COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate Change is an Emergency that Requires Bold Solutions
The failure by lawmakers to stand up to fossil fuel companies has put our entire future in jeopardy. In Oregon, we say no to Jordan Cove and fossil fuels, and yes to solar, wind, wave, tidal, regenerative farming and forestry, and more.
TRANSITION TO 100% CLEAN ENERGY. PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUELS. JUST TRANSITION FOR WORKERS AND COMMUNITIES.
Doyle has been fighting on the front lines for climate justice for over a decade. She knows the science and the law - and knows that weak half-measures and kicking the can down the road won’t cut it. Future generations will live or die by the decisions our political leaders make today. It’s time to take a stand: no Jordan Cove, no new fossil fuel infrastructure, and a Green New Deal that cools the planet, invests in our communities, and creates millions of jobs.
FIGHT FOR AN AFFORDABLE FUTURE
Health care is a human right. It's time to pass Medicare for All.
People are suffering, dying, putting off care and going without medicine because of the cost of healthcare in our for-profit insurance system. In Congress, Doyle will fight for a universal, single payer system where everyone can see a doctor, get medicine, and live a healthy life without the burden of deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, or premiums.
PASS MEDICARE-FOR-ALL, SINGLE-PAYER PROGRAM. INVEST IN DOCTORS AND NURSES SERVING RURAL COMMUNITIES. LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES ACROSS THE BOARD.
Every day, Oregonians are rationing life-saving medicines, drowning in medical debt, and putting off necessary health care because of our corporate healthcare system. That’s why Oregonians overwhelmingly support a Medicare for all system, which is what Doyle will fight for in Washington. Weak leadership and a failure to stand up to the health insurance industry and big pharma has created a healthcare crisis for American families. When Doyle had a medical emergency, she begged the EMTs not to bring her to the hospital because of the cost. The bill for her ambulance ride was over $1,000. We all deserve quality health care and shouldn’t live in fear that a medical emergency will bankrupt us. We need a solution to ensure that everyone can afford the care they need, no matter where they live, their immigration status, or their income. A so-called “public option” in our overly complex and expensive for-profit system - that relies on employer based insurance - won’t solve this crisis. A public option for insurance isn’t enough. It’s time to take a stand: Medicare for All. Because healthcare is a human right.
Parental Leave and Early Learning are Essential
Families need time to care, caregivers deserve respect on the job, and our kids need quality early learning options.
PAID FAMILY LEAVE. AFFORDABLE, QUALITY CHILDCARE. INVESTMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATORS. UNIVERSAL PRE-K.
“Can I afford to have a baby?” is a question on the minds of young people in Oregon, because of the cost of taking unpaid leave, and the cost of childcare, can put starting a family out of reach. Out of touch leadership has left young families to fend for ourselves in the most crucial and vulnerable weeks and years of our children’s lives. Oregon has just passed a comprehensive paid family leave policy and this is a model for the nation to expand upon. But after the 12 weeks Oregon provides are up, quality childcare in Oregon still costs more than college. Doyle studied education and she knows: birth to 3 are the most important years for brain development that will define children for a lifetime. All children deserve access to quality care, and preschool shouldn’t be a luxury only for the rich. It's time to take a stand for families, and for early childhood educators too: Congress can act for affordable early childhood education, raise wages for caregivers and educators, and support families to thrive from the start.
Invest in Good Schools and Great Teachers
Kids and teachers deserve better. It's time to take a stand against austerity, over-testing, privatization, and undervaluing educators and children.
EQUITY IN SCHOOL FUNDING. MULTICULTURAL CURRICULUM. RECESS. BAN FOR-PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS. START TEACHER SALARIES AT $60K.
Betsy DeVos has been busy dismantling our Department of Education, but the underinvestment in our public schools isn’t a new thing. When Doyle went to enroll her daughter in kindergarten, she was told that the classroom had 36 five-year-old children -- to one teacher. Unfortunately, large class sizes, elimination of support staff, crumbling schools, and low pay for teachers are the norm across Oregon and much of America today. The austerity agenda and push to privatize and segregate our schools comes from the top. 65 years after Brown v. Board, public schools are becoming more segregated, not less. Teachers around the country are going without meals and working other jobs at night, just to get by -- and pay back their own student loans. In the classroom, teachers are expected to educate kids in impossible conditions that are harming our children. Public education must be a priority in Congress and Doyle will do all she can to fight for our kids and our teachers.
