Issues

Agriculture & Nutrition

Minnesota is blessed to have a strong tradition of family farmers and ranchers along with consumers who care about securing a healthy food supply.

Animal Rights

As a member of the Animal Protection Caucus, I am committed to ensuring that animals are treated humanely and that existing laws protecting animals are enforced.

Appropriations & Budget

In the 113th Congress, I serve on the House Appropriations Committee.

Arts & Humanities

The U.S. nonprofit arts sector generates over $166 billion in economic activity, resulting in millions of jobs and nearly $30 billion of tax revenue to federal, state, and local governments.

Civil Rights & Justice

Protecting our civil liberties and ensuring that our justice system is fair to all Americans are my top priorities in Congress. We live a one of the greatest nations on earth because of the freedoms that our citizens enjoy.

Defense and National Security

Providing common defense for the American people is one of the primary Constitutional responsibilities of Congress. In the 21st Century, America needs a flexible military that is able to confront emerging threats, such as terrorism, growing regional instability, the spread of nuclear weapons, and the emergence of cyber warfare.

Diversity

Minnesota’s Fourth Congressional District is home to over 600,000 people. A variety of different ethnic communities – African-American, Hmong, Latino, Native American, Somali, and many more – reside in and around the St. Paul area.

Economy & Jobs

The biggest challenges facing our country are to get the economy growing faster and put Americans back to work. We have to be united in our effort to rebuild the economy and create jobs.

Education

Education is a lifelong commitment that begins with early childhood education and does not end. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policymakers must work together toward the goal of providing every child in America with access to a free, complete, and excellent education.

Energy

We must build a clean energy future that reduces America’s dependence on fossil fuels and safeguards the environment.

Environment

Our nation's pristine wilderness areas contribute vitally to economic development though recreational tourism that includes fishing, hiking and hunting.

Foreign Affairs

In the 21st Century, America faces a new generation of threats. Our military and civilian leaders recognize that America will need all of its weapons to win these battles—not just a strong military, but also smart diplomacy and foreign assistance.

Health Care

Every American has a fundamental right to access quality, affordable health services. In 2010, I voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when it passed the House, and the President signed it into law (P.L. 111- 148).

Homeland Security & Immigration

Protecting the American people is one of the fundamental duties of the federal government.

Human Services

Health and human services provide essential medical, economic, and social support that helps our most vulnerable citizens live independent, healthy lives.

Labor

Supporting and protecting America’s workers are essential parts of rebuilding our economy. We must ensure that all families and communities share in our nation’s prosperity.

Native American Issues

The 565 sovereign tribal nations in the United States have a unique trust relationship with the federal government recognized in the Constitution and through treaties that must be honored and respected.

Seniors

As our population ages, we must ensure all seniors have access to the support and care they need to live independent, healthy lives.

Small Business

Small businesses are the engines that help drive our economic growth and create jobs for middle class families.

Transportation & Infrastructure

The issue of Transportation is important to our district and to my work in Congress.

Veterans

As a daughter of a World War II veteran and member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I have a unique privilege of making sure that our military families receive federal funding they have earned through their service.

Womens Issues

Women have shattered glass ceilings, broken barriers, shaped our communities, and improved our world. Their struggles and achievements have made communities better places for future generations.