U.S. Senate District

Chris Murphy

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Should Congress pass legislation to protect the special counsel from potential firing by the president? Why or why not?
Absolutely. I’m a cosponsor of such legislation. Donald Trump has repeatedly shown an unprecedented disregard for conventional standards of ethical behavior, especially concerning investigations into himself or his campaign. Look no further than the chaos surrounding the firing of James Comey and new questions around Rod Rosenstein’s job. Robert Mueller needs the security necessary for him to effectively do his job.
What specific steps should Congress take to make healthcare more affordable and accessible in this country?
First and foremost Congress must defend the Affordable Care Act. President Trump is still on a mission to destabilize the health care exchanges and unravel protections for the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. The ACA helped millions of Americans get covered for the first time, but we need to improve it and expand on it. I’ve proposed a bill called the Choose Medicare Act that would allow any individual or business to buy into Medicare. We know Medicare works, and it is cost-effective. Let’s allow people to make that choice for themselves to see if it is the right plan for them.
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?
The president’s decision to cap SALT deductions at $10,000 was designed to hurt states like Connecticut. For this reason, not only did I oppose the Republican tax bill throughout negotiations but I also specifically supported a measure to reinstate the deductions. Due to to the loss of these deductions, the Republican tax bill is the largest tax increase in our state’s history, increasing taxes on Connecticut residents by $2.8-billion. The President’s tax bill was designed as a giant giveaway to wealthy donors and corporations at the expense of the middle class, and I will continue to fight to repeal it.
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?
Any sale of public water resources to private entities must be highly scrutinized to make sure Connecticut residents and their access to clean, safe water are not threatened. Except in cases involving hydropower generation, which is regulated by the federal government through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the sale of water resources by local water supply utilities is regulated by the state. To that end, I will work with state and local officials to protect that access. Clean water safeguards play a significant role in federal policy, most notably through one of our country’s bedrock environmental laws, the Clean Water Act. Throughout my time in the Senate, I have fought against repeated attempts by Republicans to attack the Clean Water Act so that our rivers and the Long Island Sound can be clean for future generations to inherit and enjoy.
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?
More than 1,000 people died of drug overdoses in Connecticut last year. This epidemic has touched every corner of our state, and we need to be taking an “all of the above” approach to fight this crisis. That means better resources for law enforcement and getting to the root of the overprescribing problem, but also expanding access to addiction treatment. That’s why I authored the bipartisan Mental Health Reform Act, which improves access to mental health and addiction treatment. It passed Congress along with a billion dollars to help states fight the opioid crisis. I also voted for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, a bipartisan bill that authorized millions in funding for first-responder training for opioid overdose reversal drugs and treatment alternatives to incarceration programs. And I’ve worked to expand programs that have been successful here in Connecticut: I wrote and passed through the Senate the Recovery COACH Act, modeled on a Connecticut program, to give those trying to overcome addiction access to specially trained coaches who have gone through recovery themselves and can provide support, insight, and help navigating treatment.
Will you support a federal requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases?
Yes, I wholeheartedly support universal background checks on all gun purchases. I am the author of the Background Check Expansion Act in the Senate, which would close loopholes and ensure that private gun sales go through a background check. I also worked across the aisle with Republican Senator John Cornyn to introduce and pass the Fix NICS Act, which will enhance compliance with the federal background check system.
Will you support a ban on posting online instructions for 3-D printing of guns
Yes, our country is in desperate need of commonsense gun reform in order to make it harder for people who shouldn’t have guns to get them. I can think of nothing more counterproductive than allowing anyone with internet access and a 3-D printer to manufacture a virtually unlimited number of firearms. I am a cosponsor of a bill to ban 3-D guns.
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?
This report was devastating to read. We can and must do better. It underscores the importance of quality, affordable health care and how vital it is that we protect programs like Medicaid, CHIP, and community health centers that are constantly under attack by the Trump administration. We also need better affordable housing, workforce training programs, and a livable minimum wage that matches the growth of inflation.
(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?
Yes. Chuck does a good job listening to the diverse voices in our caucus. Without his leadership, President Trump likely would have succeeded in repealing the Affordable Care Act's protections for people in Connecticut with preexisting conditions.
(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?

