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2013 Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election

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Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election, 2013

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Nominee Katherine Clark Frank Addivinola
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 40,172 19,319
Percentage 66% 32%

U.S. Representative before election

Ed Markey
Democratic

Elected U.S. Representative

Katherine Clark
Democratic

A special election for Massachusetts's 5th congressional district took place on December 10, 2013, due to the resignation of Democratic Congressman Ed Markey following his election to the United States Senate in a special election on June 25, 2013.[1] Primary elections were held on October 15, in which Democratic state senator Katherine Clark and Republican Frank Addivinola won their party nominations. State law required that Governor Deval Patrick call a special election between 145 and 160 days after the vacancy became official.[2] On December 10, Clark easily defeated Addivinola with over 60% of the vote, holding the seat for the Democrats.[3] Clark's win marked the 92nd consecutive U.S. House loss by Republicans in Massachusetts since 1996.[4]

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>> Announcer: ON THIS KSPS ELECTION 2014 SPECIAL... REPUBLICAN CONGRESSWOMAN CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS IS SEEKING HER SIXTH TERM IN WASHINGTON. HER CHALLENGER IS POLITICAL NEWCOMER, DEMOCRAT JOE PAKOOTAS. THEY DEBATE HEALTHCARE, JOBS, FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND MORE, AS KSPS PRESENTS THE 5th DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE. >> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME. KSPS CONTINUES ITS TRADITION OF INVITING THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN THE 5th DISTRICT TO DEBATE. I'M KRISTI GORENSON. I WILL BE SERVING AS MODERATOR TONIGHT. THIS DEBATE IS ALSO BEING BROADCAST ON KXLY 920 AM. SO WELCOME TO THOSE OF YOU LISTENING ON THE RADIO AS WELL. FIRST, INCUMBENT REPUBLICAN CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS. SHE GREW UP IN KETTLE FALLS AND RECEIVED HER EXECUTIVE MBA FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS IN 2004 AND IS SEEKING HER SIXTH TERM. BEFORE SERVING IN CONGRESS, SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS IS MARRIED WITH THREE YOUNG CHILDREN. NEXT, DEMOCRATIC CHALLENGER JOE PAKOOTAS. HE GREW UP IN INCHELIUM ON THE COLVILLE RESERVATION AND RECEIVED HIS EXECUTIVE MBA FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. HIS WORK EXPERIENCE INCLUDES SERVING AS THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER FOR THE COLVILLE TRIBAL FEDERAL CORPORATION. MR. PAKOOTAS IS THE FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL AND DENTAL SERVICES FOR THE KALISPELL TRIBE. THIS IS HIS FIRST RUN FOR A NON-TRIBAL ELECTED OFFICE. MR. PAKOOTAS IS A FORMER TRIBAL CHAIRMAN OF THE COLVILLE CONFEDERATED TRIBES AND A MEMBER OF THE TRIBAL BUSINESS COUNCIL JOE PAKOOTAS IS MARRIED WITH FOUR ADULT CHILDREN. WELCOME TO YOU BOTH. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FOR THIS DEBATE, THE CANDIDATES WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS FROM A PANEL OF SPOKANE JOURNALISTS. I'LL INTRODUCE THEM NOW. FROM THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW, LEGISLATIVE AND STATE GOVERNMENT REPORTER AND POLITICAL COLUMNIST JIM CAMDEN. FROM KHQ LOCAL NEWS, REPORTER DYLAN WOHLENHAUS AND HERE TONIGHT FROM KREM 2 NEWS, REPORTER SEAN CHITNIS BEFORE WE BEGIN I WANT TO GO OVER A FEW OF THE DEBATE RULES FOR OUR VIEWERS. ALL OF THESE RULES WERE AGREED TO BY THE CANDIDATES PRIOR TO THIS DEBATE. THE REPORTER PANEL WILL ASK THE SAME QUESTION TO BOTH CANDIDATES OR A PANEL MEMBER MAY DIRECT A QUESTION TO JUST ONE CANDIDATE. REPORTER PANEL MEMBERS MAY REQUEST A FOLLOW-UP TO AN ANSWER. ANSWERS WILL BE LIMITED TO ONE MINUTE. AFTER EACH CANDIDATE HAS ANSWERED, THEY WILL BE GIVEN A 30-SECOND REBUTTAL. LET'S BEGIN WITH OPENING STATEMENTS. EACH CANDIDATE WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE. REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, YOU'LL GO FIRST. >> THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU TO KSPS FOR HOSTING THIS EVENING'S DEBATE AND TO JOE FOR JOINING ME. IT IS MY HONOR TO REPRESENT EASTERN WASHINGTON IN CONGRESS, AND I WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO BE WORTHY OF YOUR TRUST. I ALSO WORK VERY HARD TO BE AN EFFECTIVE LEADER FOR EASTERN WASHINGTON. I DON'T BELIEVE FOR ANY MOMENT THAT ONE PARTY OR ONE PERSON HAS ALL OF THE ANSWERS, AND THAT'S WHY YOU'VE SEEN ME WORK WITH EVERYONE TO GET RESULTS FOR EASTERN WASHINGTON. I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT OVER THE LAST YEAR TWO OF THE 72 BILLS THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNED INTO LAW LAST YEAR WERE PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT I AUTHORED, ONE ON HYDROPOWER, PROMOTING HYDROPOWER ELECTRICITY HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, AS WELL AS ONE RELATED TO PEDIATRIC RESEARCH. WHEN I LOOK AT THIS ELECTION, I REALLY BELIEVE THAT IT'S ABOUT THE FUTURE. IT IS ABOUT WHAT KIND OF A FUTURE ARE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE. HOW DO WE CREATE A HEALTHY ECONOMY AND CREATE MORE JOBS, MAKE SURE OUR COUNTRY REMAINS SAFE AND SECURE? I'M HERE AND LOOK FORWARD TO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ALL OF THESE SOLUTIONS. >> MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU EVER ONE MINUTE. >> I'M JOE PAKOOTAS AND I'M SO GRATEFUL FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. I GREW UP THIS COMMUNITY I LOVE. I PERSONALLY UNDERSTAND THE HARDSHIPS IN MY REGION. WE GREW UP IN POVERTY AND IN FOSTER CARE. I NOW WORK DAILY TO BETTER OUR REGION AS AN EDUCATOR, SMALL BUSINESS OWNER AND A COMMUNITY LEADER. AS CEO OF THE COLVILLE TRIBAL FEDERATION, I LED A TURNAROUND IN NINE SHORT MONTHS. THE 5th NEEDS ME, SOMEONE WHO WON'T ROLL OVER. WHETHER IT'S AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, VETERANS BENEFITS, MEALS FOR HUNGRY CHILDREN OR WOMEN'S RIGHTS OUR CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE ALWAYS VOTES NO. I CREATE JOBS. I STOPPED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN WASTEFUL SPENDING. I STOPPED DECADES OF ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE. 91% OF THE AMERICAN VOTERS DISAPPROVE OF HER CONGRESS. WE CAN DO BETTER. I HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION TO TAKE YOUR VOICE TO WASHINGTON. >> THANK YOU. MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU'LL TAKE THE FIRST QUESTION. WE'RE GOING TO START OFF WITH JIM CAMDEN. HE IS GOING TO START US OFF ON THE SUBJECT OF CONGRESS'S SLIDING APPROVAL RATING. >> THE PUBLIC'S OPINION OF CONGRESS REACHED HISTORIC CLOSE DURING THIS SESSION WHICH IS SOMETHING I THINK YOU JUST MENTIONED. BUT I'M WONDERING, IF YOU WERE TO WIN THIS ELECTION, YOU'LL LIKELY BE A VERY JUNIOR MEMBER OF A MINORITY PARTY IN CONGRESS. SO WHAT REALISTICALLY COULD YOU DO TO CHANGE THE PUBLIC'S LOW REGARD FOR CONGRESS? >> I HAVE THE ABILITY TO WORK ACROSS PARTY LINES. I'VE DONE THAT IN MY PAST EXPERIENCE AS A CHAIRMAN OF THE COLVILLE TRIBES, IT'S A SMALLER BODY BUT THE SAME CONCEPT. THIS CONGRESS IS THE MOST DYSFUNCTIONAL, UNPRODUCTIVE CONGRESS IN HISTORY. MANY OF THE AMERICAN VOTERS DISAPPROVE OF IT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN DO IS BRING BACK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S VOICE. RIGHT NOW THEY DO NOT HAVE A VOICE IN CONGRESS, AND THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE FIRST OPPORTUNITIES, ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS THAT I WOULD TAKE, IS TO ACTUALLY OFFER THE AMERICAN VOICES INTO WASHINGTON D.C. WE DO THAT BY GENERATING SUPPORT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES, GENERATING SUPPORT IN THE 5th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT WHERE THE ELECTION IS CHOSEN FOR EITHER ONE OF US TONIGHT, THIS EVENING. SO THAT WOULD BE THE OPPORTUNITY THAT I WOULD ACCEPT, AND THAT WOULD BE THE OPPORTUNITY I WOULD JUMP ON, IS TO MAKE SURE THAT THE AMERICAN VOICES ARE HEARD. >> REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT ON THE SAME TOPIC, THAT RATING HAS DROPPED WHILE YOU'VE BEEN IN OFFICE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL SESSIONS. WHAT RESPONSIBILITY DO YOU THINK YOU AND YOUR CAUCUS, WHICH CONTROLS THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW, HAVE FOR THOSE LOW APPROVAL RATINGS? AND WHAT CAN YOU PROMISE VOTERS YOU'LL DO TO RESTORE SOME OF THEIR TRUST IN CONGRESS? >> RIGHT. WELL, I DO WORK TO BE A REPRESENTATIVE THAT THEY CAN TRUST, BOTH TRUST AS FAR AS BEING EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE PEOPLE OF EASTERN WASHINGTON AND MAKING SURE THEIR PRIORITIES ARE BROUGHT FORWARD, BUT ALSO LOOKING FOR THOSE OPPORTUNITIES TO BUILD THE RELATIONSHIPS ACROSS THE AISLE SO THAT I CAN GET THE JOB DONE. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT MY RECORD, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THAT I'VE APPROACHED REPRESENTING EASTERN WASHINGTON, I HAVE REACHED ACROSS THE AISLE, BUILT THE RELATIONSHIPS -- JUST LIKE EVERYTHING IN LIFE. YOU HAVE TO BUILD THOSE RELATIONSHIPS, AND YOU'VE SEEN BOTH ON THE LEGISLATION I'VE INTRODUCED, AND GOT PASSED AND SIGNED INTO LAW, TWO OF 72 BILLS IN JUST THIS LAST YEAR ON PEDIATRIC RESEARCH, HYDROPOWER, BUT ALSO LIKE ON MILITARY FAMILIES. I CO-CHAIR THE MILITARY FAMILY CAUCUS WITH SANFORD BISHOP. HE FLEW ACROSS THE COUNTRY. HE IS A DEMOCRAT FROM GEORGIA TO BE HERE AT FAIRCHILD FOR A SUMMIT. I HAVE WORKED WITH OUR SENATORS IN THAT EFFORT AND JOINING FORCES AND I'VE DONE THAT ON DISABILITIES, I'VE DONE THAT ON OTHER ISSUES TO GET THE JOB DONE. >> MR. PAKOOTAS, YOUR OPPONENT SAYS SHE WORKS ACROSS THE AISLE. WHAT CAN YOU DO BETTER? >> ACTUALLY, I WOULD PRESENT MYSELF IN CONGRESS AS AN ABLE BODY EVERY DAY. CONGRESSWOMAN McMORRIS RODGERS RIGHT NOW HAS THE SECOND WORST ATTENDANCE RECORD IN CONGRESS. SHE ATTENDS LESS THAN 92% OF THE ACTUAL MEETINGS THAT SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR. AND A CONSTANT OBSTRUCTION AND VOTING NO ON EVERY ISSUE THAT IS BROUGHT FORWARD INTO THE HOUSE OR NOT EVEN PRESENTING A VOTE, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A VOTE, IS NOT CROSSING THE LINES AND TALKING WITH THE OPPOSITION AT ALL. >> AND MISS McMORRIS RODGERS YOU CAN HAVE A 30-SECOND REBUTTAL IF YOU WOULD LIKE. >> I WOULD CHALLENGE I DON'T YOU TO LOOK AT MY RECORD AND LOOK AT A RECORD OF SOMEBODY WHO IS ACTUALLY GETTING RESULTS. I STARTED MENTIONING ABOUT THE MILITARY FAMILY CAUCUS. I'VE WORKED ON OTHER ISSUES, ON TRANSPORTATION, ON THE FARM BILL, GETTING RESULTS, BUILDING THE COALITIONS SO THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY GETTING THINGS DONE FOR EASTERN WASHINGTON. I'M ACTUALLY ONE OF ONLY TWO MEMBERS OF THE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE THAT GOT TWO BILLS SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT. THIS IS PART OF BEING AN EFFECTIVE LEADER AND GETTING RESULTS FOR EASTERN WASHINGTON. >> LET'S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION. DYLAN, YOU'LL TAKE THIS AND REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS YOU'LL ANSWER THIS ONE FIRST. >> REPRESENTATIVE, YOUR OPPONENT MR. PAKOOTAS BROUGHT UP THE ISSUE OF YOU MISSING 92% OF THE MEETINGS, WHICH THE HOUSE YOU SERVE ON -- IT'S THE HOUSE ENERGY AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE. HE MENTIONED THAT. I BELIEVE IN THE PAST YOU HAVE SAID BECAUSE OF YOUR ADDED RESPONSIBILITIES AND YOU HAVING A HIGH PROFILE IN CONGRESS USED THAT AS KIND OF THE ISSUE FOR MISSING THOSE MEETINGS. SO DO THE ADDED RESPONSIBILITIES THAT YOU HAVE IN CONGRESS DETRACT FROM YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES HERE IN THE 5th DISTRICT? >> ACTUALLY, EVERYTHING THAT I DO, THE LEADERSHIP ROLES THAT I HAVE, THE COMMITTEES THAT I SERVE ON, THE -- THE ISSUES THAT I BRING FORWARD, IT IS ABOUT BEING AN EFFECTIVE LEADER FOR EASTERN WASHINGTON. EASTERN WASHINGTON'S PRIORITIES ARE MY PRIORITIES, AND THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO BE MY PRIORITY. WHEN I TOOK ON THIS ADDITIONAL ROLE IN LEADERSHIP IT WAS SO THAT I COULD BRING EASTERN WASHINGTON'S PRIORITIES TO THE FOR FRONT OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ON THE COMMIT' I'M ACTUALLY ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE MEMBERS OF THAT COMMITTEE. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE RECOGNIZED THAT BECAUSE OF MY LEADERSHIP ROLE I MAY NOT BE AT EVERY HEARING BUT HE WANTED ME TO BE ON THAT COMMITTEE. HE ASKED ME TO CONTINUE TO STAY ON THAT COMMITTEE. I THINK YOU LOOK AT MY RECORD, HYDROPOWER, WORKING ACROSS THE AISLE, GETTING THAT BILL SIGNED BY THE PRESIDENT, PEDIATRIC. WORKING THROUGH THE HOUSE AND SENATE ONTO THE PRESIDENT'S DESK. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AT MY RECORD, GETTING RESULTS, BEING EFFECTIVE FOR EASTERN WASHINGTON. >> TO YOU, MR. PAKOOTAS, I THINK JIM KIND OF ASKED THE QUESTION WHAT COULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY. BUT DO YOU HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION IN THE FIRST YEAR? I MEAN, IF YOU WERE TO BE ELECTED AS A ROOKIE CONGRESSMAN, DO YOU HAVE A PLAN OF ACTION IN THE FIRST YEAR, WHAT ARE THE PRIORITIES THAT YOU WOULD NEED TO GET TO? >> ONE OF THE PRIORITIES I WOULD HAVE TO BE BECOMING GROUNDED IN WASHINGTON D.C. I HAVE BEEN THERE A NUMBER OF TIMES WHEN I WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE COLVILLE TRIBES. SO I UNDERSTAND THE INNER WORKINGS AND MAKEUP OF THE CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT IN WASHINGTON D.C. I WOULD FAMILIARIZE MYSELF WITH THE WORKINGS OF WASHINGTON D.C. I FULLY UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON. I GREW UP POOR, IN POVERTY AND FOSTER CARE. SO I DO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES, THE FOOD STAMP ISSUES, THE LACK OF ATTENDANCE TO OUR VETERANS. THE LACK OF WOMAN'S SUPPORT. THOSE ISSUES WILL BE TOP PRIORITY AND VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. WE'LL BE LOOKING AT CREATING JOBS AND IMPROVING OUR ECONOMY IN THE LOCAL AREA ALSO, WHICH HAS BEEN DECLINING FOR SO MANY YEARS. THERE IS DATA OUT THERE THAT SHOW S 1 IN 5 OF OUR PEOPLE LIVE ON FOOD STAMPS. 1 IN 6 OF OUR PEOPLE LIVE BELOW THE FEDERAL POVERTY RATE. AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE JUST GETTING WORSE ANNUALLY. >KRISTI: REPRESENTATIVE, YOUR 30 REBUTTAL. ONE EXAMPLE THAT I WOULD POINT TO, IT WAS BEING AT THE LEADERSHIP TABLE. I WAS ABLE TO ADDRESS THE C.O.L.A. REDUCTION THAT HAD BEEN MADE TO OUR VETERANS. EVEN WHEN IT PASSED AT THE TIME, THE REDUCTION IN THE COST-OF-LIVING-ADJUSTMENT, FOR OUR VETERANS. I WAS OPPOSED TO THAT. IT WAS MY VOICE AROUND THAT TABLE THAT SAID WE GOT TO MAKE THIS RIGHT. THIS IS DEALING WITH THEIR CURRENT RETIREMENT. THEY ARE COUNTING ON THIS AND WE SHOULDN'T BE CHANGING IT IN MID STREAM. IT WAS MY VOICE THAT MADE SURE WE GOT THAT RIGHT AND THE COLA WAS RESTORED. MR. PAKOOTAS YOU CAN HAVE 30 SECONDS. THE ISSUES OF VETERANS IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART ALSO. I HAVE BEEN HEARING FROM A NUMBER OF VETERANS IN THE DISTRICT THROUGHOUT MY TRAVELS HERE. THEY HAVE BEEN NEGLECTED FOR MANY YEARS NOW. AND THEY CONTINUE TO BE NEGLECTED. AND THE LACK OF SUPPORT THEY HAVE RECEIVED IN FUNDING HAS DIMINISHED THEIR ABILITIES AND THEIR WILL TO COME FORWARD AND GET THAT ASSISTANCE THEY REQUIRE. OUR STREETS IN SPOKANE ARE FILLING WITH HOMELESS VETERANS. THANK YOU TO YOU BOTH AND NOW OUR NEXT OF QUESTIONS WILL FOCUS ON CURRENT EVENTS AND SHAWN CHITNIS WILL BEGIN WITH A SUBJECT THAT IS GETTING ALOT OF ATTENTION THESE DAYS-EBOLA. >SHAWN: CANDIDATES THIS IS THE SAME QUESTION FOR BOTH OF YOU. THIS WEEK THE DEPT. OF HOMELAND SECURITY SAID THAT IT WILL REQUIRE TRAVELS FROM 3 WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT WANT TO ENTER THE U.S. TO COME THROUGH 5 SPECIFIC AIRPORTS. DO YOU SUPPORT THIS STEP, AND SHOULD THERE BE MORE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR THOSE COMING FROM THAT PART OF THE WORLD? MR. PAKOOTAS YOU WILL ANSWER FIRST. I DON'T NECESSARILY SUPPORT THE RESTRICTIONS ON TRAVEL. THEY WILL FIND OTHER WAYS TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES, THEY WILL GO THROUGH OTHER COUNTRIES. I DO SUPPORT THE C.D.C. AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING TODAY. WE HAVE HAD AN OUTBREAK OF EBOLA IN THE UNITED STATES, ONE INDIVIDUAL BROUGHT IT IN AND TWO PEOPLE HAVE CONTRACTED IT. AND THEY HAVE CORRALLED THAT SO TO SPEAK. THE INFECTIOUS PART OF IT HAS BEEN CONTROLLED AT THIS POINT IN TIME. THERE HAS BEEN PROBLEMS WITH FUNDING FOR C.D.C., AND ALOT OF THIS MAY NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE PAST IF THEY WERE PROPERLY FUNDED. THE REPUBLICAN SEQUESTER REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING FOR THE C.D.C. >KRISTI: REPRESENTATIVE MCMORRIS RODGERS? YES, I DO SUPPORT THESE TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS. I BELIEVE WE NEED AN AGGRESSIVE RESPONSE AND NEED IMMEDIATE ACTION TO MAKE SURE HERE IN AMERICA WE ARE SAFE AND SECURE. I THINK WE HAVE ALL HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE SPREAD OF EBOLA NOT JUST IN WEST AFRICA BUT THE CASES HERE IN AMERICA. I ALSO AM CONCERNED ABOUT OUR HEALTH CARE PERSONNEL AND IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE TRAINING SO THEY ARE READY TO DEAL WITH IT. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE STANDARDS ARE IN PLACE AND THAT OUR HEALTHCARE PERSONNEL ARE GETTING THE TRAINING THEY NEED. I ALSO HAVE SUPPORTED ADDITIONAL FUNDS TO THE CDC. THERE WAS AN ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION IN SEPTEMBER FOR THAT, AND BOTH THIS YEAR AND LAST YEAR I SUPPORTED FUNDING TO THE CDC THAT WAS ACTUALLY ABOVE WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAD REQUESTED. AND I THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE VERY AGGRESSIVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >> CANDIDATES I DO WANT TO FOLLOW UP BECAUSE A LOT OF HEALTH EXPERTS HAVE SAID THAT THE TRUE PLAN TO FIGHT THIS IS ACTUALLY TO PUT MORE ATTENTION ON WEST AFRICA. SO WHAT SHOULD THE UNITED STATES BE DOING IN THAT PART OF THE WORLD TO HELP TAKE ON EBOLA? >> PROPERLY FUNDING IT. AS I SAID THE FUNDING WAS CUT EARLY ON DURING THE SEQUESTER TIME. AID WAS CUT BY $400 MILLION. U.S. AID WAS CUT BY $285 MILLION. THESE ARE DOLLARS THAT WOULD HAVE STOPPED ORDINARY CONTROLLED THE DISEASE AT THAT POINT IN TIME. IT MAY HAVE COMPLETELY STOPPED IT AND CORRALLED IT BY NOW. THAT'S THE ISSUE THAT I HAVE WITH THAT. THE PRESIDENT HAS JUST RECENTLY APPOINTED A POINT PERSON, SO TO SPEAK, A CZAR, FOR THAT, AND THAT IS GOING TO ASSIST THE CDC. CONGRESS SHOULD BE ASKING WHAT THEY CAN DO TO HELP THE CDC RATHER THAN POLITICIZING THE ISSUE AS THEY ARE TODAY. >> REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, YOU CAN -- >> WE NEED TO TO BE AGGRESSIVE D WE NEED TO BE SMART. I DO BELIEVE THAT WE AS A COUNTRY NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HELPING THOSE IN WEST AFRICA, BOTH BETTER UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE PROPER RESPONSE, HOW DO WE GET THEM THE TRAINING, BUT ALSO I THINK SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON FOR SOME TIME IN AMERICA IS DEVELOPING THE VACCINE AND TO FAST TRACK THAT, TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET THAT VACCINE DONE AND START GETTING IT INTO PLAY SO THAT WE CAN SAVE LIVES IN WEST AFRICA, TOO. >> JIM, YOU'LL TAKE THE NEXT QUESTION, AND REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, YOU'LL TAKE THIS ONE FIRST. >> LET ME SHIFT TO THE INTERNATIONAL ISSUE THAT WAS LEADING THE NEWS BEFORE EBOLA SHOWED UP, AND THAT'S ISIS. PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS PROVIDED AIR SUPPORT TO GROUPS FIGHTING ISLAMIC STATE IN IRAQ AND SYRIA, BUT SOME MILITARY EXPERTS SAY AIR POWER ISN'T GOING TO BE ENOUGH, THERE'S GOING TO NEED TO BE GROUND TROOPS THERE. SHOULD THE PRESIDENT BE WILLING TO USE GROUND TROOPS IF THEY ARE NEEDED TO DEFEAT ISIS? OR SHOULD HE RULE OUT GROUND TROOPS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES? >> THIS IS AN IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT WE FACE, AND WHAT WE NEED FROM THE PRESIDENT IS REALLY A STRATEGY. WE NEED TO HEAR FROM OUR COMMANDER AND CHEER WHAT IS THE STRATEGY TO DISMANTLE AND DESTROY ISIS AND ISIL AND WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT THE THREAT THAT FACES AMERICA. WE NEED -- YOU KNOW, THEY'VE MADE SOME PRETTY CLEAR THREATS, AND WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR ALLIES IN THE MIDDLE EAST, TO EUROPE, AND ULTIMATELY TO US AND WHAT STEPS ARE WE GOING TO BE TAKING, AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT WE HAVE TO HEAR THAT STRATEGY BEFORE WE CAN ACTUALLY ANSWER THE QUESTION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT IT IS AN EFFECTIVE STRATEGY. I DON'T TAKE THE DECISION TO SEND IN GROUND TROOPS LIGHTLY. WE HAVE BEEN AT WAR FOR 13 YEARS. AND OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN, THEY'RE TIRED. AND THEY HAVE HAD MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS. I'VE MET WITH SO MANY RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON TO HAVE LOST THEIR HUSBANDS AND THEIR SONS AND THEIR -- YOU KNOW, THEIR DADS. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT, THE IDEA OF GOING IN, BUT WE MUST TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. >> MR. PAKOOTAS? >> THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SUPPORTED THE PRESIDENT'S OPTIONS THAT HE HAS PRESENTED AND WE'RE PRESENTING TODAY AS FAR AS AIR STRIKES AGAINST ISIL AND ISIS. AND MANY OF THE GENERALS ALSO SUPPORTED THAT. CONGRESSWOMAN McMORRIS RODGERS TALKS ABOUT A STRATEGY. PART OF THAT STRATEGY NEEDS TO COME FROM CONGRESS ALSO. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT CAN AUTHORIZE WAR, WHICH ISN'T HAPPENING. GROUND TROOPS IS THE VERY, VERY LAST OPTION THAT I WOULD EVER CONSIDER. WE NEED TO, AS IS HAPPENING TODAY, TRAIN THESE OTHER COUNTRIES TO PROTECT THEMSELVES NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. THESE BAGHTSES, THESE WARS THAT HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES AND HUNDREDS OF YEARS BETWEEN THEM OVER THERE, AND IT'S NOT US THAT SHOULD BE BETWEEN THEM, BUT WE DO NEED TO PROTECT OUR SHORES FROM THE TERRORISTS THAT IS GOING ON AND WE DO NEED THE SUPPORT, THE COUNTRIES THAT ARE THERE, SYRIA AND IRAQ. >> JUST TO BE CLEAR, FOR BOTH OF YOU, IF THE PRESIDENT WERE TO COME TO CONGRESS AND SAY, "WE NEED BOOTS ON THE GROUND IN IRAQ AND SYRIA TO DEFEAT ISIS BECAUSE THEY PRESENT A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE UNITED STATES," WOULD YOU VOTE "YES" OR "NO"? >> WELL, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO -- I NEED TO SEE WHAT HE IS PROPOSING AS THE COMMANDER AND CHIEF. WHAT IS THAT STRATEGY HE IS LAYING OUT. I THINK PART OF IT IS THAT HE NEEDS TO CONVINCE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, REPRESENTATIVES AS WELL AS PEOPLE ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY THAT THIS IS A STRATEGY THAT WILL WORK, THAT THIS IS A STRATEGY THAT WILL ACTUALLY ACCOMPLISH WHAT IS THE STATED GOAL. TO DATE IT'S BEEN TO DESTROY AND DISMANTLE ISIS AND ISIL, BUT I THINK WE'VE ALL LEARNED IN REGENT YEARS THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT BEFORE WE TAKE THAT ACTION THAT WE ACTUALLY KNOW WHAT THE GOAL IS, IS IT A STRATEGY THAT CAN WIN, AND THEN WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF SUCCESS, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THERE THIS IS ABOUT THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF AMERICANS. >> MR. PAKOOTAS? >> THE LAST THING WE NEED TO DO IS PUT OUR YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN IN HARM'S DANGER ONCE AGAIN, AS WAS STATED BEFORE, THEY HAVE BEEN THERE FOR OVER 14 YEARS NOW. THEY ARE TIRED. WE DO NEED A STRATEGY GOING IN. WE NEED A STRATEGY ON HOW WE'RE GOING TO BATTLE THESE PEOPLE AND WE NEED A STRATEGY ON HOW TO GET OUT OF THERE ALSO. AND WITH THE FINGER POINTING AND EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON TODAY, THAT IS NOT DOING US ANY GOOD. CONGRESS NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED IN THESE DECISIONS. AND THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN DOING A GREAT JOB AS FAR AS BATTLING, PUTTING THIS BATTLE FORWARD. AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE HAVE SUPPORTED THAT. HE HAS BUILT A COALITION OF 40 NATIONS TO ASSIST AND HELP THE UNITED STATES IN OUR FIGHT AGAINST TERROR, AND THAT NEVER HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. >> ALL RIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION. DYLAN, YOU'LL TAKE THIS, AND MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU'LL ANSWER THIS ONE FIRST. >> THIS IS A LITTLE MORE LOCAL ISSUE WITH MARIJUANA. IT'S AN ISSUE THAT AFFECTS NOT ONLY THE 5th DISTRICT BUT THE ENTIRE STATE. IT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK NOT EVERYONE OBVIOUSLY AGREES WITH, BUT, MR. PAKOOTAS, WE HAVEN'T HEARD MUCH FROM YOU ON THE ISSUE NOW WITH IT BEING LEGAL ON THE STATE, GENERATING AT APPROXIMATELY $14 MILLION FOR THE STATE IN A FEW MONTHS HERE. SO DO YOU SUPPORT REFORMS AT A FEDERAL LEVEL? AND IF ELECTED, WILL YOU LOBBY FOR CHANGES IN THE FEDERAL LAW? >> THE JURY IS STILL OUT FOR ME ON THAT AS FAR AS LEGALIZING MARIJUANA. IT IS IN THE RIGHT SPOT TODAY, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, THE STATE HAS THE JURISDICTION, THE AUTHORITY TO BRING THAT FORWARD, AND THAT WOULD BE A GOOD BAROMETER FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS FAR AS THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. I DO SUPPORT MEDICINAL MARIJUANA. I'VE SEEN THE EVIDENCE ON HOW IT CAN IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF A TERMINALLY ILL PATIENT. SO I DO SUPPORT THE MEDICINAL SIDE OF THAT, BUT I STILL DON'T COMPLETELY SUPPORT THE RECREATIONAL SIDE. I KNOW THERE'S PROBLEMS AND THERE ALWAYS WILL BE BUT I BELIEVE IT IS IN THE RIGHT HANDS TODAY WITH THE STATE OF WASHINGTON SO THEY CAN COME FORWARD WITH THE PROPER LEGISLATION OR JURISDICTION THAT'S NEEDED FOR CONTROLLING THE MARIJUANA THAT'S LEGALIZED HERE IN THE STATE. >> REPRESENTATIVE? >> AND KIND OF THE SAME QUESTION TO YOU, REPRESENTATIVE. I KNOW YOU HAVE VOTED NO IN THE PAST FOR MARIJUANA REFORMS, BUT NOW THAT IT IS LEGAL IN WASHINGTON, BRINGING IN THOSE TAX DOLLARS THAT OBVIOUSLY NOT EVERYONE DOES AGREE WITH, IS THIS SOMETHING YOU PLAN TO LOBBY FOR IN THE FUTURE? BECAUSE CRIME HAS BEEN AN ISSUE FOR PEOPLE. THAT'S THE POTENTIAL. AND THEY'RE SAYING THE BIGGEST HURDLE IN PREVENTING THAT IS THE FEDERAL LAW. WILL YOU LOBBY FOR FEDERAL REFORMS? >> WELL, I CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE THAT THROUGH INITIATIVE WASHINGTON STATE HAS LEGALIZED RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA. I PERSONALLY -- I HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AS TO HOW WE MOVE FORWARD, AND AS A MOM WITH THREE KIDS I THINK ABOUT, OKAY, WHAT EXACTLY DOES THIS MEAN? I'VE ALREADY HEARD FROM SCHOOLS IN CLARKSTON, FOR EXAMPLE, THAT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT MARIJUANA IN SCHOOLS AND HOW ARE THEY GOING TO EDUCATE THE KIDS. PEOPLE POSSIBLY USING MARIJUANA ON THE STREETS AS THEY DRIVE OR IN THE WORKPLACE. AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, MARIJUANA IS NOT LEGAL. AND I BELIEVE THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN REGULATING AND ASSURING THAT THERE'S NOT CRIMINAL ACTIVITY ATTACHED AND BEING A PART OF JUST -- AS WE MOVE FORWARD, MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S PROPER PROTECTIONS IN PLACE AS WE ALL CONTINUE TO LEARN EXACTLY WHAT THIS IMPACT IS GOING TO BE AND ULTIMATELY MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMMUNITIES REMAIN SAFE AS THESE ADDITIONAL USES ARE -- AND BUSINESSES ARE LOCATED. >> KIND OF A FOLLOW-UP TO THAT, REPRESENTATIVE, WOULD YOU SUPPORT ANYTHING IN THE NEAR FUTURE THAT MAKES IT EASIER FOR BANKS TO WORK WITH THESE SHOPS LOCALLY, ANOTHER BIG CONCERN A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE. >> I KNOW. YES, I HAVE NOT TO DATE SUPPORTED THOSE CHANGES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. AND I'VE MET WITH OUR COMMUNITY BANKERS. I'VE TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THIS ISSUE. I STILL BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS LEGALIZATION. >> MR. PAKOOTAS? >> I AGREE, WE DO HAVE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THIS, VERY CLOSE EYE ON IT. THAT'S WHY I SAY WASHINGTON STATE AND COLORADO IS GOING TO BE GREAT BAROMETERS. WE ALSO ON THE HE RESERVATIONS HAVE A DOUBLE ISSUE THERE. IT'S FEDERALLY REGULATED LANDS. IT'S HELD IN TRUST BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO WE'RE IN A CATCH 22. SO IT'S LEGALIZED OFF THE RESERVATION OUTSIDE OF OUR BOUNDARIES YET IT'S ILLEGAL WITHIN OUR BOUNDARIES OF THE RESERVATION. SO WE HAVE AN EXTRA ISSUE THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH ALSO. SO THOSE ARE -- AND I'M ALSO CONCERNED ABOUT OUR CHILDREN. I HAVE FOUR GROWN ADULT CHILDREN. I HAVE SIX GRANDCHILDREN THAT MAY BE WITNESS TO THIS MARIJUANA. THAT WORRIES ME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE REGULATIONS UNDER PLACE BEFORE IT ACTUALLY COMES TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. >> LET'S MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION. SEAN, YOU WILL TAKE THIS, AND REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, YOU'LL ANSWER THIS ONE FIRST. >> SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT QUESTIONS FOR YOU CANDIDATES. REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, WHILE MEMBERS IN CONGRESS HAVE TRIED TO REPEAL THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OR BALM ACARE SEVERAL TIMES, SOME REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS HAVE SAID THEY DON'T THINK THAT'S POSSIBLE. IN THE NEXT SESSION OF WOULD YOU TRY TO REPEAL OBAMACARE AGAIN AND IS THERE ANY PART OF THE LAW YOU BELIEVE SHOULD STAY? >> I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO START OVER. THAT WOULD BE MY GOAL. I CERTAINLY RECOGNIZE THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HELPED, BUT I CONTINUE TO HEAR ABOUT MANY MORE THAT EITHER HAVE LOST THEIR DOCTOR OF THEIR CHOICE -- RIGHT HERE IN WASHINGTON STATE, 300,000 PEOPLE LOST THEIR HEALTH PLAN OF THEIR CHOICE. AND PREMIUMS CONTINUE TO GO UP. I BELIEVE THAT THERE'S A BETTER WAY TO REFORM HEALTHCARE, TO ENSURE THAT PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE. THAT IS OUR GOAL. AND WE NEED TO STAY FOCUSED ON THAT GOAL AND GIVE PEOPLE MORE OPTIONS, EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES, NOT A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT'S DECIDING FOR THEM. SO I'D LIKE TO SEE REFORMS THAT WILL EXPAND HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, THAT LALLOW SMALL TO BAN TOGETHER, THAT WILL ALLOW PEOPLE TO GO BEYOND STATE BOUNDARIES IN ORDER TO ACCESS MORE AFFORDABLE HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. I THINK MORE CHOICES IN THE MARKETPLACE WILL RESULT IN INDIVIDUALS BEING ABLE TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES. >> AND TO YOU, MR. PAKOOTAS, MANY DEMOCRATS HAVE LIMITED THEIR SUPPORT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SAY THEY ARE OPPOSED TO THE LAW. SO DO YOU SUPPORT OBAMACARE AS IT IS OR WOULD YOU REMOVE OR MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THAT LAW? >> I WOULD SUPPORT IT GOING FORWARD AS IT IS. THERE ARE CHANGES THAT DO NEED TO BE MADE, BUT AFTER THE FULL BILL IS WORKING. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS WORKING. THERE'S OVER 10 MILLION AMERICANS THAT HAVE INSURANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THEIR LIVES. THEIR FAMILIES ARE INSURED. THEIR CHILDREN ARE COVERED BY HEALTHCARE TODAY. MEDICARE AND MEDICAID COSTS ARE DECLINING. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY THERE IS TRUE COMPETITION AND TRANSPARENCY IN THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY, IN THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY. ALL OF THE FEAR TACTICS AND THINGS THAT WERE GOING ON IN THE PAST, YOU KNOW, DOCTORS ARE NOT LEAVING IN DROVES, THE DEATH PANELS ARE NOT SHOWING UP, NOT HAPPENING, PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY SIGNING UP FOR HEALTHCARE INSURANCE. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF STORIES, ESPECIALLY IN RURAL AMERICA, WHERE MANY OF OUR PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE. THERE'S OVER 43 MILLION AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTHCARE COVERAGE, WITHOUT INSURANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME THEY HAVE INSURANCE. IT HAS NOT DAMAGED THE INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCES AT THAT POINT THAT SHE'S TALKING ABOUT. >> SO TO BE SPECIFIC IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD REMOVE? REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIFICALLY YOU THINK SHOULD STAY? ONE OF THE AREAS I GUESS IS CONGRESS BEING COVERED NOT AS SMALL BUSINESSES. PRESENTLY THE LANGUAGE DOES HAVE THEM COVERED AS SMALL BUSINESSES, AS FAR AS THEIR HEALTH CARE COVERAGE. ANOTHER AREA I WOULD LOOK AT, NOT NECESSARILY REMOVING BUT IMPLEMENTING BACK INTO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AFTER IT WAS OUT BY THE REPUBLICANS DURING THE NEGOTIATION WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA IS THE ABILITY OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO NEGOTIATE WITH PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES FOR LOWER DRUG RATES. FOR OUR SENIORS AND MANY OF OUR VETERANS THAT ARE ON FIXED INCOME AND ARE ON MEDICARE AND MEDICAID, THEY CANNOT AFFORD THE DRUGS THAT THEY ARE PRESCRIBED. >>> I CERTAINLY BELIEVE IT IS IMPORTANT TO PROTECT THOSE THAT HAVE PREEXISTING CONDITIONS, THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE MOVING FORWARD. I SUPPORT THE PROVISION THAT ALLOWS THOSE UP TO AGE 26 TO BE ON THEIR PARENT'S PLAN. BUT WHAT I AM MOST EXCITED ABOUT IS AN INITIATIVE THAT I'VE BEEN PART OF IN THE HOUSE CALLED THE <i>21ST CENTURY CURES</i> <i>INITIATIVE</i> THAT IS REALLY FOCUSED ON THE INNOVATION, ON THE RESEARCH, ON DEVELOPMENT OF NEXT GENERATION THERAPIES, ON LIFE SAVING PRESCRIPTIONS AND BREAK-THROUGHS THAT ARE GOING TO RESULT IN AMERICA HAVING A BETTER HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. I AM MOST EXCITED THAT THIS INITIATIVE COULD ACTUALLY HELP CHANGE THE DEBATE ON HEALTH CARE TO ONE BEYOND, ARE YOU FOR OBAMACARE OR AGAINST OBAMACARE, TO HOW DO WE BUILD THE BEST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE WORLD, THE MODEL FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD AND MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE HAVING THAT ACCESS TO QUALITY AND AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE. IT'S AN AREA WHERE I HAVE BEEN A LEADER AND I WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK TO ENSURE THAT RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, THROUGHOUT THIS DISTRICT, IN RURAL AREAS, THAT PEOPLE HAVE THAT ACCESS. I ALSO CO-CHAIRED THE WORLD HEALTH COALITION THAT IS FOCUSED ON SPECIAL ISSUES RELATED TO RURAL HEALTH. >> MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU CAN HAVE A 30-SECOND REBUTTAL. >> BEFORE -- AS I SAID, THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS WORKING. NOW THERE WAS FEARS ABOUT MEDICARE BEING DIMINISHED. THERE'S ALSO FEARS ABOUT THE COSTS GOING UP. MEDICARE IS RECEIVING DOLLARS. IT IS NOT BEING DIMINISHED. RIGHT NOW THE PATIENTS THAT WERE ON MEDICARE ARE NOW ON THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. NOW THERE IS OVER 7 MILLION INSURED THAT ARE PAYING THEIR