Daily Kos Orange to Blue Questionnaire

1. Do you support:

     a) A public health insurance option, offered by the federal government and tied to Medicare reimbursement rates plus 5% (H.R. 3200, Subtitle B, including § 223(b)(1)(A), as introduced in the House, 111th Congress)?

Yes.

     b) The Medicare You Can Buy Into Act (H.R. 4789, 111th Congress), which would allow all citizens or permanent residents to buy into Medicare?

I would be open to such a proposal if I am convinced that there is no way it would undermine the services available to seniors who depend on Medicare.

2. Do you agree that any immigration reform bill should:

     a) Contain a meaningful path to citizenship — one that does not include overly-punitive fines or a touchback requirement — for law-abiding undocumented immigrants currently in the United States;

Yes.

     b) Ensure that expanded legal permanent immigration, rather than expansion of temporary worker programs, serves as the United States' primary external answer to workforce shortages; and

Yes.

     c) Ensure that any non-agricultural temporary worker programs maintain current caps on the total number of non-agricultural temporary worker visas issued, and also include a meaningful prevailing wage requirement keyed to the Service Contract Act and the Davis-Bacon Act?

Yes, although I would want to ensure costs are not increased for small businesses.

3. Do you oppose each of the following changes to Social Security and Medicare:

     a) Raising the retirement age;

     b) Eliminating or reducing the cost of living adjustment;

     c) Directly reducing benefits;

     d) Means-testing recipients; and

     e) Privatization, so-called "personal accounts," and vouchers?

Yes to all.

4. Do you support the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409/S. 560, 111th Congress), including the provision known as "card check"?

Yes.

5. Do you pledge to vote against any efforts to extend the temporary tax cuts for income over $250,000 (Public Law 111-312)?

Yes.

6. If elected to the House, do you pledge not to join the Blue Dog Coalition?

Yes.

7. If elected to the Senate, do you pledge to restore majority rule to the Senate and work/vote to end the filibuster?

Yes.