Candidates US Congress: District 3

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:

Earl Blumenauer, Democrat and Working Families Party

earlblumenauer.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

As we recover, we should start restoring the reckless reductions and disinvestment in our public health system, including robust support for community health centers. I strongly support Medicare and Medicaid to be able to negotiate for lower drug prices, not only for senior citizens, but for all Americans. We must continue to fight for affordable, accessible, universal health care and a system that works for all and we must address the racial health disparities highlighted by the pandemic.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

We should prioritize the protection of families and our borders in a humane & thoughtful way. I support abolishing DHS and starting over with a new system that respects human lives & has morals and principles. Last fall, I introduced a resolution to force members of Congress to be on the record supporting or opposing Trump’s harmful immigration policies. I will continue to be a vociferous opponent to these shameful policies, to work to protect Dreamers & expand Special Immigrant Visa programs.

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

Short term: Extend unemployment benefits and federal grants to provide assistance to people and small businesses. Long term: Invest in rebuilding and renewing our infrastructure, combat climate change and create new jobs through a “Green New Deal,” provide expanded education, training & apprenticeships, & invest in community development programs like public housing & affordable housing construction to address income inequality caused by decades of discrimination against communities of color.

Joanna Harbour, Republican

joanna4oregon.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

I do not want it nationalized. It needs to be local as each community is different. What works in Oregon may not work in Maryland. We need to make sure that we have an adequate stockpile of supplies to fight this type and unknown type of virus that may come. It is difficult to prepare for the unknown but we can used past pandemics to decide what type of items are needed and how much of each item. We were inadequately prepared nationally and in many states. All levels need to do better.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

We need to first secure our borders. We must know who is coming into our country and why. Once the borders are secure, then we need to redo our immigration system. It should be merit based. Our first priority should be to the citizens and legal immigrants who are already here. Anyone who is immigrating here must be able to provide for themselves and any dependents they bring with them, must learn to speak English, learn our laws, and accept the Constitution is the supreme law of the land.

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

The number one priority is to get the economy going. The country needs to reopen. The federal government should provide support to those who have been financially impacted and support to businesses to be able to maintain their payroll, mortgage and other bills. However, the goal should be to reopen and get the economy growing as we cannot afford to constantly provide assistance. Also, anyone on unemployment who refuses to return to work should be denied unemployment and go back to work.

Alex DiBlasi, Pacific Green Party

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  1. On changes to the national health care system.

We need Medicare For All. We needed it before the pandemic, but in our current situation the need for a nationwide healthcare plan that is free for everyone has been laid bare. Democrats aren’t touching the issue in this election, even though 75% of Americans support it. Regarding COVID, we need a comprehensive testing system in place, contact tracing, and regular relief checks for people impacted by job loss and shortened hours

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

It should be easier to come into this country. The idea that people are flocking here from Central America and elsewhere to wreak havoc is racism, plain and simple. Migrants and refugees from both political and ecological terror are coming to this country because they see it as the land of opportunity that it was for many of our families and ancestors. Diversity has always been one of America’s greatest strengths. Let them in. Abolish ICE. End family separation and the mass detention of children

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

We must protect families and workers from economic disaster by providing relief payments until the end of the pandemic. These UBI payments would motivate people to participate in the economy, stimulating growth for businesses.

Josh Solomon, Libertarian

solomon4congress.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

I propose a restructuring of our health care system that includes a substantial increase in the number of practicing physicians while lowering health care costs. This can be accomplished by using a tiered structure that is based on the credentials of the medical professionals in each tier. A tiered medical system provides a middle ground between choosing to have no medical coverage at all or paying prohibitively high premiums for health insurance.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

Certain agricultural sectors depend on migrant labor to provide food to the public. However, these practices can be exploitative of migrants and place the majority of the liability on the workers rather than the employers. If farmers are hiring migrants under the table, then it is imperative that we bring these practices to light and provide work permits for migrants through the legal immigration channels.

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

In order to protect the liberty and economic security of the nation, we must give the public more freedom is deciding how to take care of their own health and well being during the pandemic. Small businesses that have been considered non-essential have suffered far more economic devastation than large corporations, largely because the public has been banned from engaging in commerce at these sites.