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22nd Congressional District

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    Louie J. Campos
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    Devin Nunes
    (Rep)

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Biographical Information

Do you support immigration reform? Why or why not? And how important is it for any immigration reform to include a provision for agricultural workers?

Should the United States increase operations in the Middle East, including the reintroduction of large scale ground troops, in an effort to defeat ISIS?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced a bill in Congress to try to resolve conflicts (or at least balance interests) among competing California water interests. Do you support Feinstein's bill, and how would you try to resolve those conflicts?

Do you support the Trans Pacific Partnership? Explain your answer.

Do you support U.S. Senate Republicans' refusal to consider a replacement Supreme Court justice for Antonin Scalia this year? Is it the right decision to hold off a decision for more than a year until a new president is elected?

Do you support or oppose the Affordable Care Act? If you oppose it, what, specifically, would you change about it? If you think it just need tweaks, what are they? Or is it just right as is?

Do you support the state’s high-speed rail project? Please support your stance — be it pro or con — with specific reasons.

Members of Congress are much criticized for being unwilling to compromise and failing to work more collaboratively with the opposing party to get things done. How would you change that environment to get the people’s work done more effectively and respectfully?

Why are you the most qualified person for this seat?

Age 46
Residence Visalia, CA
Family Single
Education Currently enrolled in College
Occupation Accelerated Instruction Tutor/Writing Consultant
Public service experience 7 years Supervisor Cook I at Corcoran State Prison
Facebook/Social media https://www.facebook.com/lc4cd22/
I support comprehensive immigration reform. By comprehensive immigration reform, I mean reform that includes establishing a legal status for the undocumented currently here which includes the ability to become naturalized citizens should they choose. Americans do not generally approve of the notion of a people contributing to our society without the ability to enjoy in the benefit of those contributions. Even if that benefit is being able to say, “I am a U.S. citizen.” Taking away the family members of our neighbors is not something that we will look upon approvingly.
The United States should keep our military footprint as minimal as possible on the battlefields of the Middle East. If an escalation is to be pursued, it should be initiated by a vote from Congress. Our current representative has successfully dodged such a vote.
Yes, I believe it provides a starting point from which we can work towards a policy that is grounded in reality. In addressing this issue we also have the opportunity to create jobs.
No, I do not support the prospect of sending more jobs overseas. We need to begin creating jobs here and bringing jobs back here to the Central Valley and to the United States of America.
No, I do not support the Senate Republicans’ refusal to do their jobs. We should all respect the Constitution and follow its guidance.
I do support the Affordable Care Act. Some “tweaks” would include granting the government the ability to negotiate drug prices and a government option should definitely be revisited as well. Another “tweak” would be, the removal of the penalty that businesses and workers face in the near future. They have agreed—through negotiating in good faith—to provide health care for their workforce without burdening the tax payer. We should encourage such actions not penalize them.
I do support high-speed rail. It should be pursued as a part of a broader strategy to modernize the nation’s infrastructure. We should even look into identifying locations where light rail may be introduced as well. Jobs, jobs, jobs.
I am willing to compromise. So long as the arch of changes continues to bend towards progress, over the long term, we will get to where we need to go.
I am the most qualified person to run in this district because I have been in the district on the ground listening to the people of CD 22. I know what their concerns are. I know what their aspirations are. I have not forgotten the lessons of living in an agricultural based culture. I know what it means to set aside something to plant for the next year, so that we can reap the benefits of this year’s plenty again in the next. This is how we should approach investments in the future of the Valley, like planting seeds which will grow to be next year’s crops.
Age 45
Residence Tulare, CA
Family Married with three daughters
Education Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and master’s degree in agriculture, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Associate's work at College of the Sequoias. Graduate of Tulare Union High School.
Occupation Member of U.S. House of Representatives
Public service experience Member of U.S. House of Representatives since 2003. Current Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and member of the Ways and Means Committee. Previously served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade and as a member of the Budget, Resources, Agriculture, and Veterans Affairs Committees. Before joining Congress, served as California State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development section and as a member of the College of the Sequoias Board of Trustees.
Facebook/Social media @Rep_DevinNunes; www.facebook.com/Congressman-Devin-Nunes-376470350
We are a nation of laws, but the rule of law has disintegrated within the immigration system. That system is so dysfunctional that we cannot keep track of who is entering and leaving the country – and that poses a threat to our national security. The border needs to be secured and the whole system needs to be dramatically overhauled with one simple goal – those who are allowed to come here can get in, and those who are not allowed here cannot get in. A provision for ag workers should be included in the reform, so that workers who want to come here to grow food can be properly vetted, allowed entry if warranted, and that we can be assured they will leave when their permits expire.
