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Candidates on the issues: McMorris Rodgers, Danimus, Hill, Clynch

The recent draft Supreme Court ruling on abortion proclaimed Roe v. Wade "egregiously wrong from the start." Should states or the federal government control abortion, and what should those policies look like?

  • Ann Marie Danimus

    Says women’s reproductive rights are never a state issue, equal rights are a federal issue, and Roe v. Wade was a sound decision. Supports Washington state's laws related to abortion, which she believes are a true reflection of Roe v. Wade. Also supports exceptions to restrictions to protect the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. Says contraception is health care, along with abortion, and access should be provided for both.

  • Natasha Hill

    Says Congress should codify a woman’s right to receive an abortion, at a minimum, and states can make laws that go further. Suggests Washington's law should be a model for federal legislation, including exceptions to protect the life of the mother and in cases of rape and incest. Says states should have to provide access to emergency contraception.

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Says states are best positioned to make their own laws, because Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion. Believes life begins at conception, and every life is worth protecting, and several states and Congress have considered laws that go too far in permitting abortions. Says that in cases where the mother's life is threatened, exceptions should be allowed, but not in cases of rape or incest. Says states should not be required to provide emergency contraception.

  • Sean Clynch

    Says that as a decentralized republic, powers that aren’t specifically granted in the Constitution should be left to the states. Believes Washington's laws are too liberal on this subject. Argues that abortion should be outlawed when the fetus is viable, though exceptions should be made in cases of protecting the life of the mother and rape and incest. Contraception should not be outlawed, but states should not be required to provide it.

Legislation that has passed the House of Representatives but stalled in the Senate would require a licensed gun dealer to conduct a background check between two private parties interested in buying and selling a firearm. Do you support this requirement?

  • Ann Marie Danimus

    Yes. Says that although criminals won’t follow any new gun laws, it would make investigation and prosecution easier.

  • Natasha Hill

    Yes. Says that rights are not unfettered or absolute and have to be balanced with the health, safety and welfare of communities

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    No. Says the background check system needs to be improved and that the measure would have raised concerns about due process rights for law-abiding gun owners.

  • Sean Clynch

    No. Opposes any additional federal laws governing gun ownership.

Legislation before a House committee currently would forgive student loan debt for borrowers who had filed a tax return, remained employed during the previous year and made less than $100,000. Would you support such forgiveness of student loan debt?

  • Ann Marie Danimus

    Yes. But says a lot more needs to be done to fix the underlying problem. Says that student loans should not be privatized, interest paid for all borrowers should be credited to their principal, and those who paid off their loans should get a tax credit. Believes that two years of college should be free and we should incentivize higher education for certain professions, such as nurses, counselors and police officers.

  • Natasha Hill

    Yes, as a starting point. Believes that Congress should explore other options for forgiving student debt, including raising the cap to $250,000 and forgiving interest on all loans.

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    No. Believes that would make inflation worse, and taxpayers should not have to pay for the decisions made by individual borrowers who could have made other choices about post-secondary education or employment.

  • Sean Clynch

    Yes. Argues that subsidies and bailouts are provided to banks and farmers, and that should extend to those seeking an education.

The House recently approved a bill that gave the Food and Drug Administration $28 million in emergency funding to address the infant formula shortage. Do you agree with that action?

  • Ann Marie Danimus

    Yes. Says it was an immediate action to improve supply, and the Republican plan would have taken six months.

  • Natasha Hill

    Yes. Says an immediate response was needed, even if it wasn’t perfect.

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    No. Believes the Food and Drug Administration did not deserve additional funding after moving too slowly once learning of a potential shortage months before February 2022. Says a GOP-backed proposal would hold the FDA accountable in the future.

  • Sean Clynch

    Yes. Says the failure of the Food and Drug Administration to prepare adequately for the shortage, and the need for emergency funds from Congress, demonstrates the incompetence of the federal bureaucracy.

Do you believe the economic sanctions against Russia and the military aid provided to Ukraine have been adequate, inadequate or an appropriate response to the military action by Putin?

  • Ann Marie Danimus

    The actions have been appropriate, but we should be aware of any unintended consequences that improve the economic status of China.

  • Natasha Hill

    Adequate. But says the United States should have done more in the early days to return detained women’s basketball star Brittney Griner.

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Says they've largely been adequate, but says the administration should be doing more to reduce dependency on Russian energy and gas, because that's what funded Putin's military action.

  • Sean Clynch

    Says the Biden administration has done a pretty good job in response to the crisis, but that the White House should be doing more to inspire the Russian people against Putin because the United States will need Russia as an ally against China.

What is the largest contributing factor to inflation in this country, and what would you propose Congress does about it?

  • Ann Marie Danimus

    An increase in demand for goods and services and a lack of supply, as well as a labor force. Says those problems were partly caused by premature retirements during the pandemic, and the lack of regional production in the United States. Says the country needs regionalized economies that will also promote green policies.

  • Natasha Hill

    Says the United States has had years of policies that have incentivized corporations to pursue profits for their shareholders and avoid paying taxes at the expense of livable wages for workers, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    Rampant government spending, including trillions of dollars spent since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Says Congress should work to rein in government spending, including so-called "zombie programs" that are automatically approved each year.

  • Sean Clynch

    Says it's being throttled up by the oil prices. Believes more should be done to increase fuel supply in the United States, whether it’s through Congressional or executive action.