OWN PREMIUMS. WHICH IS SAVING DOLLARS IN THE MEDICARE AREA. >> REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS, YOU MAY HAVE A 30-SECOND REBUTTAL IF YOU LIKE. >> OKAY. WELL, ONE OF THE MOST DISTURBING PARTS OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WAS THE CUTS TO MEDICARE. $700 BILLION IN CUTS TO MEDICARE IN ORDER TO FUND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT. AND WE'RE SEEING THE IMPACT OF THOSE CUTS, OF -- THE LACK OF ACCESS, SENIORS RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON WHO CAN'T FIND A DOCTOR WHO WILL TAKE A NEW MEDICARE PATIENT BECAUSE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ISN'T ACTUALLY COVERING THE COST. HOME HEALTHCARE HAS SEEN SOME DRAMATIC CUTS. OXYGEN, MEDICAL DEVICES. AND I AM QUITE CONCERNED ABOUT MEDICARE AND IT'S IMPORTANT WE'RE TAKING STEPS TO SAVE MEDICARE MOVING FORWARD. >> THE NEXT QUESTION, WITH OR' GOING TO GO BACK TO JIM, A QUESTION ON JOBS, AND MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU WILL ANSWER THIS QUESTION FIRST. >> I HAVE BEEN AROUND ENOUGH, COVERED ENOUGH ELECTIONS TO KNOW THAT ALMOST EVERY CANDIDATE AT SOME POINT IN THEIR CAMPAIGN TALKS ABOUT BRINGING MORE JOBS TO THEIR CITY, STATE, DISTRICT. IN FACT, I THINK YOU MENTIONED THAT IN YOUR OPENING REMARKS, MR. PAKOOTAS. WASHINGTON'S 5th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT HAS SOME OF THE HIGHEST UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE STATE AND IS MUCH SLOWER COMING OUT OF THE RECESSION THAT THE PUGET SOUND AND SEATTLE. I'D LIKE YOU BOTH TO TALK ABOUT SOME SPECIFIC THINGS YOU WOULD DO IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS TO LOWER UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE DISTRICT OR PERHAPS TALK ABOUT HOW THERE'S NOT REALLY VERY MUCH THAT ONE MEMBER OF CONGRESS CAN DO TO AFFECT THE JOBS PICTURE. >> THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION. I HAVE CREATED JOBS IN MY POSITION THAT I'M IN RIGHT NOW, AND ALSO AS A POSITION AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE KALISPELL TRIBE. ONE OF MY FIRST PRIORITIES IN CONGRESS WOULD BE PUTTING AMERICA BACK TO WORK AND THE WAY TO DO THAT IS INVESTING IN OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE. IN WASHINGTON STATE ALONE OVER 466 OF OUR 7,000 BRIDGES ARE BEYOND DECLINE AND NEED REPAIR. SO THERE ARE SAFETY ISSUES THERE ALSO. INVESTING IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE NUMBERS THAT COME OUT, 18,000 JOBS WOULD BE CREATED FOR EVERY $1 BILLION THAT IS SPENT IN OUR INFRASTRUCTURE. THIS IS THROUGH THE CBO OR ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS. AND ALSO THAT WOULD BRING ADDITIONAL DOLLARS INTO THE ECONOMY, WHICH WOULD IMPROVE OUR SMALL BUSINESSES IN THE AREAS OF ECONOMY. SO THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THE MAIN PROJECTS THAT WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT IS INVESTMENT IN OUR CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE, ROADS, BRIDGES AND OUR BUILDINGS. MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE IN DILAPIDATED STATE ALSO. >> REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS. >> SURE. WELL, JOBS ARE FOUNDATIONAL, AND YOU THINK ABOUT THE ROLE THAT THEY PLAY IN OUR LIVES. THE JOB IS THE OPPORTUNITY. AND IF WE WANT TO CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES SO YOUNG PEOPLE THAT GRADUATE FROM OUR GREAT UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES DON'T HAVE TO MOVE AWAY FROM EASTERN WASHINGTON, WE NEED MORE JOBS. WE NEED TO CREATE MORE JOBS. WE NEED TO CREATE A FOUNDATION SO THAT JOBS WILL BE CREATED. AND THE HYDROPOWER LEGISLATION THAT I WORKED IN A BIPARTISAN FASHION TO GET PASSED IS ESTIMATED THAT IT COULD CREATE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF JOBS ACTUALLY AND CAN CREATE JOBS RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON AS WE EXPAND HYDROPOWER PROJECTS. WE COULD DOUBLE HYDROPOWER WITHOUT BUILDING A NEW DAM. SIMPLY BY INVESTING IN NEW TECHNOLOGY. SO THAT'S ONE AREA. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT TAX REFORM IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS THAT WE COULD DO AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO HELP CREATE SOME CERTAINTY AND CAUSE PEOPLE TO WANT TO CREATE SOME JOBS RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON. WE HAVE THE HIGHEST CORPORATE TAX RATE IN THE WORLD. EVERYONE RECOGNIZES THAT OUR TAX CODE IS TOO COMPLICATED, IT'S TOO COSTLY. WE NEED TO STREAMLINE THE TAX CODE, BOTH CORPORATE AND INDIVIDUALLY, SO THAT PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE CONFIDENCE TO INVEST IN EASTERN WASHINGTON. >> ALL RIGHT. YOU CAN HAVE A 30-SECOND REBUTTAL, MR. PAKOOTAS. >> EXACTLY, THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, A STREAMLINED TAX CODE. PRESENTLY THEY ARE INCREASING THE LOOPHOLES FOR THE LARGE CORPORATIONS, THE RICH ONES. THE TRICKLE-DOWN EFFECT DOES NOT WORK. YOU DON'T HEAR THEM TALKING ABOUT THAT ANYMORE. GIVING THE TAX BREAKS, GIVING THE INCREASES TO THE CORPORATIONS, AND THAT'S GOING TO TRICKLE DOWN AND CREATE JOBS, THAT HAS BEEN PROVEN FALSE. THAT HAS NEVER WORKED, AND IT WILL NOT WORK. THE WAY TO INCREASE JOBS ALSO IS TO IMPROVE TECHNOLOGY. THE DAMS, I LOOK OUT MY OFFICE EVERY DAY AND SEE GRAND COULEE DAM. THEY ARE IMPROVING TECHNOLOGY THERE AND CREATE A NUMBER OF JOBS THERE AS FAR AS IMPROVING THE ABILITY FOR ADDITIONAL POWER, TOO. SO THE TAX BREAKS DO NOT WORK. >> ALL RIGHT. REPRESENTATIVE McMORRIS RODGERS? >> WELL, I BELIEVE THAT WE DO NEED TAX REFORM, CLOSE THE TAX LOOPHOLES, STREAMLINE THE TAX CODE, ABSOLUTELY. I ALSO BELIEVE IN A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH. WE NEED TO REALLY UNLEASH AMERICAN INGENUITY, THE THOUSANDS OF SMALL BUSINESSES, INNOVATION, CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT AMERICA -- IS THAT THAT COUNTRY WHERE SOMEONE CAN TAKE AN IDEA THEY HAVE TO IMPROVE PRODUCTS AND IMPROVE SERVICES AND DO IT RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON. I'M ALWAYS INSPIRED AS I TRAVEL AROUND EASTERN WASHINGTON AND SEE EVEN THE NEW COMPANIES RIGHT HERE, PEOPLE THAT ARE IMPROVING PRODUCTS, IMPROVING SERVICES, CREATING JOBS, CREATING OPPORTUNITIES. >> NEXT QUESTION, DYLAN, AND REPRESENTATIVE, YOU WILL ANSWER THIS QUESTION FIRST. >> ALL RIGHT. VETERANS ISSUES. YOU KNOW, THE SCANDAL THAT ROCKED THE VA SHOCKED A LOT OF PEOPLE TO KNOW PERHAPS VETERANS WERE DYING BECAUSE THEY HAD WAITED SO LONG FOR CARE. I KNOW IN THE PAST, AND YOU CONTINUE TO SAY WE CAN DO BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO VETERANS, SO SPECIFICALLY WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL DO BETTER IF YOU ARE RE-ELECTED IN YOUR NEXT TERM FOR VETERANS? >> RIGHT. WELL, THE WAY THAT WE TREAT OUR VETERANS IS HOW WE SHOW OUR GRATITUDE TO THEM. THAT'S WHY I WAS OUTRAGED AND SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE WERE OUTRAGED TO SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING, HEAR WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT THE VA. AND TOO OFTEN THIS IS THE SAME CASE ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO WHEN I LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE, I THINK WE NEED BOTH STRUCTURAL AND CULTURAL CHANGES AT THE VA SO THAT WE'RE ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET. WHEN A VETERAN WALKS THROUGH THAT DOOR THEY SHOULD BE -- THEY SHOULD -- THE RED CARPET SHOULD BE ROLLED OUT. HOW CAN WE HELP? RATHER THAN -- THEY FEEL LIKE A BURDEN. WE -- I WAS PART OF LEADING ACTUALLY ACTION IN THE HOUSE, WE TOOK SOME FIRST STEPS TO ALLOW DOCTORS WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING MORE THAN -- OR VETERANS WHO HAD BEEN WAITING MORE THAN 30 DAYS FOR AN APPOINTMENT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO A LOCAL PROVIDER. WE CALLED FOR AN INDEPENDENT MEDICAL REVIEW OF EVERY FACILITY IN THIS COUNTRY. OUTSIDE OF THE VA. NOW, THE VA HAS DONE ITS OWN REVIEW OF BOTH SPOKANE AND WALLA WALLA AND HAVE FOUND THEY WANT TO LOOK A LITTLE DEEPER. I BELIEVE IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO GET THAT INDEPENDENT MEDICAL REVIEW, HIRE MORE DOCTORS. MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS WAS ALSO INCLUDED. BUT IT'S A FIRST STEP. >> I HAD A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION. THE FOLLOW-UP QUESTION TO THAT, WHAT SPECIFICALLY WILL YOU DO TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS MOVING FORWARD? I KNOW YOU HAVE A -- YOU KNOW, A RECORD TALKING ABOUT VETERANS, BUT WHAT SPECIFICALLY MOVING FORWARD WILL YOU DO TO MAKE SURE THE THINGS YOU JUST MENTIONED WILL HAPPEN IN. >> RIGHT. WELL, THAT LEGISLATION JUST PASSED IN JULY, AND WE GOT TO MAKE SURE -- AND THEN THE INDEPENDENT MEDICAL REVIEW, WE'LL LEARN MORE SO THAT WE LEARN WHAT THOSE NEXT STEPS ARE. I MET WITH A COMPANY CALLED ZOC DOC FOR EXAMPLE WHO DEVELOPED AN APP WHERE THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED 25, 30% OF THE DOCTORS APPOINTMENTS GO UNFILLED IN THIS COUNTRY