Options for Education and Starting Careers Debt Free
Good jobs require a good education, and rebuilding the nation for the Green New Deal will require skilled tradespeople in every community. That is why we must make public colleges, universities, and trade schools tuition free and cancel all student debt.
CANCEL STUDENT DEBT. FREE PUBLIC COLLEGE AND TRADE SCHOOL. PERIOD.
As a small town girl who worked hard for good grades, Doyle received scholarships for private school, and then college, and then law school. But even with all of those scholarships, her education put her over $100,000 in debt. Student loan debt in America now tops $1.52 trillion, and is holding millions of people back from starting families, buying homes, launching businesses, going to graduate school, or moving forward in life. Meanwhile, many of the jobs for the 21st century Green New Deal economy are going to be in the skilled trades -- electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, welders, carpenters, and others will rebuild America to run on 100% clean energy, while farmers and foresters do the skilled work of cooling the planet using soil sequestration. It is time to cancel student debt and guarantee tuition-free public college and trade schools. These are the holistic solutions Doyle will fight for in Congress.
Everyone deserves a safe, stable place to live
We need more housing. Shamefully, Oregon leads the nation in rates of homeless children. It’s time to take a stand. We can create jobs and build homes with the Green New Deal.
BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS IN URBAN AND RURAL AREAS. END HOUSING DISCRIMINATION. INVEST IN COMMUNITIES WILLING TO CHANGE ZONING LAWS. REMEDY THE INJUSTICE OF HISTORIC REDLINING AND UNFAIR LENDING. CREATE GOOD UNION CONSTRUCTION JOBS WITH A GREEN NEW DEAL.
Our district is facing a housing crisis. Shamefully, Oregon leads the nation in the rate of homeless children. It’s time to take a stand. Eugene is the second tightest housing market in the US (after Seattle), and people are having a hard time affording the rent, buying their first home, downsizing later in life, or finding a place to live at all. The housing crunch in Corvallis and rural areas is no different, and homelessness in our community is rising every year. It’s time to take housing head on, nationwide, and address the two things at the root of the crisis: We must 1. Build more housing, and 2. Remove barriers to accessing housing. First, Congress can make major investments in rehabbing, expanding, and building millions of affordable units of housing as part of a job-creating Green New Deal. Specific federal grants for cities and towns that eliminate local zoning barriers to neighborhood density in order to make way for new affordable units, as well as specific grants available for Tribal communities and historically redlined areas, can jumpstart construction where people are feeling the crunch the most. Second, this country must enforce and expand the Fair Housing Act to end housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, and the source of one’s income, like a housing voucher. The housing plan for any Green New Deal must also address the historic racism of home loan lending, and can offer down payment grants for families in neighborhoods that have historically been “redlined” by banks, helping to close the gap between Black and white homeownership in America. Congress can also tighten rules for hedge funds that are scooping up properties and becoming Wall Street landlords.
TAKE ON CORPORATE POWER
Taking on the Gun Lobby
Common sense gun laws save lives. Gun violence is a public health epidemic. Most Americans want change, but a powerful corporate gun lobby stands in the way. We must pass common sense gun laws that keep our children safe at school, survivors of domestic violence safe in our homes, and communities of color safe from dangerously emboldened white nationalists.
BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. RED FLAG LAW FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND WHITE NATIONALIST TIES. UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. A VOLUNTARY NATIONAL GUN BUY-BACK PROGRAM TO REDUCE THE ESTIMATED 265-393 MILLION FIREARMS IN CIRCULATION BY AT LEAST 30%.
Doyle grew up in a rural community where hunting was a way of life, and in a home with safely stored firearms. Doyle was a proud member of 4-H, and first fired a gun when she was younger than ten on her neighbor’s farm. Where she came from, gun ownership is a tremendous responsibility -- not an extremist agenda backed by big money. The NRA and gun manufacturers have dominated debates in Washington for decades, and it's time to take a stand: public safety measures protect people from gun violence and are overwhelmingly supported by everyday people. Congress must investigate the NRA, ban assault weapons, and pass “red flag” laws so that law enforcement and family members can act on warning signs of violence and temporarily prevent access to firearms. Congress can also raise the age to purchase semi automatic firearms to 21 to prevent minors from easily getting their hands on guns; and require background checks on all gun sales so people exhibiting warning signs, minors, and people with dangerous histories can’t easily access deadly weapons.