Because President Obama lacks a coherent strategy to defeat ISIS, we’re now waging a halfhearted campaign that has little prospect of eliminating ISIS and is prone to mission creep. The President needs to convene a conference with our allies to agree on an overarching strategy that leads to victory, not containment. This strategy has to account for ISIS’s spread beyond Iraq and Syria to northern Africa, particularly Libya and the Sinai, as well as other regions, including Europe. It also has to address al Qaeda which, contrary to the administration’s repeated claims, is not on the run, but instead is spreading rapidly. Most likely, this will require a bigger troop commitment from both the U.S. and the coalition. Unfortunately, there is no easy, cost-free way to defeat these terror groups, but allowing them to keep their safe havens is not an option. As we’ve seen repeatedly – on 9/11, in San Bernardino, in Paris, in Brussels, and elsewhere – we may not be interested in fighting jihadists, but they’re interested in fighting us.
I disagree with the premise of this question. After killing all four bills to relieve the water crisis that were passed by the House of Representatives in the last four years, Senator Feinstein has introduced a weak bill primarily aimed at relieving the political pressure on her. I don't believe her bill would create any significant new water supplies for the Valley at all. Nevertheless, I hope she can get her bill passed in the Senate, since that would allow us to begin House-Senate negotiations that could result in more meaningful relief.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership would create jobs in the United States, increase economic growth, and lower consumer prices. Contrary to various theories about the agreement, the text of the agreement is a public document that anyone can read on the Internet. The deal does not relinquish U.S. sovereignty – it simply lowers tariffs and reduces trade barriers between the U.S. and our trading partners. That will allow U.S. companies to sell more goods and services abroad while American consumers would get access to new goods and services here. Central Valley agriculture has proven popular in many foreign countries, so increasing our market access would have substantial economic benefits for Central Valley communities.
The Constitution says the President nominates a justice “by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.” The Constitution does not require the Senate to act at all, much less within any given president’s tenure – Vice President Biden essentially made this same argument in 1992, when there was a Republican president and a Democrat-controlled Senate. In general, I think it's a shame that courts have become so powerful and politicized that filling a Supreme Court vacancy can spark a political crisis.
ObamaCare is a poorly conceived, poorly implemented program that failed to contain costs and resulted in many people losing access to their doctors. The ObamaCare exchanges aren’t functioning well, as demonstrated most recently by the decision by UnitedHealth, the country’s biggest health insurer, to withdraw from most states’ exchanges. The economics of these exchanges just aren’t working out. As the Wall Street Journal reported a few days ago, “Insurers have begun to propose big premium increases for coverage next year under the 2010 health law, as some struggle to make money in a market where their costs have soared.” I would like to scrap ObamaCare altogether and replace it with reforms along the lines of the Patients’ Choice Act. That’s a bill that Paul Ryan and I introduced in the House of Representatives aimed at achieving universal healthcare coverage through increased competition, inter-state insurance portability, and other free-market reforms. I prefer that approach to the mandates, fiats, and fines that underlie ObamaCare.
High-speed rail is an unaffordable boondoggle with a price tag that has already more than doubled from its initial $33 billion estimate – and the price will probably end up easily exceeding $100 billion if it’s completed. Meanwhile, virtually no one believes it will be finished on time. This project is not primarily geared toward funding the most efficient, cost-effective form of transportation, but rather creating a flashy and politically correct transport system that will attract a lot of attention. The money budgeted for high-speed rail should instead be used for water storage projects and to improve our road infrastructure and freight rail system.
I’m in Congress to represent the people of California’s 22nd District. To the extent that anyone, from any party, will be helpful in getting my constituents what they need – for example, more water – I am happy to negotiate. California Republicans have tried every possible avenue to strike a deal with the Senate on water, and we continue these efforts today.
I don’t just point out problems -- I introduce bills that propose practical solutions. I introduced the first bill in 2011 to relieve the California water crisis that passed the House of Representatives. I also introduced legislation, which became law, to authorize the first Temperance Flat study, to expand and improve Highway 99, and to roll back an ObamaCare mandate on expatriate Americans that jeopardized hundreds of Central Valley jobs. Aside from the water issue, in this Congress I am fighting for a bill I authored to overhaul the tax code (The ABC Act) and another bill I introduced (The Pubic Employee Pension Transparency Act) that would encourage transparent reporting on debt levels incurred by state and municipal pension funds and that would ban federal government bailouts of funds that go insolvent. The future insolvency of many state and local pension funds is a looming crisis that we need to begin addressing now, while there’s still time for effective reforms. Congress needs Members with good ideological convictions who are good communicators, but first and foremost it needs Members with creative, realistic ideas for solving problems.