Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers hope to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for the 1st Congressional District seat.
Voters will decide the issue in Tuesday’s primary.
The winner will take on the winner of the Republican primary in the Nov. 6 elections, when voter will choose a replacement to retiring Republican congressman Paul Ryan.
The candidates responded to these questions:
Q: What actions should lawmakers take to improve federal taxing and spending. List no more than three.
Bryce: “Speaker Ryan has spent a lot of time touting the tax cuts middle-class families will receive in his so-called ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.’ What he consistently fails to mention is that those tax cuts are set to expire in 10 years.
“As a member of Congress, I would lobby to make those tax cuts permanent while eliminating tax loopholes for corporations and the very wealthy.”
Myers: “We need to repeal the recent Republican tax reform bill that gave over $1 trillion to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.
“Republican tax reform was passed through a process that lacked transparency and public input. I will demand that any major legislation be subject to a vigorous, open debate and transparent process because citizens deserve an opportunity to provide input and improve legislation that impacts them.
“We should use the $1.5 trillion we will save by repealing Republican tax reform to invest in our infrastructure and put Americans to work by rebuilding our roads, bridges, and public schools.”
Q: Name the three greatest threats to the United States right now.
Bryce: “Lack of access to health care, the decline of the middle class and Republican attempts and subsequent actions to roll back voting rights.”
Myers: “Climate change is an existential threat to our planet. ... We are already seeing that droughts and extreme weather are devastating entire countries and causing social unrest, which makes our world less stable and will lead to more war.
“The Citizens United Supreme Court decision fundamentally changed our democracy. ... The richest Americans, biggest corporations, and special interests cannot be allowed to control our political process, silence the American people, and reshape the future of our country to benefit the wealthy few.
“The threat of nuclear war will be one of our greatest threats until nuclear weapons are no more. Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong-un control enough nuclear weapons to destroy our planet many times over. We need to de-nuclearize so unstable leaders no longer have that power.”
Q: What would be your approach to working with Republicans to make positive change? What issues show most promise for bipartisan solutions?
Bryce: “I believe we can find common ground when working on veterans’ issues. There is a lot to be done to help those that have worn the uniform for our country.
“When I returned home after my tour in Honduras in the 1980s, I worked with homeless vets. ... There is so much that this country owes them and so much more we can do to help them.
“I believe that this is something that Republicans and Democrats can find common cause and work together on.”
Myers: “I will work with Republicans by developing personal relationships with those whose constituencies support my policy priorities.
“I expect to receive the most bipartisan support for climate-change solutions and Medicare for all. ...
“There is already significant bipartisan support for market-based climate changes solutions, like a carbon fee and dividend program, which I will support when I am in Congress.
“A Medicare-for-all, single-payer health-care system may not seem to be an area where we can find bipartisan agreement, but I’ve spoken with many small business owners who identify as Republican who support my plan because our employer-based health care system is one of the most significant costs for small businesses.”