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U.S. Representative of Ohio - District 1

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    Steve Chabot
    (Rep)

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    Aftab Pureval
    (Dem)

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What grade would you give President Trump so far?

Do you support Trump's plan to build a wall on the US-Mexican border?

Do you support Trump's plans for higher tariffs on certain imports?

Should Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare?

Do you support the 2018 Republican tax law?

Campaign Phone (513) 662-8000
Age 66
City/town Cincinnati, Ohio
Education/Degrees Graduate of the College of William and Mary; received a law degree from NKU's Chase School of Law
Endorsements Cincinnati Right to Life, Ohio Right to Life
It's far too early to really make that type of assessment. Too many of his policies are just beginning to take effect.

On the positive side, I think there is no question that President Trump’s efforts to rein in the regulatory state have led to an increase in business confidence, which has spurred economic expansion and job creation. Now, we should start to see the impact of tax reform as well. That’s why many analysts are forecasting growth exceeding 3 percent in the second quarter of 2018. I also think Neil Gorsuch was an excellent choice for the Supreme Court.

Internationally, President Trump has taken a leadership role, and we're starting to see results, like in North Korea. President Trump was tough, he was consistent, and he didn’t back down from the Kim regime. Now, North Korea is retreating a little, but it's too early to declare victory here. North Korea has a history of promising change, and then not following through. Still, things are trending in the right direction.
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. I agree with President Trump that 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.

Next, 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.
I generally support free trade, so I have some concerns about tariffs. So far, it appears that President Trump is using the threat of tariffs to convince our trade partners to agree to more favorable trade terms.

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.

Well-written trade agreements mean that American businesses will be able to access new international customers and offer their products more easily and at a lower cost than ever before. When that happens, jobs are created, wages are lifted, and more opportunity is available to all.

So, if President Trump continues to use the threat of tariffs to negotiate better terms and concessions from our trading partners, that can be beneficial to our economy and to American consumers and workers alike.
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 election, 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. 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.
I voted for the tax bill, because we need to make the tax code simpler, fairer, and make it easier for American families and small businesses to plan for the future. And that's what the legislation we passed is all about. As a result, the tax reform bill will not just allow Americans to keep more of their hard earned money, but it will also unleash the true potential of our economy. It isn’t simply a tax cut; it’s a fundamental transformation of the tax code.

Here in Cincinnati, it’s estimated that the typical family of four will see their tax bill reduced by approximately $2,000 a year. And reducing taxes on small businesses will be a significant benefit to the more than 94,000 taxpayers in the region who include small business income on their taxes. That’s more money to make ends meet, pay off bills, or save for the future.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that our tax reform legislation will lead to the creation of 975,000 new jobs, nearly 37,000 right here in Ohio.
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Age 36
YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/pureval
City/town Cincinnati
Education/Degrees Beavercreek High School Ohio State University, B.A. University of Cincinnati, J.D.
Community Involvement Hamilton County Clerk of Courts
Endorsements -Hamilton County Democratic Party -Ohio Democratic Party -President Barack Obama -AFL-CIO -Planned Parenthood -Firefighters -Teachers -AFSCME -MoveOn -Sierra Club -Equality PAC
When President Trump is working to help the people of Ohio I will support what he’s doing and when he’s not I’ll oppose it. We need people of both parties to come together and actually work towards the common good instead of continuing the partisan bickering. While President Trump identified a lot of real problems, from lobbyist hold on Washington to the unfair trade practices from China that have hurt American workers, too often he has failed to bring people together to fix these problems. Policy by tweet is no policy at all.
We need comprehensive immigration reform and a secure border. Instead of focusing on these bipartisan goals President Trump fixates on a wall, even though the majority of illegal border crossings are the result of overstayed visas, which a wall does nothing to address. I look forward to working with both parties to actually pass comprehensive reform.
From intellectual property theft, to dumping, to currency manipulation, China has been a bad actor for a very long time. This is in large part because of Steve Chabot’s vote to permanently normalize relations with China (H.R. 4444, Vote #228, 05/24/2000). Since then, and with China’s membership in the WTO, they have used our own rules against us while breaking the rules with impunity. Unlike Steve Chabot, President Trump at least acknowledges this. The problem is that we need a unified Western world to oppose China to have real leverage. Instead of unifying the world against China, President Trump has isolated us from the rest of the world and picked trade fights with our allies.
According to the fact checking site Politifact, my opponent voted 3 times to remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions. There is no question that there are parts of the ACA we should fix, but ensuring people with cancer can afford their healthcare is a part we should keep. Steve Chabot sides with the insurance companies and against us. In Congress I will take a different approach. Congress should fix the parts of the Affordable Care Act that aren't working, while maintaining the protections that the ACA established. Americans want access to quality, affordable health insurance and Republicans in Congress want to return to our old, broken system.
Steve Chabot has taken more than $5 million in corporate PAC money. I haven’t taken a penny. It’s no wonder Chabot voted for a bill that adds nearly $2 trillion to the deficit, caused $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare, and endangered Social Security. Even worse, when fully implemented, the bill with give 83% of the benefits to the top 1%. I support permanent middle class tax relief and simpler tax code.
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