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Congress District 1

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    Steve Chabot

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Biographical Information

Why are you running for office?

What are the 3 biggest problems facing the nation and how will you fix them?

Recent mass shootings have led to calls for gun control – background checks, a resumption of the assault weapon ban, etc. What are your views on gun issues?

What do you think lawmakers can do to make schools safer?

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a major employer in the Dayton region. What will you do to keep the base strong?

Ohio has legalized marijuana for medical use. Do you support federal action to provide clear rules for legal marijuana businesses to gain access to banking? If so, please describe what you would support.

Should changes be made to the Affordable Care act to repeal it? Replace it? Shore it up? How would you fix health care in America?

How should the U.S. deal with immigration?

Do you support an increase in the federal minimum wage, and to what level? Should the federal government require paid sick time or family leave?

Where do you stand on trade issues? Do you support deals such as NAFTA?

Should the Russia probe into meddling in the 2016 election end? Do you support Robert Mueller’s investigation?

What makes you better than your opponent(s) in the race?

What else do you want voters to know about you and how you will serve in Congress?

Experience U.S. Representative (Ohio's First Congressional District) from 1995-2009 and from 2011-Present; Hamilton County Commissioner from 1990-1994; Cincinnati City Councilman from 1985-1990
Education Graduated from LaSalle High School, the College of William and Mary, and received a law degree from Northern Kentucky University's Chase College of Law
I have had the honor of representing the people of Ohio's First Congressional District for nearly 22 years. With the challenges our country faces, both at home and abroad, it is important to have the experience and track record necessary to tackle complex issues.

During my time in Congress, I have fought to eliminate wasteful government spending, reduce the excessive tax burden on hard-working Americans, and to get the federal government off the backs of small business owners. Currently, I am the Chairman of the House Small Business Committee. I also serve on the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs Committees.

I have been honored time and again by nonpartisan taxpayer advocacy groups, including Citizens Against Government Waste, the Concord Coalition and the National Taxpayers Union, as one of the most taxpayer friendly Members of Congress. And I've been ranked as the 7th most effective House Republican (out of 240) in a non-partisan survey by UVA and Vanderbilt University.
Although there are numerous challenges facing our nation, the three issues that most stand out to me are economic growth, our national debt, and the increasingly complex world stage.

Domestically, Congress should pursue policies that encourage entrepreneurial activity and job creation. Since President Trump was elected, we've made significant strides by reining in the regulatory state and reforming the tax code, so that families can plan for the future. We need to continue to pursue these policies and further reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses. We also need to take steps to eliminate wasteful, unnecessary federal programs, so we can begin to reduce the national debt.

Internationally, the principal duty of the federal government is to keep Americans safe. To accomplish this goal, we need a military that is both strong and flexible. By significantly boosting defense spending, this year's budget will help our military combat the complex threats we face abroad.
I don't think gun laws do much, if anything, to prevent gun violence. The only people impacted by such laws are law-abiding citizens, who (by definition) do not commit gun crimes. Gun crimes are committed by criminals, and they aren't going to let gun control measures stop them from getting guns. Instead of enacting more, ineffective laws, we should focus on the real causes of gun violence, which range from lack of economic opportunity, to societal and cultural pressures, to mental health issues.

We should also take steps to better protect soft targets, like our nation's schools. Earlier this year, I introduced legislation to bolster school security by allowing retired police officers to serve as school resource officers, and giving schools and local law enforcement the resources they need to install metal detectors, provide security training, and better identify and treat students with mental health issues. The bulk of my legislation was signed into law by President Trump this past spring.
Following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, I spoke with the President of the Cincinnati FOP, Dan Hils, and he suggested a common sense idea. To make our schools safer, he thought we should hire retired police officers as school resource officers. Most police officers retire in their early 50s, and continue to work in some other capacity for another 10-15 years. Why not have them continue to serve our communities as school resource officers? After all, no one is better trained to handle an active shooter situation.

The idea made so much sense, I introduced legislation soon after our conversation. In the legislation, I also included measures that will help schools and local law enforcement pay for metal detectors and other security technology, provide security training to school employees, and better identify and treat students with mental health issues. My legislation was combined with another bill introduced by Rep. Rutherford (R-FL) and signed into law by President Trump this past spring.
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is a critical asset for our region, our state and our nation, and I am committed to supporting policies that will help the base grow and thrive.

