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Candidate positions: Betty McCollum

The following positions reflect those used for Betty McCollum in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidate's public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."


Issue Question Candidate Position
Jobs and economy What should the federal government do to stimulate job creation and economic development? ANSWER OPTION
Congress should pass President Obama's jobs proposal, which economists said will put 1.9 million Americans back to work without increasing the deficit. I support investing in rebuilding America's infrastructure, school building modernization, and extending temporary aid to states to keep hundreds of thousands of teachers, police officers, fire fighters, and social workers out of the unemployment line and working in our communities.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Federal deficit Where are three specific areas where federal spending should be cut? Are there any specific areas where federal spending should be increased? ANSWER OPTION
Cut tens of billions of dollars from wasteful cold-war era programs that are ineffective, over budget, and outdated. Farm subsidies to corporate agriculture can be reduced. Cut billions in "tax expenditures" that benefit big oil companies. I support increased investments for transportation infrastructure, medical research, and special education.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Bush-era tax cuts Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them? ANSWER OPTION
No. I oppose borrowing nearly $1 trillion over the next decade to extend extra tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, which only adds to our national debt and burdens the middle class. I do support extending tax cuts for middle class families for an additional year while the economy recovers. This responsible plan would provide 100% of families a tax cut on their first $250,000 of net income.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"To make all the Bush tax cuts permanent, as House Republicans have supported, adds $2.84 trillion to the national debt over the next 10 years," McCollum said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Farm Bill Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
Yes.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
I support lifting the payroll tax cap to allow high-income earners to continue to contribute more to the program. I strongly oppose an effort to privatize Social Security and diverting payroll contributions to Wall Street.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Social Security must be strengthened to ensure that seniors today and tomorrow receive the benefits they deserve," McCollum said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Health Care What types of changes should be made in the health care system? ANSWER OPTION
I support President Obama's health care reform law. I also support a greater focus on prevention, early intervention, and public health to combat obesity, smoking, diabetes, mental health, and addiction which cost hundreds of billions of dollars every year and impact tens of millions of Americans. We must reduce health care costs by eliminating the $750 billion America wastes every year on unnecessary services, repeated tests and paperwork, according to the nonpartisan Institute of Medicine.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"The Affordable Care Act has my strong support and is making a tremendously positive impact on millions of Americans," said McCollum said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Medicare What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare? ANSWER OPTION
I supported reforms in the new health care law that extended the solvency of Medicare and helped to close the donut hole for seniors, which has already saved Minnesota seniors $65 million. I completely reject the Republican plan to end the Medicare guarantee and give seniors a voucher for care.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
The Republicans plan, "would hurt seniors by forcing them to pay thousands of dollars more each year out-of-pocket for care," said McCollum said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
The federal government should meet its funding obligations in special education. Move forward with implementation of the Common Core State Standards initiative and establish a nation-wide testing standard for K-12, focused on student growth, to replace 50 vastly divergent state-by-state standards. A far greater focus and investment in early childhood education is needed to prepare all children to succeed in school and help the U.S. remain economically competitive.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Energy policy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
I support greater federal incentives, along with public-private partnerships, to expand renewable energy production, such as extending the production tax credit for wind energy. Taxpayer subsidies and tax breaks for big oil companies should be ended immediately. Proven energy efficiency technologies such as district energy and combined-heat-and-power should become a priority. Congress must enact legislation to upgrade our transmission grid to meet America's growing electricity demand and ensure that all Americans have reliable access to power.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose a House Republican plan to cut the Environmental Protection Agency by 30 percent. I am committed to protecting our families by enforcing and modernizing clean air and clean water regulations.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
The Republican-backed cuts to the EPA would, "cripple enforcement of clean air and clean water standards, putting millions of Americans at risk," McCollum said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
I support it. I will continue to protect women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion services, contraception, and cancer screenings, without interference from politicians.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
Yes. Same-sex marriage should be legal and the Defense of Marriage Act should be repealed.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Securing our borders must continue to be a priority. I support the Dream Act, but that is only a first step. Congress needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform to give a pathway to legal residency for the millions of undocumented people who are living, working and contributing to our economy and communities.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
McCollum said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. She is a co-sponsor of the Dream Act. Back to top
Racial disparities What would you do to address the income, education and employment gaps for minorities in the 4th District? ANSWER OPTION
I oppose Republican cuts to the social safety net that drive more families into poverty, hurt low-income children, and limit opportunities for people in need who are striving to get ahead. Overcoming outcome or achievement gaps requires cooperation, collaboration, and direct input from affected communities and families.

CANDIDATE'S POSITION
"Minority families and all families deserve to have access to good schools, good jobs, workforce training, student loans, childcare, health insurance, and safe, affordable housing," McCollum said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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