Taking on Big Pharma
OVERCOMING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, REINING IN DRUG PRICES, AND HEALING OUR COMMUNITIES
Drug prices in America are out of control; no one should go without life saving medication because Big Pharma executives are fixing the prices to line their pockets. It’s time for pharmaceutical companies to be held accountable for the opioid crisis they knowingly created, while investing in public health programs to treat addiction.
HOLD BIG PHARMA ACCOUNTABLE. MAKE TREATMENT AFFORDABLE AND EASY TO ACCESS. ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF THIS PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. CUT DRUG PRICES IN HALF AND MAKE SURE NO AMERICAN GOES WITHOUT THE MEDICINE THEY NEED TO LIVE.
It’s time to take a stand against big pharmaceutical companies who are exploiting our most vulnerable, and to hold opioid manufacturers responsible for the addiction crisis they knowingly created. Greedy pharmaceutical companies charge Americans more for the same drugs then they do in Canada or other countries where generic drugs are common. Doyle’s doctor once offered her a prescription that seemed like it might be a good option for her, but it was $10 per pill, or about $7,300 per year, so she declined that treatment. While this prescription was not essential for her at that time, for many Oregonians, prescription drugs are life sustaining. One in ten Oregonians suffer from diabetes and need insulin to live. Staying alive shouldn’t be something only the wealthy can do. In Congress, Doyle will fight for a Medicare for All plan and other measures to bring prescription drug costs down and rein in Big Pharma’s greed.
Taking on America’s Prison Industry- Ending Mass Incarceration
America’s justice system is deeply broken, and it's time to take a stand. The United States is home to only 5% of the world’s population, but 25% of the world’s incarcerated people - disproportionately people of color. Corporations profit off of this system, built by racist policies that incentivise incarceration, rather than offering solutions. It is time to take on the prison industry in America and end mass incarceration.
OUTLAW FOR-PROFIT PRISONS AND IMMIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. END HARSH MANDATORY MINIMUMS FOR NONVIOLENT DRUG OFFENSES. DECRIMINALIZE CANNABIS NATIONWIDE. END CASH BAIL. INCREASE FUNDS FOR PUBLIC DEFENDERS. PROVIDE BETTER TRAINING FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ON IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS, DE-ESCALATION AND USE-OF-FORCE. REMOVE BARRIERS TO EMPLOYMENT FOR PEOPLE WITH CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS.
It is time to transform our criminal justice system and take down the prison industry that has ballooned since the passage of the 1992 Crime Bill. Congress can do more to ensure justice is done for victims and their families, while ensuring fairness, accountability, and evidence-based practices are the foundation of our criminal justice system. As a law clerk, Doyle worked on cases where private prison contractors were trying to avoid responsibility for the harm they created, and it is clear that private prisons are immoral, and private prison contractors must get more scrutiny because self-dealing is incentivized. Doyle also observed innovative programs like Eugene’s Reentry Court, which provides a holistic set of supports - from housing to healthcare to counseling and addiction treatment - to keep incarcerated people from reentering the system, with a lot of success. This could be a model for the nation: Mass incarceration and over-criminalization is a policy choice - it is not the only way. Together we can begin to heal and change this system by decriminalizing marijuana nationwide, expunging records, and restoring justice to individuals and communities that have been devastated by the war on drugs. We can build new systems to help people successfully reintegrate into society and tear down the barriers that hold people back.
Holding Fossil Fuel Companies Liable
The world's major producers of oil, coal, and gas have known about the implications of burning their product for the wellbeing of the entire world since at least the 1970s. They lied about it, sowed disinformation, and kept pushing their product and making trillions in profit. In 2020, that ends: It’s time to take a stand.
CONGRESSIONAL PROBE INTO WHAT FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES KNEW, AND WHEN THEY KNEW IT. REMEDIES THAT CREATE LIABILITY FOR THOSE ENTITIES THAT HAD KNOWLEDGE OF THE RISKS AND PROCEEDED TO EXPAND FOSSIL FUELS. HARD STOPS TO FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES. CREATION OF A “SUPERFUND FOR THE SKY.”
It’s time for fossil fuel companies to answer to the American people for what they knew, and when they knew it, and pay for what they’ve knowingly done to our climate. A well documented, decades-long, tobacco-style campaign to sow doubt and spread disinformation about climate science -- all the while expanding fossil fuel use and pocketing trillions of dollars -- has led to the current crisis that leaves a perilously short time to transition to renewables. Doyle will fight for a Green New Deal that holds fossil fuel companies accountable and makes polluters – not everyday people – pay for the transition to cleaner forms of energy.
