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Meet Carol H Iannuzzi
I am a native Texan and graduated from Dickinson (TX) High School. I received a bachelor of science degree in Accounting from Rutgers University. I spent most of my professional career in the energy, electric utility, and information technology industries working with lawyers on commercial contracts/agreements. I retired from HP Enterprise Services (a division of Hewlett-Packard company) as a Senior Contracts Negotiator in 2012 in order to have more time with my aging parents. I have resided in Lewisville, Texas for the past 22 years and have an adult son, Sam, who lives nearby. My mom, a retired Biology and Marine Science high school teacher, lives with me.
My dad, Donald D. Higbee, was a Methodist minister for over a decade before we settled in Dickinson, Texas. As a minister, he was active with other ministers during the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Dad then became a high school government teacher in Pearland, Texas and was active in politics as a Democratic Precinct Chair for many years. My parents and I attended Representative Michael Burgess’ town hall meeting in 2017 in Flower Mound, Texas. It was heartbreaking to hear so many of his constituents tell their stories of why they need healthcare coverage for pre-existing conditions. Representative Burgess has voted many times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), which would take away healthcare coverage for his constituents and for millions of others.
When my dad passed away in 2017, I felt the activist baton had indeed been passed to me. I have been a Democratic Precinct Chair in Lewisville and desire to be an advocate for effective legislation to address issues that resonate with my constituents. I am running for office in the U.S. House of Representatives (TX26) with a vision of a future where all have equitable human rights with legislative support at the federal level. As a candidate, I plan to continue with listening tours to hear from many people as to the issues that are of concern in their lives.
As your representative and legislator, I will work hard in Congress for legislation to protect and strengthen Healthcare/Medicare and Social Security programs in conjunction with tax reform legislation. I will support legislation to address other areas of major concern for my constituents such as: mental health issues, environmental/climate change, human rights, and student loan debt.
"ALL Humans" - Carol Iannuzzi (US Congressional)
"Running With Dad" - Carol Iannuzzi (US Congressional
I am passionate about bringing meaningful support for Human Rights to federal legislation. Regardless of economic status, human biology/anatomy, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or any other identifying label(s), we are ALL Human! How Human/Person/Individual is legally defined and used throughout legislation is very important and necessary to provide legally equitable access to products and services.
Our nation’s laws are designed to protect against discrimination however they have fallen short. While many would agree that Humans are complex, I believe we have reached a point in time where we need more science and biological terminology at our federal level of legislation to enhance and strengthen/protect Human Rights for ALL, not just in North Texas but throughout our country.
I'm passionate that the inherent worth and dignity of every human/person be preserved. As your representative and legislator, I will work hard toward authoring, introducing, and passing a legislative solution that will once and for all bring more significant legislative meaning to the phrase “Human Rights”.
Women’s Rights are an important component of the overall landscape of Human Rights and are a high priority for me.
Pres. Donald J. Trump, Michael Burgess, and several Republicans in Congress continue to attack Planned Parenthood. I will work to protect the Title X Family Planning Program and access to affordable reproductive health services. I will support policies to encourage access to contraception. I will support a woman’s right to choose and control her own life decisions -- Human Rights.
President Trump and Representative Michael Burgess' (TX26) intentional actions have repeatedly tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act or ACA (a.k.a Obamacare) which would take healthcare coverage away from millions of Americans. The ACA provides access to healthcare for those with pre-existing conditions and allows young adults to stay on a parent’s health insurance plan until they are 26 years old. The ACA provides a framework that we can build on by protecting and expanding our healthcare markets. I will support expansion of healthcare markets through an option that allows Americans to buy in to Medicare. This would lower costs by allowing competition with the private insurers. Those that want to keep existing employer health insurance plans can do so. I will support legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies to lower prescription drug prices and therefore lower the prescription costs for Americans. Additionally, I will support legislation to protect and expand Medicaid. Many Texans, particularly the elderly, children and the disabled depend on Medicaid for their healthcare coverage.
Greenhouse gas emissions are released into our environment by five main sources: electricity generation, agriculture, manufacturing, transportation, and buildings.
Part of the solution to reducing these emissions so harmful to our environment is to invest in innovation for all five of the main sources. The goal being to innovate without destroying the climate. We need breakthrough inventions.
As your representative in Congress, I will support policies that promote public and private investment to encourage innovation in developing clean and renewable sources of energy - such as wind and solar. Texas is the top state in wind energy production and the only state to have its own electrical grid. We need to invest in reducing the harmful impact of current energy sources.
Cutting waste is a really important strategy for cutting carbon emissions during building construction and can also save builders money. The main strategies for this are known as the three Rs of waste management – reduce, reuse, recycle.
As your representative in Congress, I will support rejoining the Paris Climate Accords, as well as continuing to cooperate with the international community to combat global climate change. Additionally, I will support the independence of both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to ensure they are able to carry out their mission to preserve our environment and keep our communities safe.
Security and Jobs
Security and Jobs
Medicare and Social Security are federal programs for our seniors that need to be protected. These are earned benefits that seniors have paid into the programs throughout their lives. As your representative and legislator, I will legislate to protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security because North Texans should be able to retire with the knowledge that these federal programs will be there for them.
Increasing automation has dramatically changed the workforce needs of the modern American economy. For North Texans, I will support investing in vocational training in our high schools and community colleges, creating and promoting apprenticeship programs, and finally, addressing the cost of higher education.
