Fighting for California's working families

An Economy That
Works For All

For far too long, our economy has worked well on average rather than working well for the average person. Many Central Valley families like Phil’s are struggling, often times having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet.

The working families of the Central Valley need more pathways to opportunity. Phil will prioritize investments in job training programs, foster innovation in our farming communities, and fight for fair trade deals that help American workers and grow our middle class.

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Healthcare

Phil believes that healthcare is a human right and will fight for universal healthcare. Everyone deserves access to quality, affordable healthcare, and shouldn’t be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition.

In Congress, Phil will fight to lower the price of prescription drugs. No one should have to choose between paying their rent or their mortgage, or for the medication they need.

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Immigration

Phil comes from an immigrant family and knows that the Central Valley’s strength is our immigrant communities. As a member of Congress, Phil will fight back against inhumane family separation policies that are tearing immigrant families apart and will prioritize finding a pathway to citizenship for DACA eligible recipients. Immigrants are valued parts of our communities and economy. Phil will work to create comprehensive immigration reform that benefits both workers and local businesses.

Clean Water

Water is a critical resource in the Central Valley. Phil recognizes there is no silver bullet, but will work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure that we find the best solutions possible. This includes water infrastructure projects that ensure we are using the precious resources the most effectively and efficiently.

Thousands of people in the Central Valley don’t have access to clean drinking water — this is unacceptable. The crisis has been ignored for far too long and has had a detrimental impact on many communities. This is an urgent public health emergency that Phil will fight to fix.

Education

As a product of Fresno Public Schools, Phil understands the positive impact of a strong education. The federal government needs to ensure that everyone has access to a quality, public education. This means supporting public preschool and kindergarten programs, K-12, as well as community colleges and vocational training.

As someone with tens of thousands of dollars of student debt, Phil also knows we must address our student loan crisis. Higher education must be attainable without the immense burden of student loans. We must reinvest in higher education and stop shifting the cost to students.

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Environment

Like many people in the Central Valley, Phil grew up with asthma. The Central Valley has the worst air quality in the nation. It’s important that we recognize the problem and work with stakeholders to improve our air quality to ensure the next generation of residents don’t have to worry about respiratory and health problems because of their zip code.

Phil also knows we must invest in our green economy, making sure to engage with our rural communities and farmers to ensure they’re part of the solution. With unemployment higher than the national average and a changing economy, we should invest in programs to manufacture green energy products to win the future and lead the way in the Central Valley.

Special Interests

After the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, corporations, special interests, and billionaires have been free to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence our elections. This is wrong. Phil has taken a no corporate PAC pledge because he believes that elected officials should be accountable to their constituents — not special interests and high-powered lobbyists. In Congress, Phil will fight to get dark money out of our politics and fix a broken system by passing comprehensive campaign finance reform like H.R. 1.