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US House of Representatives District 13

Each state receives representation in the US House of Representatives in proportion to the size of its population but is entitled to at least one representative. There are currently 435 representatives, a number fixed by law since 1911. NC has 13 members of the US House. The House shares with the Senate responsibility for all lawmaking within the United States. For an act of Congress to be valid, both houses must approve an identical document. Each representative serves a two-year term. There are no term limits.

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  • Ted Budd
    (Rep)

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    Scott Huffman
    (Dem)

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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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Age (optional) 58
Contact Phone (980) 500-1100
email address scott@scotthuffman.com
Twitter @HuffmanForNC
Position/philosophy statement Working Class Candidate for Working Class Americans.
I think we have to ensure that our lawmakers aren’t using our tax dollars for personal enrichment. The Covid-19 crisis has laid bare the conflicts of interest rampant within Congress. Lawmakers trading on the stock market using information they got in briefings; my opponent driving millions to his family business in relief while he repeatedly votes against relief for children in his district to have more food. Our tax dollars need to serve us. We must protect things like social security, expand Medicaid and Medicare, and stop stripping money from our military families in the states for things like a vanity wall on our southern border. And in order to do these things properly, we need revenue. The Trump tax cuts starved our government of $1.5 trillion and places an undue tax burden on those who can least afford to bear it. This has to be resolved quickly.
Social mobility has ground to a halt in recent years. We have defunded public education, made college unaffordable, and outsourced manufacturing jobs. Agribusiness has squeezed our small farmers and made them unable to compete. We need to place and emphasis on domestic manufacturing through tax-based incentives for clean energy development, technology jobs, and increase the minimum wage nationwide to at least $15. This is only a start. We need to remove the tax subsidies for Big Oil and invest in community colleges and trade schools so we can provide additional training options for working class Americans. Most of our legislation is tilted now towards the Extreme Rich. We need to re-establish our fiscal priorities in governance away from the donor class and back to the people. If our job is to protect Americans, then we must protect their economic welfare and social mobility as well.
I have emphasized throughout my campaign that I will govern on behalf of everyone. Partisanship doesn’t matter to me. We are all Americans and we are all granted equal rights under the law and the Constitution. Whether or not I legislate for you does not depend on if you voted for me. I know that politics is the art of the possible and unless we choose compromise to render the fringes moot, I fear we will continue to devolve into an even more ineffective governing body. We need to improve bipartisan outreach and staff monthly town halls in our districts. We need to be proactive about community outreach to areas that feel left out. We need to make ourselves MORE available to the voters and be able to synthesize their concerns and needs into actionable legislative priorities. Every member of my district has a unique voice that deserves to be heard by their elected official, no matter where your party loyalties lie.
REMOVE OIL AND GAS SUBSIDIES. These are the most profitable entities in the world. They don’t need help from our tax dollars. They need to pay their fair share.

INCREASE CLEAN ENERGY TAX SUBSIDIES. We need to provide incentives for large and small busineses alike to meet enhanced environmental standards. This is an emergency. We have the technology to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel based energy but we have been refusing to implement this tech. Solar, wind, hydroelectric and even safer nuclear technology should be implemented on a much broader scale. These features will also create higher paying jobs for our state. PLANT TREES. This may sound pollyannaish, but trees are a vital cog in the wheel of environmental stewardship. There are numerous other options and technologies that we can use to supplant lumber as a primary source. For instance, 1 acre of hemp creates the same amount of paper as 10 acres of trees. We can also codify paperless transactions whenever possible. The amount of paper used and wasted by 1.5 million government employees would astound you. We can ensure digital record keeping methods are implemented across government and in large private sector entities. But, we have to reduce our carbon footprint and our waste and allow our natural flora and fauna to thrive so that our air quality can be improved.