U.S. House, District 5
2 year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.
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Dan Wood (Dem)
IMMIGRATION: What changes, if any, would you propose to our immigration policy for current undocumented residents? Do you support construction of a wall along our southern border? If so, how would you pay to it?
FOREIGN INTERVENTION: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict? What policy would you support regarding North Korea?
BUDGET: Social Security and Medicare are key programs which are relied upon by millions of Americans. Do you support changes to these programs in order to reduce the budget? If so, how would you accomplish that? If not, how would you reduce budget deficits?
HEALTHCARE: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans? Should Obamacare be repealed, replaced or reformed?
OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of Congress, and what is your position on these issues?
I'm a '74 Terrell High School graduate, Texas A&M Former Student, and an '86 Baylor Law grad.
We need a path to citizenship for current undocumented residents. The U.S. is, and always has been, a country of immigrants. Our country benefits greatly from immigrants coming here to work or attend school, and I think giving undocumented immigrants a fair, realistic path to citizenship will be mutually beneficial.
I do not support construction of a border wall. Not only would a border wall be ineffective, it would be a massive waste of taxpayer money. I think we need to embrace the 21st century and use/continue to use surveillance drones where the U.S. Border Patrol can monitor movement along our southern border.
The U.S. should militarily intervene only when it is absolutely necessary. We need to exhaust all diplomatic options before we send Americans into harm’s way. This also means working with our allies to avoid military conflict. We should focus on coordination with other nations as much as possible through intergovernmental organizations like UN and NATO. With that said, we need to continue military intelligence and counter-intelligence measures in order to properly defend our country and allies.
I support a diplomatic approach with North Korea, one that involves working with allied countries, particularly South Korea, in order to diffuse any situation. Open communication between North and South Korea is key.
I do not support changes to Social Security and Medicare in order to reduce budget deficits. In order to reduce budget deficits, I would redesign the income tax system by expanding the total number of income tax brackets and shift the tax rate curve to higher brackets. This will increase tax revenue without harming the backbone of our economy, the lower and middle classes and small businesses.
Social Security and Medicare are not entitlements. Seniors paid into these vital programs and have earned the benefits with their hard work.
Healthcare is a right that all citizens deserve, so I will support legislation that ensures universal healthcare. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a critical step moving toward an America with universal healthcare, but we must replace it with a comprehensive, universal healthcare system. We need to move forward and build upon the successes of the ACA, not cut coverage of Americans. The primary issue with our current system is that healthcare is a for-profit industry where large corporations make money off of sick people. Only when we cut out the insurance companies and profit margins can we start lowering the cost of healthcare.
First, fighting income inequality will be a very pressing issue to address not only in the next session of Congress but for the next generation. We can start fighting income inequality by closing the income gap for women and minorities and raise the minimum wage.
Second, investing in public education is another ever-pressing issue. When we invest in our children’s education, our entire society reaps the benefits. Education boosts economic growth and social capital, and we must invest in education so that our children can reach their full potential.
Finally, we must keep dark money and corruption out of politics. I also believe in enforcing transparency in government at all levels ensure a strict ethical standard.
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