Running forU.S. Senate
as a candidate of theDemocratic Party
Prior political experience/officesN.H. State Senator; Governor; U.S. Senator
EducationShippensburg University, BA (English); University of Mississippi, M.S.S. (Political Science)
Best way to contact candidateEmail firstname.lastname@example.org
If elected or re-elected, please describe legislation you expect to sponsor or co-sponsor.
My most immediate focus is to keep working to make a difference for Granite Staters who are most affected by the pandemic, including our small businesses, towns, families, and health care providers. Weeks before the Trump administration was willing to take the coronavirus seriously, I raised the alarm. My focus has remained on delivering urgent aid and support to New Hampshire during this difficult time. We need significantly more federal resources for testing and contact tracing to help us get through this, as well as an America-based supply chain for protective equipment and medical supplies to stop the spread of the virus. We need to ensure that data and science drive policy, particularly in the important work of finding a vaccine. I continue to push for a bipartisan legislative package that delivers these resources to New Hampshire, and in the next Congress I would make sure our health care providers and hospitals have what they need, so we can help us get our economy moving and make sure this never happens again.
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?
The opioid crisis continues to affect so many Granite Staters, including communities in Manchester. Far too many families have lost loved ones, and individuals across our state continue to grapple with the challenges of addiction. I have taken on Presidents of both parties to increase opioid response funding for New Hampshire, securing a tenfold increase to expand treatment and prevention, but we must do more to end this scourge. Among my top priorities is protecting interdiction programs to stop the flow of drugs into the U.S., and to crack down on fentanyl and other substances sustaining the epidemic.
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?
My top priority is fighting for the people of our state, and I spend as much at home in New Hampshire as the Senate schedule allows. Throughout the year I travel across our state to meet with Granite Staters in their communities and discuss the greatest challenges facing them and their families. The stories I hear from people in New Hampshire influence every piece of my work in Congress, from legislation that was signed into law with my provision to allow New Hampshire veterans to get health care closer to home and outside the VA, to my priorities for a coronavirus response package to help small businesses and front-line health care workers.
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?
Partisan gridlock too often blocks progress, but I have always worked and continue to work across the aisle for bipartisan solutions that make a difference for New Hampshire. For example, I brought Republicans and Democrats together to increase funding to confront the opioid crisis. For New Hampshire, it meant a tenfold increase in opioid funding. I worked across the to create and fund the first-ever national health study on PFAS contamination, which is being piloted in New Hampshire, and to save critical construction projects at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard when President Trump tried to raid their funding last year. It’s frustrating that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has refused to allow votes on common-sense, bipartisan legislation. I am leading bipartisan bills with Republican Senators to bring down the cost of insulin, which hurts tens of thousands of individuals with diabetes across New Hampshire, to enact energy efficiency programs that will lower energy costs for Americans and reduce emissions, and I have worked across the aisle to stop surprise medical billing. Yet these have all been blocked. That’s wrong. We need leadership in the Senate that will encourage bipartisan efforts to make a difference for our communities, not obstruction.
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?
The pandemic has created a serious strain on our local public schools, particularly in Manchester, and they need urgent help. As a former teacher at Dover High School, I recognize that the coronavirus crisis has had an enormous impact on our education system, and I have heard from local educators and staff throughout the pandemic about the challenges they are facing. In the spring, the Trump administration’s allies in the Senate tried to pass a bill without emergency education support funding, ignoring the new reality facing schools and teachers during this crisis. I fought for and helped deliver nearly $90 million to New Hampshire to ensure our schools, teachers and students had the resources they deserved. I have been calling for an additional round of aid with more resources for our schools. In Manchester, and across our state, schools are facing many logistical challenges with remote learning and the adjustments necessary to potentially reopen our schools for in-person learning, and they need help now.
Question #6: With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 in the future, do you support the Congress meeting remotely?
I support any safety measures that would allow Congress to deliver another bipartisan COVID relief package.
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.
We are facing a once-in-a-generation pandemic that has devastated every aspect of our lives. The bipartisan CARES Act that was signed into law last spring to help our state and nation has been critical to New Hampshire’s efforts to address the virus. In addition to delivering support for our hospitals and schools, tens of thousands of New Hampshire businesses have received more than $2.5 billion in aid from the bipartisan Paycheck Protection Program that I helped create as one of the lead negotiators of the small business package, and I continue to work across the aisle because more help is needed for our small businesses, and for communities across New Hampshire. New Hampshire is making progress in its efforts to combat the opioid crisis, but we need a more aggressive response, and I have introduced the Turn the Tide Act to provide $63 billion over the next 10 years to invest in treatment, prevention, and recovery services. This legislation would make a big difference both nationally and in New Hampshire by promoting the use of non-opioid forms of pain treatment, ensuring that insurers do not act as barriers to vital naloxone access, and addressing New Hampshire’s shortage of workers helping those struggling with substance use disorder by providing loan repayment and increasing Medicaid payments. Combating the climate crisis should be an urgent fight for everyone across New Hampshire and the country, and we cannot wait to take action to protect our environment. Earlier this summer the president signed into law the Great American Outdoors Act, bipartisan legislation I helped write to permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and protect our public lands. This legislation is critical for protecting our environment, and helps preserve New Hampshire’s wildlife habitats and outdoor recreation areas that bring an estimated $8.7 billion from tourism to the state each year. The explosion of money in politics has had a corrosive effect on our democracy, with special interest groups flooding our states with unlimited dollars. We must pass the Democracy for All amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of our political process. This is a critical step to help safeguard our elections from foreign interference and ensure that Granite State voices aren’t drowned out by outside actors pushing their own agendas. Health care access should be a human right, and we must rein in costs to ensure that Granite State families are able to access affordable health care and stay safe, during the pandemic and beyond. I am helping lead bipartisan efforts to expand and protect access to quality health care while reducing premium and deductible costs and ending surprise medical bills. There are common sense steps we can take to lower prescription drug costs for everyone that I’m fighting for, including allowing Medicare to negotiate for lower drug prices, getting cheaper generic prescription drugs into the market, and stopping big drug companies from collecting tax breaks for their TV advertising.