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New Jersey US House District 4

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    Andrew Pachuta

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    Michael J. Rufo

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    Stephanie Schmid

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    Hank Schroeder

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Biographical Information

What on-going role do you envision for the federal government in combating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future pandemics?

What are your top three policy priorities? Please explain.

What is your economic recovery plan?

What, if any steps, should our nation take to reform our health care policies?

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

Twitter @AndrewPachuta
Qualifications/Experience • Air Force veteran • Economics undergrad • MBA • Consultant • Lifelong Hamilton resident • Fiscally responsible • Common sense conservative
The COVID-19 pandemic showed us the many weaknesses in our level of pandemic preparedness. We need to work to foster a favorable business environment in the US, so that crucial medical, pharmaceutical, and personal protective equipment supply chains are not controlled outside the country. We need to ensure we carry forward the lessons learned from this pandemic, including the importance of hand washing, protecting the elderly and the vulnerable, and taking physical precautions in certain situations. Taking these steps will ensure we are far better prepared for the next public health emergency.
My top three policy priorities are holding politicians more accountable, implementing a patient focused, free market healthcare system with a sensible safety net, and fostering an environment of economic prosperity in America. We can hold politicians accountable through term limits, which will prevent the type of long political career that leads to a “status quo” mindset, as well as by simplifying the language of bills, which will allow more Americans to understand the things on which our elected officials are voting. We can fix our healthcare system by allowing for competition and transparency throughout the system, leading to lower costs and increased access while maintaining America’s status as an innovator in the healthcare space. We can foster an environment of economic prosperity by lowering corporate tax rates while closing tax loopholes and reducing the inefficiencies of government programs that generate an untold amount of financial waste each year.
Our economic recovery cannot begin until our economy is reopened. Now, more than ever, we need to foster an environment that promotes business growth, especially for small businesses, which have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 situation. This means cutting burdensome regulations that are hampering business growth and lowering taxes to put more money back into the pockets of everyday Americans. We must also recognize that the federal government has been printing and spending money at a truly dangerous rate and this will negatively impact all Americans through the devaluation of the dollar. This nation has a spending problem and until that is under control, any plan we implement serves only to kick the can further down the road and ultimately increase the cumulative impact of our nation’s reckless spending.
Ensuring American have access to affordable, high quality health care is imperative. The first, and most important step to reforming our healthcare system, is the introduction of competition and transparency. Transparency, not just around pricing, but also around outcomes. As doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and insurance companies compete, we will see prices go down. We have seen this model have success in the limited instances where it has been implemented, and further competition will only bring prices further down. As prices decrease, more Americans will have access to high quality care. We should maintain a sensible safety net so those with pre-existing conditions or those in extreme poverty do not get left behind.
It is imperative that Americans trust that their vote will be counted and counted fairly. This is an area where we cannot afford to be lax. We have the best tech minds in the world in this country and we need to work with them to ensure the security mechanisms in place to protect the integrity of our elections is second to none, including non-partisan peer reviews of updated election security measures. There is currently a proposal in Congress to ensure all electronic votes also produce an identical paper ballot, that can be verified in the event of any voting irregularities. This hard copy, coupled with updated electronic security measures, will ensure our elections remain free, fair, and secure.
Twitter @rufo4congress
The federal government needs to get out of the way and allow local level experts, epidemiologists and scientist to attack the virus as needed for their area. We cannot treat all of the country the same. Doctors in Seattle could test and knew the virus was here. They broke the laws to prove it. Restrictions on test production and PPE sales, limited our ability to protect ourselves as hundreds of thousand of tests and PPE left our borders deemed unfit for Americans but were used world wide. Unfortunately the view from 1,000 miles up (centralized planning) distorted the view of the decision makers, as people on the ground had to work against the grain to save their neighbors. The one thing that can and should be handled by the Federal Government for safety is the international travelers through checks and screenings upon arrival.
My three policy priorities are:

1) Drastically reduce the tax burden of the average American. We say every day how the average American is struggling yet through force and threat of violence take up to 25% of their annual pay, filter it through thousands of inefficient layers of bureaucracy and return less than a dollar for dollar service to the average New Jerseyian and many to others around the country. Decentralization and return of local control of many programs (ie education, environmental safe guards, policing, health care, etc) would increase efficiency.

2) Bring all the troops home. We are not the worlds police and our regime change wars have caused more harm than good. Our funding of Saudi Arabia's genocide in Yemen is an example of a policy that must end NOW.

3) End the barbaric war on drugs. We need a system more like that of Portugal. Their success this past decade plus is an example of how treating addiction like an illness rather than a crime is the humane approach.

It is time we stimulated the average American by eliminating the federal income tax once and for all. We can talk about an up to income level, sure. The point is, rather than force small business to shoulder the burden and let the rich and well connected literally print money, let's allow the small business person, the laborer, the producers of this nations wealth keep their wealth. They will reinvest in themselves, their families and communities.

