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Background

Experience

Representative, U.S. House of Representatives (2012 - 2018); co-founder, CapitalSource; co-founder, Health Care Financial Partners

Family
Married; Children: 4
Education
BS, Columbia University,
JD, Georgetown University Law Center,
Home Address
PO Box 70835
Bethesda, MD 20813

POSITION ON ISSUES

These issue positions are derived from the annual Citizens Count issue surveys or candidate websites, social media posts, media interviews, voting records, and other sources.

Crime and Public Safety

Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on Russia in retaliation for its aggressive action in Syria and the Ukraine?
Should the U.S. impose additional sanctions on North Korea unless it abandons its nuclear program?
Do you support Pres. Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement?
Should the federal government expand background checks for firearms sales?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?

Economy, Budget and Taxes

Should the federal government raise the minimum wage?
Do you generally support higher tariffs on imports from countries such as China, where we have a large trade deficit?
Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?
Do you believe the "Trump tax plan" bill passed in December 2017 helps middle income citizens?
Should the federal government privatize some or all of Social Security?

Education

Should the federal government allow student loan payments to be reduced based on income?

Energy and Environment

Do you agree with President Trump on withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for energy efficiency?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by providing subsidies for renewable energy?
Should the federal government do more to combat climate change by taxing carbon emissions?

Health Care

Should the federal government amend the Affordable Care Act/"Obamacare" by eliminating the "essential health benefits" insurance plans must cover?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?
Should the federal government provide health care and/or insurance to every citizen?

Politics and Political Process

Would you vote in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump based on what is known to date?

Recreation and Transportation

Should the federal government increase funding for transportation infrastructure, such as road repair and highway expansion?

Social Issues

Should the federal government provide more funding to states to fight opioid addiction?
Should the government enforce federal marijuana laws in states that have legalized marijuana?
Should Congress create a path to citizenship for illegal/undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children?
Should the U.S. build a physical wall between Mexico and the U.S.?
Should the federal government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
Should the federal government ban abortion after 20 weeks gestation, with exceptions for cases of rape/incest and health complications?

VOTING RECORD

2018

Crime and Public Safety

S 139 (2018) - Extends so-called "section 702" surveillance by the NSA under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. - Voted to reauthorize surveillance
S 756 (2018) - Makes various reforms to the criminal justice system, such as mandating de-escalation training for correctional officers, improving feminine hygiene for prisoners, and adding more leniency to sentences for non-violent offenders. - Voted for criminal justice reform
HR 5698 (2018) - Categorize crimes against law enforcement as hate crimes - Voted to increase the penalties for crimes against law enforcement
HR 2851 (2018) - Outlaws some synthetic drugs and gives the Attorney General power to more quickly add synthetic drugs to the lists of banned substances - Voted for changing synthetic drug laws

Economy, Budget and Taxes

HR 6756 (2018) - Increases tax deductions for new businesses. - Voted for tax breaks
HR 695 (2018) - Defense budget bill for 2018, which increases defense spending. - Voted against defense budget increase
HR 6760 (2018) - Makes permanent various tax cuts passed as part of the "Trump tax plan" - Voted against extending tax cuts
S 2155 (2018) - Eases some of the financial regulations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. - Voted to ease Dodd-Frank regulations
H J Res 2 (2018) - Constitutional amendment requiring the federal government to balance the budget each year. - Voted against a balanced budget amendment
HR 195 (2018) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through February 8, 2018. This bill also extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. This bill does not include an extension of the immigration program Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or any other immigration-related policy. - Voted for temporary funding bill

Education

HR 4909 (2018) - Sets aside $50 million for various school safety improvements, such as threat assessment systems and anonymous reporting systems. - Voted for school safety systems

Health Care

HR 184 (2018) - Permanently repeals the medical device tax. - Voted to repeal the medical device tax
HR 6311 (2018) - Expands access and use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and allows all individuals to buy catastrophic plans (renamed “copper” plans) on the health insurance market. - Voted against expanding HSAs and catastrophic plans

Social Issues

HR 620 (2018) - Amends the Americans with Disabilities Act so that the anyone filing a lawsuit must first give the business or person an opportunity to fix the alleged discrimination. - Voted against revising the ADA
HR 2 (2018) - "Farm bill" that authorizes a variety of agriculutral programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The final version of this bill did not include stricter work requirements for SNAP, as originally proposed.  The bill also legalizes industrial hemp. - Voted for farm bill
HR 6136 (2018) - Immigration reform bill backed by Speaker Paul Ryan, which provides for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), provides $25 billion for border security, and establishes a merit-based visa program. - Voted against Speaker Ryan's immigration reform bill
2017

