Issues we fight for

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Combating Climate Change

Our climate is changing – and we need to reverse it. From building out a national energy-saving program in Nicaragua to launching President Obama’s Climate Data Initiative – I have spent my life fighting to reverse Climate Change. This isn't just about protecting the natural beauty that I grew up with Orange County; it's about protecting our homes from wildfires, mudslides, floods, and other devastating natural disasters.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Rejoin the Paris Climate Accord
  • Achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050
  • Divest of all federal funds from the fossil fuel industry
  • Prevent offshore oil drilling
  • Invest in sequestration technology to get us back to pre-industrial greenhouse gas concentrations
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Providing a Modern Healthcare System

Healthcare is a human right -- that's why I believe in Medicare for everyone. I've lived under a single-payer healthcare system and I know the good and the bad. I also know what it's like to get denied health insurance for a pre-existing condition. I'll never forget going to the pharmacy without health insurance and trying to buy an inhaler – health insurance or not I needed to breathe – and being charged $400 instead of the $7 everyone else was paying.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Expand Medicare for all – limiting excess spending and curbing cost overages while providing exceptional healthcare for all Americans
  • Expand of Title X family planning funding
  • Create of an Open Source Electronic Medical Record system
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Passing Compassionate Immigration Reform

More than 30% of our friends and neighbors in the 45th district are foreign born – including my mom. As the son of an immigrant, I understand the important contributions immigrants make to our nation – and the sacrifices they make. I'll work towards compassionate and comprehensive reform of our immigration system.

As a member of Congress, I will:

  • Support a clean DACA bill that provides a path to citizenship for DREAMers
  • Provide a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million hardworking and tax-paying undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
  • Work to reduce the fraud and abuse of H-1B and L1 visas fraud that enables companies to underpay foreign workers and replace American workers
  • Propose the Keep Families Together Act which will prevent immigration authorities from separating undocumented parents from their children
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PREVENTING GUN VIOLENCE

Stop. Gun. Violence. Now.

From Sandy Hook to San Bernardino, gun violence has impacted far too many in our nation. One in three Americans knows someone who has been shot, including me. It's time we put books before bullets and focus on learning, not lockdowns. It's time we get rid of 18th century laws that do not reflect the reality of dangerous 21st century weapons of war. It's time 60- to 70-year olds in Congress fought the NRA with the tenacity with which 16- and 17-year-olds who cannot legally vote fight.

I am proud to be a Moms Demand Action "Gun Sense Candidate of Distinction" and refuse any contributions from the NRA.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Digitize gun records
  • Demand universal background checks
  • Close the gun show and online loopholes that allow guns to be sold without background checks
  • Create tax incentives and research funds for Gun Safety Technology
  • Ban bump stocks
  • Mandate National Gun Violence Restraining Orders
  • Halt the sale of high-capacity magazine and the AR-15 assault-style rifle used in the Stoneman Douglas shooting
  • Reinstate the Federal Assault Weapons Ban
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Defending Women's Rights & Health

We cannot and should not discriminate against 50% of our community and our country. As an employer and as a policymaker, I've consistently fought for women's equality. The phone company I built in Nicaragua had strong female-male parity -- in fact, 80% of our employees were women. 

At the White House, I worked with the Council on Women and Girls to advance women's equality, and diversity in the technology industry. I also helped launch the Department of Labor's Equal Pay App Challenge, an innovative initiative to arm women with the tools to negotiate higher wages.

In Congress, I will fight for:

  • Equal Pay for Women – It's been 54 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act and we are still fighting the gender wage gap. I will support the Paycheck Fairness Act to bring women's wages to equal measure with men's.
  • Paid Family Leave
  • Fully funding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, to strengthen the agency's capacity to investigate sexual harassment
  • Individual families maintaining control of decisions about family planning and a women's right to choose
  • Planned Parenthood, a vital organization that provides healthcare for 1 in 3 women in America
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Educating the next generation

There is no better investment of taxpayer dollars than education. As a proud product of the Tustin Unified School District, and former high school teacher in the Peace Corps, I know the impact of a high-quality public education for kids and for our community.

