Wendy Ella May for U.S. Congress

Why am I running?

 

"The United States is changing and facing a large number of challenges. As a member of Congress, I will fight for our best possible future."

 

Social Security

Social security has vastly improved the golden years for many Americans. The Social Security Act of 1935 creating social security was passed under a Democratic Administration and has been strengthened and protected by a series of Democratic Congresses. When it was created, President Roosevelt was vilified by conservatives. Some of the same attacks that FDR dealt with are still made of Democrats who work to protect seniors and others who are vulnerable in our society. Many in the other party, including the Republican Congress member in the Second District, favor cutting Social Security by privatizing its accounts, effectively destroying the financial base which makes the program not only popular but possible.

 

Medicare

Medicare has made affordable quality health care available to many seniors in our state and nation. When this innovative program was proposed and passed by a Democratic Administration over strong opposition from the other party, President Johnson was accused of being a socialist. Over the years, Medicare has been strengthened and it is hard to imagine our country without federally funded health care protections for seniors in place. This gives many seniors peace of mind so they can more easily live their golden years in relative financial security. Some who are running for Congress, who are the ideological sons and granddaughters of those who opposed Medicare when it was originally passed into law, talk about Medicare “cuts”, when in reality if they had been in Congress in the 1960’s they would have voted against its creation. Clearly, Democrats are more trustworthy to protect Medicare and the peace of mind it brings to our seniors and those who are approaching retirement age.

 

Creating Jobs and Ensuring Economic Security

As the economy begins its recovery from the deep recession, we need to ensure that both federal and state governments create an environment that makes good paying jobs available. In the short term, we need to stimulate employment by both small and large business; for instance, recovery can be helped along by projects that repair our infrastructure. In the long term, laws like the “America Competes Act,” help us to continue to be a competitive part of the worldwide economy. The law puts additional money in scholarships and training for math and science teachers and doubles research funding. We need well thought out legislation to keep jobs from being exported overseas.

To help those who have lost their jobs in the past two years, we need to continue to fund extended unemployment benefits, as well as the program that picks up 65 percent of health insurance premiums until workers find new jobs. Where needed, we need to partner with state and local governments to fund retraining, to ensure that good paying jobs are available.

We need to create an economic climate that encourages companies to keep their operations in this country. This protects and creates good paying American jobs, strengthens Americans’ personal finances and enhances our national economy.

We need to support our workers to ensure that the minimum wage, currently at $7.25 an hour, is designed to keep working families above the poverty level. The recent change in the minimum wage was passed after 11 years with no changes; we need to ensure that this important law responds to the needs of our citizens, rather than the whim of politics as usual.

Unions

I support the right to organize, collective bargaining and minimum wage laws. I oppose "Right to Work," attacks on Unions and the extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for the Wealthy.

 

Health Care

Providing health care to American families is a moral issue. Democrats have just extended health coverage by passing health care reform that extends protection to 32 million additional Americans. It makes denial of coverage on the basis of pre-existing conditions a thing of the past, prohibits sex discrimination that charges women more for their health care premiums and forbids insurers from placing lifetime dollar limits on policies.

It is devastating for the American people to have their health insurance premiums increase by 30, 40 or even 50 percent or more each year. Cost controls put in place by the new law will reduce premiums, and provide income-based subsidies to assist all families in paying for their health insurance. It is simply unacceptable that 12,000 Americans a day lose their coverage; the new law eliminates cancellation for illness or pre-existing conditions. It was not acceptable that businesses had to choose between failure and providing their employees with health care protection. The new law provides subsidies to support small business in doing the right thing and insuring all their employees.

 

Veterans

I promise to leave no veteran behind. I will work to ensure that our active duty troops, our veterans, and their families, receive the gratitude, honor, and care that their courage and sacrifice deserve. I will fight for better health care, training, educational opportunities and benefits for the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for the United States of America.

Women

I am running for Congress to help ensure that every woman is treated fairly in her life. Whether on the job, making health decisions, raising children or in her everyday affairs. “All Women Deserve a Voice in Washington!"

Priorities for Pre K-12Public Education

My top five priorities for public education and how they contribute to ensuring that all students attend a great public school and have a great education are—

• Providing access to a quality public education for all children

• Providing adequate workplace due process for all teachers

• Providing classrooms with fewer children so that teachers can provide and children can receive as much individual attention as possible

• Providing adequate financial resources to support educational opportunities for disabled students in our public schools

• Concentrating the expenditure of limited public funds to improve public schools.

LGBTQ
Equality and opportunity is a fundamental right of all citizens of our country.  Unfortunately, many states are sanctioning discrimination against the LGBTQ community.  We must ensure that these citizens are not unfairly fired, refused service or access because of their LGBTQ identity.  The government should not deny those in same-sex relationships the right to marry and enjoy the same benefits, rights, and responsibilities as opposite-sex married couples.  Wendy as a member of the LGBTQ community will fight for all people to enjoy the same rights under our Constitution. 

Wendy will push for:

Policies that ban discrimination against LGBTQ persons by credit lenders and financial institutions. 

