China and currency manipulation
China currently has their currency pegged to a basket of six other currencies, which allows them to increase their purchasing power for U.S. goods. This is often referred to as "currency manipulation". As these six currencies fluctuate, the Chinese Yuan fluctuates accordingly (the purchasing power is constant). They can purchase dollars for very cheap, and in turn, purchase U.S. made products for a lot cheaper than we can with our own money. In conjunction with several of his peers in Congress, Tim introduced H.R. 2378 - The Currency Reform and Fair Trade Act, to help bring the currency markets to a more level playing field. This bi-partisan legislation will remove all unfair disadvantages that the U.S. and the U.S. consumers face. Read more about H.R. 2378
Over 45,000,000 Americans are uninsured. No one in America should have to declare bankruptcy because they can't afford to pay their medical bills. Premiums should not be increasing at a rate six times the rate of our GDP (18% vs. appx. 3% GDP growth). On a World Health Organization scorecard, Americans are the unhealthiest. In the 17th District, there are 72,000 uninsured individuals. With health-care reform, we can help prevent 1,660 families escape bankruptcy due to medical bills. This new legislation is absolutely necessary for the long-term sustainability of our well-being as a people, a great nation and the leader in economic growth for years to come in the 21st century.
Additional Readings: The Brookings Institute, an independent non-partisan research organization, has constructed a plan to prevent long-term cost increases in the healthcare system. Surprisingly, there is a lot of carryover with Obama has introduced. Read the full report (PDF) by the Brookings Institute.
Women's reproductive health
We must trust women and families—not politicians—to make the best decision for their lives as it relates to reproductive rights & abortion. This not a partisan issue, but instead a personal one. There are many factors involved when a woman decides to end a pregnancy, and over the past 14 years in political office, I have gained a deeper understanding of the complexities and emotions that accompany the difficult decisions that women and families make when confronted with these situations. I’ve heard firsthand from women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic backgrounds about the circumstances and hardships that come with this personal choice, which we should not judge.
Making college more affordable - The Ryan Amendment
The Ryan Amendment was introduced to reduce the cost of textbooks available to students on campuses across America by starting a rental program. Instead of buying a textbook, you rent it for a third of the cost. As a college student, there is absolutely nothing worse than buying a textbook for upward of $120, only to realize you can't sell it back at the end of the semester. Tuition has been increasing, and the Ryan Amendment it helping to ease that burden. The Amendment authorized up to $50,000,000 over two years to fund about 10 pilot programs across America. This money gives schools the start-up costs necessary to facilitate these programs. The Amendment passed without any objection from his peers.