IMMIGRANT RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS. CLOSE THE CAMPS NOW
Stop caging children now
END FAMILY SEPARATION AND KIDNAPPING AND INVESTIGATE AND PROSECUTE THOSE RESPONSIBLE. BAN FOR-PROFIT MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. PROVIDE CARE FOR VICTIMS AND REUNITE FAMILIES. OFFER PATHS TO FULL CITIZENSHIP SUCH AS THE BLUE CARD BILL, DREAM ACT, AND MORE.
As an organizer supporting immigrant communities, Doyle has long been an ally in the fight against wage theft and abuses of farmworkers, day laborers, and domestic workers – workforces that are overwhelmingly immigrant and often excluded from even the most basic labor protections.
Doyle has taken a stand against “show me your papers” laws, and the escalation of ICE’s collaboration with local law enforcement that encourages racial profiling of Latinx people. These policies rip families apart, encourage racial profiling, and undermine due process. ICE and CBP have proven they cannot operate in good faith, and both agencies have lost public trust because of their heightened cruelty under Trump. Caging children and snatching people off the street is wrong. Spending law enforcement resources to criminalize immigration wastes money, makes us less safe, and harms people simply seeking a better life. In Congress, Doyle will do all she can to defund and hold accountable those responsible for abuse and mistreatment of immigrants and asylum seekers, and she will support immigration reform that truly treats immigrants as human beings that contribute to our communities. Immigrant workers deserve dignity and respect on the job, and Congress must act to change the laws to allow people who live, work, raise families, and pay taxes in the US to become full citizens.
We need an orderly and safe immigration process, and one that does not impose harsh, costly, and ineffective criminal penalties. The current complex web of rules and decades-long waiting periods don’t work for families, businesses, or employers, and must be changed to keep families together and keep our communities growing and thriving.
END THE FOREVER WARS
Representing those who fight and suffer from war - Not those who profit from war.
END POLITICAL LOBBYING BY DEFENSE CONTRACTORS. CUT THE PENTAGON BUDGET. ABOLISH THE DRAFT. HOLD WAR PROFITEERS ACCOUNTABLE. REESTABLISH THE ROLE OF CONGRESS AND THE UNITED NATIONS.
The United States has been in a state of continuous, global, open-ended military conflict since 2001, making these “Forever Wars” the longest period of sustained conflict in U.S. history, and making defense contracts extremely profitable. From my work with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for over 15 years, I know the horrors of these wars, and the struggles for so many of our veterans to move on with their lives after coming home. These wars have wounded my entire generation. Many hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians have been killed, and over 20 million refugees have been forced from their homes. Most Americans want change, and the populations of the Middle East overwhelmingly reject the never-ending presence of the U.S. military. It’s time to bring the Forever Wars to a responsible and expedient conclusion, increase oversight of an over-funded pentagon, and ensure our veterans are supported at home
END U.S. MILITARY PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE EAST IN AN ORDERLY MANNER
IMMEDIATELY STOP ESCALATIONS OF WAR WITH IRAN, END U.S. INVOLVEMENT IN THE SAUDI-LED WAR IN YEMEN, AND EXIT AFGHANISTAN. REPEAL BOTH AUMFs, CUT THE PENTAGON BUDGET, RECLAIM CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORITY TO DECLARE WAR.
As a young peace activist back in 2001, I stood with Barbara Lee to oppose the AUMF, and twenty years later I will fight in Congress to finally repeal it. The U.S. “War on Terror” has led us into over 80 countries, and all we have to show for it is the rise of new, more brutal terror groups. Americans at home and troops abroad have been made less safe and our ongoing presence in the Middle East only brings risks of more war. Congress has long abdicated its constitutional responsibility as the only branch of government that can declare war. The 2001 AUMF was an irresponsible and dangerous breach of that duty, that handed most military decision-making power over to the President. It is time for Congress to reclaim its authority to conduct oversight of U.S. foreign policy and independently debate whether to authorize each new use of military force. It’s also time to cut our outrageous and morally bankrupt defense budget. The United States will spend more than $700 billion on defense this year alone, while 40 million people are living in poverty. Our movement will fight to get our priorities in line.
END SANCTIONS THAT PUNISH CIVILIANS. RESTORE ROLE OF THE UN. EXPOSE USE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS AND RESTORE OVERSIGHT. RESET US PRIORITIES.
