Louise was first elected to Congress thanks in part to both Republican and Democratic women who wanted a strong voice in Washington. 26 years later, Louise is still fighting for equal pay, equal access to healthcare and equal protections under the law. A long time champion of women's rights, Louise has never backed down when it comes to ensuring women a fair playing field. Louise has a long line of victories in fighting for women. Since she has been in office, she has:
Improving Educational Opportunities and Access to the Arts for All Americans
Louise has long pursued a multi-pronged effort to ensure equal access to quality education for all. This has included introducing and co-sponsoring bills to save and create jobs for hundreds of thousands of teachers, securing funding for education initiatives in the District, fighting against cuts to school lunch programs, and promoting community efforts to keep schools safe.
Louise was a strong supporter of the Affordable Care & Patient Protection Act and as Chairwoman of the Rules Committee, had a key role in the bill’s passage. The health care reform bill has improved the lives of seniors, young adults, small businesses, and many others in Western New York and has taken power away from insurance companies and given it to patients and doctors.
As a leading voice calling for an end to the tragic and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Louise is committed to making sure our returning heroes are treated as such when they return home from combat.
Louise was a leader in the fight to make sure those protecting us were protected themselves. With our sons and daughters deployed overseas, Louise’s tireless efforts ensured that the Army reformed its practice of outsourcing body armor inspection, and made sure that our troops have the best protection in combat.
During her time in Congress, Louise has led the fight to protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare from cuts and privatization schemes. She understands these programs represent one of America’s greatest promises.
Louise is dedicated to rebuilding the manufacturing might of Western New York. She has repeatedly opposed trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA that have killed American jobs and while providing little economic benefit in return. Now, we’re up against Republicans in Washington who won’t even consider ending tax breaks for companies that ship American jobs overseas.
When Americans look at Congress, they’re frustrated by a system that seems to benefit the wealthy and well-connected while ignoring the challenges of ordinary Americans. The Supreme Court’s decision to allow a flood of corporate money into our elections has only made the problem worse.
That’s why Louise has been such a strong voice for reform in Congress. She wrote the STOCK Act - a bill that outlaws insider trading in the halls of Congress. Atter working on the issue for 6 long years, Louise was proud to see the bill signed into law by President Obama on April 4, 2012.
Louise strongly opposes the draconian budget cuts proposed by House Republicans and the Tea Party extremists within their ranks. The Republicans' proposed budget, commonly called the "Ryan Plan", would force America's seniors, the poor, and the middle class to bear the brunt of fixing our economy. Among other provisions, the proposed budget would shower tax breaks onto Americans earning over a $1 million a year- tax breaks that total more than $300,000 per millionaire, each year.