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U.S. House, District 1

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    Shirley McKellar
    (Dem)

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What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

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Education Texas Woman's University-Nursing University of Texas-Community Health Nursing. Doctorate-Columbus University University of Texas-Political Science
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There has been an ongoing discussion about Medicaid Expansion and how we can best implement affordable healthcare coverage for thousands of uninsured Texans. As a past healthcare provider, one of my primary concerns is to have a health Texas; when we have healthy citizens, they are happier employees who are able to work. Happy employees increases our work production which improves the whole person and our tax base. This complex issue impacts the ability for Texans to be successfully regarding employment. Healthcare must become more cost-effective in order for all of us to have healthcare and promote preventive medicine.
Texas ranks about 36th out of the 50 states nationally per-student in our educational spending system. That places us about $2300 below the national average. Texas is not a poor state and we have a large reserve in our Rainy Day Fund. We must invest more resources in our children from early childhood all the way to college. Our students must be able to compete with other students around the world, therefore, we must invest into their future. Education is ongoing and it must begin at impressionable ages and featured throughout our lives. We will certainly benefit from investing into our children's future.
We absolutely have a problem with gun violence in Texas and America. Reducing firearm access to youth and individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others is paramount. We must hold the gun industry accountable and ensure that there are adequate people overseeing the marketing and the sales of weapons and ammunition. I am 100% in favor of citizens protecting their property however, we must keep weapons under lock and key. We must include responsible gun dealers and owners in helping us solve the problem. As a retired military, we had mandatory training and this should be required of owners.

Since the Trump Administration repealed the Affordable Care Act with his Republican-controlled Congress, he is trying to dismantling the law with a risky practice. They are asking a court to throw out major elements, including hugely popular provisions that protect sick people from being denied health insurance or charged higher rates. Pre-existing conditions can price a family right out of insurance therefore, they could become uninsured. With that being said, government must get involved in order for us to have a healthy and happy country.
1. Investment. Faster population growth makes the choice more scarce between higher consumption now and the investment needed to bring higher consumption in the future. Economic development depends upon investment which becomes limited during rapid growth. Therefore, rapid population growth retards investment needed for greater future consumption. 2. Overuse of Resources: Our food production decreases and agriculture can not keep up the growth. 3. Urbanisation: The need for energy and water increases and production decreases.
The missing conversation is the cost of deploying eleven mission people back to their home land. I believe we continue to tie up resources and time discussing a problem that we are never going to own. The funding is not there therefore, we should end this conversation by adopting a policy for those eleven million and then enforce the laws which are on the books. We have a process according to our Constitution so, carry out the policies.
When I was 4 years of age in Early Childhood Education Academy, I lived with my godmother Monday through Friday to attend the Kiddie Kollege. My godmother and teacher, Ms. Marthalean Choice, had a sister who was diagnosed with cancer. Ms. Choice would pick me up from school, make dinner, study homework, practice piano lessons and pack our overnight bag to spend the night at her sister's home. She would take care of her sister during the night; change her, rub her back and turn her to prevent broken skin. I would wake with her, get the blue pad that she placed underneath her, get the lotion and the supplies needed to care for her. I would place the soil things away and we would go back down for more sleep. By age 5 years I told her that I was going to be a nurse. Ms. Choice told me I was a great helper and I would make a fine nurse some day. I lived with her five days per week for two years during school time. I knew I would become a nurse.