Matthew Corey

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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.

Jeff Russell

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Party: Green Party

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Should Congress pass legislation to protect the special counsel from potential firing by the president? Why or why not?
This is a question that has complex Constitutional consequences. Any legislation might have very limited effect. The special counsel is, legally, part of the executive branch. Legislating the hiring or firing of anyone in that branch looks like a violation of the separation of powers. I strongly support the special counsel. I want to see the counsel complete his investigation. If he is fired, I would propose he be hired by the Congress. That he then be charged, as an agent of the Congress, to complete his investigation.
What specific steps should Congress take to make healthcare more affordable and accessible in this country?
enact a single payer system. The ACA has done some good, in that direction, but it was clearly intended to bail out the health insurance industry (which it did. very successfully), and blunt the movment in support of single payer.
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 am not familiar with this issue. to me SALT is the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaties. i have no idea what SALT refers to in this context. i will do some research on this. in total, for long term economic health and well being, we need economic policies that are consistent with Modern Monetary Theory (aka MMT), put spending into economically productive areas, and invest in transition to sustainability.
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?
declare the contracts invalid on the basis of public safety. controlling the water supply in drought conditions has to be with the best long term community good as the top priority. Any contract that has any provision that inhibits that, is a danger to the community.
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?
it should include a crackdown on the drug companies, who are largely responsible for the crisis, and continue to lobby for policies that exacerbate the problems.
Will you support a federal requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases?
yes. owning and operating a firearm should require the same demonstration of competence as driving an automobile.
Will you support a ban on posting online instructions for 3-D printing of guns
no. it won't work. attempting such a ban is a waste of time and energy. people on the web will find ways around it before it is even instituted. for the moment, we will have to trust that the printer required costs about $3000 to keep us safe. that should give us time to think of more reasonable solutions.
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?
The outrageous redistribution of wealth, to the few from the many, that has been going on since the Reagan administration has to stop. Even more, it has to be reversed. It was the strength of the middle class that got this country through two world wars. Now, that middle class is all but gone. Income inequality is tearing our society apart, and destroying our economy. The People doing the work should have a fair share in the rewards.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
Absolutely not. She has shown herself to be a corporate ally, in contradiction to the best interests of We the People, more times than i can count.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
No. He is too strongly influenced by lobbyists for me to support him.
(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?
None of the above. I can't think of a single Republican i would trust with that position.
(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?
Absolutely not. he has proven himself to be a hypocrite, a racists, a corporate shill, and corrupt. He has shown utter contempt for The Constitution.

Richard Lion

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Should Congress pass legislation to protect the special counsel from potential firing by the president? Why or why not?
No. This country is over 200 years old. Why would we need a new law like that now?
What specific steps should Congress take to make healthcare more affordable and accessible in this country?
More free market and charity solutions, like St. Joseph Hospital, less insurance company meddling.
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?
We are over taxed because our governments over spend. First, we have to drastically cut government spending, then we can cut taxes.
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 is a right. I will defend that right.
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?
I will work to legalize all drugs, even the bad ones. The war on drugs is much more destructive than the worst drugs. I will support improving access to treatment for addiction and reducing the overprescription of painkillers.
Will you support a federal requirement for universal background checks on all gun purchases?
No.
Will you support a ban on posting online instructions for 3-D printing of guns
No. It would violate the 1st Amendment.
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?
I am running for US Senate, not State Senate.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
No. I don't like her.
(For Democrats or minor party candidates): Will you support Chuck Schumer as Senate Majority Leader should Democrats retake the House? If not, who?
I don't think so, but I don't know much about him.
(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?
Dan Reale.
(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?
No.