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Since the 2020 election, we've had some big successes, including sending the American Rescue Plan Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to President Biden's desk. These legislative victories are responsible for everything from the Child Tax Credit, to almost a billion dollars in transit funding for North Carolina.

Alma On The Issues

Standing Up For Women

I will always fight for a woman’s right to choose and the right to privacy.  Reproductive issues are medical issues, and they should be kept private between a woman and her doctor.  Despite all our progress, women are still fighting for equal health care, equal pay, equal representation, equal respect, and equal rights.  

When the Supreme Court struck down Roe, it took reproductive health care decisions from women.  I will continue to fight to ensure women’s rights are restored and protected.  I also support legislation that would provide paid family and medical leave benefits, making it easier for women to return to work particularly after the pandemic.

Improving Public Education and Higher Education

As a retired educator, I have seen first-hand the impact a great education can have on a young person’s life.  I will always be a champion for public schools, our teachers, our children and our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. I want to make sure our HBCUs not only survive but thrive.  That’s why in 2019 I sponsored and introduced H.R. 5363, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act that permanently provides funding totaling $255 million a year for all Minority-Serving Institutions, including $85 million for HBCUs.    

In 2023, I introduced The IGNITE HBCU Excellence Act, which would be an historic investment in Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions nationwide and would provide the necessary infrastructure improvements at our HBCUs.

Fighting for Better Healthcare

Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”  The United States has the worst maternal health outcomes, including mortality and morbidity, out of all other developed nations. Black women are three to four times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related complication compared to white women.  That’s why I co-founded the Black Maternal Health Caucus and why I’m fighting for the Momnibus, a package of 13 bills focused on improving maternal health outcomes and closing the disparity gap. 

I also support a single-payer health care system and have fought for several decades to ensure North Carolina expansion of Medicaid.