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Bobby L. Rush, Candidate for Congress (1st District)

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Candidate Full Name: Bobby L. Rush

Office: U. S. House of Representatives U. S. Congressional District 1

Party: Democrat

Email Address: representativerush@gmail.com

Campaign Name: Citizens for Rush

Campaign Office Mailing Address: P. O. Box 7292, Chicago, IL 60680-7292

Phone: 312.622.2470

Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)

1. Can the budget deficit be controlled only by spending cuts or does the federal government need to raise more revenue? If you favor more revenue, should there be a general tax hike?

Settling our fiscal crisis is not a simple matter and accordingly, there are no simple solutions. Revenue increases, however, have to be made a part of the solution as well as crafting more fiscally responsible federal budgets that significantly reduce our national debt over the next decade. Without targeted revenue increases and the closing of tax loopholes, we risk turning America into a country that is radically different from the founding ideals and aspirations of what America should and can become. I do support federal spending to create more permanent and sustainable jobs, especially through public work projects and public-private partnerships.

2. Did you favor the 2011 pullout of U.S. military forces from Iraq? Why or why not?

I supported the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq because our soldiers have done everything that we have asked of them and now it is time for the Iraqis to stand up and take control of their own futures. American forces have helped them begin the process of setting up their own political structure and now the Iraqis must decide which path they will follow as they establish their own government and assume the role of a sovereign nation.

3. Do you favor President Obama's planned 2014 military withdrawal from Afghanistan? Why or why not?

Yes, I support the planned withdrawal of our military. The presence will not be complete as we will always maintain a military presence; however, if our goals are met our job there is done.

4. Do you believe there is global warming? If so, is any of it man made and can we do anything about it?

From my participation in recent congressional hearings as the Ranking Democratic Member of the House Energy and Power subcommittee, which have included the testimony of leading climate scientists and ecologists, I believe that global warming is very linkable to human activity.

The International Energy Agency (IEA), which recently issued a country-by-country analysis of the levels of carbon pollution that the world will emit over the coming decades, from existing energy infrastructure in the power generation, industrial, transportation, and building sectors, has predicted that the world has just five years to shift more aggressively to clean energy before we encounter large temperature increases and likely devastating effects. That report also stated that for every one dollar of investment that we do not make in the power sector to produce cleaner electricity, over four dollars will need to be spent after 2020 to compensate for the increased emissions with more expensive, aggressive technologies and policies. The world's leading scientists and climate experts agree that an international comprehensive program is needed to combat the consequences of global warming. Any such program must include replacing fossil fuels with cleaner and renewable sources of energy, as well as capturing or significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The longer we wait to act to address this issue, the more aggressive our approach will ultimately have to be before we reach the point of no return.

5. How will you balance your personal views and beliefs with those of your constituents and the need to compromise for legislation to pass?

Compromise is a necessary part of the important work of any legislative body in addressing difficult and complex issues, including entitlement and deficit reform. I have had the opportunity to work with my colleagues in the House to pass meaningful legislation where compromise was achieved. In a body such as the U.S. Congress, where you have a wide range of parochial, regional and political interests, compromise becomes even more important particularly when the lack of compromise has the potential to endanger the Nation's overall well-being.

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