U.S. House District 1

John Larson

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Party: Democrat

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Website: http://larsonforcongress.org/

Age: 72

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: East Hartford

Current Job: US Representative

Previous Job: Small business owner

Previous Job: Public school teacher

Education: East Hartford High, Central Connecticut State University

Despite statements to the contrary by various individuals, PPE has remained in short supply throughout the country. If elected, how will you ensure that every state and US territory is provided with enough medical supplies and capacity to manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the next one(s)?
After speaking with experts, including former Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, I authored two pieces of legislation to help manufacture and distribute PPE and other critical supplies. The first bill would utilize the Defense Production Act to increase the manufacturing of critical medical supplies, including PPE. The second bill would utilize the Defense Logistics Agency to create a national strategy for the production and distribution of supplies.
The coronavirus has placed a tremendous strain on the healthcare system, and the rise in unemployment has resulted in many people losing their health insurance, amplifying disparities in access to health care. If elected, what would you do to help the healthcare system and all the people who need it? Would you expand coverage with a public option or a Medicare For All concept, something else, or nothing?
I believe we need to build on the Affordable Care Act as we work towards achieving universal healthcare. I’ve introduced a bill that would allow Americans to buy into Medicare at the age 50. This bill would lower costs for those on Medicare and for those on private insurance. Additionally, I’m a sponsor of Medicare X, which would create a public option plan that would be available on individual and small business exchanges.
Do you agree or disagree with President Trump's recent decisions to label certain American cities as "anarchist," and to send federal agents – uninvited by local authorities – into cities such as Portland, Oregon? In your opinion, is this a legitimate use of federal force and rhetoric, or is this an overreach?
I do not agree with President Trump’s recent decision to send uninvited federal agents to cities. This was an overreach of federal force and should have been left up to the individual cities and states.
The pandemic has led to massive changes in our workforce, with many jobs disappearing entirely, at least for now. If elected, how do you envision reshaping the workforce to create new opportunities for those whose jobs have evaporated – for example, in restaurants and bars and throughout the service sector?
I am a strong supporter of both the Heroes Act and the RESTAURANTS Act. Both pieces of legislation would help small businesses, including the restaurant industry weather this crisis. The Heroes Act would also improve and continue the Paycheck Protection Program that has been a lifeline to businesses across the country, but much more is needed. The RESTAURANTS Act would offer $120 billion in relief to the industry through a federal grant program.
COVID-19 and the resulting recession have increased the number of people who qualify for Medicaid just when state revenues are dropping. Will you support more relief for state Medicaid programs to continue coverage levels and ensure access to providers?
Yes
The coronavirus is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, bringing with it, massive ongoing disruption to all of our systems, from food supply to employment to health care to education and more. From a broad perspective, how do you holistically envision addressing this crisis in the long-term?
The health of our nation and the economy are inextricably linked until this pandemic ends. We can’t fix one without fixing the other, but we can work to address both at the same time. First and foremost, we need a nationally-coordinated response to set federal standards to address this pandemic. States shouldn’t have to fight over supplies. We need to utilize the Defense Production Act and the Defense Logistics Agency to produce and distribute PPE, supplies, and tests across the country. At the same time, Congress needs to offer more relief to help industries that are the most impacted and small businesses. I have voted for the Heroes Act, which offers more of this needed relief and makes significant investments to increase testing.
Many Americans are now calling racism a public health crisis in our country, with policy implications and disparities across multiple sectors like law enforcement, residential zoning, healthcare access, employment, and educational equity, among others. What measures must Congress take to address racism and its impact over many generations in America?
First, the Senate needs to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. This legislation isn’t a panacea, but is the first step towards transforming the way policing is done in our country. Second, we need to look at how we can best address the disparities that exist across our country. I am a cosponsor of HR 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act. This bill would examine the longstanding implications of slavery and segregation and the best ways to address systemic problems and disparities at that stem from slavery and segregation.
What measures do you support to help protect voting rights this year and for the years ahead, within the context of the pandemic and post-pandemic voting?
I am a cosponsor of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which the House passed. The Act would restore the core of the Voting Rights Act that prevents racial discrmination and voter suppression. Additionally, I support mail-in voting nationwide. No one should have to choose between their right to vote and their health.
Do you agree or disagree with President Trump’s directive for all schools to return to a full schedule this school year? What parameters and/or process do you endorse in making decisions involving the operation of public schools in the age of COVID-19?
I disagree with the President’s directive. I believe that those decisions are best left to local authorities who know best about what’s happening in their school district.
The world is facing an impending climate emergency. With the US spending more than the next 10 countries combined on our military budget, do you think that it is important that we transition some of those resources to combat and build resiliency ahead of a predicted global climate catastrophe? How can Connecticut’s existing engineering, manufacturing, and technical project management expertise be transitioned to address that next emergency before it is too late?
There is no doubt, we are in the midst of a global climate crisis. We need to act to address climate change and I believe the best way to do that is tackle the problem at its source, pollution and carbon emissions. I've introduced the America Wins Act which would slash our carbon emissions in half over the next 10 years while investing $1 trillion in rebuilding the nation's infrastructure. I'm also a supporter of the Green New Deal, a resolution that sets the goals we need to address this crisis. We have some of the brightest minds and some of the most innovative technology in Connecticut. I am proud of the Yankee ingenuity that our manufacturing base produces day in and day out. Many of our companies are already transitioning to clean power and are creating more energy efficient options. Connecticut is also home to some of the biggest fuel cell manufacturers in the world.

