Rhode Island’s strength comes from our community’s willingness to be there for each other. Since elected, I’ve worked to raise the minimum wage, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, and make child care more affordable.
Everyone, regardless of where you're from, what you look like, where you live, or who you love, deserves to live in a Rhode Island that works for all of us. I’ve advocated on behalf of LGBTQ youth in foster care. I’ve stood up for immigrant and refugees in our state and across our country. I’ve fought for fair pay. I’ve spoken out against anti-Semitism and I’ll continue to work to eliminate systemic racism and sexism in our laws.
Health care is a human right. That’s why I will continue to advocate for a health care system that keeps a patient at the center, not one that is driven by corporate interests. I have worked to ensure people can control their own health care decision making, including changing our law so pregnant teenagers can consent to prenatal care, and ensure people can make end of life care decisions.
Since 2013, I've been fighting to make voting more accessible. Working with the Secretary of State, I have created electronic voter registration and automatic voter registration. I have also pushed to repeal our discriminatory voter ID law.
No matter what happens in Congress or the Supreme Court, we need to make sure women have access to reproductive rights in Rhode Island. That's why I introduced a Senate bill that repeals all unconstitutional language from our books and codifies access to abortion into state law. In June 2019, we made history when the Reproductive Privacy Act passed the Senator floor and was signed by Governor Raimondo.
In 2013, I joined the Senate ready to make family leave a reality for Rhode Island workers. Since then, I've continued to fight to for the leave to cover more workers, for more reasons, for a longer period of time, with a higher wage replacement.
We all want to live in communities where we feel safe. Rhode Islanders know part of that safety involves changing our laws because weapons designed for war have no place in our streets or on school campuses. I will continue to fight for laws that are common-sense ways to prevent gun violence, including banning high capacity magazines and assault weapons.