Desiree on the Issues

Fighting for Our Families

Desiree Tims will go to bat for her fellow Ohioans. She will work to make sure that regions like Dayton receive the federal resources and investments needed to help families recover after the tornadoes, quality jobs with great pay, access to health care that works, and schools that will prepare Ohioans for a modern workforce. Read more to see where she stands on the issues, then sign up to help Desiree get elected to Congress and fight for our families!

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Healthcare

I strongly believe that healthcare should be accessible and affordable to all, which is why we must provide a public option. This will allow more people to access high-quality, affordable healthcare while allowing those who have insurance they like through their employer to keep it, especially during a global pandemic. While we fight for better healthcare, we  need to protect the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that have allowed Americans to gain coverage that they otherwise never would have had, including requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions.

Education

Education is a life-long process. I believe that a national universal preschool program is the first step into getting out children the proper education that they deserve. As they get older, I firmly believe that we must incentivize college education as an option by not making it a life-debt sentence. We can do this by capping student loan interest rates and providing more federal college grants, while exploring innovative ideas into making community colleges free. 

If we are going to say education is important, our budgets should reflect that. So I am calling for our teachers to take home more money.  We also need to ensure that our education system is supported in a holistic way with more counselors and other wrap-around services.

 

Jobs and the Economy

We must make the communities that make up Ohio’s 10th Congressional District an economic drive for Ohio and the country again. Now, our hourly wage earners aren’t getting paid the way they were more than a decade ago. I believe that Ohio was left out of the Great Recovery and it’s time for the federal government and the private sector to invest in Ohio. That’s why  I want to build a strong infrastructure system and jumpstart a reinvestment initiative that starts right here in the heartland of America. Given that we’re home to several universities and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, I will bring more federal funding to our district to create more jobs in technology, cybersecurity, and transportation.

Taxes

It’s time for the middle class to get a tax plan that benefits them and doesn’t put their children on the hook to pay the bill.

Congress passed a tax bill that gave 83% percent of benefits to the top 1% paid for by the rest of hardworking people like us. The Republican tax bill added to the deficit, which has increased 50% during the Trump era.

Unions

I am union strong. I know unions have been the backbone of the middle class for decades. In our community, unions have led to safer working conditions, and better pay.

It’s important that workers have the right to collectively bargain with their employers. And I strongly oppose “right-to-work” laws that cripple workers’ opportunity to receive fair wages.

Trade

Our farmers are losing profits and livelihoods under trade agreements and everyday consumers are forced to pay the price increase for bad deals. I will work to ensure that trade agreements include strong protections for Americans, whether they sell crops and products or make online purchases.

Criminal Justice Reform

Our bail and penal system are broken. They create a never-ending cycle of crime and poverty. We need to pass laws that get rid of cash bail on a national level, provide funding for community policing models, ensure every police officer has a body camera while on duty, and outlaw private prison systems.

Clean Water

Communities across the country are struggling to ensure they provide clean water. That’s why I will support reinvestment in clean water systems. Desiree knows that it’s critically important to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the lands we cherish for a better tomorrow for our children.

Veterans

Our veterans put their lives on the line for our freedom. We must support our veterans in every way we can as they transition back to civilian life. Our VA system needs to be overhauled so that our veterans’ care is the top priority.I will fight to ensure our veterans have the educational opportunities they need to succeed. And we need Congress to pass legislation that creates more jobs, so our veterans have more opportunities for employment.

Environment

Climate change is real and we need to invest in clean energy programs now. By investing in wind and solar, we can not only ensure our earth lasts longer, but we can also create new jobs as well.

Gun Safety

Assault Weapons Ban: Mass shootings, murders, and gun violence are at an all-time high. When Dayton made the news in the aftermath of the mass shooting,I, like everyone in our community, was devastated. The gunman was able to kill nine individuals and wound 27 in less than 32 seconds because he used a high capacity assault weapon designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. I will ban these gun sales in America. Military-style assault weapons do not belong in our backyards.

Universal Background Checks:  More than 90% of Americans believe in background checks and that includes 90% of Ohioans. I will fight for universal background checks and will vote for a uniform background check for gun sales.

Red Flag Laws: I strongly support red flag laws that will allow law enforcement, after judicial review, to intervene and remove guns from someone who poses a threat to themselves or someone they love—until and unless they can prove the danger to no longer be a threat.

Farmers, Agricultural and Rural Communities -

I worked on the reauthorization of the 2012 Farm Bill and understands the need to protect our family farms. Currently, our farmers are forced to participate in business and farming practices that are unsustainable. Climate change is hurting our farmers’ crops.

I also support increased federal investment to address the digital divide in rural communities.

Wright Patterson Airforce Base

In addition to fully funding Wright-Patt, we must create a pipeline of opportunities for students and graduates of our local high schools and colleges. As cybersecurity continues to be a growing concern across the country, the Miami Valley is poised to lead our country’s national security. We can create private sector job growth with WPAFB as our hub and feed our high school students and college grads to these jobs through apprenticeships, internships, and specialized jobs for local residents. Moreover, when I am elected, I will join the House Majority and have leadership roles in committees like the House Armed Services.

Campaign Finance Reform

Our elections are under attack by large corporations and big money organizations like the NRA. I strongly favor overturning Citizens United and returning our democracy to the people. I am a strong supporter of H.R. 1, which would expand voting rights and enact campaign finance reform to make our democracy stronger. I have been endorsed by End Citizens United and am proudly rejecting corporate PAC money because I want to be responsible for the hardworking families of Southwest Ohio.  

IMMIGRATION

It is no secret that our immigration system needs serious reform. I am strongly against the immoral actions and inhumane treatment of children in cages on our border. I support a pathway to citizenship for kids who were brought to this country through no fault of their own. I am also strongly in favor of the DREAM Act.

LGBTQ

I will continue to fight for equality and inclusion for all Americans. I will be a proactive ally to ensure that no one faces discrimination for who they are or who they love.I also enthusiastically support the Equality Act.

Women's Health

Desiree supports the right of women to have access to safe and legal abortion.    A woman’s right to choose is simply that—her right. Desiree will fight to protect Roe v. Wade. 

Get to know Desiree

Watch and listen as Desiree recalls an emotional memory of coming to age and realizing the inequality that had been part of her education. That experience left an indelible print on her memory, and would eventually lead her to this moment.