Jennifer Nye

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Party: Republican

CEP Status:

Website: https://www.nye4congress.com/

Age: 60

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: Manchester

Current Job: Paralegal at Horton, Dowd, Bartschi & Levesque, P.C.

Previous Job: Paralegal at Cowdery & Murphy, LLC

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Education: Briarwood College

Tom McCormick

2 CTNewsJunkie Reader Endorsements

Party: Green Party

CEP Status: participating

Website: https://tomforcongress.org/

Age: 70

Marital Status: Married

Current Residence: West Hartford

Current Job: retired

Previous Job: Real Estate sales

Previous Job: teacher

Education: BA plus Teacher Certification

Connecticut’s revenues will sharply decline as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and, unlike Congress, Connecticut has a balanced budget requirement. What changes would you make to balance the budget? (If you want cuts, be specific what will be cut. If you want to raise taxes, be specific about which taxes.)
All should pay some income tax. Favor a steeply progressive tax system --wealth, inhertance, and income.
What can be done to improve the business climate in Connecticut while COVID-19 continues to be a risk?
Favor a stepped reopening very similar to what Lamont is doing. Masks should be mandatory for public activities. The business climate will bounce back with a vaccine so, getting us one is the top priority. I want to see all vaccination research "open-sourced." All institutions public and private should be posting their research to the web. This is not the time for private profit.
What specific legislation would you support to reduce racism in Connecticut?
Racism will not stop as long as people believe in race. Race categoration builds the false ediface of race as a social construct. The race box must go. Support a mandatory curriculum on racsim along the lines of Teaching Tolerance from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
With so much uncertainty ahead about COVID-19, how would you ensure that the people's business – both at the legislature and in all of our elections – will be conducted effectively, and with full participation, in the safest possible manner for the foreseeable future?
I support a Statewide, State run, State supported broadband network to tie all citizens together. The present digital divide has many participating less in our democracy. Short run -expand mail in balloting, long run- I want to see a National data base for voting. Each citizen should have an unique encryted link for voting.
With higher education facing major changes because of the pandemic, what steps will you take to make sure that Connecticut’s residents have access to college and/or other job training that won’t leave them tens of thousands of dollars in debt?
I favor expanding free public education-academic and skill training two years beyond high school. Cost can be reduced with more on line course in the 100 and 200 course level. I favor a Federal assumption of education debt with repayment via the income tax.
What is one specific policy you support to help protect African Americans as an at-risk group during the pandemic?
I find this question objectable. Federal policy should be aimed at all at risk groups-those living in poverty in general. . I support universal healthcare with a focus on health promotion not sick care. I find Congressman's Yang proposal worth of serious consideration. https://www.yang2020.com/what-is-freedom-dividend-faq/
What should Connecticut do to re-tool our public health for COVID-19 and the possibility of future pandemics, while also addressing other chronic illnesses that put people at risk every day?
Cutting pollution of air, water and soil must be a priority Pollution is the number one public health risk. Polution is an attack on our right to life..
How can Connecticut lower healthcare costs while also improving quality and access to care?
Get rid of the insurance corporations. They are leeches sucking the life-force out of the American public from an ozzing wound on their side that is about to hemmorage and blled them out. Presently close to 25% of all healthcare dollars end up in hands other than the healthcare provider--this must end. I favor a Federalized healthcare system supported by tax dollars. No premiums . No bills. Favor a system where healthcare workers will be in civil service positons.