In Congress, I will fight for:

  • Debt-free college education
  • Improved access to Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math
  • Comprehensive computer science and coding instruction from 1st to 12th grade
  • Pre-K for All
  • Loan forgiveness for public school teachers
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Defending our national security

I believe in the defense of our country through diplomacy. Whether it's our diplomats at the State Department or our members of the military and volunteers in the U.S. Peace Corps – they are all the face of America abroad. That's why I served our country in Nicaragua as a volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps and went to Iraq with the U.S. Institute of Peace. 

But I also know that 21st century warfare is being fought online. Companies are being hacked, elections are being manipulated, and our electrical grid is vulnerable to attack by foreign governments.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Put further sanctions on North Korea
  • Keep pressure on the President to stay in the Iran Nuclear Deal
  • Increase federal funding for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)
  • Upgrade our government's technology with a $3B IT Modernization Fund
  • Pass the Protecting Our Democracy Act which would create an independent, bipartisan-appointed commission to investigate foreign interference in the 2016 election and prevent future attacks
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Protecting your privacy & data

Just because you're online doesn't mean you've given up your right to protect your private information and communication from companies and your government. According to the Department of Justice, theft of physical property costs Americans $5 billion a year. However, identity theft is estimated to cost Americans more than $17 billion a year. 

Facebook to Equifax – if companies choose to profit off of your data, they have a solemn responsibility to protect your private information from being stolen. Oil companies are responsible for paying for their oil spills – and data companies should be responsible for paying for their data spills.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Protect all citizens from warrantless data collection
  • Inform citizens about who can access the information that they put on the Internet
  • Defend our constitutional rights to individual privacy
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Standing up for LGBTQ rights

I am dedicated to equal rights for all. This means crafting protections for our most vulnerable and mandating federal workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. I believe that Americans have a right to religious freedom, as long as it doesn't infringe on the rights of other Americans, especially those in the LGBTQ community. Ultimately, diversity and inclusion make our communities and our country better and stronger.

In Congress, I will support:

  • Condemning Trump-Pence transgender troop ban policies – because those who step up to serve in our military deserve our thanks and respect, not discrimination
  • Strengthening federal and state hate crime laws
  • Funding of federal programs that serve the LGBTQ community and those living with HIV and AIDS
  • Mandating federal workplace protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Enacting federal anti-bullying laws to protect LGBTQ students and support putting into law protections for transgender Americans
  • Firmly standing against the Trump Administration's transgender military ban, which I find offensive and un-American
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Addressing Income Inequality

The gap between the rich and the poor has worsened significantly in the past 30 years, so much so that President Obama called it "the defining challenge of our time." It certainly hasn't gotten any better under Trump. 

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Repeal the GOP Tax Bill which gives $1.5 trillion gift to large corporations and dramatically increases our deficit
  • Develop a fairer tax code that ensures everyone to pays their fair share
  • Raise the minimum wage to $15 and peg it to inflation
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Supporting Affordable Housing

The challenge for most of my friends who grew up here in Orange County is they can't afford to move back. Homelessness is on the rise. A sizeable homeless population encircles the Tustin Library where I went every week as a child.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Strengthen and expand the Housing Credit, to incentivize developers to create more affordable housing in our community
  • Better fund federal rental housing subsidies for individuals and families most at risk for homelessness
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Honoring our Veterans

If you served our country, we are forever indebted to you for your service. My grandfather and father-in-law are proud veterans of the U.S. Navy. That’s why I was proud to launch the Veterans Job Bank when I was at the White House. The Veterans Job Bank connected unemployed veterans to job openings with companies that were ready to hire veterans. 

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Fully fund the Veterans Administration
  • Support all efforts to address the Veterans claims processing backlog
  • Resist efforts by the Trump Administration to privatize the Veterans Administration
  • Propose the G-IT Bill to provide funding to teach coding to returning veterans, to prepare them for leadership roles in the 21st-century economy. This bill would cover computer science degrees at universities, coding boot camps, incentives for businesses to hire G-IT grads, and allow service-members wounded in combat to finish their service attaining a computer science education.
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Defining Our Future

Voters in California’s 45th Congressional district need to see and hear that Brian Forde will use fact-based decision making to stand up to Trump’s dangerous policies.

Brian Forde will use science and facts to fight to protect our environment, ban assault weapons, provide healthcare to all Americans, defend a woman’s right to choose, and enact compassionate immigration reform.

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