Improving Public Education
Christy believes that a great education levels the playing field and creates more opportunity for all of our young people. That's why she has dedicated her career, particularly as a federal education policy expert and a member of her local school board, to improving schools and giving every student a fair chance through a world class education. In Congress, she will work to invest in local public classrooms so that we can hire more teachers and reduce class sizes, and pay teachers livable middle class wages.
Christy also wants to ensure students have options after K-12, without going into a lifetime of debt. She wants to increase the affordability and availability of options like job training, apprenticeships, technical school, and more affordable public colleges and universities.
Ending Corruption in Washington
It's clear that big money is corrupting our political system. The voices of everyday Americans continue to be crowded out by special interests and corporate Super PACs, resulting in record low levels of trust in our government. The only way to fix it is to get dark, unaccountable money out of politics.
Now more than ever, it’s critical that we hold Washington accountable and defend our democracy by fighting against the special interest money flooding into our nation’s capital. If we want a government that represents the will of the people and not special interests, we have to change the way we finance our campaigns.
That’s why Christy supports ending the disastrous Citizens United decision, and refuses to accept a dime from Big Pharma, Big Oil, the Gun Lobby, Big Tobacco, any other federal corporate PAC money, or contributions from any federal lobbyist. She’s only going to be accountable to the thousands of people across the 25th District, not corporate special interests that have corrupted our politics and hurt our communities.
Keeping Our Families and Communities Safe
Our firefighters, paramedics, law enforcement officers, as well as other emergency responders are heroes who not only work to keep us safe, but are also on the front lines of addressing America’s mental health crisis.
As Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, and the mother of two daughters, Christy has risen above party politics to deliver for California's first responders. In Congress, she will work to invest more in public safety so we can continue to reduce emergency response times and improve neighborhood security. As the climate crisis worsens, our fire danger is greater than ever and we need to equip our professionals with the tools and resources needed to respond.
Making Health Care More Affordable and Available
Health care is a human right and while the Affordable Care Act was a tremendous step in that direction, Christy believes we need to do more to reduce costs, ensure that every American has access to affordable healthcare, and protect those with pre-existing conditions. That’s why she supports a public health insurance option for anyone who wants it. Additionally, Christy believes we need to have the same consumer protections in the healthcare system as we do in any consumer market, which includes transparency when it comes to the real cost of healthcare treatments. She will work to shed light on pricing that for too long has been negotiated in the dark.
Christy also believes that Congress needs to do the work of controlling the skyrocketing cost of health care, including the rising costs of prescription drugs. It’s unacceptable that US taxpayers subsidize the research and development of lifesaving drugs, only to pay more for them than people who live in Europe, Japan, and Canada. She'll also fight to protect Medicaid and Medicare, women's reproductive health care rights, and funding for Planned Parenthood.
Advocating for Women and Families
When women thrive, our families thrive. That's why Christy has always been a tireless fighter for women and families – from our schools to our state capitol and, now, to Washington. Christy is ready to stand up for equal pay for equal work and for affordable childcare, so families have a fair shot at success. She will ensure that women receive the same access to affordable health care as men. And Christy will always fight to protect a woman's right to choose and funding for Planned Parenthood and other providers who ensure that women have affordable options for a full range of reproductive health care.
Growing the Middle Class and Small Businesses
We need to get serious about creating better-paying jobs right here in our community so more middle-class families can prosper and don’t need to spend hours away from their families to commute to downtown Los Angeles. Christy Smith has a plan to do it. She believes we must make smart investments in transportation infrastructure, education, scientific research, and renewable and clean energy industries to create sustainable jobs in our community that will also pay the mortgage. She also believes we should do more to help people start and grow small businesses right here at home and give people the career skills they need by making colleges and trade schools more affordable and accessible, all the while ensuring that workers have the right to organize and have a voice in the workplace through unions.
Taking on Corporate Polluters and the Climate Crisis
Here in the 25th District, we are all too familiar with the emerging threat of the climate crisis -- experiencing wildfires in nearly every part of the district, air and water pollution, drought, and more. For too long, federal agencies have fallen short in their stewardship, so we must fight to ensure accountability and reform. We have a lot of work to do to protect the air our children breathe and water they drink here at home, including shutting down the Aliso Canyon gas facility and ensuring aggressive oversight of our district’s two toxic waste clean-up sites, Santa Susana Field Laboratory and Whittaker Bermite, and three landfills, Sunshine Canyon, Chiquita Canyon, and Simi Valley.
We must also invest in building a fully renewable and clean energy infrastructure using wind and solar to create good mortgage-paying jobs and combat the climate crisis so we can ensure our community is a place where families can live and thrive for generations to come, before it’s too late.
Enacting Gun Safety Measures
As a mother, Christy believes that every one of us has the right to live without the fear of gun violence and protect our families. That’s why she will work to promote public safety in neighborhoods across the 25th District and America by stemming the tide of gun violence and fighting for comprehensive and mandatory universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, “red flag” laws that allow families to ask courts to take guns away from domestic abusers and others who are a danger to themselves and others.
Protecting Our Veterans and Seniors
Christy will fight tirelessly to protect America’s veterans and seniors from exploitation and abuse in Washington. As Congresswoman, Christy will ensure that her office is assisting veterans and seniors with federal agencies through competent constituent services and outreach. She will defend Social Security and Medicare from extremist attacks and work to fix the VA to ensure that our veterans get the benefits and care that they earned.
Building Housing that's Affordable for Families
All across the country, but particularly in California, the cost of living is skyrocketing, pushing working class families out of their homes and communities and displacing small businesses. We need to tackle this crisis head-on by investing in more affordable housing and developing a comprehensive national strategy to combat homelessness, including increased funding for shelters, health care and mental health services.
Ensuring Human Rights for All
In Congress, Christy will fight for equality in every aspect of our society, including equal pay for equal work, protections for women in the workplace and against domestic violence, civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, as well as ensuring non-discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation.
Common Sense Immigration Reform
Our immigration system is dangerously broken and desperately needs reforms that work for all of us. We need to take steps to increase border security to protect against criminal activity and also create a path to citizenship for law-abiding residents who live here and contribute here. America’s strength is our diversity. In Congress, Christy will be dedicated to defending immigrant communities, including DREAMers and refugees from abuse and protect their basic human rights.
Separating children from their families and putting them in cages is outrageous and un-American. Christy believes that immigration is fundamentally a humanitarian issue and should be handled with compassion delivered through a much more robust system. We need more judges on the border to process cases in a more fair and rapid manner.