Should Congress pass legislation to protect the special counsel from potential firing by the president? Why or why not?
No, People will be held accountable. Which means the investigators and the investigated. Let the process unfold.
What specific steps should Congress take to make healthcare more affordable and accessible in this country?
Government should allow people with preexisting conditions be put in a high risk insurance pool and apply for subsidies. We should be able to buy insurance across state lines. We need TORT reform. The exchanges are already in place we should allow multiple Insurance companies compete in the free market in these exchanges. Tax free health care savings accounts for people who want to save for future medical costs. Most importantly we need to get people back into the work force with higher wage earning jobs to ease the burdens on Medicaid. We must also make it easier to get the generic prescription drugs to market.
Has the president's decision to place a $10,000 cap on SALT deductions unfairly penalized Connecticut residents? What will you do to mitigate the tax increase that this change represents for Connecticut taxpayers?
No. The Tax Cuts Jobs Act has increased standardized deductibles to make up the difference for most families. We need to make the tax cuts permanent for individuals.
Eversource and some out-of-state entities appear to be attempting to buy control of Connecticut's water resources, and some of our quasi-public water agencies have signed away large amounts of water to commercial interests with little regard to future water shortages. What can you do to ensure that Connecticut residents maintain control of public water supplies in perpetuity?
Should the government's response to the opioid crisis be to focus on law enforcement to stop drug dealers, or improving access to treatment for addiction and reducing the overprescription of painkillers?
We need to listen to law enforcement and secure our borders. Border patrol is begging for a wall in certain areas of our southern Border. We have a problem with fentanyl, human trafficking and opioids coming across are porous borders. We have to work with big Pharmaceuticals and Doctors in the field to make sure we are not over prescribing addictive medications. We need to introduce medical marijuana where it can be used as a pain reliever. We can not incarcerate our way out of this crisis. We need to listen to our first responders on the ground and have an open dialogue to their needs.
Will you support a federal requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases?
We already have background checks. We need to focus on school safety. We need armed resource officers who will keep our children safe and secure our schools. Resource officers are needed so children and teachers can reach out when there is a noticeable problem. Mental health needs to be funded to help those who need it. The main focus should be keeping firearms out of the hands of people who intend to do harm to themselves and others.
Will you support a ban on posting online instructions for 3-D printing of guns
No. This is an infringement on first Amendment Rights. There have been instructions on building fire arms for years. The intent of doing harm to someone will not be stopped by banning instructions for 3-D printers.
A recent report found 40 percent of Connecticut residents can't afford basic needs such as housing, food, health care, or child care. What would you do to improve their situation?
We need to stimulate the economy and bring jobs back to the State of Connecticut. The rest of the country is moving forward and Connecticut is looking in from the outside. We need to lower tax's to become competitive. We need to attract businesses to move to Connecticut. This will increase wages. We need to make sure educational resources are there for our manufacturing needs and construction trades.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
(For Republicans or minor party candidates): If the Republicans maintain a House majority, who do you prefer for Speaker: Kevin McCarthy of California, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, or someone else?
Anyone of these Candidates are more than capable of moving policies forward that will help our country.
(For Republicans or minor party candidates): If you are elected to the Senate and the Republicans maintain the majority, will you support Mitch McConnell to continue as Majority Leader?
I would like to see a change in leadership. A fresh perspective is always good. Party unity and being able to keep regular order in the Senate is key. We need leaders who want to move this country forward for the benefit of the people regardless of party.
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