Crime and Public Safety

HR 1181 (2017) - Prohibits the Secretary of Veterans Affairs from sending the name of an individual to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System unless a judge determines that the individual is a danger to themselves or others. - Voted to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to send a name to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System
HR 115 (2017) - Adds the killing or attempted killing of a state or local law enforcement officer or first responder - not just a federal law enforcement officer - to the list of aggravating factors justifying the death penalty in a federal case. - Voted against revising federal death penalty law

Economy, Budget and Taxes

S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data
S Con Res 3 (2017) - Sets the federal budget. This bill also establishes rules that pave the way for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." - Voted against
HR 78 (2017) - Increases economic analysis requirements for any proposed regulation from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). - Voted against increasing analysis requirements
HR 1 (2017) - Reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, reduces the individual income tax rate for high earners from 39.6% to 37%, increases the income threshold to qualify for the alternative minimum tax, and repeals the mandate to purchase health insurance. - Voted against tax cut bill
HR 1370 (2017) - Stopped a federal government shutdown by funding the government through January 19, 2018. - Voted for temporary funding bill
HR 10 (2017) - Rolls back many of the financial regulations 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. - Voted against rolling back Dodd-Frank
S J Res 34 (2017) - Overtuns a rule from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that requires all internet browsing and app usage data be subject to the same privacy requirements as private personal information.  The FCC rule is stricter than previous regulations, which had various privacy requirements depending on the sensitivity of the online information. - Voted to keep stricter rule on privacy of internet browsing data

Energy and Environment

HR 1431 (2017) - Changes the makeup of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), opening the board to more public input and industry stakeholders and limiting scientists who might use their own research to advise the EPA. - Voted against changing the Scientific Advisory Board
HR 1430 (2017) - Requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to only use data from studies that are publicly available and can be reproduced. - Voted against changing requirements for data used by the EPA
HR 806 (2017) - Slows down implementation of ozone standards and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). - Voted against changing air quality standards
H Amdt 261 (2017) - Increases funding for the Navy to address contamination from PFCs. - Voted to increase funding to address PFCs

Health Care

HR 36 (2017) - Bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. - Voted against abortion ban
HR 1215 (2017) - Caps damages for "emotional distress, suffering, and mental anguish" in medical malpractice lawsuits. - Voted against capping damages
HR 1101 (2017) - Allows small businesses to join association health plans across state lines, outside state insurance regulations. - Voted against allowing small businesses to join association health plans across state lines
S 114 (2017) - Continues the Veterans Choice Program, which pays for veterans to use private health care providers instead of the VA. - Voted to continue the Veterans Choice Program
HR 1628 (2017) - "American Health Care Act" that repeals parts of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") and revises many health care laws.  For example, this bill would cap Medicaid funding, repeal various insurance coverage requirements, and replace the requirement to buy health insurance with a penalty the next time you get insurance if you allow your coverage to lapse. - Voted against AHCA
HR 3922 (2017) - Extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), cuts funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and makes some other changes to CHIP and Medicare (such as increasing Medicare premiums for higher income beneficiaries). - Voted against funding CHIP and changing health programs
H J Res 43 (2017) - Allows states to withhold federal funding for Planned Parenthood. - Voted to continue federal funding for Planned Parenthood

Politics and Political Process

HR 7 (2017) - Calls on the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to consider a constitutional amendment prohibiting campaign contributions unless the donor is eligible to vote in that federal election. - Voted against banning federal funding for abortion
HR 1259 (2017) - Makes it easier to fire, demote, or suspend an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs. - Voted against changing the process for firing, demoting, or suspending a VA employee
HR 998 (2017) - Establishes a commission to review and recommend the repeal of rules to lower the cost of regulation. - Voted against establishing a commission
HR 26 (2017) - Greatly increases congressional oversight of rules and regulations adopted by federal agencies. - Voted against increasing congressional oversight

Social Issues

HR 3697 (2017) - Allows the federal government to deport an immigrant suspected of gang involvement, even if the immigrant came to the U.S. legally and has not been convicted of a crime. - Voted against allowing deportation
HR 3003 (2017) - Strengthens laws against "sanctuary cities," for example withholding federal grants from any city that does not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). - Voted against penalties for sanctuary cities
H J Res 42 (2017) - Effectively allows states to drug test anybody claiming unemployment benefits or food stamps. - Voted to keep limits on drug tests for unemployment benefits and food stamps

Campaign Finances

Raised: $4,997,566
Individual Contributions: 23% ($1,150,987)
Party Contributions: 0% ($0)
PAC Contributions: 3% ($164,000)
Candidate self-financing: 73% ($3,660,000)
Other: 0% ($22,579)
Spent: $4,941,753

Reporting Date: September 30, 2018

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