Bao believes that small businesses are the heart of the OC economy. Local small business success benefits the whole community.
Bao knows that for too many middle class families in California, the economy is not doing well enough. The stock market might be booming, but wages for everyday Americans remain stagnant. That’s why you’ll find families working three or four jobs, just to get by. That’s not right.
Education is an indispensable ingredient to creating opportunity in America. A better education opens doors of opportunity and greater chances to climb the economic ladder – and we need to make that a reality for everyone. Education is the great equalizer, and everyone deserves to get it.
Born in a refugee camp after his parents fled communist Vietnam, Bao and his family came to America with nothing but hope. Bao knows firsthand that America was built by immigrants and strengthened by the hard work, spirit and resolve they brought to this country. Bao will tirelessly champion comprehensive immigration reform.
Today, America has more wealth than any nation in history, yet we have the highest childhood poverty rate of any developed nation. Hedge fund managers and Wall Street CEOs get filthy rich, while families work two, three, or even four jobs just to put food on the table and pay the bills. It’s not right, and it’s one of the biggest reasons we have to reform Washington.
Bao knows that when women are better off, families and communities are better off, too. Women’s access to equal opportunities is too important to be treated as political football.
Helping to heal the planet is truly the challenge of this generation. Unfortunately, human activity has harmed the environment. Bao believes it’s within our power to change the future for the better. America can and should lead the world toward that clean energy future.Countries like China and India are taking action to reduce their carbon emissions. If America doesn’t act, we’ll damage the planet and miss out on a sustainable, clean energy future.
Social Security and Medicare form the bedrock of the social safety net for today’s seniors and future generations of Americans. Social Security is no less than the greatest poverty-reducing program in history. The bottom line?
We have a problem in our country when it is easy for someone to get guns and massacre people at our nightclubs and elementary schools. Mayor Bao Nguyen supports Proposition 63, the Safety For All Act, which would require instant background checks for the sale of ammunition inCalifornia, and restrict ammunition sales through a licensed ammunition vendor. Mayor Bao Nguyen is a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and supports the advocacy and legislative efforts of groups like Americans for Responsible Solutions and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to make America’s towns safer. In Congress, Bao will vote to:
Every step we take towards treating everyone in America with dignity and respect, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, is a step in the right direction. Last year’s Supreme Court ruling guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry was a big landmark in LGBT equality. But we can’t afford to take one step forward, only to take two steps back. The fight isn’t over.
It is no secret that racial minorities face an uphill battle in achieving the American Dream. Worse yet, many cannot feel safe in their own communities. This has to change. Bao believes that:
America has waged a failed “War on Drugs” for decades. As a result, millions of Americans have been put in jail for nonviolent, victimless crimes. It is absurd that smoking marijuana has marked the criminal records of so many young Americans, but white-collar criminals on Wall Street have not been charged with nearly bringing our economy to collapse.
Clean Elections – We must reform our campaign finance system to protect and strengthen our democracy, and to restore the public’s trust. We need match private contributions with public financing in exchange for limiting donations and expenditures, much like the matching funds program we already have for presidential elections and in some states.
Electoral Reform – In Congress, Bao will fight to remove all barriers to voting. Universal registration, language-access, reforming voter ID laws are all meaningful steps in the right direction to improve and increase the
rate of voter turnout at the ballot box.
Transparency and Disclosure – Bao believes that legislation and action by the FEC, SEC and FCC is needed to fully protect the integrity and transparency of Federal elections, so that the public is better informed about what is being spent by corporations and lobbyists to secure contracts and influence in our government.
Overturning Citizens United v. FEC – Citizens United v. FEC was a Supreme Court decision that continues to distort and endanger our ability to have a functioning democracy. Allowing unlimited donations limits the ability of ordinary Americans to engage in our political system on the same playing field as everybody else. Bao will fight for a constitutional amendment to overturn this decision, and to declare that people, not entities have the right to vote and contribute to campaigns.
Aggressive Enforcement – As Congressman, Bao would support efforts to create an independent election law enforcement agency that have the capacity to investigate and prosecute those who violate campaign finance laws.