Orange-to-Blue Questionnaire

Candidate: Lois Frankel

Contact: Brandt McCool,

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)?


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?


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?


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?


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


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


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


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


Additional Comments:

In Congress, I will work tirelessly to create jobs, restore fairness to our tax system, defend a woman's right to make her own health decisions, and protect Medicare and Social Security from radical attacks. I will always stand up for the 99% against powerful special interests. When I sit down at the negotiating table to break through the partisan gridlock in Washington, these guiding principles will be my starting point. While I strongly believe that America needs leaders who will compromise for the good of the country, strengthening the middle class will be my top priority.