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Colorado US House District 3

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    Lauren Boebert
    (R)

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    Diane E. Mitsch Bush
    (D)

  • John Ryan Keil
    (L)

  • Critter Milton
    (UPA)

Biographical Information

What is your number one priority and why?

What measures would you favor to build and protect the economy, if any? What factors go into your decision making?

What national service and/or employment effort, if any, do you favor that would bring people back to work and assist business growth? 

Background Business owner,
Mailing Address PO Box 752
Rifle, CO 81650
Contact phone Campaign phone number 970.620.8471
Twitter @laurenboebert
My number one priority is to responsibly get the country back open for business, and have people get back to work.
It starts with open the country responsibly. The government should not be in the business of choosing winners and losers. As a small business owner I’ve been on the front lines of this economic battle, where my small business was arbitrarily shut down by the heavy hand of government, when big box stores down the road stayed open and had hundreds of people shopping. I thought that was wrong and stood up to Governor Polis because of it. I opened my small business responsibly by following CDC guidelines, and was proud to have not missed payroll and kept people employed. There is no amount of government stimulus and bailouts that can ever replace Americans working. Government is not in charge of us. The people are in charge of themselves. We should do everything we can to make sure people are informed of the risks they face, but ultimately allow them as adult citizens to make the right decisions for themselves and their families.
I’ll focus my time on opening up more markets for our local energy, steel, and agriculture industries to sell their goods across the globe. That starts with supporting President Trump’s efforts to bolster fair trade agreements and supporting projects like the Jordan Cove pipeline, which will ship our district's clean natural gas to markets around the world. That in turn creates high-paying jobs right here. I’ll also focus on lowering the cost of healthcare while improving access. Healthcare that is personal and portable, that brings doctors and patients closer together is the goal, while always protecting those with pre-existing conditions. Over $800 billion per year is spent on administrative costs for healthcare, which could be better used on delivering results for patients.
Background I am a former tenured professor, Routt County Commissioner, and State Representative, and I have lived and worked in Colorado’s Western Slope for over 43 years.
Contact phone 903-539-6732
Twitter @RepDMB
My number one priority is making health care more affordable and accessible for Coloradans. To do that, I will work to strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA). My opponent supports repealing it. An ACA repeal would end coverage for over 300,000 people in CD 3 with pre-existing conditions. Repeal would also eliminate the ACA’s mental health parity provisions, roll back Colorado’s Medicaid expansion—taking coverage away from thousands of people in our district—and prevent young people from staying on their parents’ health insurance plans until age 26. Repeal would be disastrous for public health and our economy in the middle of the pandemic.

Next, I’ll lower the cost of prescription drugs by authorizing Medicare to negotiate drug prices. The VA already negotiates drug prices, paying a fraction of what Medicare does. I will work across the aisle to end surprise billing, fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and get more resources to rural hospitals.
Creating a federal infrastructure bank to fund improvements to transportation infrastructure, the electric grid, broadband, and water infrastructure will jumpstart our economy immediately. Infrastructure investment will rebuild our communities and provide real opportunity with good paying jobs. Its major multiplier effects produce widespread prosperity. For example, expanding broadband helps employ people, provides more for small businesses, for completing school work remotely, and allows us to utilize telehealth services. In the wake of COVID, our communities need real solutions. Investing in infrastructure helps our local businesses, hard working families, and our communities to thrive and succeed.

Protecting our public lands protects a major economic driver in CD 3. Ranching, retail, restaurants, and real estate all depend on our public lands to prosper. So does our outdoor economy, with its 500,000 good paying jobs for outfitters, outdoor manufacturing, and retail.
Expanding voluntary national service helps people get career skills and get back to work. Voluntary service also rebuilds our communities to attract more jobs and businesses: in infrastructure, around national parks, in housing, and in healthcare. Designed right, programs would help pay off college student loans. We can rekindle common purpose and unity in our nation by bringing together people from all backgrounds.

Now, 3 to 5 times as many young people apply to serve as there are openings. We are turning away those who want to give back and help our nation rebuild and unite.

In addition, coronavirus showed us that our medical supply chain is extremely weak, often relying on foreign supplies. I propose to incentivize small American businesses to produce much needed medical supplies right here. Producing those medical supplies here is one of many solutions and it will create new businesses opportunities, more employment opportunity, and good paying manufacturing jobs here.
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