Candidates US Congress: District 5

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:

Matthew James Rix, Libertarian

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

An elimination of regulatory statutes that inhibit doctors and nurses abilities to effectively treat their patients in a timely manner, develop medicines and testing procedures, or even so much as distribute those goods and services across state lines. I would specifically focus on eliminating laws such as certificate of need laws, laws that prohibit intrastate insurance and medical services, and regulations that put limitations on the supply of medical personnel and equipment.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

The way I see it, each and every person regardless of race, sex, identity or nationality is both a consumer of goods and services and a supplier of goods and services. There is something to be said regarding safety from hostile foreign aggressors coming in droves but realistically that seems farfetched. I would, however, be open to a vetting process that is extremely expedited.

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

The lowest 25% of income earners make up roughly 80% of consumer spending. Considering this pandemic has most heavily impacted the consumer spending markets I would recommend a total halt on all taxation to the lowest income earners as well as eliminating regulations that hamper low income earners from pursing higher income avenues of employment or entrepreneurship.

Amyfororegon.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

We have several learning opportunities in this area. We need a federal program that is secure and consistent. From the beginning our data and numbers have been incorrect. This program should them be implemented at a state level for a stronger emergency management response that is universally consistent. This would include training, protocols and a coordinated effort of implementation. This would allow us a stronger response to protect and save lives.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

We need to amend the current broken system. It’s imperative to both repair and maintain a strong accounting and vetting process. We should honor those who are patiently waiting, fast track them while wee secure and improve the process. It’s critical for ongoing national security that we know who is entering our country. We need to develop a better system to welcome those who want to pursue the American dream while ensuring that citizen safety is a top priority.

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

To be prepared w a financial emergency response package that is ready to go as needed. I would implement programs to support essential workers with a tax relief/credit. I would demand accountability for all financial programs with an oversight committee accounting for our tax dollars. Provide incentives for the private sector to respond with innovation. Above all streamline financial support directly to the communities in need. Above all provide common sense leadership Oregonians deserve.

Kurt Schrader, Democrat

kurtschrader.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

The pandemic has shown the deficiencies in our healthcare system. Expansion of telemedicine infrastructure is not only crucial during a pandemic, but for our rural communities who must drive an hour or more to get care. We need to better track zoonotic diseases. I introduced the One Health Act to better prepare us for another outbreak like Covid-19. We also need to greatly increase our national stockpiles of PPE and other healthcare supplies, so we are better prepared for the next pandemic.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

It’s long past time for comprehensive immigration reform that not only reflects our values but strengthens our economy. I am an original cosponsor of the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act that is good for farm workers, businesses, and Oregon. I visited our southern border and saw firsthand the tragic effects of the child separation policy and worked with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to end it.

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

I supported the CARES Act that created several successful programs including the Paycheck Protection Program to keep people employed and increases to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to help businesses weather the pandemic. These need to continue. We need to provide aid to state and local governments as well as schools. People need childcare support for those returning to work, continued expanded unemployment insurance, and liability protections for employers, employees, and consumers.