BECAUSE PEOPLE DON'T SHOW UP FOR THEIR APPOINTMENTS. THEY CAME TO ME AND I CONNECTED THEM WITH THE VA. NOW THE VA IS SAYING WE'RE NOT SURE WE CAN DO IT. I'M WORKING WITH THE VA TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO LOOK AT SOME INNOVATIVE APPROACHES. I'VE ALSO HIRED SOMEONE IN MY OFFICE WHO IS A LONG-TIME WITH THE VA WORKING WITH HOMELESS VETS, JOHN DAVIS, WHO HAS TREMENDOUS RECORD, WHO IS NOT JUST HELPING VETERANS WHO AREN'T GETTING ACCESS RIGHT NOW THAT THEY NEED BUT ALSO HELPING ME THINK THROUGH LOCALLY WHAT STEPS DO WE NEED TO TAKE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE VETERANS HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, WHETHER THEY LIVE UP IN REPUBLIC OR COLVILLE OR DOWN IN WALLA WALLA, SPOKANE ARE GETTING THE SERVICES THEY NEED. THAT'S WAIT WE SHOW OUR GRATITUDE TO THEM. >> MR. PAKOOTAS, VERY SIMILAR QUESTION. I KNOW EARLIER YOU SAID THAT VETERANS ARE BEING NEGLECTED AND THAT WE HAVE TO OBVIOUSLY DO BETTER. SPECIFICALLY WHAT WILL WILL YOUF YOU'RE A ELECTED? WHAT WILL YOU DO TO MAKE SURE NOT ONE MORE VETERAN IS NEGLECTED AT THE VA OR ANY OTHER MEDICAL FACILITY IN OUR COUNTRY? >> ONE THING WOULD BE TO PROPOSE PROPER FUNDING FOR THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AND COVER THE VETERANS THAT WE DO SEE ON THE STREETS AND ALSO THE VETERANS THAT ARE ON SNAP PROGRAMS, RECEIVING FOOD STAMPS AND THAT. PROPER FUNDING IS ONE WAY TO HELP TAKE TAKE CARE OF THAT. NOT DIMINISHING OR DEKREATSING THE FUNDING. LAST YEAR ONE OF THE GREATEST DAMAGES WAS DONE TO THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AND THAT WAS CLOSING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. THAT DIMINISHED PROVIDING -- THE PROCEEDED -- SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION. THEY NEVER HAVE RECOVERED THAT FROM. THAT'S WHY YOU'RE SEEING MORE AND MORE OF OUR VETERANS OUT ON THE STREET. YOU GO INTO SPOKANE AND YOU CAN SEE VETERANS ON ALMOST STREET CORNER IN SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, HERE. THEY DO NOT DESERVE THAT TREATMENT. WE NEED TO PROVIDE THE SERVICES AND THE SUPPORT FOR THESE VETERANS, IF IT'S GOING TO BE MONETARY F IT'S GOING TO BE EMOTIONAL, HOWEVER IT'S GOT TO BE, WE NEED TO PROVIDE THAT SUPPORT FOR THEM FOR THEIR BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR EACH OF THEM, THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES WE HAVE TO PROVIDE THAT SUPPORT. >> REPRESENTATIVE YOU CAN HAVE A 30-SECOND REBUTTAL. >> AS FAR AS THE FUNDING, WE HAVE DOUBLED THE FUNDING TO THE VA IN RECENT YEARS. I BELIEVE IT IS BEYOND FUNDING. IT IS ABOUT THE STRUCTURE WITHIN THE VA AND IT'S THE CULTURE WITHIN THE VA. AND WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT CULTURE TO ONE THAT IS REALLY ABOUT THE VETERAN. SOMEHOW IN ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO HELP VETERANS THROUGH THE VA, THE VETERAN IS GETTING LOST. AND SO THAT'S WHERE WE NEED TO CHANGE THERE. I ALSO WAS OUTRAGED BY THE WAY VETERANS WERE TREATED DURING -- DURING SEE SEQUESTRATION VETERAS WERE NOT INCLUDED IN ANY OF THOSE CUTS. THEY WERE PROTECTED. >> MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU CAN HAVE 30 SECONDS FULL LIKE. >> THERE'S OTHER AREAS THAT THEY WERE DIMINISHED IN THE SEQUESTRATION. IT WAS THROUGH FOOD STAMPS, THOSE PROGRAMS, THOSE AREAS, AND THE WELFARE PROGRAMS, THOSE DOLLARS WERE DIMINISHED, AND AS I SAID, MANY OF OUR VETERANS ARE RECEIVING THOSE SUPPORT SERVICES NOT FUNDING THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION IS NOT HELP. I AGREE WE DO NEED A CHANGE IN CULTURE. WE DO NEED A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP IN THAT AREA, BUT DIMINISHING OR TAKING AWAY THE FUNDING BECAUSE OF THAT ACTIVITY, THAT BAD ACTIVITY THAT'S HAPPENING AT THE TOP, IS NOT THE ANSWER. >> MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU'LL ANSWER THIS NEXT QUESTION FROM SEAN. >> CANDIDATES, SAME QUESTION FOR BOTH OF YOU. MEMBERS OF THE SPOKANE TRIBE ARE WAITING TO HEAR FROM THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS WHETHER THAT ORGANIZATION WILL APPROVE THEIR PLAN FOR A NEW CASINO IN THE WEST PLAINS. ULTIMATELY GOVERNOR INSLEE WILL HAVE TO APPROVE THAT PROJECT. WHAT RECOMMENDATION WOULD YOU GIVE THE GOVERNOR IF HE ASK FOR YOUR OPINION ON THAT PROJECT? >> I GUESS REVIEW ALL THE DOCUMENTS THAT ARE IN PLACE, REVIEW THE FEDERAL LEGISLATION THAT IS IN PLACE TO ASSURE THAT THE SPOKANE TRIBE HAS PROPERLY GONE THROUGH THE STAGES THAT ARE REQUIRED. WE HAVE FEDERAL LEGISLATION THAT IDENTIFY HOW WE DO GAMING ON TRUST PROPERTY OUTSIDE OF OUR RESERVATION BOUNDARIES. THAT'S THE INDIAN GAMING REGULATORY ACT, WHICH WAS PASSED IN 1988. THAT IDENTIFIES THAT PROCESS, AND IT'S A TWO-PART PROCESS ALSO, AND THE -- YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND ALSO THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS HAS THE ULTIMATE DECISION ON HOW -- WHETHER OR NOT THEY APPROVE THE STATUS TO DO GAMING ON TRUST PROPERTY. THE GOVERNOR DOES HAVE THAT AUTHORITY ALSO TO REVIEW AND TO RECOMMEND TO THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS WHETHER OR NOT THE PROJECT IS ALLOWED GAMING ON THERE OR NOT, AND THAT'S WHAT I SAY IS TO -- ESPECIALLY FOR CONGRESS, TO STAND BACK, LET THE PROCESS WORK THAT CONGRESS HAS PASSED OVER 20 YEARS AGO. >> REPRESENTATIVE? >> I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THE SPOKANE TRIBE IN THEIR EFFORT TO EXPAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR MEMBERS, AND I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. I HAVE PARTICULAR CONCERNSER WITH THIS -- THE LOCATION OF THIS PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT, AND THAT'S BASED UPON THE ENCROACHMENT CONCERNS THAT IT WILL HAVE ON FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, WHICH IS THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN OUR REGION, AND THAT COMES FROM LEADERSHIP AT THE BASE ITSELF, AS WELL AS LEADERSHIP THAT I HAVE MET WITH AT THE PENTAGON AND WITHIN THE AIR MOBILITY COMMAND THAT HAVE IMPRESSED UPON ME THAT THIS PARTICULAR LOCATION WILL IMPACT THEIR CURRENT TRAINING MISSIONS AS WELL AS POTENTIALLY FUTURE MISSIONS. AND SO I WOULD -- AND I'VE ALREADY HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GOVERNOR ABOUT THE CONCERNS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR LOCATION. I'D LIKE US TO PURSUE POTENTIALLY SOME OTHER LOCATIONS THAT WOULD BE MORE ACCEPTABLE. THE RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE AT THE COMMUNITY IS TO PROTECT THE BASE FROM ERCH KROACHMENT. >> TO BE CLEAR DIPT BASED ON WHAT WE KNOW WOULD YOU SUPPORT OR OPPOSE THE CASINO IN THE PROPOSED LOCATION? >> I WOULD SUPPORT IT IN THE PROPOSED LOCATION PROVIDED THEY GO THROUGH THE PROCESS THAT IS IDENTIFIED THROUGH FEDERAL REGULATION. THERE HAS BEEN AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT COMPLETED ON THAT PROJECT, AND IN THAT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT ALSO THERE WAS LETTERS FROM THE COMMANDERS AT FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE. THERE WAS NO ENCROACHMENT CONCERNS, THERE WAS NO FLIGHT PATTERN CONCERNS AT THAT POINT IN TIME AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, I IMAGINE YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ON THE WEB SITE AND READ THAT. ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT, THERE IS NO REAL CONCERNS THAT'S BEEN STAYED STATED HERE TONIGHT. >> I HAVE MET, AND I'M GOING TO CONTINUE TO MEET WITH THE AIR FORCE, TO MEET WITH THE TRIBAL LEADERSHIP, TOO, BECAUSE I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT AS A COMMUNITY THAT WE ARE FINDING A SOLUTION, AND THAT FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT ECONOMIC DRIVER TO THIS REGION, AND IT IS A STRATEGIC BASE WITHIN THE AIR FORCE, AND AS A COMMUNITY WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT THAT BASE FROM ENCROACHMENT. WE HAVE TAKEN ACTION TO MOVE SOME TRAILERS. WE'VE TAKEN OTHER ACTIONS WITHIN THIS ZONE THEATERS WOULDN'T BE ALLOWED, BOWLING ALLEYS WOULDN'T BE ALLOWED, AND I HAVE BEEN CONVINCED, HAVING MET WITH THE LEADERS, THAT THIS PARTICULAR LOCATION WILL IMPACT FAIRCHILD BOTH CURRENT MISSIONS AND POTENTIALLY FUTURE MISSIONS, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK FOR A DIFFERENT LOCATION. >> THE NEXT COUPLE QUESTIONS WE'RE GOING TO LIMIT TO 30 SECONDS SO WE CAN FIT A COUPLE MORE QUESTIONS IN AND, JIM, YOU WILL TAKE THIS ONE, AND REPRESENTATIVE YOU'LL ANSWER FIRST. LETS STAY WITH FAIRCHILD FOR A MOMENT. YOU AND OTHER MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PUSHED HARD TO HAVE FAIRCHILD SELECTED AS THE FIRST WORKING BASE FOR THE KC-46A. