Issues

Kathleen is running for Congress to get Washington past its dysfunction and working for Montana again.

Politicians on both sides are too interested in scoring political points against each other rather than getting the job done. Kathleen will bring her experience and independence to Washington to work with people of all political stripes to do what’s right for Montana and America, not the special interests. That's what she did as a state legislator and what she will do in Congress.

We must restore civility, integrity, and stateswomanship to a broken Congress. Kathleen made headway doing that at the state legislature, and will bring that art and skill to Washington. Kathleen believes it’s our responsibility to find practical solutions that are going to help our neighbors now - solutions like the ones she delivered in the legislature.

These are the issues she hears most often from Montanans as she travels the state. See an issue that you want to hear more about, or have a question? Join us at one of our events and ask Kathleen. You can see a list of our events here.

GROWING AND DIVERSIFYING OUR ECONOMY

The economy has been recovering from the Great Recession since 2011. A high stock market might be great for some, but it masks the struggles of others. Everyone deserves a fair shot at their American dream. Kathleen was first elected to the Montana Legislature just after the Great Recession and got to work right away. 

GETTING PEOPLE THE HEALTHCARE THEY NEED

All Americans deserve access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Healthcare is personal for Kathleen. When she was 11, her mother started to lose her memory. It was early-onset Alzheimer’s; she was only 49. Her father and Kathleen became her mother’s caregivers for eight years until she passed away. Kathleen knows what a healthcare crisis can do to a family. As Kathleen travels the state talking with Montanans, she knows it is unacceptable that some pay $2,000 a month with a $10,000 deductible; or sacrifice food or utilities to pay for medicine.

PROTECTING MONTANA’S ENVIRONMENT AND OUTDOOR HERITAGE 

Our outdoor heritage helps make Montana “The Last Best Place,” but that heritage is under threat. Private lands are less accessible for hunting and fishing. Our climate is changing; our snowpack melts out earlier; our fire seasons are longer; and stress on our waterways is continuing to increase.

FIGHTING FOR RURAL MONTANA

Kathleen has a deep commitment to rural Montana. For much of her career, she has worked with farmers and ranchers to resolve water rights issues, help diversify their incomes, tell the story of good work being done on the land, ensure Farm Bill programs work for Montana, and address predator conflicts. 

REBUILDING A BROKEN CONGRESS SO IT WORKS FOR US

Politicians everywhere talk about addressing political corruption. The difference is that Kathleen has actually done it. Washington is full of too many lobbyists, professional politicians, and special interests who make it even harder to get things done.

STRENGTHENING OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM

A critical gateway to opportunity is a strong public education system. Kathleen is proud to be the product of public schools: K-12 and degrees from two land grant universities. Although much of education policy and funding is determined at the local and state levels, the federal government has an important role to play.

ADVOCATING FOR INDIAN COUNTRY

Tribal heritage in Montana is rich in culture and history. The proud Native people who live in reservation and urban communities share a strong sense of family and being there for one another. To preserve these values and history we must respect tribal sovereignty and ensure federal policy incorporates tribal interests. Too often, our government makes misguided policies on behalf of our Native communities without meaningful consultation. It’s far past time that America’s promise for security and opportunity is shared by all.

HONORING OUR VETERANS, SERVICEMEMBERS, AND THEIR FAMILIES

Fighting for our veterans, servicemembers, and their families is personal for Kathleen. Montana has one of the highest proportions of veterans in the country. Kathleen’s father served in World War II. Her late husband, Tom, was a Vietnam-era veteran, and later served as a civilian advisor in Iraq. She was born in an Army hospital and their family goods and groceries came from the commissary and PX. Her military family background forges Kathleen’s commitment to our service members. We must provide the services they need and the opportunities they deserve.