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Many of Georgia’s 10 Congressional District communities are in need and deserve someone who is going to represent them. Georgia Republicans care about maintaining power and business ties, not families.

 

Georgia has the ninth highest poverty rate, the fourth highest uninsured rate, and the highest rate of maternal mortality in the entire country. To turn this around, we are committed to our campaign of Hatching Hope, Help and the “Pursuit of Happiness” for everyday Georgians.

I am proud to share some of our core campaign values and policy ideas.

HEALTHCARE
FOR ALL

The American healthcare system needs an overhaul.

Healthcare is a Human Right.

The United States should join the rest of the free world in declaring that healthcare is a basic human right. We are the richest country on Earth and no one should accumulate massive debt simply because they need care at the hospital.

HATCHER INITIATIVE: Medicare For All should be passed into law. This legislation will provide healthcare — including vision, dental, and mental health benefits — to all Americans while eliminating out-of-pocket expenses like copays and deductibles. Working families will no longer have to fight on the phone with their insurer or ration medicine to get by.

In addition, Women’s Right To Choose should be an individual choice. We must pass legislation that ensures real access to birth control and that ensures women — and women alone — have rights over their own bodies.

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voting
RIGHTs

An attack on voting rights is an attack on Democracy!

Nothing is more fundamental to our country than fair and free elections, yet too many states make voting hard, if not impossible. The Georgia SB1 bill threatens the right for black and brown people to cast their ballots. Georgia recently purged 100,000 people from the voter rolls, often without warning or reason. The Federal Government is suing the State of Georgia over these targeted voter suppression efforts.

HATCHER INITIATIVE: Election Day should be a national holiday.  

In addition, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act 2021” should be passed into law. This legislation would expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics. 

Congress should also use their constitutional “power of the purse” to help states adequately finance federal elections. This means state-of-the-art voting equipment, training resources for poll workers, and funds to facilitate both expanded early voting and same-day voter registration.

 

SAFETY & SOCIAL JUSTICE

No More George Floyds or Breonna Taylors. We need Officer Friendly back.

Many police officers are dedicated to their oath of being Peace Officers. We must incorporate the community in policing. The police need to be supported by the community. We also must create laws that decriminalize things like possession and non-violent crimes, and get rid of the for-profit prison model that generates companies billions of dollars in annual revenue.

Institutionalized racism exists in this country and nowhere is this more apparent than our criminal justice system. Black Americans are more likely than whites to be arrested, charged, wrongfully convicted, or given longer prison sentences — for the exact same crimes. And Latinx adults are 3 times more likely to be incarcerated than whites.  The United States has 5% of the world’s people, yet nearly 20% of the world’s prison population.

HATCHER INITIATIVE:

We must pass the “George Floyd Act.”

We must retrain how police and prosecutors engage with our communities. We should also reform the cash bail system, close for-profit prisons, and decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. We also must also devote more resources to in-prison rehabilitation so that people have more opportunities to become productive members of society upon release.

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jobs CREATION
your deserve a good paying job!

Georgia’s 10th Congressional District has plenty of land for the creation of new and innovative industries with good paying jobs. The jobs of the future will require new design, new construction, and new manufacturing of new infrastructure and component parts.

 

Hatcher Solution:

Support President Biden’s Made in America Tax Plan to make sure corporations pay their fair share in taxes and encourage job creation at home. And his American Jobs Plan that will upgrade our nation’s infrastructure, revitalize manufacturing, invest in basic research and science, shore up supply chains, and solidify the safekeeping of our infrastructure.

District 10 residents can have good paying jobs now and will pay off for future generations by leaving the country more competitive and our communities stronger.

 

EDUCATION
for all

Every child deserves a great education.

  • If the COVID-19 pandemic taught us anything, we learned that doing a teacher’s job is essential to society in more ways than one.

  • We have to bring the children back to school safely. We have to get the students caught up from missing a full in-person school year.

  • We have to pay our teachers what they are worth. 

Things are even worse in rural areas where lower property taxes lead to even fewer resources. There is a large void of good internet, school counselors, and access to computers.