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. IM WONDERING IS IT PROPER FOR CONGRESS TO LOBBY THE AIR FORCE FOR THIS PLANE, OR EVEN THE BIGGER DECISIONS ON THE HORIZON LIKE WHICH BASE SHOULD STAY OPEN AND WHICH SHOULD BE CLOSED? >>RIGHT. I THINK IT IS PROPER, I DO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THIS AREA TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE TO TELL THE POSITIVE STORY OF FAIRCHILD. WE MEET WITH LEADERS WITHIN THE AIR FORCE TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE AWARE OF THE GREAT RECORD FAIRCHILD HAS AS WELL AS THE SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY HAS FOR FAIRCHILD. I THINK THERE IS AN IMPORTANT ROLE FOR THE COMMUNITY TO HELP EDUCATE AND INFORM DECISION MAKERS AS TO THE ROLE THE BASE PLAYS. AND WHAT WE SEE AS THE POTENTIAL. >>YOU DONT THINK THE PENTAGON KNOWS THE IMPORTANT ROLE FAIRCHILD PLAYS? >>YES, AND WHEN WE GO DOWN TO THE PENTAGON THEY ARE CERTAINLY AWARE OF FAIRCHILD, BUT AS FAR AS THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT THAT IS ALSO A FACTOR. THE DECISIONS WE MAKE RELATED TO ENCROACHMENT, RELATED TO OTHER ISSUES THAT WE SHOW SUPPORT OF THIS BASE. THAT IS SOMETHING THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO HEAR SO WE ARE PARTNERS MOVING FORWARD. >>MR PAKOOTAS, WAS IT RIGHT FOR CONGRESS TO GET INVOLVED, TO TELL THE AIR FORCE WHERE TO PUT ITS NEW TANKERS? >> I DON'T THINK SO, AND I THINK SOMEONE FELL ASLEEP, OR OVER EXERTED SOME AUTHORITY DURING THAT TIME BE CAUSE WE LOST THAT CONTRACT, AND I BELIEVE IT WENT TO KANSAS, AIR BASE IN KANSAS STUM PLACE. I THINK THAT OUR PENTAGON SHOULD BE THE ONE MAKING THE DECISION ON WHERE STRATEGICALLY TO PLACE THESE BASES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES. AND I DO BELIEVE THAT FAIRCHILD IS STRATEGICALLY PLACED AS FAR AS ONE OF THE REFUELING STATIONS AS FAR AS THE AIR FORCE IS CONCERNED. IT IS A HUGE ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THE COMMUNITY. BUT THAT SHOULDN'T BE THE ONLY FACTOR OF FAIRCHILD BEING LOCATED HERE. >> TO BE CLEAR, YOU THINK THE AIR FORCE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION OR WRONG DECISION TO PUT THOSE TANKERS IN KANSAS RATHER THAN AT FAIRCHILD? >> I THINK THEY MADE THE WRONG DECISION BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE FIT BETTER IN FAIRCHILD. I DO BELIEVE THAT THEY MADE THE WRONG DECISION. IT'S ALL THROUGH A BID PROCESS, AND SOMETIMES WHOSE GOT WHOSE HAND IN WHOSE POCKETS SOMETIMES DURING THAT PROCESS. >> REPRESENTATIVE WOULD YOU LIKE A 30-SECOND REBUTTAL. >> WELL, I BELIEVE THAT FAIRCHILD IS WELL POSITIONED. WE'RE THE SUPERTANKER BASE, ONLY SUPERTANKER BASE WEST OF THE ROCKIES, AND I THINK THAT IT IS STRATEGIC AS YOU THINK ABOUT THE PIVOT TO ASIA AND MORE OF THE FOCUS IN THAT DIRECTION. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT FAIRCHILD'S STORY IS TOLD, THE COMMITMENT THIS COMMUNITY HAS MADE TO FAIRCHILD, THE FACT THAT THIS -- IT WAS THIS COMMUNITY THAT DONATED THE LAND TO BEGIN WITH AND THE CONTINUED SUPPORT THAT WE HAVE, AND I THINK PART OF BEING AN EFFECTIVE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THIS AREA IS TO ENSURE THAT I CONTINUE TO BUILD THAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE AIR FORCE. >> MR. PAKOOTAS, YOU CAN HAVE 30 SECONDS IF YOU LIKE. >> NO, I THINK -- >> WE'LL MOVE ON TO THE NEXT QUESTION, DYLAN YOU HAVE THAT QUESTION MR PAKOOTAS YOU WILL ANSWER FIRST. THE QUESTION IS ABOUT MINIMUM WAGE. YOU HAVE CITIES LIKE SEATTLE THAT HAVE INCREASED THE MINIMUM WAGE TO FIFTEEN DOLLARS AN HOUR. THE U.S. WAGE IS JUST OVER 7 DOLLARS, WASHINGTON STATE $9.32. IS THIS AN ISSUE FOR YOU GOING FORWARD-INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE? AND IS THAT THE SOLUTION TO CLOSING THE GAP TO WAGES AND THE COST OF LIVING. >>> IT IS NOT QUITE THE SOLUTION BUT IT IS A GREAT START TO IT. I DO SUPPORT AN INCREASE IN THE MINIMUM WAGE TO THE $10.10 THAT IS PROPOSED TODAY. EVERYDAY MILLIONS OF AMERICANS GO TO WORK AT JOBS THAT PAY FAR TOO LITTLE. THEY CANNOT AFFORD TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO THEIR FAMILIES. RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE WOULD HELP THE LOCAL ECONOMY HERE, BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE SPEND THEIR DOLLARS LOCALLY. THEY DONT SPEND THEM ANYPLACE ELSE. RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE WOULD ALSO HELP 28 MILLION WORKERS TODAY. > REPRESENTATIVE YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS. > I BELIEVE THE DECISION TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD BE MADE AT THE STATE LEVEL. IT SHOULD BE A LOCAL DECISION. I AM SOMEONE WHO WORKED A MINIMUM WAGE JOB, WORKED AT MCDONALDS. I NEVER VIEWED IT AS THE END I VIEWED IT AS THE BEGINNING. AND I THINK IT POINTS TO THAT SOMEONE WHO IS ON MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD NOT BE STUCK ON A MINIMUM WAGE JOB, THEY SEE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BETTER JOBS, FOR HIGHER PAYING JOBS. FOR MORE TAKE HOME PAY. WE NEED TO BE FOCUSING ON POLICIES THAT RESULT IN MORE JOBS AND MORE OPPORTUNITIES. > DYLAN: A FOLLOW UP TO THAT, DOES THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BARE ANY RESPONSIBILITY IN YOUR MIND TO INCREASING THE MINIMUM WAGE? > WE DO HAVE A FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE. THERE IS ALSO QUITE A DISPARITY AROUND THE COUNTRY AS TO WHAT INCOME LEVELS ARE, AND I REALLY THINK IT IS AN ISSUE BETTER LEFT AT THE STATE LEVEL SO THAT REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS CAN BE MADE. THE FOCUS NEEDS TO BE ON HOW DO WE CREATE MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE SO THEY DONT FEEL THEY ARE STUCK ON A MINIMUM WAGE JOB, THAT THEY CAN GO OUT THERE AND FIND A HIGHER PAYING JOB, A BETTER JOB. MAYBE EVEN START SOME JOBS. ALL OF THAT MEANS MORE OPPORTUNITIES. > ALRIGHT MR PAKOOTAS? > IN THE U.S., WOMEN ARE MOST LIKELY TO FIND THEMSELVES IN THESE LOW PAYING JOBS, AND MANY OF THEM DO NOT HAVE BENEFITS. ANOTHER FACT IS IF THE MINIMUM WAGE HAD KEPT PACE WITH CEO SALARIES, THE MINIMUM WAGE TODAY WOULD BE AROUND $31 PER HOUR. SO YOU CAN SEE THE DISPARITY AND THE DIFFERENCE IN HOW THE WAGES AND SALARIES ARE COMING OUT. I SAY LET'S GIVE THE AMERICANS WHO NEED IT A RAISE. THEY DESERVE IT. >> ALL RIGHT. THAT IS GOING TO BE OUR LAST QUESTION. AND SO NOW WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON TO CLOSING STATEMENTS, AND WE DID A COIN FLIP A LITTLE BIT EARLIER, AND REPRESENTATIVE CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, YOU'LL GO FIRST. >> OKAY. WELL, THANK YOU. I THINK THIS HAS BEEN AN IMPORTANT CONVERSATION THAT WE'VE HAD TODAY, AND THANKS AGAIN TO JOE FOR JOINING ME. YOU KNOW, I REALLY THINK ULTIMATELY THERE'S A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE IN HOW WE APPROACH SOLVING PROBLEMS. AND THE CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON, THE MEN AND WOMEN FACE RIGHT HERE IN EASTERN WASHINGTON. I BELIEVE IN A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH TO ECONOMIC GROWTH, TO BUILDING THAT HEALTHY ECONOMY AND CREATING JOBS AND, THEREFORE, GIVING PEOPLE MORE OPPORTUNITIES. I BELIEVE IN REDUCING POVERTY THROUGH MORE EDUCATION, MORE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, AND GOOD JOBS, GOOD PAYING JOBS. I BELIEVE IN AN APPROACH THAT TRUSTS PEOPLE, PARENTS, AND FAMILIES AND TEACHERS AND FARMERS TO MAKE BETTER DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES THAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EVER DECIDES FOR THEM. WHAT I WANT TO DO IS CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO EMPOWER INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS AND SO THAT SO PEOPLE ARE NOT LIMITED BY WHERE THEY CAME FROM, BUT THEY ARE EMPOWERED BY WHAT THEY CAN BECOME. AND I ASK FOR YOUR VOTE. >> THANK YOU. MR. PAKOOTAS? >> THANKS SO MUCH TO KSPS FOR HOSTING THIS DEBATE. AND TO MY OPPONENT. YOU KNOW NOW WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM EACH OF US IF ELECTED. I PROMISE IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD I WILL REPRESENT YOUR INTERESTS IN WASHINGTON D.C., NOT CORPORATE INTERESTS, NOT PARTY INTERESTS, BUT YOUR INTERESTS. I'VE HEARD FROM MY OPPONENT THIS EVENING THAT IF ELECTED SHE PROMISES TO KEEP PACE WITH THE SAME FAILED POLICIES THAT SHE HAS FOR THE PAST DECADE. MY OPPONENT AND I STAND IN IN CONTRAST. I VALUE COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION. I COME FROM A CULTURE THAT BELIEVES WE ARE OBLIGATED TO LEAVE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. IT'S BEEN TOO LONG SINCE YOUR VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD IN WASHINGTON. LET ME BE THAT VOICE. I HUMBLY ASK FOR YOUR VOTE AND THE PRIVILEGE TO REPRESENT YOU. THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU TO YOU BOTH. THAT WILL DO IT FOR THIS DEBATE. OUR THANKS TO THE CANDIDATES, REPRESENTATIVE CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS AND JOE PAKOOTAS, FOR JOINING US. THANK YOU AS WELL TO OUR PANEL OF JOURNAL CYSTS, JIM CAMDEN, DYLAN WOHLENHAUS AND SEAN CHITNIS. KSPS IS PLEASED TO BRING YOU COVERAGE OF THE 5th DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL RACE. WE WILL POST THIS DEBATE ON OUR WEB SITE KSPS.ORG AND THERE YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE SERIES ANY TIME. I'M KRISTI GORENSON. FOR ALL OF US AT KSPS, THANKS

