U.S. house of representatives - District 14 candidates

U.S. Representatives are elected to Congress to pass laws and adopt the budget for the whole country. The House of Representatives has 435 members, apportioned by population. Michigan sends 14 House Representatives to Congress, and Districts 13 and 14 represent Detroit. 


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This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7, 2018 in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election. #Vote #Detroit #2018Elections

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: As the current Member of Congress, I have been confronted with the onslaught of harmful legislation and proposals from the opposing party and President Trump. I have voted against them and spoken out whenever these ideas posed a threat to Detroit and its citizens. During my four years in Congress, however, I have been able to forge working relationships with a number of colleagues on bipartisan initiatives, including greater support for skilled workforce training and protections for foster youth. I hope to make further progress on those shared priorities across partisan lines. As a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from Michigan, greater road funding and infrastructure improvements are one glaring example where I would be willing to compromise with the opposing party and and the White House -- but they have not introduced any legislation like they pledged and a legitimate proposal has not even been offered by the President.

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: Yes, I support the Affordable Care Act and the Medicaid expansion policies. I have voted numerous times in Congress to defend the Affordable Care Act. My decision on federal spending votes was also greatly influenced by the dire need for Community Health Centers funding for their survival in Detroit. I heard directly from those health providers who are on the front lines in Detroit neighborhoods with concentrations of residents who are uninsured. I will continue to fight for them, as well as progressive expansion of the federal health care programs that have had dramatic, positive impacts on Americans' lives: Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act.

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: I am looking for stronger worker protections, stronger wage and benefits standards, and stronger environmental protections in a new NAFTA agreement. Detroit and Michigan have been severely impacted by the federal trade decisions of recent decades and a reckoning -- and more substantial redressing of those losses to the people and neighborhoods -- is long overdue. Having said that, our trade relationships with our allies are a big deal and President Trump's reckless attacks on Canada have me very concerned. Canada is Michigan's biggest trading partner. Attacking economic ties with Canada is attacking Michigan's economy. Our workers don't need that kind of "friendly fire" from our own White House.


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE August 7, 2018 in the Primary election and November 6, 2018 in the General Election. #Vote #Detroit #2018Elections

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: No Response

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: No Response

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: No Response


This video is not an endorsement of any candidate. VOTE November 6, 2018 in the General Election.

Congress & Compromise

QUESTION: The political party that gains majority is allowed to set the legislative agenda, decide which political topics get addressed, and schedule votes regarding those issues. Should your party not be in the Majority, would you be willing to compromise with the opposing party and President Trump to get legislation signed into law and on what issues would you be willing to compromise?

ANSWER: No Response

Medicaid & the Affordable Care Act

QUESTION: According to a 2017 article from Vox magazine, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate in Detroit fell from 22% to 7.4%. Through subsequent Medicaid expansion policies, upwards of 500,000 Michiganders were extended Health Care coverage. This Medicaid expansion and other provisions of the ACA are under threat by lawmakers. Do you support the ACA’s Medicaid expansion policies? What additional legislation, if any would you sponsor or support to continue healthy outcomes for your district?

ANSWER: No Response

NAFTA

QUESTION: A recent report from Moody’s Investor Sector found that 180,000 Michigan jobs are dependent on exports to Canada and Mexico, and termination of NAFTA could hurt Michigan’s jobs, economy, and state tax revenues. As President Trump works to renegotiate NAFTA, what specific provisions would you be looking for in a new NAFTA agreement? Would you support termination of NAFTA?

ANSWER: No Response