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. We need to protect the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that have allowed countless to gain coverage that they otherwise never would have had, including requiring insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions. We must also provide a public option so that more people can access high-quality, affordable healthcare while allowing those who have insurance they like through their employer keep it.

Education

We need to make sure a college education isn’t a life debt sentence. By capping student loan interest rates and providing more federal college grants, while looking into making community colleges free, we can do just that. We also need to pay our teachers more. If educating our children is one of the most important jobs, pay needs to reflect that.
We also need to ensure that our education system is supported in a holistic way with more counselors and other wrap-around services. Finally, so that our students are set up to succeed, Desiree will support a national universal preschool program.

Jobs and the Economy

The communities that makeup Ohio’s 10th Congressional District used to be an economic driver for Ohio and the country. Now, our hourly wage earners aren’t getting paid the way they were more than a decade ago. Desiree believes that Ohio was left out of the Great Recovery and it’s time for the federal government to invest in Ohio. That’s why she wants 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, Desiree 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.

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

Desiree is union strong. She knows unions have been the backbone of the middle class for decades

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

Trade

Our farmers are losing profits under trade agreements and everyday consumers are forced to pay the price increase for bad deals. Desiree 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 Desiree 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 to assist in their transition back to civilian life. Our VA system needs to be overhauled so that our veterans’ care is the top priority. We need to ensure our veterans have the educational opportunities they need to succeed. And we need to support 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, Desiree, like everyone in our  community, was devastated. The gunman was able to kill 9 individuals and wound 27 in less than 32 seconds because he used a high capacity assault weapon specifically designed not for self-protection or hunting, but rather for killing as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Desiree will ban these gun sales in America. Military-style assault weapons do not belong in our backyards, but instead, the battlefields for which they were designed.

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

Red Flag Laws: Desiree strongly supports 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 -

Desiree worked on the reauthorization of 2012 Farm Bill & 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. Bad trade policies and unfair tariffs are hurting our local agricultural communities. Desiree will fight for fairer trade practices and climate protections to ensure family farms can thrive for generations.

Desiree also supports increased federal investment to address the telecommunication barriers 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 Desiree is elected, she will join the House Majority and have leadership roles in committees like House Armed Services. 

     

    Campaign Finance Reform

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

     

    IMMIGRATION

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

    LGBTQ

    Desiree will continue to fight for equality and inclusion for all Americans. She will be a proactive ally to ensure that no one faces discrimination for who they are or who they love. She strongly favors 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.