Shaun wants everyone to have a fair share deal especially our veterans, seniors and children. It’s her contract with the 2nd Congressional District.


We’re a nation of immigrants. Almost all of us have a family tree dotted with ancestors “yearning to breathe free.” Compassionate immigration reform, free of racism and xenophobia, will go a long way toward making this a more perfect union. Immigration reform must be done in a comprehensive manner to protect U.S. workers and reduce the exploitation of immigrant workers. The most effective way to eliminate the competitive advantage unscrupulous employers gain by hiring undocumented immigrants and captive guest workers is to ensure that all workers — immigrant and native-born — are paid prevailing wages and have the full protection of all labor, health, safety protections and laws.

I support comprehensive immigration reform and strongly advocate keeping undocumented workers’ families together, while creating a road map to citizenship for them. I stand with all who support President Obama's Nov. 20, 2014, immigration executive actions as an important step toward rational, humane enforcement of immigration law. By extending relief and work authorization to an estimated four million people, the Obama administration allowed millions of people to live and work without fear, and afforded them the status to assert their rights on the job.

Immigration reform must include five major, interconnected pieces: • A broad, inclusive roadmap to citizenship. • An independent, professional agency to measure labor shortages and ensure that employers are not bringing foreign workers into the country to displace U.S. workers or to lower industry wages. • An improvement, not expansion, of existing temporary worker programs. • A secure, effective work authorization mechanism that treats workers fairly. • Rational, humane border control measures. No wall.

The Environment and Climate Change


 Global climate change is already here and it’s the single greatest threat facing our planet. Rising sea levels and higher temperatures are just the first warning signs that we — the entire global community — have a problem on our hands that we need to address. It’s a national security problem. By no means, though, is it too late. Our future is not yet written. Sensible, immediate steps to deal with climate change can be taken that will ensure that we bequeath our children a planet that we can all be proud of.

We are on the front line in the coming battle over climate change.Flooding has been a perennial problem for the area, one that will only grow worse — catastrophically so — if left unchecked. It is dangerous for us to have leaders who do believe in climate change, casually tossing around words like “hoax” and “nonsense” when he’s forced to confront the issue. That’s not leadership. For the health of the planet, the public and our economy, our nation must move to a clean energy future. Making the transition requires consistently choosing clean energy sources; reducing carbon emissions; making coal, oil and natural gas meet the strictest pollution standards; and ensuring that we all use energy as efficiently as possible. The United States must be out front on the threat.

Signing on to the Paris Agreement was a good first step. Getting out of the agreement is a tragedy. The U.S made a commitment, and now our role leading the “free world” is in jeopardy. I support legislation to encourage competition in energy production by subsidizing clean energy businesses that produce energy through biofuel, wind, solar, geothermal and hydroelectric sources of power. I will oppose offshore drilling everywhere, this issue is vital to our area and I oppose fracking. I support: · Aggressive policies to reduce carbon pollution and hold fossil fuel polluters. accountable for their pollution. · Investments and incentives for clean energy. · Keeping dirty fuels in the ground. · Investment in green transportation options. · Clean, not dirty energy with our investments abroad. · Ensuring that trade agreements do not undermine our power to address climate change. · Making sure that climate solutions are just and protect our most vulnerable communities.


Health care is a universal right.

Health care is a right, not a privilege. Universal Health care is the solution.Too many Americans are blindsided by medical expenses not covered by insurance in their pursuit of happiness and the American Dream. We cannot accept that people will be kept in poverty by a lack of access to health care. We must have comprehensive coverage for all Americans, spanning all ranges of health care, so that we may effectively prevent health crises rather than addressing them once they’ve already taken their toll. The U.S. spends far more on health care per person than any other country in the world, yet other nations see a far greater return on their investment. Why is this the case? Why are we spending more for less? We must put people before profits and we must make sure that we channel resources to where they are most needed so that they will best serve Americans. Medicare and Medicaid must be defended against all attacks on the system. Not all change, though, is bad. Expanding Medicaid, a move that would insure 400,000+ Virginians is a must. And both Medicare and Medicaid should be allowed to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies on the cost of drugs. That’s the power in numbers. We rise together. The quality of one’s health care should not be dependent on one’s income. Federally-administered, single-payer health care is the endgame. • We must support people’s access to a continuum of health care: from inpatient to outpatient; from primary to emergency; from infant to palliative and independent-living support; vision, oral, and hearing; mental health. • We must encourage telecommunication as a mean of getting primary care from doctors and mental health specialists, especially for rural populations, the disabled, travelers and the elderly. • Accessible care will enable people the freedom and independence to work and enjoy life without worrying about how they will sacrifice their income, health and time for their families.

