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November 8, 2016 — Illinois Elección General
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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidato para Distrito 2

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Robin Kelly

Demócrata
Government Administrator & Elected Official
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Jobs: There are a number of ways that the federal government can support job growth in the 2nd District, by way of tax incentives, supporting investments in bourgeoning industry & finding ways to keep businesses in the State.
  • Gun Violence: Congress has a moral obligation to address the public health epidemic of gun violence in America. We must act now to pass reasonable and responsible gun safety laws to save lives.
  • Housing: Unfortunately, the Second District leads the state in foreclosures. I support programs that work to keep people in their homes and avoid foreclosure, as well as programs that support first-time home ownership.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de Chicago Sun-Times (18)

What is your biggest difference with your opponent(s)?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I have already established a significant legislative footprint in Congress in my relatively short tenure.  

Preventing gun violence has been a high priority for me since being elected to Congress. From the beginning of my tenure, I have been an unrelenting advocate for common sense gun reform.  I have introduced or co-sponsored a variety of bills to that effect.  This year, I consolidated all of my advocacy efforts into the UP Initiative, which I believe is the most significant accomplishment of my term thus far.

Furthermore, I have drafted legislation that addressed major problems locally, including the massive piles of pet coke that were a great nuisance on the southeast side of the city.  I also helped to complete the endeavor of my predecessor and dedicated Second District constituents in facilitating the designation of Pullman as a National Park designation. 

But despite my active legislative work, the delivery of quality constituent services has always been a top priority for me.  This was the hallmark of my state legislative office, and something that I have maintained steadfastly.   

Congress has declined to formally authorize America’s undeclared war against ISIS. Should Congress take a vote to authorize the use of military force against ISIS?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I am on the record as saying that we should not put more Americans in harm’s way for another prolonged conflict on the ground.  Nevertheless, I have been supportive of the United States’ efforts with the international community to provide technical and strategic advice on the ground and measured air support campaigns that protect our international partners, degrade ISIS and are in the security interest of Americans at home.   

As for a vote today, our generals have not made that recommendation, nor has this Congress has called for such action.  We must be very mindful of not repeating the mistakes of 2003 and the vote for the war in Iraq.  Should ISIS strengthen its power and/or pose additional threats to our immediate security, I would be open to considering all options.  

More generally, what should Congress do to reduce the threat of ISIS abroad and at home? 
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I believe that there are preventative steps that can be taken diplomatically to disincentivize the spread of global terror.  That said, it is critical that we work with our allies in the region to eradicate spread by ISIS.  

Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. Do you support such action? What restrictions, if any, do you support on the admission of Muslims into the United States? 
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

No, I do not.  Contrary to the inflammatory rhetoric about immigrants during this campaign season, our vetting system for refugees is already quite stringent.  Furthermore, the recent “lone wolf” attacks on U.S. soil have been committed by American-born and bred Muslims, which underscores the fact that a blanket restriction on the admission of Muslims would have been futile.

The United States’ nuclear deal with Iran turned one year old on July 14, 2016. Should the deal be maintained as it is, revised or scrapped completely? What is right or wrong with the Iran deal? And should the next president feel bound by it?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I supported the terms of the Iran Nuclear agreement.  I supported the terms because with this deal, Iran’s stockpiles of enriched uranium will be reduced.  The country will be opened up to strict monitoring, including on-the-ground nuclear inspectors, and the pathways to a nuclear weapon will be blocked and enforced by the United States and the international community. 

We must be vigilant and ensure that Iran remains compliant.  I also believe that we must fight against domestic attempts to undermine the deal, including Senator Cotton’s Heavy Water amendment, which merely stokes distrust and undermines diplomacy efforts.  

Should the United States build a physical wall along our nation’s entire border with Mexico? Should a “path to citizenship” be created for the millions of people already living here without proper documentation? Would you support legislation to prevent the deportations of so-called “Dreamers” — youth who came to the U.S. illegally as small children with their parents?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I strongly believe that we must ensure that our border security is strong and robust.  However, building a wall to “keep out” immigrants from Mexico and other Central American countries is wholly implausible.  Perhaps more importantly, it is an ill-conceived, xenophobic reaction to a complex problem.  I do, however, support legislation to prevent the deportation of Dreamers. 

Federal judges in July ruled against voter identification laws in Wisconsin and Texas, concluding that they disproportionately impact minority voters and violate the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Should voters be required to show a photo ID when voting? And should the federal government have a say in this, or is it strictly a matter for the individual states to decide? 
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I believe that the federal government must continue to have a say in any scheme that disproportionately impacts minority voters.  Historically, the DOJ has identified and dealt with states like Texas that have had a long, well-established pattern of discrimination against minority voters.  I do believe that there may even be room for federal assistance to ensure that all voters have proper identification.  

Should all or certain federal public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, be given to states to control? Do you support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration for oil and other fossil fuels, even if those resources are not immediately developed? 
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I do not believe that federal public lands should be given to states to control, nor do I support the opening of public lands for the exploration of fossil fuels. 

What changes, if any, to the U.S. tax code do you support and why?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

Our tax code must be revised to restore basic fairness, which includes ensuring that the wealthiest Americans are not paying a lower tax rate than middle-class families.  The code must also be made simpler.  I believe that we must close tax loopholes, like limiting inversions that reward companies for shifting profits and jobs overseas.  We must allow for profits earned abroad to be repatriated so those funds can go towards rebuilding our infrastructure and funding vital support programs.  I also believe that Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit must be made permanent and expanded to help working families.

