Candidates US Congress: District 1

The term for US Representative is two years. The annual salary is $174,000.

We asked candidates for US Representative the same three questions:

  1. As a result of your experience with COVID-19, what changes would you like to see in the national health care system?
  2. What changes, if any, to immigration law would you want to pursue? Why?
  3. What should be the federal priorities for managing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.?

Here are their replies, as received with no edits or corrections:

Suzanne Bonamici, Democrat and Working Families Party

bonamiciforcongress.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

COVID-19 has highlighted why we need universal health care. No one should lose health coverage because they lost their job and no one should have to choose between putting food on the table and medicine. I will work for affordable health care for all and to lower the costs of prescription drugs, and I’ll make health care policy decisions based on research and science. And I will protect the right of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

We need compassionate and comprehensive immigration policy. Immigrants make our country better, and I do not support the hateful targeting and harmful rhetoric directed toward the immigrant community by the current administration. I support protecting Dreamers and their families, a path to citizenship, and an immediate end to the Administration’s policies that lead to migrants and asylum seekers living in inhumane conditions.

  1. On the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Families and small businesses around Oregon and across the country are experiencing the impacts of COVID-19, which disproportionately affects people of color. I’m advocating for housing and nutrition support, PPE, expanded unemployment, direct payments, and more resources to help small businesses. I’m fighting for improved state and federal response and a science-based national strategy that includes more testing, tracing, treatment, and safe reopening of schools and businesses.

Christopher C Christensen, Republican

cchrist2020.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

I will support the Administrations continuing efforts to lower prescription drug costs and provide greater mobility and choice in health care options for all Americans. No one should lose health coverage because they lost their job.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

I support strong borders and oppose sanctuary policies. I would re-examine the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

  1. On the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Federal priorities should focus on parental choice in education, tax cuts and diversified economic stimulus including debt forgiveness. Efforts would focus first on affordable housing, expanded employment assistance and training, direct payments of benefits to seniors, and small business support to help our community get through the crisis.