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Tom McCormick

Running for U.S. House

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Party: Green Party

CEP Status: participating

Website: https://tomforcongress.org/

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Should Congress pass legislation to protect the special counsel from potential firing by the president? Why or why not?
Absolutely. Trump has all ready fired Comey which is reason enough to be concerned.
What specific steps should Congress take to make healthcare more affordable and accessible in this country?
Yes. Present insurance care system is extremely inefficient. Nearly 25% of healthcare spending does no ended up with the provider. I advocate for 100% Medicare coverage for Seniors with full coverage for eyes, ears and mouth. Want to see a universal coverage system paid via Federal taxes with emphasis on nutrition, physical fitness and preventive medicine over our present sick care..
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?
I have not studied this issue so, offer no opinion.
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?
Water should be considered held by the State as a public trust. I do not believe there should be private water companies. Main thing is get enforcement of the Clean Water Act. More spent on pollution control to upgrade class B waters to class A
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?
Improving treatment should be high on list along with drug education in high school. Drug dealers should be held responsible for the purity of what they are selling. If you sell poisoned drugs-no objection to a life sentence at hard labor.. Prudue employees have watched the illegal distribution of their opioids and done zip. Recommend jail time for them. If it can be shown that the Sacklers deliberately undersold addiction risk to FDA and doctors, a big chunk of their 13 billion should be seized. Law enforcement should work to cut off supply of fentanyl . Government should leave raw plant narcotic alone.
Will you support a federal requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases?
Yes, with extended time to do check. Favor a ban on manufacturing and sale of assault type weapons and handguns.
Will you support a ban on posting online instructions for 3-D printing of guns
Yes.
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?
Greater spending on HEW not weapons of war like the F-35 , Virginia class fast attack subs and Columbia class SLBM boats. Increases minimum wage tied to inflation and a productivity factor. Investment in human capital should go up. Favor extending public education two years beyond high school to better prepare folks for work skills.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
Question seems premature. Who else might be seeking position? No suggestion as to who.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
If voting with Democrat caucus would not vote for Schumer due to his positions on Israel. Would think of Marlkey or Durbin right off.
(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?
(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?