Change Washington by changing who’s in Washington

By Christina Finello
| Bucks County Courier Times

Running for Congress during a global pandemic wasn’t on my 2020 bingo card. I was expecting to burn through the soles of my sneakers while knocking on doors all across the district.

While the campaign trail has changed, what hasn’t changed are the reasons I’m running for Congress. I’m a working mom of two young daughters, and I’ve been thinking a lot about their future and our community’s future as we enter the election’s final weeks.

I think about my daughters’ virtual schooling, and how tough it’s been on kids and teachers now. The COVID crisis has been a gut punch to our schools, small businesses, and families — many of which were already struggling. Trump has mismanaged the pandemic from the start. We must listen to the public health experts so we can get back to school and work. We must urgently deliver economic relief to families that need help.

I think about my daughter who was born with a pre-existing condition. If the Affordable Care Act is gutted by Trump in the Supreme Court a week after the election, she may never be able to get healthcare coverage. I am committed to strengthening the ACA, bringing down prescription drug prices, and protecting people with pre-existing conditions. I will also fight to protect women’s reproductive freedoms and access to contraceptive care.

I think about the time my oldest daughter had her first active shooter drill in school. It broke my heart that this is the reality today. We must use every tool to combat gun violence, like passing universal background checks, banning assault weapons, and keeping guns out of the hands of domestic abusers.

I think about the air they breathe and the water they drink. The water in Warminster has been bad since I was a teenager, and I will give it my all to fix this before my own kids are teens themselves. We must combat the climate crisis by rejoining the Paris Accords and investing in clean energy jobs right here in Pennsylvania.

I think about the protests across America that my daughters have seen on TV. I do my best to explain the history of our country, and the legacy of racism that still harms people of color today. Our criminal justice system must treat everyone equally under the law. It must also keep our neighborhoods safe. This is not an either/or proposition. I’ll make sure both happen in Congress.

I think about their great-grandfather, a World War II veteran who served overseas. He’s still alive at age 95. God bless him. He always tells me that we are stronger when we work with our allies around the world. Trump has isolated us from our allies, pandered to dictators, and referred to the men and women who risk their lives serving America as “losers.” We need to rebuild alliances and re-establish America as a trusted leader.

I think about the shameful example Trump has set for our kids. Trump puts himself and his billionaire friends ahead of hardworking families. Washington needs to change its priorities, and I will work with anyone to make that happen. I was hired by a Republican administration in Bucks County. I’m the only Democrat on the Ivyland Council. Working with people who don’t always agree with me is what I do daily.

I also think about the history I could make as the first woman elected to this seat. I’m ready to make history and do whatever it takes to secure a brighter future for my daughters and all of us here in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District.

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