College costs have increased by 400% since 2000, burying students in an avalanche of debt. And vocational and technical schools are being squeezed at the margins at a time when the challenges of science, technology, and climate change suggest we need them now more than ever.

HATCHER INITIATIVE:

Schools are the cornerstones of our communities. The federal government should partner with states to ensure that all schools have adequate funding, regardless of their location. Restrictions on grants should be eased so rural schools have the freedom to spend the money on what they actually need, not what the government tells them they need. 

In addition, the federal government should commit to providing every child in public schools with breakfast and lunch — for free. One in six children in America don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

When I was growing up in Georgia, the two-year colleges were free. The next generation will have to create the next industries and compete against automation for jobs. We will need a technologically advanced workforce to compete with countries like China and India.  We need them to be able to pursue work that benefits the public good.

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infrastructure

Building Back Better is the answer

There is no doubt that rapid and significant population growth in Georgia is straining the existing infrastructure. What we do not know is how much more growth current infrastructure can stand and how it will be paid for.

Hatcher initiative:

Support President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. The President’s plan will ensure that these investments produce good-quality jobs with strong labor standards, prevailing wages, and a free and fair choice to join a union and bargain collectively. These investments will advance racial equity by providing better jobs and better transportation options to underserved communities. These investments also will extend opportunities to small businesses to participate in the design, construction, and manufacturing of new infrastructure and component parts.

Which could also bring the Southeast High-Speed Rail Corridor route through Georgia’s 10th Congressional District and bring lots of opportunity for the district.

 

  

climate change
we only have one planet!

The science is conclusive; climate change is real. We finally have an administration that understands the urgency of protecting the ONLY planet we have.  

 

Hatcher Initiative:

We must support the “Build Back Better” plan proposed by President Biden. The series of legislation with the plan would spur massive growth in clean manufacturing, build smart power grids, and rein in corporate polluters. In the 10th District we would see an explosion of green energy jobs that would help our rural economies thrive and prosper like never before. 

President Biden rejoining the Paris Climate Accord will be beneficial to the United States. We have to revamp the EPA, it’s only goal should be to protect our environment.  Which means no more drilling in National Parks, no more polluting our lakes, streams, oceans and wetlands, and end fracking.  By taking these pivotal steps we stop the damage we’re doing to the planet. We can then focus on protecting the planet for the next generations. 

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PHYLLIS HATCHER
INITIATIVE

The corporate income tax rate should be raised so working families don’t pay more in taxes than Amazon, Exxon, and the 60 other corporations that paid ZERO Federal Income Taxes in 2018. 

We must pass the “For The People Act,” which would raise the National Minimum Wage to $15, and the “Protecting The Right To Organize Act,” which would restore fairness to the economy by strengthening federal laws that protect workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages and better benefits.

We must extend the child tax credit, expanded in the “American Rescue Plan,” which is set to reduce child poverty by 45% in the United States. Changes to the CTC will make 17-year-olds eligible, provide monthly advanced payments, and extend the CTC to Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.

Finally, we must expand rural broadband, so all Georgians can have a chance to compete in today’s economy.  Rural broadband will ensure small businesses, entrepreneurs, and people in the freelance economy all have the same chance to thrive.

 
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Economy
OUR ECONOMY SHOULD
BENEFIT EVERYDAY GEORGIANS,
NOT A SELECTED FEW.

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” promised better jobs and better pay. It has allowed Big Corporations to buy back their stocks and pay their Board Executives large bonuses.

 

None of the money “trickled down.” In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an analysis found 45 of the 50 biggest U.S. Companies turned a profit. Yet, the majority of the firms cut staff and gave the bulk of profits to shareholders.

In addition, the corporate income tax rate that was slashed by 15% is permanent, while the marginal tax cut passed along to working families expires in 2027. We need an economy that works for everyone, not just the rich.

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GUNS RIGHTS

Gun violence has to stop because no place is safe – mass shootings, gang shootings, drug shootings, accidental shootings, suicide shootings, vendetta shootings… it is ALL too much.