Reducing suicides in our LGBTQ youth and promote programs that reduce bullying and harassment in schools.

Including LGBTQQIP2SAA classification in the federally protected classes.

War on Iran

We simply cannot afford another deadly and costly war. I am against a War on Iran.

Afghanistan

Afghanistan is an example of a failed state, as are the border regions of Pakistan, and the countries of Yemen and Somalia. Al Qaeda takes advantage of these unstable countries to create safe havens from which to attack the US and its allies. We need to develop a national strategy to deal with these states and to prevent Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations from gaining a foothold in Afghanistan. This includes helping affected governments to stabilize, and having the ability to conduct focused military operations when necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. We cannot have either an unsustainable long-term military presence in these areas or an abrupt military pullout that leaves a dangerous vacuum. Careful diplomacy, focused military strategy, and a long-term vision for stability in these areas is imperative, and I will work in Congress to create such an approach.

Wall Street Reform

In light of recent experience, we need to have stronger regulation of Wall Street. We need Wall Street reform to stop current and future abuses, to hold big banks accountable for their actions and to ensure that American taxpayers will not have to bail out the financial industry again. We need to create strong consumer protections that will shield American consumers. The “too big to fail” mentality must be abandoned. By reforming the system, we can protect American taxpayers and make sure that they are not forced to bail out irresponsible corporate executives, who in some cases earn tens of millions of dollars in annual bonuses.

        

Expanding College Aid

Our young people are our most valuable resource. We need to ensure that every student who wants to attend college is able to do so. With a bipartisan majority, Democrats recently passed the largest expansion of aid to America’s college students since the passage of the GI Bill. The new law will save an average college student $4,400 on their loans to finance their education at no cost to taxpayers. We support recent efforts to increase Pell Grant funding to help deserving students go to college.

To ensure that students are attracted to public service jobs such as teaching and medical care, we need to develop programs that forgive a portion of student loans to those who are willing to work in underserved areas of our nation.

Energy

Since its early years, North Carolina has been an energy exporting state. Today we have significant reserves of natural gas, and continue to produce and export oil as well. We are also blessed with opportunities to create energy. Both wind and the sun are significant sources of alternative energy. As a member of Congress, I will support legislation that keeps North Carolina doing what it does best – export energy.

 

Environment

We face difficult challenges in dealing with the environment and climate change. In Congress, I look forward to supporting reasonable and effective regulations that protect the environment. At the same time, we must work tirelessly to ensure that we have clean air and clean water. As we protect our environment, we must be sure that we implement prudent policies that foster good paying jobs and help maintain a vibrant and healthy U.S. economy.

Farms and Rural North Carolina
Improving the lives of rural North Carolinians is a top priority for Wendy Ella May who lives on a small farm. Wendy is a member of The North Carolina Grange, as well as a member of North Carolina Farm Bureau (Johnston County Farm Bureau) Family farms, are an integral part of our communities and economy.  They are also stalwart defenders of our land and water.  
Wendy will push for:   

Support farm-to-school programs by encouraging schools to buy local.

Expand support for small and medium farms.

Expand services for new or underserved farmers.

Enlist farmers as partners in our efforts to conserve our bountiful natural resources.

Support agricultural programs in k-12 schools and secondary education institutions.

Transparency in Campaign Contributions

Candidates should disclose all contributor information. Money should not dictate elected leadership, at any capacity.

Legalization of Marijuana and ending the  War on Drugs
Millions of lives have been destroyed because people are in jail for nonviolent crimes. For decades, we have been engaged in a failed “War on Drugs” with mandatory minimums that punish people of color unfairly.

We need to invest in drug courts as well as medical and mental health interventions for people with substance abuse problems so that people struggling with addiction do not end up in prison, they end up in treatment.  For people who have committed crimes that have landed them in jail, there needs to be a path back from prison.   We need real education and real skills training for the incarcerated.

Because of budget cuts, departments are bringing in large sums of revenue by seizing the property of people who are suspected of criminal activity. Civil asset forfeiture laws allow law enforcement to take property from people even before they are charged with a crime. Then the system makes it very difficult and expensive for an innocent person to get their property back.  

Wendy will push for 

Ban for profit prison systems, which lobby for laws to arrest, jail and detain in order to keep prison beds full.

Repeal the failed “War on Drugs” and eliminate mandatory minimums which produce disparities between the sentences of black and white people.

Move to take marijuana off the federal government’s list of outlawed drugs.

Invest in drug courts that work with medical and mental health interventions for people with substance abuse problems.

Boost investments for education and job training programs that help people who have gone to jail.

Stop programs that rely on fines, fees or asset forfeitures as a steady source of revenue.

 

Fight Corporate Power

Corporate leaders are going all-out to rewrite our laws to favor themselves and take away our rights. Wendy is determined to stop them. Wendy will fight to stop bad trade deals that give corporate lobbyists the power to veto our laws. And will work hard to protect a free and open Internet from the big corporations that want to make you pay a fee just to access a website like ours.

Stop the TPP

Net Neutrality

Stop the abuse of for-profit colleges

Fight back against outsourcing

 

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