What are the most important actions Congress can take to ensure the solvency of Social Security?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

Contrary to the looming concerns about the solvency of Social Security, the recently released 2016 Trustees’ Report has shown that the program will still be able to pay full benefits for close to 20 years, after which point there may be a significant shortfall, assuming there are no efforts by Congress to shore up the trust funds.  

Nevertheless, too many attempts have been made to dismantle or severely limit Social Security and other eligibility programs, purportedly as a cost-saving measure.  But we cannot solve our nation’s long-term fiscal challenges and the growing costs of health care by simply unloading those costs and financial risks onto the elderly, the poor and disabled individuals. 

As such, I oppose proposals like turning Medicare into a voucher program, allowing states to cut Medicaid benefits, or any resolution to turn Medicaid into a block grant program, thereby shifting the entire burden of increasing health care costs onto the states.  

The Republican Party platform defines marriage as between a man and a woman. What is your view? The Obama Administration has issued guidelines to schools, saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. What is your view? And do you believe parents of LGBT children should be allowed to force their children into conversion therapy?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I believe in marriage equality.  I am also opposed to subjecting minors to the harmful practice of conversion therapy.  I support the guidelines of the Department of Justice and the Administration in allowing transgender students to using the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

What is the single most important action Congress can take to reduce U.S. gun violence?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

Among the most important actions Congress can take would be the passage of comprehensive background check legislation, which is supported by the majority of Americans irrespective of political affiliation.  This is an important first step in the promotion of common sense gun legislation

The “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act” would give the Department of Justice authority to keep suspected terrorists on the federal “no fly” list from buying firearms. The bill was voted down in Congress late last year but pushed again in June after the Orlando massacre of 49 people. Do you support or oppose this bill, and why?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I support it.  The GAO has reported that between February 2004 and December 2014, individuals on the watch list attempted to purchase firearms or explosives on 2,233 occasions — and more than 90 percent of the time, they cleared a background check and received approval to buy. In light of the recent frequency of attacks domestically and across the world, there is no excuse that suspects who are banned from flying should remain eligible to purchase firearms.

Should Obamacare be repealed, left intact, or changed — and if so, how? 
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

As I have steadfastly maintained, I believe that the Affordable Care Act should be left intact.  The ACA has been an exceptionally important tool in providing coverage to millions of uninsured Americans around the country, especially for middle-income Americans who previously made too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to afford insurance premiums not covered by their employers.  Certainly, there are aspects of the Act that need to be fine-tuned or corrected.  As such, I am willing to improve upon the Act in a way that protects its integrity, while addressing some of the unintended issues that arose after its implementation.

A plan to replace Obamacare, presented by House Speaker Paul Ryan in June, would gradually increase the eligibility age for Medicare, which is now 65. Starting in 2020, the Medicare age would rise along with the eligibility age for full Social Security benefits, eventually reaching 67. Do you support this change in the eligibility age for Medicare? 
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

No, I do not. I believe that raising the age of eligibility for Medicare would shift costs from the federal government to states, to individuals, and increase total health care spending. 

The GOP platform opposes the use of public funds for Planned Parenthood and other groups that “perform or advocate” abortion. It also opposes funding health care that includes abortion coverage. In contrast, the Democratic Party’s platform called for continued funding of Planned Parenthood and repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bars the direct use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Where do you stand?  
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I support a woman’s right to choose, and I support the Democratic platform fully.  

President Obama has proposed making two years of community college free nationally. Do you support or oppose this proposal? If you support it, how would you have the nation pay for it? 
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

I support the President’s proposal of making two years of community college free.  However, I think that we must also extend a similar opportunity for students attending private universities; specifically, we should extend the equivalent of what subsidy they would have received had they attended a community college in the area.  Helping only community colleges could be a detriment to private colleges, particularly HBCUs.  Among the ways to pay for the federal portion of this burden would be to cut defense spending and become more targeted about the federal loans that we currently offer. 

College costs have risen at twice the rate of inflation for about 30 years. What is driving this increase and what should be done about it?
Respuesta de Robin Kelly:

Many economists have cited the increase of federal student aid as a major source of the precipitous increase in tuition.  To the extent that student loans and grants are driving up tuition, we must refund our public higher education system while requiring schools that take the cash to lower their prices, hopefully creating market pressure for private colleges to do the same.

I support efforts that will reduce the cost burden on students and provide greater value.  For example, I agree with the President that we must change how Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans and Work Study are administered, by updating the otherwise antiquated formula that rewards colleges for longevity with program but provides no incentive to keep tuition costs low.  I also agree with the President’s focus on reducing the amount of campus-based aid to those institutions that are not responsible in restraining tuition increases. 

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Contribuciones

Dinero total recaudado: $1,110,068

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

1
Ernst & Young and employees
$10,250
2
American Crystal Sugar
$10,000
2
Border Health PAC
$10,000
2
Ford Motor Company
$10,000
2
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
$10,000
2
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
$10,000
2
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
$10,000
2
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
$10,000
2
IUOE Local 150
$10,000
2
National Rural Letter Carriers' Association
$10,000
2
New York Life Insurance Company
$10,000
2
Off the Sidelines
$10,000
2
Service Employees International Union
$10,000
2
UNITE HERE
$10,000
2
United Association (UA)
$10,000
2
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
$10,000
2
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)
$10,000

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

Illinois 40.05%
District of Columbia 28.55%
Virginia 5.53%
Texas 3.38%
Other 22.49%
40.05%28.55%22.49%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (95.21%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (4.79%)
95.21%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (65.62%)
De individuos (34.38%)
65.62%34.38%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Comisión Federal Electoral de MapLight.

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