Truly ending the Forever Wars will require an end to all forms of hostilities and a return to committed diplomacy. The bodies of the United Nations give a voice to the international community while the UN Charter provides the legal framework necessary for peaceful relations. In Congress, I will respect both as I fight to end the use of economic sanctions as collective punishment on civilians. It is time to restore oversight and expose use of US taxpayer funds in election interference and regime change abroad, and fight to reorient US foreign policy to support the objectives of a stable global climate, human rights, and international peace.
Taking On the Military Industrial Complex
Lawmakers have failed to stand up to the Military Industrial Complex or to confront the revolving door between weapons manufacturers, the National Security Council and general officers. Wars shouldn’t be waged for profit. That’s why we say defense contractors don’t get to buy influence in U.S. foreign policy. Foreign governments don’t either. Lobbies for the Gulf monarchies and Israel surpass even defense companies in spending to influence Congress. We will end that.
BAN WEAPONS MAKERS AND DEFENSE COMPANIES FROM CONTRIBUTING TO POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND LOBBYING; STRENGTHEN FOREIGN LOBBYING LAWS.
Profits for defense contractors have never been higher while Saudi Arabia and Israel, the top recipients of US arms deals and military aid, are both engaged in ongoing human rights violations. In Congress, I will do all I can to stop arms deals with dictators. I will fight for revolving door laws and legislation to deny contracts to defense companies that finance election campaigns. It’s time to take a stand and end the stranglehold of defense contractors and foreign lobbies on our military policy. I am proud to have signed a pledge to accept no money from war profiteering corporate PACs or lobbyists, and I have endorsed the Divest Movement which encourages communities to divest from weapons manufacturers. In Congress, I will remain connected and responsive to activist organizations and popular movements, and never receptive to war profiteers.
No War for Oil, No New Fossil Fuels, Global Green New Deal
Were it not for oil, we would never have involved ourselves in a ruinous war with Iraq, further destabilizing an entire region. No one will ever fight a war over access to sunshine, and the United States can lead the world in a peaceful transition away from fossil energy.
GREEN NEW DEAL
Climate change is a global problem which requires global solutions and the Forever Wars are a massive obstacle to climate progress. Oil doesn’t serve just as a source of profit for oil companies but also as a source of strategic power for nations to control. When we move to renewables, we reimagine what global cooperation could look like. U.S. wars don’t just seek to control the world’s oil supply, they also consume it. The military consumes more oil than any other single institution in the world in order to maintain its over 800 bases abroad. It’s time to shrink this military empire and end our reliance on oil.
Abolishing the Draft, the GI Bill, and Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice in Service Recruitment
END THE DRAFT. CEASE MILITARY RECRUITING IN PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS. INVEST IN LASTING JOBS FOR OUR WORKING CLASS & RURAL COMMUNITIES. DEBT FREE EDUCATION AND A GREEN NEW DEAL.
The draft is wrong -- no one should be forced to fight a war involuntarily. But the ‘All Volunteer Force’ preys on poor and working class kids, promising college, careers and more, and it perpetuates what is essentially a poverty draft. I remember growing up in rural communities, where ROTC started in elementary school. Recruiters often target immigrants, Black Indigenous and people of color, students from poor and working class families, kids without much family support, and young people who live in places without a lot of options. Our communities deserve better. We deserve to grow up without having to go to war to get a ticket out of a bad situation. When jobs, healthcare, and education are not available, young people are pressured to join the military which provides housing, training, and funding for college. A generation of Americans have lived their entire lives with their country at war, and watched while over $6 trillion has been wasted on war, instead of invested at home. Free college would cost tax-payers a fraction of the annual defense budget. In Congress, I will do everything I can to end predatory military recruitment, and build a peace economy which will provide young people with ample opportunities for work, education, and options.
Respecting Our Veterans
FULLY FUND THE VA. EXPAND VA’S CAREGIVERS PROGRAM AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. JOBS GUARANTEE.
Thousands of U.S. personnel have been killed in the Forever Wars and far more than that return home wounded, disabled, and traumatized. I have worked side by side with Iraq veterans who were lost to suicide, and to cancer believed to be caused by hazardous exposures during service. With more veterans having been lost to suicide than killed in combat, we must fully support the VA health system to address the unique needs of those we have sent to war. Of the over 2.5 million troops which have fought in the Forever Wars, over a million have registered disability claims with the VA. Ending the Forever Wars doesn’t just bring home our troops and save lives, it provides a highly trained workforce. That’s why Doyle will fight for a jobs guarantee to support our veterans who will help build the green infrastructure of the future.