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    David E. Price

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1. Upon election, what do you think is most important policy or action for you to accomplish in your first year?

2. Employment, income security and economic growth are always of concern to voters. If elected, what economic policies will you pursue to help Americans who are worried about their economic prospects in the coming years?

3. We have become politically polarized, particularly at the national level. Do you have any suggestions or actions you will bring to your role in Congress to address this?

4. Environmental policy has been a flashpoint recently. Are there any environmental policies that you will prioritize and bring forward legislatively if you are elected?

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A key component to creating a future where every American has a fair shot is ensuring housing affordability and transportation diversity. As Chairman of the Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, I’m tasked with designating federal spending for affordable housing and transportation programs.

For too many years, the federal government has underfunded and under-invested in affordable housing, and I’m refocusing our committee’s efforts on vulnerable populations, to combat homelessness, build new affordable housing units, and ensure our seniors and people with disabilities have access to a safe place to live. I also am working toward creating a future of transportation diversity. As congestion builds on our roads, we cannot continue to simply build lanes on I-40. Although we’ve experienced setbacks in the past year, I support efforts to connect the Triangle through a coordinated system of commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, and enhanced bus and van services. These are all policies that I will continue working towards in the new Congress.
The economy has grown as our nation recovered from one of the most devastating recessions in our history, but not everyone has felt this growth. Too many Americans are left behind by a regressive tax system that gives away huge tax breaks to corporations and the wealthy while burdening those in the lower and middle class. I’ll fight to undo the 2017 tax cuts on the wealthy, and reinvest those savings into education, health care, and a better life for every day Americans. Building an economy that works for everyone means a livable minimum wage, universal health care, paid family leave, a progressive tax system, reduced tuition for college and training programs, clean energy jobs and research, as well as incentivizing corporations to spend earnings on workers, not stock buybacks.
I believe one of the most pressing issues of our time is democratic reform to give voice to the people and create a more representative government. At the core of the corruption in today's Washington and the polarization is the influence of dark money and special interests who are drowning out the voices of everyday Americans.

I strongly support H.R. 1, the very first bill introduced by the House’s new Democratic majority, which would overhaul our democracy by exposing and eliminating dark money, expand voting rights and stop voter suppression, end gerrymandering, and establish a public financing system that encourages and matches small contributions. I have led on this issue for decades, authored several key provisions of the bill, and helped shepherd it through the House. I believe that these proposals will strengthen our democracy and create more competitive congressional and state level districts so politicians are forced to listen to the diverse views of their district.
When we generations look back at this time, I’m certain climate will be the one issue where our ancestors say, “what were they thinking, and why didn’t they act.” The disastrous impacts of climate change influences my policy decisions, from my Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee (T-HUD) Chairmanship to how we should rebuild in the face of storms. By now, we know all too well the threats of climate change right here in North Carolina. It’s meant harsher weather, shrinking coastlines, and more powerful storms.

Throughout my career, I have championed clean air and water protections, conservation of natural habitat, investments in clean energy, and U.S. leadership in combating climate change. I was a strong supporter of President Obama’s landmark Clean Power Plan and his leadership in negotiating the Paris Climate Accords, and I have been an outspoken critic of President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Accords.

As I wrote the T-HUD appropriations bill in the House this year, a major shift and focus was the inclusion of efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change in disaster recovery rebuilding as well as ensure we are focusing on clean transportation alternatives to cars. In the current Congress, I am also leading the fight against President Trump’s attempt to allow drilling and seismic testing off the North Carolina coast and have co-authored legislation to reinstate the Obama Administration’s drilling safety regulations.
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