Running forU.S. Representative, District 1
as a candidate of theDemocratic Party
Prior political experience/officesMember of Congress, Former Executive Councilor. Former State Representative
Time lived in NH40
EducationManchester Public Schools (Webster Elementary, Hillside Junior High, Manchester Central High School) and Harvard College
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If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
Throughout my first term, I have worked in a bipartisan fashion to improve access to affordable health care, lower the cost of prescription drugs, ensure our veterans get the care they have earned, invest in our nation’s infrastructure, combat the opioid epidemic, protect our drinking water, and support our Main Street economy and workers. There is still much work to do on these issues, and if re-elected I would continue to sponsor and cosponsor legislation to address these problems.
What are the most important concerns facing you’ve heard from Manchester residents and how can you address those concerns if elected or re-elected?
We are experiencing a public health crisis, a deep economic recession, and questions about our ability to come together as a nation and solve problems. We need to ensure Manchester residents have access to affordable health care and affordable housing and that we are combating the opioid epidemic. If re-elected I will continue to fight to safeguard the ACA and lower prescription drug costs; invest in affordable housing so that New Hampshire can retain young workers and support business growth; and invest in evidence-based solutions to combating substance use disorder.
How much time does a member of Congress need to spend in Washington to do their job properly and how much time does a member of Congress need to spend in their home state to do their job properly?
I’ve traveled to Washington to vote on important legislation to rebuild our infrastructure and combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have also successfully conducted committee business and caucuses remotely throughout this crisis. Being in the district and meeting with folks both virtually and in person has allowed me to stay better connected to the unique concerns of Granite Staters throughout the pandemic, and I have worked to make sure those concerns are addressed by introducing legislation to protect remote workers from being taxed unfairly and fighting for relief for our state and local governments.
In your view, describe the atmosphere within Congress over the past two years. Do you believe this atmosphere will continue and how would that affect how you approach this position if elected or re-elected?
The last two years in Congress have been marked by crises at either end. I entered Congress during the longest government shutdown in American history, and now we’re working to fight a global pandemic. During both these crises I’ve worked with Representatives from both parties and across the country to pass bipartisan legislation to reopen our government and combat this pandemic. If re-elected I would continue to work with anyone willing to come to the table in good faith on behalf of Granite Staters, and I believe if we can maintain this sense of common purpose and push politics as usual to the side then our future will be bright.
What is the most significant issue facing Manchester at the municipal level and how can you, as a member of Congress aid the city government on that issue?
I’ve fought to secure the resources that our state and local governments and health systems need to combat the virus and keep Granite Staters healthy and safe. But Manchester and communities across New Hampshire need direct federal assistance to sustain our efforts to beat the COVID-19 pandemic and make sure we can weather the storm without cutting essential services or considering property tax increases. The House passed significant aid for our municipalities in the Heroes Act months ago, and I’m going to keep doing everything I can to deliver federal assistance to communities that need them.
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 in the future, do you support the Congress meeting remotely?
It is critical that Congress is able to conduct business remotely. We must continue to serve the American people without asking anyone who is at risk to endanger members of the public or themselves with unnecessary travel.
In your opinion, what were the five most significant pieces of legislation in Congress introduced over the last two years? Please explain what made them significant.
Three of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced over the past three years were the bipartisan COVID-19 relief packages we passed to deliver aid directly to the American people during this crisis. They were significant both because of the remarkable bipartisan way in which our government came together to take action and because of what they achieved. The first response package we passed included critical funding for public health, vaccine research and development, and medical supplies. The second package, the Families First Act, helped families make ends meet by bringing aid directly to citizens across the country – enhancing unemployment benefits, safeguarding Medicaid benefits, strengthening food assistance programs, and establishing an emergency paid leave program. And the third, the CARES Act, established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund which brought significant aid directly to New Hampshire and the Paycheck Protection Program, which saved more than 123,130 jobs in the First District.
Two other significant pieces of legislation introduced in the last two years that I am proud to cosponsor are H.R. 1, the For The People Act, and the Equality Act. H.R 1 is sweeping democracy reform legislation that would fix our broken campaign finance system, end the culture of corruption in Washington, and protect and expand the right to vote – getting rid of the corrosive influence of big money in our political system and returning power back to the people. The Equality Act is landmark legislation that would amend existing civil rights law to provide LGBTQ Americans with the same protections as other Americans in employment, housing, education, and public accommodations.