Instead of enormous tax breaks for the largest corporations, we should offer tax breaks and expand access to capital and investment for our small businesses in North Texas. Additionally, we need better paying jobs. I will advocate for raising the minimum wage, in graduated steps, and index it to inflation. Everyone working full time should be able to take care of their family.
As a daughter of retired high school teachers and a parent, I understand many of the concerns or issues with public education from both perspectives -- students and educators.
During the last legislative session, Rep. Michael Burgess got an “F” on the National Education Association’s legislative report card, reflecting his poor record of support for public education and educators.
Teachers need to be supported throughout their careers by offering incentives like scholarships and loan forgiveness as well as paying them a competitive salary.
Investment in early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make as a country. Access to early learning is critical for the development of children throughout their lifetime. Additionally, access to pre-K is important for families looking for affordable, safe childcare. We need to support students by providing an opportunity to learn computer science, coding and vocational training in our high schools and community colleges.
We must also make it easier for college students and recent graduates to pay off their student loan debt by allowing undergraduate borrowers to refinance debt at the same rates offered to new borrowers in their student loan program.
Gun Violence Prevention
Gun Violence Prevention
I am a Native Texan and have respect for individuals’ rights to the 2nd Amendment. As a mom, the thought of children in schools or in the interfaith communities not being safe is unacceptable to me.
In Congress, I will work to:
Require criminal background checks on every gun sale: Background checks protect the rights of responsible gun owners and save lives. Loopholes in our current laws allow felons, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill to avoid background checks by buying guns, often online, from sellers who are not required by federal law to run background checks. Background checks are the best way to ensure folks who are a danger to themselves or others are not able to legally purchase firearms.
Keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals and domestic abusers: A woman is five times more likely to die if a gun is present in a domestic violence situation. We must close loopholes that allow abusive dating partners or spouses, and individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor stalking to purchase guns.
Keep weapons of war off our streets. I applaud the swift action by the government of New Zealand that banned military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines following mass shootings. We can do this here in America!
Support Red Flag laws. An individual deemed a risk to themselves or others should not have access to firearms. Additionally, there are multiple examples of warning signs with individuals who have committed mass shootings. Red flag laws give family members and law enforcement officials the ability to temporarily restrict access to firearms to individuals who are at risk. This bipartisan solution can and will save lives.
Support firearm research: I support appropriately funding the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so it can perform research into mental health issues. We want research to help identify the appropriate policies to aid in the prevention of gun violence.
According to the World Health Organization:
Disabilities is an umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations. Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which that person lives.
Like many families, my own family has dealt with disabilities that are associated with the aging process and with autism. It is obvious to me after listening to others and researching more on existing laws and federal programs that more support is required at the federal level.
In Congress, I will:
1. Work to expand and protect funding for Disability-Related Laws. 2. Support educational programs to promote awareness of prejudice and discrimination toward people with disabilities. 3. Support Universal Design, access and inclusivity 4. Support legislation to protect and expand Medicaid, a program the disabled depend on for their healthcare coverage.
My Granddad, Captain David D. Higbee, served in the Merchant Marines and was active during World War I, II, and the Korean War. My dad, Donald D. Higbee, served in the naval reserve for four years and was placed on active duty for two years during the Korean War. Dad was stationed in Washington, DC. Fortunately, neither one had to rely on veteran disability claims.
For those who are not as fortunate, the Veterans Administration Department (VA) pays monthly disability benefits according to the severity of an eligible veteran’s service-connected injury or illness. Based on evidence in the veteran’s claim, including service and medical records, a VA claims evaluator assigns a disability rating in 10 percent increments (10%, 20%, 30% etc.). A 100% disability rating means the individual is totally disable and is eligible for the highest amount of basic monthly compensation.
The VA can call for reevaluation of a veteran’s claim at any point. This should be done every two to five years, depending on a veteran’s stated medical conditions. However, many disabled veterans never hear about or receive a rating reevaluation. Many veterans must request one when it's apparent to them and their doctor that their condition has gotten significantly worse.
As a result, too many disabled veterans who receive VA benefits receive less money than they should because their VA disability rating is too low. For some, their rating and benefit have always been lower than they should be.
In Congress, I will support federal legislation for improvements to the Veterans Administration Department including the disability claims evaluation, rating, and benefits processes as mentioned above.
Animal rights is an issue that crosses party and ideological lines.
In Congress, I will work to ban animal fighting, including dog-fighting and cockfighting, everywhere in the U.S.
In Congress, I will support legislation to ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption.
In Congress, I will support legislation to enhance or upgrade standards of care for puppy mills and other large-scale breeding operations.
In Congress, I will support a federal law to ban the sale of dog and cat meat in the United States.
With the support of Representative Michael Burgess, President Trump cut economic aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. These are countries where many families are fleeing. Cutting aid like this only exasperates the migration flow, which is nothing less than cruel and inhumane. Many of those migrating north are escaping areas where crops have been devastated due to climate change or environmental degradation. Many are seeking safety from gang violence and an opportunity for a better life. We currently have people, many families, (not “animals” and “criminals” as Trump has repeatedly referred to in a dehumanizing manner) being held at our southern border far longer than they should while waiting for due process under the law. Families should never be separated at the border. They are humans and should have human rights. Our current immigration system is broken and needs immediate action to fix it.
In Congress, I will work to keep our borders and communities secure.
In Congress, I will fight to pass a DREAM act to ensure those that came to our country as a child can find citizenship. Additionally, those that are working hard, contributing to our economy and obeying the law should have a pathway to earned citizenship.
In Congress, I will work to hold employers who knowingly hire and exploit undocumented workers accountable for their actions.