Contents

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Declined

Endorsements

Katherine Clark
Carl Sciortino

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Will
Brownsberger
Katherine
Clark
Peter
Koutoujian
Martin
Long
Paul
Maisano
Carl
Sciortino
Karen
Spilka
Undecided
Gerstein Bocian Agne* September 23–25, 2013 500 ± 4.4% 12% 27% 16% 15% 18% 12%
GreenbergQuinlanRosner^ September 22–24, 2013 400 ± 4.9% 11% 19% 15% 11% 18% 26%
Emerson College September 13–17, 2013 310 ± 4% 11.3% 23.9% 19% 1.3% 1% 5.2% 15.5% 22.6%
GreenbergQuinlanRosner^ July 18–23, 2013 405 ± 4.9% 11% 15% 12% 4% 14% 43%
  • * Internal poll for Katherine Clark Campaign
  • ^ Internal poll for Karen Spilka Campaign

Results

2013 Democratic Primary Results - Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Katherine Clark 21,959 32
Democratic Peter Koutoujian 15,290 22
Democratic Carl Sciortino 11,185 16
Democratic Will Brownsberger 10,142 15
Democratic Karen Spilka 9,057 13
Democratic Paul Masiano 1,498 2
Democratic Martin Long 394 1

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Frank
Addivinola
Mike
Stopa
Tom
Tierney
Undecided
Emerson College September 13–17, 2013 107 ± 9% 13.1% 6.5% 24.3% 56.1%

Results

2013 Republican Primary Results - Massachusetts's 5th congressional district special election[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Frank Addivinola 4,759 49
Republican Mike Stopa 2,477 26
Republican Tom Tierney 2,456 25

References

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  7. ^ "Sense of mission makes Katherine Clark best choice for US House". The Boston Globe. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
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  15. ^ a b "Endorsements for Carl Sciortino". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  16. ^ a b "Katherine Clark, Frank Addivinola win 5th District congressional primaries". The Republican. October 15, 2013.
  17. ^ Ameden, Danielle (June 27, 2013). "Candidates in race to fill Markey's House seat". MetroWest Daily News.
  18. ^ "GOP candidate Mike Stopa declares candidacy". Medford Transcript. July 26, 2013.

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