There is no higher priority than ensuring economic growth, jobs, and opportunity for all Americans. We have come a long way since the financial crisis of 2008, but much more needs to be done to ensure that economic growth is shared by all, and not just the wealthy. I have always fought for a much stronger investment in infrastructure, since the building of roads, bridges, schools, a renewable energy superhighway, broadband and other key elements of our national backbone have a multiplier effect on the economy. I also believe that small businesses are the key engine of growth, and support efforts to help them access capital and reduce their regulatory burden.
One of my other priorities in Congress is making sure that trade deals are fair in addition to free, a position which has led me to oppose the current Trans-Pacific Partnership, because I fear it will only widen income inequality. I support policies to boost the manufacturing industry, so that we “make it in America again” and keep good, well-paying jobs at home. And I support strong regulation of the financial sector to ensure that the American taxpayer is never again called on to bail out Wall Street.