigate traffic congestion in Coral Gables by overseeing policies prohibiting on-campus freshmen from bringing cars and the disbursement of millions of dollars in subsidies for transit fares to encourage students, faculty, and staff to use public transportation. 

Donna Shalala has been working hard to bring federal dollars back to Miami-Dade County. In 2019 alone, she helped secure $8 million in funding to update PortMiami, $22 million for the Underline project, and more than $200 million in Everglades restoration that will improve infrastructure in South Florida and make our community more resilient to the effects of climate change. 

Transportation is a regional issue that requires long-term vision to create a system that connects all the people of South Florida. Donna Shalala has the skills, experience, and the vision to deliver transportation and infrastructure solutions for Miami-Dade.

Listen to Donna speak about Traffic and Infrastructure

Women's Rights

A National Leader in Fighting for Equality for Women

Donna Shalala has spent a lifetime being a leader in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and equality. 

During the Carter Administration, Donna served on the President’s Interagency Committee on Women Business Owners to address issues of women business owners and help them get the resources they need to succeed. 

As a member of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Donna Shalala has been widely recognized for her distinguished leadership.  She served as Director of the National Women’s Law Center, and 1987, she became the first woman to lead a Big Ten school as the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

As one of the founders of EMILY’s List, she has been on the front lines of efforts to elevate pro-choice women into positions of leadership in government decision-making throughout her career.

As Secretary of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala was at the forefront of the fight for women’s health and protection from violence.  She was instrumental in passing the original Violence Against Women Act, and along with Janet Reno, hosted the meetings of the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women.

Now in Congress, Donna Shalala remains an outspoken voice for women. She supported the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and the Debbie Smith Act, as well as the the Paycheck Fairness Act to guarantee equal pay for equal work. All these bills aim to protect the rights of women and guarantee their fair, equal treatment.

While we have made significant progress, too many barriers and inequalities remain. Miami-Dade deserves the bold and fearless action in the fight for women’s rights that Donna Shalala has led throughout her career. With your support and Donna Shalala’s leadership, we can continue making our country a safer, fairer place.

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