Women’s Rights are human rights.


While women make up more than half the population, women’s rights and their concerns have often not been given the respect and attention that they deserve. No one has anything to fear from true equality. We rise together and fight together. • We support paid maternity leave, and a healthcare system that fully funds prenatal care and children’s healthcare.

A woman only has the right to choose if she can make whatever choice she wants, not the choice her finances require. • Paid family and medical leave. • We support reproductive rights, including the right to have a safe, legal abortion. • We oppose mandatory ultrasounds, mandatory waiting periods, and regulations specifically designed to put abortion providers out of business.. • Equal pay for equal work. We will create legislation designed to level the playing field on income between men and women. • We support the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). • We support increased funding for Planned Parenthood. We are against the Casey Amendment; we support federal funding for abortion services. If you want to be pro-choice you must not only support the legal right to reproductive choice but also the economic right to choose. • We acknowledge that caregiving is work and should be seen as such when making allowances for welfare and disability.

Criminal Justice

Congress must reform the criminal justice system. Mass incarceration has ruined lives and torn families apart across the nation, but has had a disproportionate impact on communities of color and people in poverty. We jail people at a rate otherwise unseen across the globe. The sheer numbers we incarcerate top all other nations on earth, as well. More than two million Americans are currently serving time in prison, nearly one in 100 adults.

America's prison population has increased by 500% over the past 30 years, the unprecedented increase coinciding with the rise of jails as a private, moneymaking enterprise. Some people certainly belong in prison. We live in a society and it’s not too much to ask for a certain level of behavior and respect for one’s fellow man. Nearly half of America’s prisoners, though, are incarcerated for drug offenses, the vast majority non-violent offenders. Treating the tragedy of drug abuse and addiction as a public health issue rather than primarily a criminal matter would transform our nation. Reforming the criminal justice system goes far beyond simple morality. The economic benefits of housing fewer prisoners, reducing the caseload of our overburdened courts, easing the pressure on our overextended police force and moving millions of our fellow citizens onto a path that promises happier, healthier lives as proud, tax-paying Americans literally invested in the system would benefit us all. It’s not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.

I will support giving judges more discretion to sentence below prescribed mandatory minimums by expanding the existing "safety valve" and creating a new authority for judges to depart from certain mandatory minimums. • End the death penalty. • Get rid of mandatory minimums. • Take marijuana off schedule 1, followed by legalization nationwide. • Fines and probation for first-time nonviolent offenders instead of prison. • Re-entry programs to assist with the transition home from prison. • Focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment. • Ban solitary confinement. • Create police forces that are subject to more direct community oversight. • Explore the idea of creating committees of properly trained civilians on a more localized level to foster a culture of responsible and compassionate policing.

Disability Rights


 A nation and a people can be judged on how it treats its most vulnerable citizens among them. The American Disabilities Act of 1990 was an overdue piece of legislation years in the making that required bold leadership for its ultimate passage. There were powerful forces lined up against the ADA, insisting that we couldn’t afford to pass the bill. Well, some of us think, we couldn’t afford not to. We still have a long way to go. Beware anyone who says we can’t do what’s right. What we can do: End subminimum wages for people with disabilities, which can amount to as little as pennies per hour. The proposal, backed by both Secretary Clinton and Sen. Sanders, would redress a Depression-era exemption to labor laws that allow disabled people to be hired — and exploited — at rates far below minimum wage. • Protecting the Americans with Disabilities Act and ADA Amendments Act of 2008. • Protect and expand the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI). SSDI is vitally important to more than 11 million Americans, including more than one million veterans and nearly two million children. The average disability benefit is about $1,200 a month. For many people, that is their entire income. • Increase employment and educational opportunities for people with disabilities. Over 80 percent of adults with disabilities are unemployed. We need to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and vocational education programs. We also need to expand funding for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs), which aim to provide “one-stop shopping” for information on long-term services and support. • Fight for U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. • Commit to improving opportunities for people with disabilities to live in integrated community settings, consistent with the full promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s historic Olmstead decision.

As a public servant, Shaun Brown is committed to ensuring that these promises are fulfilled. • Explore universal and inclusive design — improve and expand accessible public transit. • Pass legislation explicitly banning discrimination against people with disabilities seeking organ transplants. • Lift mobile data caps in telecommunications for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. These groups depend on video calls and video relay services to communicate, which require more data consumption. • Declare that access to mobility and assistive devices, life-sustaining medical equipment/supplies and medications are an inalienable Right.


Shaun Brown stands with the majority of the American people, as well as the majority of the rank and file of the National Rifle Association, in believing that there must be some common sense restrictions on firearms in the United States. Guns in the wrong hands are a prescription for disaster. The “All guns, all the time” positions pushed by the very vocal, but ultimately outnumbered fringes of our society, haven’t made us any safer and, indeed, have only widened the rift that otherwise separates good people of conscience.

The United States leads the world in too many dubious categories when it comes to violence. Our murder rate is some 25 times higher than other comparable, wealthy developing nations, according to the World Health Organization. The same 2010 study pointed out that the U.S., despite having half the population of the next 22 nations surveyed, nonetheless accounted for more than 80 percent of all gun deaths. We can do better. We must do better.

Some common-sense measures: Universal background checks whenever a gun is transferred or sold, a law that should apply to dealers and individuals, and at gun shows. • Consequences for adults that leave weapons in reach of children that result in shootings or death. • With the rights of gun ownership comes the responsibility of safe storage with different tiers of requirements based on living arrangements, e.g. for those single, married, with families, etc. • Mandatory training; a sliding scale based on completed levels of training and type of gun ownership • Restrictions on gun sales to people convicted of domestic violence offenses.

LGBTQ+ and Equality

Much progress has been made; much still needs to be done. It’s not that long ago that the idea of members of the LGBTQ+ community teaching school, getting married or serving openly in the military was considered far out of the mainstream. No longer. We’re moving forward in general, but make no mistake about it; there are those who want to take us backward. We can’t let that happen. History is on our side. • We support marriage equality in all 50 states and will fight to uphold that right, aligning ourselves with a Supreme Court and justices who feel the same way. • We are against discrimination in any form against the LBGTQ+ community and support federal anti-discrimination in that regard. • We are against the “bathroom” law, and all similar bills that degrade the humanity of transgender Americans.

The Green Economy:Power and Energy 


Because of our natural resources, our region has a unique opportunity to be on the forefront of the solar, wind and hydroelectric revolution. As worldwide energy demands and consumption increase, the United States can and must lead the way in setting a course that’s safe, humane, practical and economical. As the only Congressional District in the United States with two NASA facilities, at Langley and Wallops Island, we’re well situated to capitalize on technology transfer and the commercial aspects of government research to create additional small business job creation opportunities throughout the area.

Energy innovation is critical to our national defense, education, economic development, the environment and our very well being. Mobility is key. Our highways, ferries and cutting-edge light rail system complement each other, allowing smooth, unfettered access to and from ports and throughout the commonwealth. The world needs energy and is only going to need more. Climbing the economic ladder to success — for both nations and individuals — depends on access to clean, affordable energy. Our plans, hopes and dreams for a brighter future are tied to successfully harnessing our resources, moving forward sensibly with an eye fixed squarely on the greater good.

For us to all “Rise Together and Fight Together,” we must maximize the ways our military, port, health care and tourism industries can contribute directly to the Hampton Roads and Eastern Shore’s progress. Investing in our solar, wind and hydroelectric capabilities, while at the same time rewarding innovation will strengthen us a nation and as a people. I will support increased federal investments in public transportation and electric vehicles to create a 21st century transportation system that reduces oil use and cuts pollution. • Advances in energy-related and green technologies will be front and center along the way. The Navy’s “just in time” plans to manufacture onboard ships or their efforts to convert algae to a biofuel are but two examples.

Shaun is proudly, 100 percent against offshore drilling and fracking in Virginia and throughout the country. She will vote to stop continued subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and instead ensure that any tax dollars invested in energy go toward our transition to clean energy and the creation of clean energy jobs. • Shaun supports investing in public transportation to reduce our carbon footprint as well as reduce the tragic loss of life caused by drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. She is inspired by the high-speed rail networks that connect cities across Europe and believes that that's where America's future lies.

Voting Rights



Since Barack Obama was elected President in 2008, there has been an unprecedented attack on the very cornerstone of our democracy, our sacred right to vote. No even more under the guise of rooting out all-but-nonexistent voter fraud, state after state — at least 22 at last count — have done their best to curtail access to the ballot box, enacting a string of laws and provisions that have left upwards of a million Americans once again on the outside looking in. A half-century after a time when Americans were forced to march, fight and sometimes die for the right to vote, legislatures have done what dogs and water hoses could not.

These forces were emboldened in 2013 when the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, struck down key sections of the Voting Rights Act, despite the acknowledgement of Chief Justice John Roberts that "Voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that." Since then, states and localities no longer under federal oversight have stepped up their efforts, imposing new obstacles, including shortening early voting periods, closing polling places and enacting arcane rules on what does and does not qualify as proper identification. Meanwhile, more than 500,000 U.S. citizens live in our nation's capital and fulfill the responsibilities of citizenship, yet have no voting representation in Congress. Both Presidents Clinton and Obama affixed “Taxation Without Representation” license plates to all presidential vehicles addressing this grievance. A small gesture perhaps, but a statement of our principles of democracy, nonetheless. Making it easier — rather than harder — to vote should be our goal. We can’t brag about our democracy unless we’re willing to stand up for it. I will sponsor and work to enact legislation to restore the strength of the Voting Rights Act; oppose efforts to erect obstacles to voting, including those based on economic condition or race; support efforts to promote greater voter participation and access, including early voting; support universal registration. What We Can Do: • Ensure that formerly incarcerated people have their right to vote restored. Gov. Terry McAuliffe showed real leadership on this matter, first issuing an executive order that restored voting rights to over 200,000 Virginians, then after the state Supreme Court ruled against him, vowing to sign clemency orders one-by-one for all those affected. • Make access to absentee ballots easier for all concerned. Virginia — unlike 28 other states with no restrictions — requires an applicant to swear to a reason why they can’t vote in person, making the process needlessly complicated and simply another transparent attempt to make it harder for people to vote. The area houses the world’s largest naval base, our men and women in uniform should be encouraged to vote by absentee ballot if there’s any doubt about where they might be on Election Day. Making it easier to vote would be a great boon to our senior citizens, who have given enough already and don’t need to spend an hour or more waiting in line to vote.

 • Consider holding elections on weekends or making Election Day a national holiday. Americans live hectic lives. A holiday devoted to celebrating democracy could increase turnout and transform our approach to government. • Ensure that people with disabilities may exercise their right to vote by enforcing the ADA requirements for polling places’ accessibility. People with disabilities, regardless of the extent to which their disability affect their major life functions, must have the same access to a right to vote. • Restore the Voting Rights Act. • People should have automatic voter registration at state DMV offices and libraries. Encourage extended early voting and mail-in, absentee ballots. • Support legislation that will allow the delegate elected by the citizens of the District of Columbia to vote in the House of Representatives, followed in a timely manner, by full statehood for Washington D.C. • Overturn Citizens United.

Great Public Schools and Debt Free Higher Education


 Education has long been the province of state and local communities, parents and educators selflessly working together for the betterment of our schools. Their efforts should be saluted; no one wants to take anything away from what they do. Congress, though, can and should work with our schools, providing leadership when appropriate, guidance when needed and funding that can help level the playing field for all our students from PK through PHD. Schools are a big investment in our future. There may not be a magic formula for improving education, but we can learn from the past and do a better job of figuring out just what works. Handing our schools over to the highest bidder, though, is not the way to go. When turning a profit becomes paramount and keeping shareholders happy the primary concern, our schools and our students will undoubtedly suffer. There’s a lot being spent on education and when there’s that much money at stake, there will always be those who want to get a piece of it.

Historically, education has long brought out the best in ourselves; let’s not allow it to bring out our worst. A Few Proposals: • Listen to the voices of the teachers and parents on the SOL (Standards of Learning test). “Teaching to the test” has become widespread across Virginia since its inception in 1997, taking valuable classroom time from core subjects and subjecting schools to unreasonable pressure that ultimately filters down to the students.

• Recognize American Sign Language as a foreign language at public schools and colleges/universities in Virginia and nationwide. We need to encourage schools to teach ASL, the fourth most-in-demand language at colleges in the U.S. • Support inclusive, integrated education for students with disabilities. In 2012, the Department of Justice found that the Commonwealth of Virginia was guilty of violating both the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead Act in segregating people with disabilities in separate institutions. Remedies are in place; we appear to be on the right track thanks to those who wouldn’t stand for the status quo. • Advocate against the school-to-prison pipeline. Minority students, as well as those with disabilities, are disproportionately reported to police. Indeed, Virginia has the highest rate of disciplinary referrals reported to the police. The sad cases of Kayleb Moon Robinson and Neli Latson — autistic students at Virginia schools — show the dangers of escalating incidents by introducing our most vulnerable kids to the criminal justice system.

Shaun does not support charter schools which take money out of the public school system and supports the call for making tuition free at public colleges and universities. Shaun then wants students to commit to public service to help move our neighborhoods forward. Shaun wants debt free education.

Worker's Rights and Safety In The Workplace



 The driving force behind our nation’s wealth and continued success is the often unspoken — yet nonetheless remarkable — fact that some 150 million of us get up and go to work each day. That said, a safe workplace isn’t too much to ask for. Our very lives depend on it. In 1970, Congress enacted the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) in response to the unacceptable number of workers who were being killed or seriously injured in the workplace. Since then, significant progress has been made, but the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities remains too high. Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or fall seriously ill because of their jobs. And some groups, including Latino and immigrant workers, are at much greater risk due to the dangerous conditions and lack of protections. Millions of workers are not covered by the law, and for other workers, protections are inadequate. The Obama administration  moved to strengthen worker safety and health protections, increasing the job safety budget, enhancing enforcement of existing laws and issuing vital safety and health safeguards. The current Republican administration has opposed these measures, attempted to block new regulations, all the while cutting the safety and health budget. Workers need stronger safety and health protections. The OSH Act needs to be updated and strengthened. Legislation — the Protecting America's Workers Act — has been proposed in the past several Congresses to expand the OSH Act's coverage to all workers. The bill would enhance whistleblower protections and strengthen enforcement of current laws, as well, all of which the AFL-CIO strongly supports. I will support legislation to strengthen the Occupational Safety and Health Act and extend OSHA coverage to all workers, strengthen whistleblower protections and enhance OSHA's enforcement programs. I support increases in the job safety budget that will strengthen the setting of standards, upgrade enforcement, and improve worker safety and health training programs. I’m opposed to efforts to weaken or defund the regulatory and enforcement programs of OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). I also oppose legislation that would make it more difficult or impossible for government agencies to develop and issue new necessary safeguards to protect workers, the public and consumers.