Our nation has long been sustained by the hard work and spirit of its farmers. Delaware, in particular, has a long history as an agricultural state, and the quality of our produce, poultry, and grain products is well known both regionally and globally. From Sussex County’s vibrant poultry industry to fresh bananas shipped through the Port of Wilmington, Delaware plays a vital role in feeding America’s families.
Our country’s Constitution and federal laws contain critical protections that form the foundation of our inclusive society – the right to be free from discrimination, the freedom to worship as we choose, the right to vote for our elected representatives, the protections of due process, the right to privacy. We must vigilantly protect these rights and work to expand their reach.
To strengthen our nation’s economic prosperity, we must invest in its future. That means supporting teachers, protecting our most disadvantaged students, helping low-income families save for college, and ensuring that higher education prepares students for success.
Both energy and the environment are key elements of our everyday lives. We need energy to power our homes, businesses, transportation systems, electronic devices, and more. However, we must also be careful stewards of our natural resources so that we have enough to meet our needs in the present while also planning for the future.
All Americans—regardless of race, gender, or background—deserve the opportunity to earn a secure middle-class life. We must create more American jobs, help workers find pathways to those jobs, and improve the pay and benefits offered to American workers.
America can and should play a leading role around the world. The United States must remain globally engaged and utilize our diplomatic, military, economic, and moral power to safeguard our security, ensure our national interests, and advance our values.
The 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act represented a milestone in the expansion of access to quality, affordable health care for all Americans and the development of long-needed protections for those with pre-existing conditions. We should improve upon the landmark reform law and continue to build a strong foundation for a healthy future.
Our nation’s law enforcement officers are on the front lines of keeping our communities safe, and they should have the full resources they need to carry out their missions. It is critical to find new ways that the federal government can better assist law enforcement agencies at the state and local level and share best practices.
America is the most innovative country on the planet. To stay at the top, innovation must be supported by strong intellectual property laws that encourage and reward research and development and that penalize and deter IP theft.
The hallmark of our nation's economy has long been that anyone with creativity, ambition, and a good work ethic can realize their dreams and move America forward. Yet while our culture of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit remain strong, the United States faces stiff competition abroad.
Congress must ensure that veterans have access to quality, affordable health care and that military retirees receive their promised retirement benefits.