Candidates US Congress: District 4

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:

Daniel Hoffay, Pacific Green Party

danielhoffay2020.org

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

I want to see 100% socialized medicine, evidence based, full recognition and respect for patient’s rights, and full patient sovereignty over all medical decisions.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

I want to see immigration policy follow economic policy. If we’re to have ‘free trade’ when it comes to goods, services, and capital, the same should be true for human beings whose only capital is labor.

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

Investigation and prosecution of international, federal, and state agencies for their role in scientifically unsupported, overblown response to a proclaimed pandemic resulting in the shifting of $trillions in public moneys to private corporations, the institution of mass surveillance, forced isolation, and the creation of another ‘great depression’ through the shutting down of hundreds of thousands of small businesses and forcing tens of millions of Americans into unemployment.

Peter DeFazio, Democrat and Working Families Party

defazioforcongress.org

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

I voted for the CARES Act– which provided funding for frontline workers and COVID-19 research– and the HEROES Act– which invested in testing and contact tracing and bolstered the public health system. I voted to strengthen the ACA by lowering premiums, deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs. I also introduced legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs on pharmaceuticals developed with taxpayer funded research and I voted to reduce prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

I was proud to cosponsor the DREAM Act when it was first introduced in 2010, and have supported the bill ever since. In 2019, I proudly co-sponsored and voted for the American Dream and Promise Act, which passed with bipartisan support. We need comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken system– not an expensive, ineffective wall. Immigrants are part of the backbone of our nation and we should welcome those wanting a fair shot at achieving the American Dream.

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

I negotiated a workers-first approach in the CARES Act, COVID-19 relief package which should be extended. The program mandated that assistance for airlines must be passed directly to employees, workers could not be furloughed and funds could not be used for stock buybacks or executive bonuses. Additionally I support extending enhanced unemployment benefits, assistance to homeowners and renters, and support for small businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program, among other things.

Alek Skarlatos, Republican

AlekforOregon.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

The most important thing America needs to change is our management of the national stockpile of Personal Protective Equipment and ventilators to ensure we do not face shortages in the event of future national health crises. Additionally, we must relocate vital medical manufacturing back to the United States to ensure that our country cannot be held captive by China. Finally, we must hold China accountable for their actions which have led to the deaths of more than 200,000 Americans.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

As the son of an immigrant, I believe our diversity is an important part of what makes America great. However, the failure to secure the border threatens our national security and way of life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants and taxpayer funding for their health benefits. For far too long politicians have refused to act, and it’s time to put Americans and Oregonians first.

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

As the country faces historic unemployment and the American economy struggles to recover from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, we must make economic recovery a priority. It is essential we continue to safely reopen the economy, continue to provide federal assistance to businesses, and provide increased short-term unemployment benefits to individual workers. This should be coupled with targeted regulatory rollbacks to help stimulate an economic recovery