As part of that effort, I regularly discuss with my constituents who work at Wright-Patterson as well as with Congressman Mike Turner, in whose district the base is located, how particular legislation will impact the base and its employees. Additionally, I have met with Wright-Patterson's leadership to discuss their legislative priorities and what they need to continue to operate a world-class facility.

Generally speaking, one of the most important things we can do to help Wright-Patterson, as well as all the supporting facilities in the region, is to increase defense spending, which was significantly reduced by the Obama Administration. The spending bill we passed for 2018 does just that, providing the largest defense spending increase in 15 years and giving our troops their biggest raise in 8 years.
Obamacare has been a disaster for this country. Millions of people have lost their health care plans due to Obamacare, and many that still have care are paying more and getting less.

I think we need to repeal Obamacare, which I have voted innumerable times to do, and replace it with market-based reforms that provide more Americans with quality, affordable health care without intrusive government mandates. Last year, the House voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, but the effort failed in the Senate. Hopefully, we will pick up a few votes in the Senate this year, which will enable us to finally repeal this failing program.

In addition to repealing Obamacare, we need to make quality, affordable health care available to more Americans, and guarantee coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. To achieve that goal, we should allow small businesses to pool their resources and negotiate together with health insurers, and allow insurance companies to sell their products across state lines to improve competition and drive prices down.
No one can deny that immigrants, through hard work, have made a significant contribution to the greatness of our nation. However, there is a significant difference between legal and illegal immigration. Illegal immigration costs American taxpayers billions every year and poses a real security threat.

I think we can all agree that our immigration system is broken and needs to be reformed. The first thing we need to do is get control over our borders. It is irrelevant what our immigration laws say if the rules are simply ignored. And right now, our borders are so porous, it is nearly impossible to enforce our laws.

Once our borders are secure, I think we should focus on streamlining the legal immigration process, particularly for those immigrants who obtained a graduate degree from an American university. It is important that we, as a nation, continue to attract the best and brightest, and our immigration policies should reflect that fundamental principle.
No. Although often well intended, these types of government regulations are far too burdensome on small businesses, and force them to make decisions between providing government-mandated benefits and letting valuable employees go. As a result, these types of mandates often end up hurting the very people they are intended to help.

It would be more successful if, instead of issuing mandates, the federal government provided incentives (like tax breaks) for higher wages or paid leave. That way, those employers that are able to provide these benefits to their employees will be rewarded for doing so, without punishing those employers who cannot afford it. That is essentially how we encouraged the expansion of 401(k) plans and health care benefits (prior to enactment of Obamacare).
I generally support free trade. The problem we face is that, while our markets are extremely accessible, other countries enact artificial barriers to block our companies from accessing their markets. This often leads to a trade imbalance.

That is what trade agreements, when properly drafted, are intended to correct. The agreements require each signatory nation to adopt similar rules, so that each nation has equal access to the other nations’ markets. And as I mentioned, because our markets are quite accessible, trade agreements usually benefit our economy more than our partners.

At the end of the day, well-written trade agreements mean that American small businesses will be able to access new international customers and offer their products more easily and at a lower cost than ever before. They mean that more products will be built and sold. When that happens, jobs are created, wages are lifted, and more opportunities are available to all. In Ohio, 1 in 5 jobs rely on trade.
There are several probes that are being conducted to examine Russian interference with the 2016 election. The House Intelligence Committee wrapped up its investigation this spring, and issued its report to the public after an intelligence community review. That report found that the Russians attempted to interfere with the 2016 elections, but that there was no collusion with the Trump campaign.

Meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee are continuing their investigations. All of these investigations are supplementing the efforts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. To the extent that these investigations are focused on Russian efforts to meddle in our elections, I support them. However, I do have some significant concerns about the objectivity of a number of the attorneys selected by Special Counsel Mueller, and it is important the investigation be fair and unbiased.
I grew up in the First Congressional District. I went to school here, met my wife here, and we raised our children here. And so everything I believe and everything I do has been informed by our community and our shared sense of values and priorities. That's why I'm proud to serve this community, and why I'm proud that I have been named the most conservative member of the House, as well as the 7th most effective House Republican. Because in the First District, we believe in hard work, limited government and personal liberties.

