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6-year term. Must be at least 30 years old, a resident of the United States for at least nine years, and a resident of Texas. One of 100 members of the U.S. Senate which has specific powers to advise and consent to presidential appointments and treaties and to try impeachments. Powers the Senate shares with U.S. House of Representatives include the power to levy taxes, borrow money, regulate interstate commerce, and declare war. Current annual salary: $174,000Plazo de seis años. Debe tener por lo menos 30 años de edad, ser ciudadano de Estados Unidos por un mínimo de nueve años y ser residente de Texas. Es uno de los 100 miembros del Senado de los Estados Unidos y tiene poderes específicos de asesorar y aprobar los nombramientos y los tratados presidenciales, y de juzgar los juicios de altos funcionarios del gobierno por haber cometido delitos penales. Los poderes que el Senado comparte con la Cámara de Representantes incluyen el poder de imponer impuestos, pedir dinero prestado, regular el comercio interestatal, así como el poder de declarar la guerra. Salario anual actual: $174,000
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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Disaster planning: Should the federal budget plan in advance for funding disaster relief for catastrophic events, such as hurricanes and flooding? Why or why not?

Health care: What specific reforms, if any, would you propose in health care policy to address the cost and access to health care? Explain.

Immigration: What changes, if any, should make in immigration policies? Why?

What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

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Campaign Phone (281) 520-2357
Twitter @stefanofortx
Education College of the Holy Cross (BA Economics and Political Science) Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)
I am an attorney with 10 years of experience in the energy and financial industries negotiating multi-billion dollar deals. My career gives me an insider's view of the major issues affecting Texas and I have the negotiating chops to succeed
Yes. If we don't plan ahead, we are left with the current situation, politicians that can't get a supplemental federal emergency spending bill done in more than 150 days. Also, if we had advanced legislation and budgeting, then there wouldn't be the pork that is inevitably added to these bills, it would be "clean" money for emergencies.
We must split the healthcare system into catastrophic and non-catastrophic buckets. In the non-catastrophic side, we must eliminate insurance and return to a cash based system (with funding for all). On the other side, we must have a federal re-insurance program, and subsidies for people. No mandate, but rather incentives for people to avail themselves of the insurance.
Our immigration policy must be market-based. We must accept immigrants in relation to the needs of our business community. The process must be simple and generate revenue, with fees that undercut the black market. We can't pretend that prohibition-type immigration policy or enforcement will solve a supply-demand problem. Then we must re-invest in vocational schools.
I will focus on bread and butter issues: the energy industry, infrastructure investment, veterans healthcare, rural education, rural healthcare, vocational schools, lower deficits, legalized marijuana, and more. I will bring solutions to the table, not arguments and I will bring home the bacon for Texas. I will put Texas first, something that is currently lacking.
Twitter @SemaForTexas
Education Career college (healthcare)
I do not have previous political experience. Instead, I offer a genuinely human approach to fixing our political system. I am a working-class, first-generation American. I can relate to the struggle of working Americans because I've lived it.
Absolutely. By including this in the budget, the federal government will be prepared to handle the needs of impacted people. I live in an area impacted by Hurricane Harvey and have experienced the disaster firsthand. FEMA came to my area and offered disaster relief loans rather than grants. Putting people further into debt is not the answer. This system has to change.
I support single-payer healthcare for all. We are the wealthiest nation in the world that does not guarantee universal healthcare. A single-payer system would put healthcare in the hands of patient and doctor, taking the profit-driven health insurance companies out of the picture. I support single-payer healthcare and H.R. 676 because healthcare is a human right!
Undocumented immigrants in Texas are treated as second-class citizens even though they play a crucial role in our state’s economic vitality. As your senator, I will work to pass legislation that gives undocumented immigrants a clear pathway to citizenship. I will also push for the simplification of the immigration process and ending immigration waitlists.
I believe that higher education is a right and anyone should be able to attend public colleges and universities tuition-free. I support the decriminalization of marijuana, which could bring in major tax revenue for the state. I believe that our military has grown too bloodthirsty and we should cut the military budget, bring our troops home, and pursue a policy of peace.
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Campaign Phone (757) 816-3860
Twitter @marysenate2018
Education Round Rock High, University of Texas (BS), San Jose State University (MSA and MST)
CPA, Master's in Accountancy and Taxation, over thirty years of business experience while supporting my sailor as he served the USN for 27 years, MOTHER, proud American, and prouder Texan. I work for you, not special interests.
Absolutely. With the current system, there is little or no control over the process and with emergency appropriation bills, the risk runs high they will contain pork. The solution is an annual budget that adequately funds FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund (DRF), ensuring the balance carries over as intended rather than budgeting the minimum and consistently failing.
Small businesses are drowning in the Obamacare obligation. And strangling small business isn’t the way to get the economy thriving. History has shown us that a prosperous middle class is the key to economic benefits for everyone. The employee level is too low that demands coverage. Healthcare should be required for over 100 employees rather than 50.
The overlapping of internal investigation offices at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has exposed a need to centralize their efforts to curb an alarming number of terminations. I am a proponent of DACA. The problem should have been solved years ago and the children are grown, productive taxpayers who need final acceptance into the only home they’ve ever known.
Russia’s tampering with our election cannot go unanswered. Another branch of the military should be formed to counteract cyber threats. We’ve been hacked by China, Russia, and North Korea. The time for action is now.
Campaign Phone (915) 730-3876
Twitter @BetoORourke
Education BA Literature Columbia University
I have represented El Paso, Texas in the House of Representatives for over five years. I have proven that I am dedicated to responsiveness and transparency,which I believe are the hallmarks of a good representative, by talking directly with my constituents at town hall meetings and would continue to do so on a monthly basis if elected to the Senate
Yes, it is critical that the government plan and fund disaster relief before disasters happen. We know that $1 spent on disaster mitigation means $4 in savings in the future. Even more important, if we take the steps to prepare for disasters that will inevitably happen through improved infrastructure, buyouts, and dedicated funds, we can ensure fewer Texan lives are lost to those disasters.
As a starting point to broadening access to Medicare, I introduced the Medicare-X Act in the House, which creates a Medicare public option plan on the individual and small business exchanges that is affordable and provides quality coverage. I believe an aggressive plan to create a Medicare public option plan such as this would be the most feasible and effective way to transition from our current system to truly universal health care.
We need to begin by being respectful to all humans, including doing away with “show me your papers” laws like SB4 that target people of color. Next, we need to adopt comprehensive immigration reform that includes a clear, consistent, and reasonable pathway to citizenship for those that wish to live in the U.S. We also need to ensure we provide a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, who are as American as me or my children.
I think the most important issue facing us in our broken electoral system. We need to address dark money in politics by limiting PAC contributions for those running for office and limit undue consolidated influence by instituting term limits for members of the House and Senate. I have introduced legislation to accomplish both of these reforms and would do so if elected to the Senate.
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