Cristina has spent a decade and a half leading some of Texas’ largest and most important labor and voting rights organizations. With Cristina in the Senate, Texas families will have a champion who knows just what our families are up against and how to tackle the problems they face. Cristina knows that in Texas we can dream big, because we are big. That’s why the future she is fighting for is as bold and ambitious as Texas.
John Cornyn and Donald Trump may believe in the power of the ultra-wealthy and well connected, but Cristina believes in the power of us. At Cristina for Texas, families across our state are coming together to build a government that belongs to and serves us, the people.
This is our country and this is our state. When we win, we will make sure that the ideas that this campaign stands for are not just a reality for the privileged few, but the fundamental rights of every man, woman, and child that proudly calls themselves a Texan and American.
We are coming together to build a Texas that:
Puts Families First
Cristina knows that no matter where we come from, the color of our skin, who we pray to, or who we love, we all want the same things for our kids–we want them to be safe and healthy, and to go to great schools to become all that they dream of.
As Senator, Cristina will put our families first and create great futures for our kids by fighting for:
Paid Parental Leave
There are just five countries in the world that don’t offer moms paid time off to be with their newborn babies–and the United States is one of them. Paid parental leave keeps parents and babies healthy and happy. It gives moms much needed time to recover after childbirth and allows babies to spend time bonding with their parents, supporting their brain development and overall health.
We should leave it to women and not politicians to decide when they are ready to make a family. A woman’s right to choose what is best for her body, her family, and her health is a guaranteed right under the U.S. Constitution and Roe v. Wade- one that Cristina will work to protect. She will ensure that access to contraception and safe abortion are guaranteed in any health plan that she supports.
Cristina wants to ensure that Texas families are healthy. She believes that in the richest country in the world we should all be able to go to the doctor when we are sick and have the highest quality healthcare when we need it.
As Senator, Cristina would support Medicare for All because it is the most efficient and cost effective way to make sure every American has quality healthcare, and it will allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to accelerate their growth instead of trying to worry about how to cover the cost of healthcare for themselves and their employees.
Medicare for All is one of the most popular policies in the country. Americans know that the current system we have is broken. By letting private insurance companies profit off our pain, illness, and injuries, we have created the most expensive healthcare system with some of the worst healthcare outcomes in the world. By any measure, our current system has failed us. Cristina will build a healthcare system that works for people, not for profit.
Every 3 hours, we lose a Texan to gun violence. After the incidents in Midland and Odessa, El Paso, and Santa Fe High School, Texans are demanding action. Students shouldn’t have to live with the fear of being murdered in their schools. Instead of teaching kids how to survive a school shooting, we need to stop school shootings from happening. We need gun reform now.
John Cornyn has refused to act, putting the interests of the NRA over his Texas constituents, consistently earning an A rating from the gun lobby. Cristina believes that our representatives should fight for the young people, victims of gun violence and their families, and Texans that are demanding change, and not the NRA.
This is why Cristina has endorsed the Peace Plan for a Safer America by students and survivors of March for Our Lives. As Senator, Cristina will advocate for gun legislation that the majority of Americans support, including universal background checks, banning and buying back assault weapons like AR-15s and AK-47s, and holding the gun lobby accountable for the harm they have done to our communities.
Universal Childcare and Pre-K
Currently, the average Texas family pays $9,324 a year just for childcare for an infant child. On average, that’s $777 per month. With universal childcare and Pre-K as a guaranteed right, Texans won’t have to choose between work and family, and every child will have better education and care.
Great Schools and 21st Century Education
Fully funding our education system, from kindergarten through college, and tackling the crisis of student debt is just basic common sense and sound economic policy. It means we invest in our greatest asset: our people.
When Cristina is our Senator she will make sure our kids go to great schools with great teachers by fully funding the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which currently does not adequately meet the needs of our students, and ensuring that teachers are compensated and trained like the professionals they are.
Regarding student debt, studies show that college graduates contribute on average $278,000 more into local economies over their lifetime than their non-college graduate counterparts. But the high cost of higher education poses a huge barrier for many students to get a college degree. In Texas, the average student graduating with their bachelor’s has $27,000 in debt. Right now, one in five borrowers are already in default on their loans, and by 2023 it is projected that 40% will be in default. Student debt will be our next big economic crisis– unless we take action.
