Enrique Cerna sits down with Washington Congressman Dave Reichert in a Facebook Live interview to talk about the legal battle over the Trump Administration travel ban, the future of the Affordable Care Act, and other pressing issues facing our state and the nation.
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1:00 - Why are you not holding any town halls? This is not a town hall. Why are you afraid to meet us?
11:50 - I read your press release and understand you think the ACA (Affordable Care Act) is too expensive and too limited in its choices. But the Republican plan to convert our state’s Applecare program to a block grant and shift expenses to individuals using health saving plans while giving tax breaks to the wealthy is no solution. What is your solution to make health care affordable for us and attractive for insurance companies?
15:40 - Why did you vote to weaken the Office of Congressional Ethics earlier this year? Congress reversed course on this vote, but only after a lot of negative publicity. No promise has been made not to take another vote on this issue, merely to shelve the issue temporarily. Given the extremely questionable ethics of the President and his cabinet picks, and their unwillingness to be transparent with their potential personal financial benefits resulting from government action, why didn’t you vote to set the example in the House of Representatives?
18:55 -The Department of Homeland Security recently laid out the Trump administration's plans for aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, including using local law enforcement officers to detain undocumented people during routine stops. As a former Sheriff, what is your position on this? Do you support Trump's plan on immigration, or will you join many representatives in this state that will fight to protect immigrants already here?
25:17 - Will you work with your Democrat and Independent peers in legislating the means to ensure that senior citizens like myself and yourself do not lose any benefits to Social Security and Medicare? Many of us would suffer by reduction of benefits, no matter how that may be devised.
27:26 - I would like to know why Congressman Reichert is not actively pursuing the information about Mr. Trump's tax returns. At the very least it would let us know that he is not involved financially with Russia.
30:36 - Can you honestly say that Donald Trump would have won the election without Russian help? As a first rate investigator, would you stake your reputation on it?
32:10 - Do you approve of Steve Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council? Why or why not?
Diane, Fall City
34:13 - What specific steps are you taking to reopen access to Cottonwood Camp in the North Cascades National Park? The American people have been severely limited in their access to the Park.
35:37 - What will you do to fund Planned Parenthood health care services now and into the future? This organization provides many services to families and individuals.
38:46 - Congressman, I've seen reports that the president's first budget intends to cut funding for PBS.
I was raised on Sesame Street and am now glad to have programming like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood to provide educational programming for my young son.
Will you fight to keep funding for PBS (CPB)?
40:00 - Should funding to these programs be eliminated?
41:42 - Why is Michael Flynn (former National Security Adviser-talked about sanctions with Russian) not being prosecuted for a felony crime as stipulated in the Logan Act?
42:38 - In a divided and anxious time, America is depending on Congressional Republicans to defend our essential democratic institutions such as a free press, independent judiciary and congressional checks and balances on administrative powers. Will you add your voice to those condemning denigration of these institutions?
Suzanne C, Indianola