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Candidates on the Issues

The Spokesman-Review asked the candidates for Congress questions about different issues. Below are the questions and each candidate's stance on the issue.

Kip Hillkiph@spokesman.com

Choose issue:

ISSUE:

Should Congress reinstate the assault weapons ban?


Horne (R):  No
"The assault weapons ban was a stupid feel good law that had no discernable effect."



McGee (L):  No

McMorris Rodgers (R):  No
"We must not choose which constitutional rights to honor; they must all be followed."

Pakootas (D):  Yes
"The truth is that a majority of Americans are in favor of sensible gun policies."

Wilson (I):  No
"The political will in the 5th District isn't there."

ISSUE:

Would you support federal legislation that would enable a way for undocumented immigrants to declare their status and begin a process of attaining citizenship?


Horne (R):  No



McGee (L):  No
Favors work visas and requiring those here illegally to leave and return through proper channels, though opposes mass deportations.

McMorris Rodgers (R):  No
Not unless border security and guest worker programs are addressed first.

Pakootas (D):  Yes

Wilson (I):  Yes
Favors the legislation passed by the Senate in 2013. "We need the whole package, including border security."

ISSUE:

Is man-made climate change a threat to our way of life and would you support legislation limiting the production of greenhouse gasses?


Horne (R):  No, and No



McGee (L):  No, and No

McMorris Rodgers (R):  Uncommitted
Says policies promoting clean energy like that in Washington state should be "weighed against their economic impact and which actions globally will have the most beneficial effect." Did not address climate change in answer.

Pakootas (D):  Yes, and yes
"The verdict is in, climate change is proven and it is real." Supports the Paris Agreement, a multinational United Nations-led pact designed to limit greenhouse gas production beginning in 2020.

Wilson (I):  Yes
Yes Supports Citizen's Climate Lobby "carbon fee and dividend" program.


ISSUE:

Do you support the Trans Pacific Partnership?


Horne (R):  No
"Our current practice of making huge complex multilateral trade agreements is costing us a vital part of our sovereignty."



McGee (L):  Undetermined.
"What I've heard isn't good."

McMorris Rodgers (R):  Uncommitted

Pakootas (D):  No
Disagrees with the investor-state dispute settlement clause, a feature of many multinational trade agreements, which allows private companies to legally challenge member governments.

Wilson (I):  Yes
Yes, though acknowledges it's not perfect legislation. "It has more good than bad."

ISSUE:

Given the emerging markets for medical and recreational marijuana in Washington, would you support federal legislation reclassifying pot as a Schedule II drug?


Horne (R):  Yes
"Yes, but use cost savings from enforcement and incarceration on a public information campaign against drug use."



McGee (L):  Yes
"And tax it heavily."

McMorris Rodgers (R):  No

Pakootas (D):  Yes
Enforcement of drug laws has led to incarceration of minorities at levels well above their share of the population.

Wilson (I):  Yes

ISSUE:

Do we spend too much, too little or just enough on the military in the United States? Would you support legislation to change the spending amounts?


Horne (R):
Too little



McGee (L):
Too little, but would only support efforts to bring troops back home. We're in too many foreign wars.

McMorris Rodgers (R):
Too much

Pakootas (D):
The right amount

Wilson (I):
The right amount