Mark Takano • 41st Congressional District • California

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, I support a public health insurance option as described.

     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?

Yes, I believe that offering Americans the ability to purchase early coverage through the cost-efficient and effective Medicare program would have a positive impact on access to health coverage.

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;

     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

     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.

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?

I strongly oppose changes to Medicare and Social Security that would put either program on a path towards privatization or underfunding, including the changes listed.

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?

Not applicable, though I do support the end of the filibuster.