Protecting a Woman’s Right to Choose: Karen Handel has a long record of attacking women’s health and Planned Parenthood. These battles have only grown more urgent. Bobby will fight against attempts to restrict access to essential healthcare and put measures in place to ensure bodily autonomy. He will also fight to expand economic opportunities for all women, regardless of race, immigration status, income status, religion, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Bobby will:
LGBTQ Rights: Karen Handel has a long record of not supporting our LGBTQ community. In Georgia, people can get fired or denied housing based on their sexual preference. Karen Handel doesn’t even support same-sex couples having the right for adoption. It is important that every member of the LGBTQ community is treated with dignity and respect in their communities, workplaces, and schools. It is unacceptable that any kid continue to be bullied in school, and trans students still face higher rates of suicide and self-harm.
Georgia has the second highest jail incarceration rate in the country. While that’s primarily state induced, we need representation on the federal level that knows it is possible to reduce both crime and incarceration. Around the country, many states have proven that right. Places as diverse as Michigan and South Carolina have successfully implemented policies that reduce violent crime and the prison population simultaneously.
Bobby wants the federal government to reform sentencing, ending mandatory minimums that impose unjust sentences and increase the cost of the criminal justice system. Bobby will also promote diversionary programs that offer alternatives to prison, especially for youth and young adults. Bobby’s committed to a criminal justice system that acts to root out violent crime but also reintegrates people back into society once they have paid their debts.
In too many communities around the country, mental illness and addiction are criminalized. The current situation is staggering. There are ten times as many people with serious mental illnesses in prisons as in hospitals. Over half of inmates have mental health disorders, and 65 percent of them suffer from drug addiction. Often those who are suffering from mental illness are the ones at greatest risk for recidivism. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one quarter of state inmates here in Georgia with mental illness have been previously incarcerated three or more times.
These practices cost taxpayers money and don’t do anything to keep our communities safer. Research has shown that outpatient substance abuse programs can save up to 12 times their cost and reduce criminal activity by up to 80 percent. Bobby wants to end the criminalization of mental illness and drug addiction. He will work together with law enforcement leaders and communities to develop strategies to prioritize treatment over incarceration.
There are more than 640,000 veterans in Georgia. After sacrificing so much, our veterans deserve the best care that our country can provide – and they deserve a Congress that isn’t going to shirk its responsibility to oversee Veteran Affairs or its responsibility to fund Veteran Affairs.
Scientists agree: climate change is real and poses a serious threat to every Georgian’s way of life. It is disappointing that our representation refuses to step up to the plate as a global leader in preserving our world for the next generation. Bobby will:
Our district is one of the most highly educated in the country, but we have to make sure that everyone inside of it is granted the opportunity to learn and thrive that so many of us have enjoyed.
We need a change in leadership that will support America’s security in the world.
Israel as a country is committed to equality, freedom of expression, and democratic values. Israel is our steadfast ally in a violatile region. In Congress, Bobby will strengthen greater economic and defense-related ties.
Bobby’s children were born prematurely and spent 17 days in the NICU, he personally saw the staggering bill and realized just how important reform to our healthcare system was. It’s time for action.
Georgia’s infrastructure is in crisis. We had a major interstate highway bridge collapse and our bridges are in need of repair. We cannot continue to grow economically, if we do not invest in our infrastructure.
Re-investing in Georgia’s infrastructure is vital to jump starting the economy. Access to public transportation and an efficient commute will ensure that everyone in Georgia has a fair shot at a decent living. Bobby will: