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Like you, Andrew Watters is a concerned citizen. As a lawyer, he works with regular folks every day to help them navigate the legal system. On numerous issues, he has written to his elected officials, rarely receiving so much as an acknowledgment of his concerns, much less a thank you. Andrew wants regular citizens’ voices to be heard and considered when making important policy decisions.
As your Congressman, Andrew Watters will leverage specialized customer relationship management (CRM) tools in the service of public service, to ensure that his office can best respond to his constituents’ needs in a full, fair, and honest way. He will also remain accessible, accountable, and transparent to the public eye by publishing his expenses on his office’s website and records of his meetings, with interest groups or otherwise.
The rapid increase in the breadth, depth, and sophistication of artificial intelligence systems could become an existential threat to our way of life. Andrew will work with members of Congress and the White House to assemble a panel of bioethicists, human rights groups, and industry experts on artificial intelligence. Their recommendations will help determine the proper safeguards for the security and safety of future generations, while also defining clear uses for A.I. that enhance and ensure a competitive advantage for American industry and innovation.
The unchecked power of tech giants based in our own State also raises legitimate concerns. As Congressman, Andrew will demand transparency from social media platforms and advocate measures requiring access for independent researchers to their data, as put forth in the bipartisan Platform Accountability and Transparency Act. In addition, he will pursue revisions to the antitrust laws to ensure that tech giants do not unfairly compete or stifle innovation.
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The extent of our military might around the globe is matched by our economic interests, as well as our concern for stability and prosperity among all peoples. The United States, as the world’s only enduring superpower, has a preeminent role to play in maintaining the global order.
Andrew would employ a whole-of-nation strategy, aimed at increasing the defense budget as well as incentives to serve. Andrew would support boosting the Small Business Innovation Research grant system (SBIR), which is intended to help spot, assess, develop, acquire, and deploy radically more efficient and effective defense technologies. Andrew would also seek to deepen cooperation with NATO partners, through sharing of technology, bolstering its presence in the Baltic countries, and considering expansion of the alliance with other nations that have shared values and interests.
Andrew’s foreign policy priorities include protecting American interests from foreign cyberattacks; re-engaging constructively with China as part of our efforts to stabilize Southeast Asia; and bringing more honesty to our presence in the Middle East where our relationships have, for too long, undermined our strategic mission of peace and justice.
for our Consumers
Trade relations over the past 30 years have fueled a “race to the bottom” in the quality of goods that we’re sold-- and in the pay that our workers take home. What’s worse, many of even the American brand-name items we open on the holidays may be the product of human rights abuses overseas.
Andrew generally supports placing tariffs on poorly produced goods from abroad, and reducing trade barriers when imported goods reach a level of quality that is competitive with American manufacturing. High quality foreign goods or components should be exempt from tariffs, or granted tariff waivers if the American manufacturer cannot economically make the components in the U.S. Meanwhile, American manufacturing should be promoted more strongly than it is, with additional tax credits and incentives to make goods domestically and also employ workers in domestic factories.
Nobody wants to call it a crisis, but Andrew Watters will. Americans, especially in the Bay Area, are struggling to afford housing. Prices have skyrocketed because the supply no longer meets the demand. Increasing subsidies for low-income housing has little effect if there is no way to increase supply of the overall housing stock. Andrew believes the solution is simple. We must build more housing. But we can’t do that if regulation and red tape stand in the way! That’s why Andrew advocates federal incentives for removing exclusionary zoning laws, which continue to fuel economic segregation in today’s America, as well as possible Federal preemption of certain aspects of overbroad State environmental laws that have hindered smart growth.
Industry is what helped this country become a land of opportunity for people of all backgrounds. The COVID pandemic exposed our dependence on factories abroad for making some of our most essential goods. Andrew will grant tax credits and exemptions to individuals and companies that manufacture goods in the U.S. and/or create manufacturing jobs for Americans. Andrew wants companies to invest in America’s future, including through domestic semiconductor manufacturing so that future generations enjoy secure, and reliable infrastructure and so that our country preserves its technological know-how.
Andrew also wants the Government to pave the way for students to the jobs of tomorrow by offering lower interest rates on loans for college degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
a Greener Future
As temperatures rise year after year, our planet is on a collision course with catastrophe. Californians understand firsthand how extreme weather linked to climate change can wreak havoc on their communities. The price tag for damage from hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters in the United States last year amounted to an estimated $95 billion.
Andrew Watters will address the threat of climate change with the urgency it deserves, while fighting to make sure that the transition leaves no worker behind. Andrew believes that California’s cap-and-trade carbon market, though not perfect, is an inspiration for the rest of the United States. Within the current American economy, the costs of carbon emissions are unaccounted for on companies’ balance books, but are felt by vulnerable communities all around the world. Now is the time to put a price on carbon, to retrain our workforce for green jobs, and assist the most vulnerable communities in preventing air pollution.
The Affordable Care Act brought immense progress in expanding quality health insurance and care, and the State of California has taken the lead in delivering care to underprivileged communities. Andrew sees that there is still more work to be done. Geographical areas with limited options for care remain everywhere, while families must choose between paying their bills or filling their prescriptions. That’s why Andrew supports providing funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration to mobile healthcare services for rural and underserved communities, as well as lowering prescription drug prices by increasing competition for generic drugs, and enforcing antitrust laws against Big Pharma when appropriate.
It’s time for radical honesty in Congress.
Andrew Watters is running to represent California’s 15th Congressional district, formerly the 14th Congressional district. Andrew is not a career politician or a political insider, and he is not a billionaire or an elite; he is a regular citizen that wants to make Washington work for Californians.
A native Californian with over 16 years of experience practicing law and based in Redwood City, Andrew believes in holding himself accountable to the people he represents. As a member of Congress, he will have an open-door policy and will consider all the interests of his constituents. He will also make sure that questions and concerns are answered with the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. His approach to everything he undertakes is radical honesty— a novel concept for the establishment and a challenge from Andrew to other politicians as well.
Andrew also envisions a government that serves its people, rather than dividing it, with the regular person having an actual voice. In addition to his law practice, Andrew is a jack-of-all-trades who spends his time working on web application programming, photography, film/video, and independent music production. He grades his work on its results and holds himself to the highest standards. Why shouldn’t Congress?
Are you ready to support radical honesty in Congress?