 

The overwhelming majority of Americans agree there should be a background check for every gun purchase. And in Georgia, approximately 78% approve of raising the minimum age from 18 to 21 to purchase an automatic weapon. Gun ownership is a fundamental right, but action must be taken in order to prevent more school shootings from happening in the future. 

So far this year, we have suffered 272 mass shootings, according to the Gun Violence Archive. The total number of mass shootings is about 40% higher than at this point in 2020, and about 65% higher than at this point in 2019, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive.

HATCHER INITIATIVE: 

Pass gun violence legislation that expands background checks and eliminates the gun show loophole. Pass gun violence legislation that prevents the mentally ill or those convicted of domestic violence from being able to purchase guns. Pass gun violence legislation that raises the minimum age for buying an assault weapon from 18 to 21. Pass gun violence legislation that states unequivocally protects our communities. 

 
 

women's rights

Phyllis Hatcher supports legal abortion. and funding programs that give women the autonomy over their reproductive decisions.

Hatcher's Initiative:

I believe that women, not the government, should control the private, personal, and complex decision whether to terminate a pregnancy.

In the Senate, I will only vote to confirm federal judges who pledge to uphold Roe v. Wade and protect the right to choose.

Doctor Office
 
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veterans

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 30 percent of Vietnam veterans have had PTSD at some point in their lifetime. Between 11 percent and 20 percent of veterans who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year.

I will support the following organizations to help our veterans or any other organization that

will help Veterans with PTSD

  • Wounded Warrior Project: This non-profit aims to help U.S. veterans and service members who experienced a physical or mental injury on or after September 11, 2001. Wounded Warrior Project hosts programs, promotes community, and offers help to former military navigating civilian life.

  • Veterans Crisis Line: If you are a veteran in crisis, or you have a loved one who is, the Veterans Crisis Line can connect you with caring, qualified responders with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

  • National Center for PTSD: Also part of the VA, the National Center for PTSD provides numerous resources and information for veterans with PTSD, as well as family members and healthcare providers.

Also, I will continue to support the Honoring American Veterans in Extreme Need Act (or "HAVEN Act"), which provides disabled veterans with bankruptcy protections.

 
Teenagers

immigration
Dilemma

Phyllis Hatcher supports a pathway to citizenship for all children and young adults who were raised in the United States, but face deportation at age 21.

The legislation, called the America’s Children Act, was introduced after the House on September 15, 2021 advanced the text of a sweeping $3.5 trillion spending plan that would also write into law a pathway to citizenship for the same group, known as documented Dreamers.

 

They are young people who moved in the country legally until age 21 as the dependents of parents who hold nonimmigrant visas. But many never qualify for permanent residency. And some that are eligible for green cards as children get stuck in the vast green card backlog and are unable to gain residency before they turn 21 and are kicked out of line.

Congress and the U.S. Senate should indicate broad bipartisan support in both chambers for documenting Dreamers following a year-long push for them to be included in an immigration overhaul.

"For too long, young immigrants, who have been raised and educated here as Americans, have been forced to leave the country we call home,” said Dip Patel, the founder of Improve the Dream, an organization that advocates for documented Dreamers. “The introduction of America’s Children Act means so much to thousands of us who have only known America as their home.”

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, a program introduced by President Obama in 2012, which protects about 650,000 young immigrants from deportation, requires applicants to be undocumented, leaving out documented Dreamers.

Under the proposed legislation, at least 200,000 young adults who have lived in the United States for at least 10 years on a valid visa and have graduated from an institution of higher education would be eligible for permanent residence.

It was not until he was in high school that Mr. Patel realized that his dependent visa would expire when he turned 21, complicating his future. An E-2 visa is one that can be renewed endlessly, but it does not offer a pathway to citizenship.

“It’s such a little-known thing,” said Mr. Patel. “Most Americans don’t even know that it’s possible for someone, an immigrant child, to be brought here under a legal status but still not have a path to citizenship.”

(Source The New York Times)