That’s why Cristina supports canceling student debt for millions of Americans that are struggling to pay back their loans. Cristina also supports efforts to make public universities and community college tuition-free. We’ll continue building the strongest economy in the world by investing appropriately in education.
Builds an Economy for Everyone
When Cristina is our next Senator we will start measuring our economy not only by how big corporations are doing but by how well ordinary Texans are doing.
In this state, we work hard. Texans work more hours on average than most Americans. But you wouldn’t know it if you looked inside most Texans pocketbooks. Almost 40 percent of Texans are making under $47,000 a year and struggle to pay their bills, let alone have financial security. Today around 60% of Americans have $1,000 or less in savings. That means sudden emergencies can easily leave families bankrupt.
As Senator, Cristina will build an economy for everyone by working to:
Give the American People A Raise
The American people need a raise. In Texas, our minimum wage is just $7.25 an hour. We need to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and ensure that it is tied to inflation. Wages should be based on the needs of American families, not on the inconsistency of political will in Washington.
Get Equal Pay for Women
Enact Equal Pay for Equal Work through the Paycheck Fairness Act so that we can close the gender pay gap that has left millions of women- especially Latina and African American women– behind.
Invest in Small Businesses
Small businesses are the engine of the U.S. economy. In Texas, small businesses represent over 99 percent of businesses and 45 percent of our workforce. As Senator, Cristina would ensure that Texas entrepreneurs can succeed by increasing funding for the Small Business Administration to provide access to low-interest loans and other programs to support aspiring business owners.
Ensure Americans can Retire in Dignity and with Security
Half of American households over the age of 55 have no retirement savings. We must ensure older Americans and families can live in dignity and with security by supporting measures like the Social Security 2100 Act, which protects and strengthen social security for decades to come.
Create Good Jobs
America has and will create great jobs for the majority of Americans again. It starts with working to make every job a good job– one that pays a living wage, provides benefits/time off, and gives workers retirement security. The American people work hard and they should be compensated for it. Cristina supports expanding the rights of American workers to unionize to ensure they can negotiate fair wages and conditions with their employers.
We must fully fund the Department of Labor Wage and Hour, OSHA and the EEOC to ensure American workers’ rights are protected.
Guarantees Equal Rights
Despite what John Cornyn or Donald Trump says, we all know that what’s best about Texas is our diversity. We are a state of 29 million, where people of color make up the majority of the population and around one in three Texans are like Cristina – immigrants or children of immigrants. Some of the most diverse cities in the country are right here in Texas.
As a country we have made tremendous strides to better protect the rights of marginalized communities– and when we take power we have the opportunity to build on this work and tackle real inequities that exist.
In the Senate, Cristina will make our nation live up to our promise and guarantee all people the same rights and opportunities by working to:
Build a Just Criminal Justice System
Cristina recognizes that our current criminal legal system unfairly targets the low-income, and black and brown communities, not only because of misguided policies like the Drug War, but also because of corporations that profit off of imprisonment.
As Senator, Cristina would support the legalization of marijuana, as well as efforts to address the long-term harm done in communities of color such as expunging records of those with low-level marijuana offenses. She would also advocate for abolishing private prisons and mandatory minimums, ensuring that our government invests in schools rather than prisons. Lastly, she would support federal abolition of the death penalty.
Reform our Immigration System
At the Workers Defense Project, Cristina spent a decade working alongside immigrant communities that lost their fingers, limbs, and lives while working to build our homes, our schools, and our roadways. She saw up close the cost of our immigration system, which is willing to accept undocumented workers’ labor–but not their humanity.
As Democrats, we have the opportunity to not just say what we’re against– none of us are for putting children in cages– but also to say what we’re for. Cristina supports extending citizenship to DREAMers, who are Americans in every way except on paper. But she also believes that in addition to the DREAMers, we need to legalize the status of the millions of hardworking and honest immigrants that have been part of our communities for years. We need an immigration system that allows future generations to come here safely and legally, that fills our labor needs, and that empowers all immigrants to live their full humanity as families and human beings.