By eliminating the federal income tax on all income up to $300,000 we would lose approx $1.7 trillion of revenue. This is peanuts in comparison to the almost $6 trillion of printed money that was used to satisfy the politically connected and giant corporations.

This would also lead to service being brought back to the local level which would drive local economies by creating whole companies and many jobs.
We must work together to remove the restrictions placed on the market by centralized control through the FDA. There should not be patents on medication. The artificial limiter on the market prevents competition drives up prices and reduces supply thus raising demand. We must have transparency in pricing and increase the ease for an individual to shop for their own insurance. We also must end the practice of 'Certificate of Need" for hospitals. Again we are restricting access to healthcare which is increasing the demand and driving up prices. Limits on nurse and doctors' licenses, limits on foreign doctors, limits on importation of prescriptions drugs all decrease the supply, increase demand and sky rocket prices. We must put an end to the protectionist policies bought and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry and allow competition of services.
We need to put a full court press into block chain technology. This technology promises an unforgeable transaction and unbreakable logs of informations that can be trusted to be perfect every time. It is a technology that barring the invention of quantum computers is the most secure technology possible. This would require wholesale education starting at a grassroots level but the hardest step of every journey is the first one.
Twitter @StephLSchmid
Qualifications/Experience My work as a US Foreign Service Officer and fighting for human rights as a non-profit attorney has given me critical foreign and domestic experience that will aid in my success as a Congresswoman.
The federal government needs to continue to protect those most hard hit financially by this crisis, by continuing to support states like New Jersey that are running out of financial resources to fund our small business loans and unemployment benefits. In order to conduct proper oversight of federal relief loans, I support H.R.6782, which requires the Small Business Administration to make information regarding economic relief measures implemented in response to COVID-19 publicly available. Additionally, all COVID-19 testing and treatment must be fully covered for every American. Members of Congress must build bipartisan support to push this Administration, and future Administrations, to lead global efforts to end this crisis and ensure we are prepared to prevent future pandemics – which should include strengthening institutions designed to prevent pandemics, such as the World Health Organization, and coordinate the national and global response to them.
Healthcare: I support legislation that automatically enrolls people who are uninsured or under-insured into a publicly-funded program such as Medicare, while maintaining the choice of private insurance. I’ll also work to lower the cost of prescription drugs and expand coverage to include reproductive healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services.

Environment/Climate: Climate change is an urgent threat. I see moving to clean energy sources as a way to kickstart a part of our economy and create jobs. We must also fully fund our flood insurance and federal emergency management programs so that victims of natural disasters like Sandy have immediate support.

Taxes: The middle class is seeing tax increases and diminished property values as a result of Congress’ decision to cap the State and Local Income Tax (SALT) deduction. We must remove the SALT Cap that explicitly and unfairly targeted our state to provide financial relief to thousands of middle class NJ homeowners.
Now, more than ever, we need strong leaders who will put people before partisanship, country before party, and lead us forward. That’s why I’m running for Congress -- to help New Jersey not only recover from the COVID-19 crisis, but rebuild stronger going forward. In addition to providing aid for our local economies and small businesses, I’ll work to address the critical policy gaps this crisis has laid bare: quality affordable healthcare for every American, paid medical and family leave, support for teachers, police, firefighters, and all of our frontline workers. We also need to work swiftly to address the student loan debt crisis—which has been exacerbated by this pandemic—with more loan forgiveness programs and interest caps.
Every person in the United States should have access to affordable healthcare that does not force them to go bankrupt—no exceptions. People with pre-existing conditions should not live in fear of losing or being denied coverage because of their healthcare needs. I support legislation that automatically enrolls people who are uninsured or under-insured into a publicly-funded program such as Medicare, while maintaining the choice of private insurance for those who want it. I will also work to lower the cost of prescription drugs, as well as expand what is considered to be “healthcare.” Reproductive rights are healthcare; substance abuse treatment is healthcare; mental health services are healthcare too. We all do better as a society when we are healthy, and I will fight for that human right every day.
I support automatic voter registration and vote-by-mail for every American. I will support any legislation that prevents illegal voter purges and discriminatory voter laws such as voter ID laws, and will work to ensure protections for adequate polling locations and hours.
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Qualifications/Experience father of two service industry 37 years 7 time candidate in new jersey
Securing assistance for state and local governments. Working to create a permanent government department for pandemic awareness and response.
Universal Health care. Securing a Green new Deal. Rebuilding our infrastructure to cope with continuing climate change.Restore the full power of the 1965 voting rights act. In 2013 the law was weakened by the supreme court. Voter suppression is a major issue in America today.
Working to rebuild our infrastructure at all levels is Economic Growth.
Universal Health care. Eliminating the insurance health care money pit of private insurers.
We need to follow through with restoring the voting rights act and improve on it. More polling stations, automatic voter registration at the age of 18.
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