My opponent isn't from the First District. Not surprisingly, he's the type of ultraliberal, big government, pro-abortion Democrat that has been rejected by the voters of this district time and time again. He opposes tax cuts, and supports more government control of our day-to-day lives. Incredibly, he doesn't even believe that the American people deserve any better than Obamacare.
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Experience Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Former Federal Prosecutor Former global brand attorney for Oil of Olay, P&G
Education Beavercreek High School Ohio State University, B.A. University of Cincinnati, J.D.
I’m running for office because I feel the fierce urgency of now, because I believe we need a new generation of leadership in Washington. I got my start in public service getting elected as the Clerk of Courts in 2016, the first Democrat to hold that position in more than 100 years. In that role, I offered all our employees a living wage of $15/hour, offered them paid family leave, and we still saved taxpayers nearly a million dollars. I began running for Congress earlier this year and am proud to be on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Red to Blue list, to have the support of the Democratic Party locally, to have the endorsement of the AFL-CIO, the Cincinnati Teachers and Firefighters, and a coalition of support from grassroots volunteers.
Affordable healthcare, protecting social security and medicare, and ending the gridlock and dysfunction in Washington are the 3 biggest problems facing us now. I intend to work with members of both parties to ensure that we aren’t failing to keep our promises to American families.
Some try to present a false choice between protecting and honoring our 2nd Amendment rights and our safety. We can do both with simple steps like closing the gun show loophole and requiring real background checks on all purchases.
The first thing Congress should do is address the availability of guns. Second, we should be sure that we are doing everything we can to ensure protocols are in place to save lives in the event of an active shooter.
I agree with former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen, who argued that "A nation with our current levels of unsustainable debt ... cannot hope to sustain for very long its superiority from a military perspective, or its influence in world affairs." That’s why Steve Chabot’s vote for a $2 trillion tax cut that mainly benefits the super wealthy is so dangerous. It makes it harder for us to support important installations like Wright-Patterson. In Congress I will work to ensure Ohio gets it’s fair share of defense dollars, but also ensure that we have a budget that can actually support our military over the long term.
Today marijuana is treated as more dangerous than fentanyl by the federal government. This is clearly not the case. I support moving marijuana to schedule II to ensure that it can be used for medical purposes and would be supportive of allowing medical dispensaries access to the banking system.
The Affordable Care Act was a huge step forward for our healthcare system, but it isn’t perfect. I would rather build on the foundation of popular reforms, like protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions and allowing people to stay on their parent’s insurance until 26, than replace it with a half-baked plan that doesn’t cover as many people or provide the same level of protection.
Congress must pass a comprehensive immigration bill that tackles border security challenges and reflects the values and economic needs of this country. The zero tolerance policy adopted by the Trump administration, including the separation of families at the border, is not only morally repugnant- it’s economically disastrous. Congress should embrace our history as a nation of immigrants and work toward bipartisan immigration reform- including protections for DREAMers and a pathway to citizenship.
I support an increase in the federal minimum wage and then indexing it to inflation. I also believe we are long overdue for a program that would require paid sick time and family leave.
For too long American workers have been left behind when it comes to trade deals. We need better deals that protect our workers, our environment, and our jobs. The initial reports on the renegotiated NAFTA make it appear that it is a step in the right direction, but Congress must scrutinize it to ensure that it is a good deal for American workers.
I support Special Counsel Robert Mueller and believe he should be allowed the time he needs to ensure a thorough, nonpartisan investigation. Foreign influence in our elections is too critical of an issue to be politicized.
I believe that Washington needs fresh, positive leadership and an advocate for ending the gridlock and dysfunction. My opponent has been in Congress for 22 years and has nothing to show for it. Unlike Steve Chabot, I don’t intend on setting my office to autopilot. I will fight for the things my constituents care about most: affordable healthcare, fixing the rigged economy, and ensuring our seniors are well taken care of.
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