Issues


Jobs and Economy

Raúl is an outspoken leader for a new middle class tax cut and more investments in new areas of job creation and economic growth. We need more, not less, of a focus on how we can get America working again. We can make this happen not only by improving and maintaining our basic infrastructure – roads, schools, public transportation – but by building a new energy- and environment-savvy economy based on clean power sources, smart grid technology and conservation rather than unlimited consumption. (Read more)

Education

Raúl has always made improving our public education system at all levels a cornerstone of his time in Congress. He believes our nation’s long-term strength depends on an educated population. Ensuring that our children are well positioned to participate in civic society and compete economically will always be a key focus of his legislative and constituent work. (Read more)

Environment

As Ranking Member on the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee, Congressman Grijalva has fought to preserve our public lands and make sure their unique needs are considered in our legislative climate change efforts. (Read more)

Health Care

Raúl voted in favor of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the most significant overhaul of American health care policy in decades. He remains committed to fighting Republican attempts to repeal it or de-fund parts of the bill that improve health care delivery and affordability and ensure that peoples’ livelihoods are not undermined by excessive bottom-line thinking in the health insurance industry. (Read more)

Housing and Foreclosures

The collapse of the U.S. housing market hit Arizona especially hard, and our state now has the highest rate of foreclosures per household of any in the country. Raúl is working to help keep more Americans in their homes and hold lenders and banks accountable. (Read more)

Immigration

Our borders have become a convenient tool for Republicans who want to keep our immigration system broken for political gain. The louder the American people call for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level, the harder the GOP opposes it by describing any attempt to fix our employment, labor and naturalization laws as “amnesty.” Raúl believes we need to take the issue seriously rather than reduce it to a heated slogan and let the problem get worse. (Read more)

Labor

Raúl believes that our federal policies must nurture innovation and technological advancements that position our nation’s workforce at the forefront of the green jobs movement. The transition to cleaner alternative energy and the rebuilding of our manufacturing base here in the United States are questions of national welfare. He supports climate legislation not only to protect vulnerable landscapes and populations, but as a spur to energy efficiency and a new generation of economic opportunities. Raúl continues to be a close partner with the labor movement and a strong advocate for workers’  rights in Washington. (Read more)

National Security

Raúl believes that the best policies address the root causes of national and international conflicts rather than exploiting fear or offering a false sense of security. He is concerned that spending hundreds of billions of dollars on unnecessary wars and unproven “security” technology will bankrupt our nation and further divide people, both at home and internationally. Our domestic and foreign policies must occupy the moral high ground and reflect the best of American values: tolerance, inclusiveness, fairness and a commitment to civil rights. (Read more)

Seniors and Retirement

Raúl believes we all owe a commitment to those who spent their lives building the nation we are proud to call home. Seniors should not have to spend their retirement days in poverty. That’s why Raúl is leading the charge to oppose any Social Security cuts. The program doesn’t add to the debt and helps retirees keep a good standard of living. We need to strengthen it, not start hacking away at one of the fundamental agreements between the government and the American people. (Read more)

Veterans and Their Families

When our nation’s political leaders choose to send our men and women to war, they must be prepared to stand up to protect their families’ economic security. Raúl believes the government should stand behind our veterans by ensuring they have the resources to cover their health and economic needs, including fully funding the costs of their physical and mental rehabilitation. Raúl has co-sponsored legislation to improve veteran meeting halls nationwide and values the participation of veterans’ groups in community life all around the country. (Read more)

Rosemont Mine

Augusta Resource Corp., a Canadian mining firm, wants to build the Rosemont Mine in the scenic Santa Rita Mountains outside Tucson. They claim it’s just good business and that they want to bring jobs to the area. Here’s what they’re not telling you. (Read more)

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