Paradise Las Vegas Indivisible Platform2018-03-28T15:27:48+00:00

Paradise Las Vegas Indivisible Platform

Healthcare is a basic human right, not a privilege, and should be guaranteed, affordably, for every family in Nevada and around the country. Health care decisions should be between patients and their doctors. We should protect the right to choose and provide critical health services by protecting funding for Planned Parenthood until universal healthcare is legislated.

Federal Legislation we support:
●  S.1804: Medicare for All Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1804
●  S.464: Independence at Home Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/464
●  H.R.242: Medicare Prescription Price Negotiation Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/242

 

The longer politicians stay in office, the more likely they are to be influenced by donors and entrenched interests. People with fresh ideas will less likely be elected. Even well intentioned politicians are likely to succumb to these pressures. This is precisely why we already have term limits on the presidency.

We support term limits for the House and the Senate. Career politicians are undesirable!

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  S.J.Res.2: A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to limiting the number of terms that a Member of Congress may serve. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-joint-resolution/2
●  H.R.20: Government by the People Act (2017) https://www.congress.gov/15th-congress/house-bill/20
●  H.R.944: Federal Election Integrity Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/944

America’s public educational system is ranked 27th compared to the educational systems of the industrialized world. We were once number one. We need to invest resources towards job training and pre-K through college education, not in jails or to incarcerate our citizens. We must break the school-to-prison pipeline. We must invest in students and make public colleges and universities tuition-free for all Americans. Our youth are the future of our country. The traditional college route is not always a good fit for the altitudes of many youth. Many students learn more effectively with a hands-on, journeyman/apprentice program. We must provide opportunities to our workers, giving them incentives to train for a good job, that does not require an academic degree.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  S.597: Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/597
●  H.R.1880: College for All Act 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1880

 

Paradise Las Vegas Indivisible supports the decriminalization of Cannabis on the Federal level. The prosecution of cannabis possession adds a significant cost to a criminal justice system that is already overwhelmed. Decriminalization is as much an economic issue as a social or health issue. Decriminalization could lower the incarceration rate. Non-violent offenders, brought on by drug charges, should not face long prison terms.

Marijuana helps with ailments: anxiety, anorexia, cancer, glaucoma, arthritis, depression, insomnia, HIV, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, epilepsy, concussions, strokes, and diabetes. Hemp can provide a safer alternative for: textiles, fibers, pulp and paper, construction products, clothing, food, plastics, livestock feed, and research may show it to serve many other purposes.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  S.1689: Marijuana Justice Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1689

Many Nevadans are working longer hours just to survive. The current system ensures that most new wealth flows to the top 1%, including the recently passed tax bill. We need to change the system in Washington and on Wall Street to fight for an economy that is equitable and benefits all. We advocate a minimum wage that can support a family, end wage discrimination, ensure equal pay for working women, and protect and expand Social Security. Americans should be able to retire with dignity. The federal minimum wage must be raised to at least $15 an hour, and the Social Security COLA for our seniors needs to be changed to a fair calculation, based on what seniors are buying.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  S.1242: Raise the Wage Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1242
●  H.R.122: Original Living Wage Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/122
●  H.R.15: Raise the Wage Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/15
●  H.R.4548: WAGE act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4548 (To amend the National Labor Relations Act to strengthen protections for employees to exercise their rights to organize and collectively bargain for improved wages, hours, or other terms and conditions of employment, to sanction violations of such rights and assure meaningful remedies, to establish a process by which employers and employees conclude initial collective bargaining agreements, and for other purposes.)
●  H.R.2896: Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2896

Republicans have been curbing voting rights: shortening polling hours and days, adding voting requirements, reducing polling locations, and making the voting process as complicated as possible.

We need automatic voter registration that fosters an environment where people can vote easily and encourage more people to be a part of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Nonviolent felons should have an opportunity to get their voting rights reinstated. We support legislation that increases voter turnout, legislation that switches voting day from Tuesday, to Saturday and Sunday and leave the polls open longer.

Voting is the most fundamental right we have as citizens. Let’s make it easier.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  S.1353: Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1353
●  H.R.2840: Automatic Voter Registration Act https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2840
●  H.R.2876: Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2876
●  S.1437: Voter Empowerment Act of 2017 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s1437
●  H.R.12: Voter Empowerment Act of 2017 https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr12/text

We must stand with the LGBTQIA communities and make sure their rights are protected. We made a lot of progress during the Obama administration, but there are still states and localities where their rights are threatened. We must stand up for their rights and ensure that we continue to move forward as a society under the shared belief that all people should be treated with respect and dignity.

We stand with our brothers and sisters being discriminated against, by our criminal justice system, and other institutions, because of the color of their skin. States and local governments are not treating all Americans equally and the federal government needs to protect these citizens.

We stand with the elderly against age discrimination. We also want to safeguard the rights of homeless adults and children.

