Candidate: Georgene Louis

Candidate’s Website: georgenefornm.com

Section 1
Candidate’s Responses to Yes-or-No Questions, with Optional Comments

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1. Do you support the platform of the Democratic Party of New Mexico in full?

Yes.

2. Will you co-sponsor the Green New Deal?

Yes.

3. Do you support a ban on manufacture, sales, and ownership of assault weapons (large magazine, fast rate of fire)?

Yes.

4. Will you co-sponsor Medicare for All?

Yes.

5. Do you support statehood for Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico?

Yes.

6. Do you support federal funding for paid sick leave?

Yes.

7. Do you support the abolition of private prisons?

Yes.

8. Do you support public financing of federal campaigns to eliminate corporate donations and PACs?

Yes.

9. Do you unconditionally support all legislation to grant budgetary increases for the New Mexico federally-funded laboratories? If not, please explain your conditions.

Yes.

10. Do you support repealing the Hyde Amendment to allow abortion coverage for federally-funded health care recipients, including people enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, Indian Health Services, and people in immigration detention facilities and prisons?

Yes.

11. Do you support the cancellation of all student loan debt?

Yes.

12. Do you support universal, federally-funded child care?

Yes.

13. Do you support free public universities and colleges, including career and technical education?

Yes.

14. Do you support legalizing recreational cannabis and providing amnesty for all nonviolent drug offenders?

Yes.

15. Do you support fully funding the Indian Health Services and expanding services?

Yes.

16. Do you support a real path to citizenship for undocumented people living in the United States?

Yes.

17. Los Alamos National Lab is making plutonium pits (the core) for nuclear weapons. As a U.S. representative, you can ask for a site-wide environmental impact statement. Would you do that?

Yes.

18. In 2018, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced a bill to end the U.S. military's participation in Saudi Arabia’s war in the Republic of Yemen, a war that has not been authorized by Congress. Do you support this bill?

Yes.

19. In 2020, Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would cut the Pentagon budget by 10% and take the savings to create a domestic federal grant program to fund health care, housing, childcare and educational opportunities for cities and towns experiencing a poverty rate of 25% or more. Do you support this amendment?

Yes.

20. In view of the revelations from Edward Snowden that the federal intelligence apparatus is surveilling, without warrant, the lawful communications of millions of U.S. residents, do you favor Congressional hearings that would investigate these privacy concerns?

Yes.

Section 2
Candidate’s Responses to Questions

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1. Give us examples that demonstrate your past work to advance progressive values.

Some of my legislative highlights include:

Creating Jobs – I fight for the everyday worker by co-sponsoring legislation to raise the minimum wage. To spur job creation and fight poverty I sponsored HB 262 and allocated $200,000 in seed funding to support the creation and development of the first native women's business institute in New Mexico.

Investing in Education – Throughout my career I have advocated for public schools and quality education for all New Mexicans. I co-sponsored HB 87 following the Yazzie Martinez ruling to ensure compliance with the court, and ensure better educational outcomes for all students. I have always voted in favor of investing in early childhood education to give all our kids the tools needed to succeed throughout life.

Supporting a Woman’s Right to Choose – As a staunch supporter of a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions, I sponsored HB 7 to repeal the abortion ban in New Mexico. Additionally I have been endorsed by Planned Parenthood Votes New Mexico in all five of my elections.

Protecting Our Environment – In 2020 I was the proud recipient of the Luminaria Award from Conservation Voters New Mexico. As a consistently top-ranked environmentalist I  will continue to work to ensure that our air, land and water are protected for the present and future generations.

Ending Human/Sex Trafficking - I have sponsored multiple bills against human trafficking to expand the definition of a sex offender, to change current laws so there is no statute of limitation for the crime of human trafficking, to impose mandatory restitution, and increase the age of a child for prosecuting the crime of sexual exploitation by prostitiution.

2. What makes you a more viable candidate than your opponents?

I believe politicians should listen to and look like the people they represent. Being a woman of color from the Acoma Pueblo I have dedicated my career to making life better for working families and our most vulnerable citizens. The opportunities my community, state, and country provided me, I wish to help extend to everyone, as the next Congresswoman from New Mexico.

Like many New Mexicans, I grew up poor. I was a young, single mother, and I struggled to make ends meet. Unlike my opponents, I chose to stay in New Mexico. I have lived my entire life happily in New Mexico, close to my family, our culture, and in service to the communities I know need help.

