Moolenaar, Holmes face off in 4th District congressional race

PIONEER: What are your top three national legislative priorities? Why did you select them?

MOOLENAAR: If elected, I will work to get the economy growing so job creators can grow and hire in Michigan, reform the tax code so taxpayers can keep more of their hard earned dollars, and replace the Affordable Care Act, which is increasing costs and reducing health care coverage for American families.

What should the federal government do to strengthen the national economy, reduce unemployment, and address the widening income gap?

MOOLENAAR: If elected, achieving sustained economic growth and creating jobs in Michigan will be my number one priority in Congress. My plan for getting our economy moving again includes the following: replacing the most egregious provisions in the health care bill so small and large businesses alike are not crushed by skyrocketing health care costs, taxes and penalties; lowering the tax burden on all American families and businesses; getting energy prices under control; enforcing our trade laws so other countries do not have an unfair advantage when competing with our workers; and investing in our workers and in research and development.

What steps would you propose to secure America’s energy needs while protecting our water, air and land?

MOOLENAAR: Energy costs continue to put a squeeze on family budgets and the economy. We must become an energy independent nation. Energy independence will help guarantee both our safety and our prosperity. If elected, I will work towards implementing a comprehensive, workable plan for long-term energy independence. We have to explore, we have to conserve, and we have to pursue responsible development of our energy resources including: natural gas, oil, nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, clean coal, biodiesel, and biomass. It really must be an all-of-the-above strategy.

Do you support the Disclose Act, which would require disclosure by outside groups of large campaign contributions and expenditures? Why or why not?

MOOLENAAR: I support campaign finance reforms that promote transparency, accountability, and timely disclosure requirements.

What specific changes, if any, would you propose to current immigration policy?

MOOLENAAR: Federal immigration policies are failing and badly in need of reform. If elected, I will work to reform federal immigration policies and support legislation that advances a humane and commonsense approach – one that secures our border and protects U.S. citizens and their livelihoods. I strongly support the following steps: securing our borders by passing the “Secure Fence Act;” improving the strength of our borders by increasing the number of U.S. border agents; ensuring that illegal immigrants are not taking American jobs by creating an employment eligibility verification system; reforming the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program; cracking down on the fraudulent use of identification documents by illegal immigrants; and enforcing existing immigration laws for employers.

What changes, if any, should be made to federal health care policies or programs? Please explain.

MOOLENAAR: The Affordable Care Act represents an unprecedented expansion of federal power and intrusion into the lives of American citizens. It needs to be replaced. In the Michigan Legislature, I fought against the Affordable Care Act's health care exchanges and Medicaid expansion. If elected, I will work to replace the act with free market solutions that build a better healthcare system for all. I support selling insurance across state lines, encouraging the use of medical savings accounts, and enacting tort reform. Health care in America should be about choice. At its core, it is about American families having the ability to choose the health care plan that best meets their needs.