Americans are becoming more diversified, in religious beliefs and national origin, but these factors do not make them less American. We support the founding principle exemplified by our motto, out of many, one people, ​e pluribus unum​. We want every American to be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employment_Non-Discrimination_Act
●  H.R.4485: Savanna’s Act – To direct the Attorney General to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols appropriate to address missing and murdered Indians, and for other purposes. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4485
●  S.1615: Dream Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1615

The middle class has been weakened over the past four decades and the will of the people, the majority, has been taken away. Infrastructure, both physical and human (educated workforce), has been ignored. Our future is dependent on these infrastructures, that the previous generation provided so today’s businesses would thrive, but they are not being provided by today’s businesses. Corporations and business owners should be paying for the United States to have the most advanced infrastructure in the world. They need to pay back the use of our infrastructure they used to become wealthy.

The wealthy have used this money instead to pay for (bribe) our supposed representatives. Our representatives should be securing our welfare by increasing taxes on those in the top ten percentage of income and especially on the top one percentage. As long as our economy is not in recession, paying off our debt and developing the best infrastructure in world should be our goals, paid for by these taxes. Caring for our people— giving them opportunity, training, education, and healthcare— is the most valuable infrastructure we can build. Our economic legislation, including taxes, needs to be determined in the context of what is occurring economically. Bipartisan commissions like the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) should be allowed to perform their function. Evidence-based legislation created this economic boom and can lead us back to prosperity.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  H.Con.Res.63: Supporting efforts to enact a bold jobs and infrastructure package that benefits all Americans, not just billionaires.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-concurrent-resolution/63
●  H.R.3906: Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Bill https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3906
●  H.R.4078: Expanding America’s Workforce Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4078

Every day 96 people die in the United States due to guns. This phenomenon is unique in the world to the United States. It must change. We support policies that respects Second Amendment rights and also ensures the safety of citizens from gun violence.

We need a national registry, a reasonable waiting period for thorough background checks, and common sense gun safety laws. Military-style assault weapons must not be allowed outside of the military, and accessories such as bump stocks should be illegal. Concealed carry laws should be left to the individual states to regulate, and not forced across state lines by the federal government. We encourage states to adopt reasonable limits on where, when, and how loaded guns are carried and used in public.

American women are 16 times more likely to be shot and killed than women of other developed countries. School shootings are occurring at a rate of almost one every week. We support the closure of deadly loopholes that allow dangerous people, like felons and domestic abusers, easy access to guns. We support gun safety that protects America’s children from unacceptable levels of risk. Guns are the most lethal means of suicide in the United States. We support requiring safe gun storage in homes and vehicles, and legislation that will minimize access by children and suicide-prone individuals.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  H.R.3999: To amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the manufacture, possession, or transfer of any part or combination of parts that is designed and functions to increase the rate of fire of a semiautomatic rifle but does not convert to semi automatic.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3999
●  S.2135: Fix NICS Act of 2017 – To enforce current law regarding the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2135
●  H.R.1478: Gun Violence Research Act – This bill amends the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 to eliminate the prohibition on the Department of Health and Human Services using federal funds to advocate or promote gun control. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1478
●  S.1916: Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1916
●  H.R.1612: Gun Show Loophole Closing Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1612
●  H.R.4240:  Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4240
●  H.R.4052: Keep Americans Safe Act ​https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4052
●  H.R.4018: To provide for a 3-day waiting period before a person may receive a handgun, with exceptions. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4018
●  H.R.4025: Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting Modernization Act of 2017 ​https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4025
●  H.R.2670: Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2670
●  S.1915: Handgun Trigger Safety Act of 2017 ​- Authorizing National Institute of Justice to make grants to states or local govts, nonprofit or for-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education to develop technology for personalized handguns (i.e., technology that enables only an authorized user to fire a handgun). https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1915

 

Climate change is near a critical level of no return. Global warming is a world-wide economic, health, and national security issue. The United States needs to be leading, instead of denying scientifically supported evidence.

We must safeguard our scientific braintrust, encourage green industries and entrepreneurs, minimize carbon-based emissions and greenhouse gases, protect our ocean, coral reefs, endangered habitats, and wildlife. Nearly half of all U.S. military installations will be negatively affected by climate change, causing a security issue. The costs of doing nothing will be unlike anything we have ever experienced before. Instead of spending billions of dollars on negative impacts, we need to invest in clean energy solutions that create jobs. Instead of giving subsidies to cash-rich dirty energy corporations, we must invest in clean energy that will ensure our future and our very survival.

Accessibility to clean air and water are a human right, as well as a health and economic issue. We support a strong EPA with the enforcement authority of environmental laws and clean-up of toxic sites. Public lands and monuments must be kept public, not auctioned to greedy corporations looking for profits. We should prohibit acts that ruin habitats and pollute groundwater, without disclosing the chemicals they are putting into the earth. Indigenous land must be respected. National Parks must be kept safe and affordable to the public.

Federal Legislation We Support:
●  S.750: Keep It in the Ground Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/750
●  S.922: Climate Change Adapt America Fund Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/922
●  S.767: Clean Air, Healthy Kids Act https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/767
●  H.R.4126: Transparency in Energy Production Act of 2017 ​https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/4126
●  H.R.1784: Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2017  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1784
●  H.R.3990 Antiquities Act of 2017  https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3990
●  H.R.3533: Coastal State Climate Preparedness Act of 2017 ​https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3533
●  S.991: Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2017 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/991
●  S.2176: Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment Act ​https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2176
●  H.R.85: Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to continue to support pledges made by the United States in the Paris Agreement. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/85