With an extensive legislative career that bests all of my opponents, I am also a successful attorney and know the law well. In addition to being a skilled lawmaker, my lived experiences are like the people I will represent - more so than any of my opponents.

3. Do you have an executable plan to end fossil fuel extraction on public and tribal lands? If yes, what is it?

Regarding an executable plan to end fossil fuel extraction on public and tribal lands I support the Red Deal. Ultimately my goal is to end fracking and provide funding and incentives to implement renewable energy protects on public and tribal lands.

4. What is your plan to transition the United States to 100% renewable energy?

The complete transition to renewable energy is near, completely possible, and utterly urgent. For models of success, take for instance our neighbor Colorado. The city of Aspen has already transitioned to more than ninety percent renewable energy by using hydroelectric, wind and solar, and geothermal. Five other cities in the U.S. have bested Aspen and operate with nearly all renewable energy. For a tangible transition plan I look to the European Union’s Vision 2050 as a model for ridding our nation of the scourge of oil and gas dependence. As a Congresswoman I know the best way to accomplish this is to push for strong incentives for businesses and individuals to switch to using renewable energy, including incentives to capture remaining CO2 emissions with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).

5. Do you have a plan to close the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay? If yes, what is it, and what would you do with the remaining detainees?

No, I do not have a plan other than to shut it down and return the prisoners to their homes. I fully support the closing of the U.S. detention center in Guantánamo Bay. Aside from the embarrassing avoidance of due process and violations of human rights and the Geneva Convention, Guantánamo should be shut down immediately due to the astronomical cost of imprisoning forty men there. It is estimated that the cost per prisoner is $13 million a year for a $540 million price tag to keep Guantánamo open. Furthermore, military agencies, including the NSA, have unanimously determined the predominately Muslim men incarcerated at the facility should be released. If President Biden will not shut down Guantánamo, then Congress should do their part to lift the unnecessary restrictions on transfer and release.

6. Do you have a substantive plan to increase police accountability? If yes, what is it?

This year has been like no other in spotlighting inequalities faced by people of color vis-à-vis law enforcement. That is why I sponsored the New Mexico Civil Rights Act this year. It shatters the shield of qualified immunity - a loophole exploited by bad actors with badges - by prohibiting its use as a legal defense. I believe every American, regardless of their race or background, deserves fair and equal treatment. My law is elegant in its solution to increasing police accountability. By canceling qualified immunity the so-called bad apples will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It is my hope the Civil Rights Act will also deter those with violent or supremacist tendencies from joining law enforcement

7. Do you have a plan to increase broadband access and affordability in tribal and rural areas? If yes, what is it?

We need a comprehensive plan, but funding, collaboration and commitment are key. We need to ensure that funding is available for tribes and rural governments not only to provide technical assistance and innovative ways for incentivized investments, but also to ensure that cultural sites are not disrupted. We need to work with the FCC, the BIA and other involved agencies to assess impacts and obtain recommendations for overcoming various administrative obstacles. Finally, we need to set benchmarks for success to ensure that broadband access and affordability becomes a reality and not just a plan on paper.

8. It’s been over a year since the Washington Post published the Afghan Papers, a mass trove of secret U.S. government documents that detailed a coordinated effort by the U.S. government, through three presidential administrations, to lie to the American people and their elected leaders, about the war in Afghanistan. What is your position on the U.S. war in Afghanistan?

The war needs to end. Defense production is a scam that benefits the rich. Military recruitment is a scam that preys upon the poor. The defense budget, which comprises more than fifty percent of the U.S. discretionary budget, should be cut drastically. As the great Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” With more conflicts being conducted by drones, and new wave attacks pivoting to cyber and biological warfare, the time has passed for half our discretionary spending to be siphoned off to defense contractors like Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Lockheed Martin. 

9. Is there anything else you would like us to know?

Voter suppression efforts across the country have been revived with a new vigor following the 2020 Presidential election. In neighboring Arizona a new attack is alive, well, and being put forth legislatively. This proposed law would give the Arizona legislature the power to decide presidential elections by overriding the secretary of state’s certification of electoral votes. With Native American votes tipping the scale for Joe Biden and Democrats up and down the ticket last November, I believe an Indigenous woman is needed in Congress to continue the fight to protect and expand voting rights.