Defend LGBTQ+ Rights
While the LGBTQ+ community has made tremendous strides in social acceptance, full acceptance and equality has not yet been realized. The LGBTQ+ community still experiences regular and legalized discrimination at work, in housing, and schools based on their sexual oritentation and/or gender identity.
As Senator, Cristina will ensure that full equality for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community is enshrined into federal law by supporting the Equality Act, which would prevent discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which will make it illegal for anyone receiving Federal assistance to discriminate against LGBTQ children and families when placing children for adoption and foster care, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which bans conversion therapy and the Do No Harm Act, which prohibits the use of personal religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate.
Combat White Supremacy
Cristina recognizes that we need to address the growing threat of violence driven by white supremacy in our communities. These are the tragedies of the Politics of Hate. Especially in the wake of the massacre in El Paso, this issue hits close to home for many Texans. No Texan– and no American– should ever fear violence because of the color of their skin, the God they pray to, or any other identity they carry. As Senator, Cristina would direct funding to the Department of Justice to investigate hate crimes and treat acts of violence fueled by white supremacy as acts of domestic terrorism.
Saves our Planet
As Texans, we don’t run away from big problems– we take them head-on. That’s exactly what we have to do on climate change.
In Texas, we have seen Houston underwater and agricultural communities that are suffering under unprecedented heat and drought. As the second-largest economy in the country with massive wind and solar potential, Cristina will make sure Texas is a leader in our nation’s transition into a green energy future, because no state has more to lose or gain than Texas. Like 81% of Democrats, Cristina supports the Green New Deal.
The Green New Deal lays the framework to make sure that our nation rises to the ambition necessary to tackle climate change, that oil and gas workers won’t be left behind, that we will create millions of good new green jobs, and that we will support oil and gas companies as we transition off of fossil fuels and grow in renewable green energy.
Makes us an International Leader
Texas is intimately tied to the international community. We are multilingual, we are immigrants and children of immigrants, and we are located on the border. But for too long, our approach to international affairs has only served to benefit large corporations, and not working Texans. Under the Trump Administration this has only worsened, with Senator Cornyn choosing to use taxpayer money on an isolationist border wall instead of supporting measures of international cooperation, like the Paris Climate Accord.
In the Senate, Cristina will work to make Texas a leader on the world stage – something she will measure not by our export numbers or the length of an unnecessary wall – but by how well the interests of ordinary Texans are represented in our foreign policy.
As Senator, Cristina will advocate for:
Smart Trade Policy
Our current trade policy involves escalating trade wars that only increase prices for working and middle class families. However, even previous trade agreements often hurt workers by moving jobs overseas. Cristina believes that smart trade policy does not only protect the interests of businesses, but also the interests of our workers. In the Senate, Cristina will advocate for policy that protects labor rights, enforces environmental regulations, and maintains a level playing field between our international trade partners.
Texas has long been a global hub for energy, and Cristina believes that Texas can continue to lead as we transition to a clean energy future that protects our climate. She supports reentering the Paris Climate Accord because climate change is a global threat that requires us to work together with our international partners.
Human Rights Diplomacy
From her approach to immigration to climate change, Cristina believes that human rights– and not the desires of authoritarian leaders– should be central to U.S. diplomacy. Whether it concerns refugees at our Southern border, Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, or protests for democracy in Hong Kong, Cristina will put human rights first.
Protects our Democracy
Our democracy was founded on a radical proposition: that ordinary people could come together and decide who had the best ideas to solve their problems and represent them. At the time, only white land-owning men had this political power. When we extended the vote to women, African Americans and other communities of color, we made our democracy more whole.
Today, real democracy is still a radical idea. That’s because real democracy means that there are no kings and that no one is above the law. That our government should belong to and serve us, the people. That it shall be ordinary Americans that get to decide whose ideas are best to solve their real-life problems, and that they will get to determine by their single and equal vote– regardless of their color, their income, their gender, or their sexual orientation– the best course for our nation.
That is why some people in power are so afraid of democracy. Because they do not believe in the power of us. They want a government that serves their interests, not ours, which is why we need to shield our democracy against ongoing voter suppression and international efforts to interfere in our elections.
When Cristina goes to Washington one of her top priorities will be to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act and making election day a national federal holiday so everyone can participate easily and equally in our democracy.
This is our Texas- our America. Let’s do this!