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U.S. House 2 candidate: Steve Harrison (R)

Apr. 15, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

COUNTY: Kanawha

PARTY: Republican


Steve is a native West Virginian and a graduate of Sissonville High School and Brown University, where he was a District 1 Academic All-American in football. He served in the West Virginia House and Senate for a total of 14 years. Steve has been married to Kristen for 21 years and they have twins, Benjamin and Maggie. www.ElectSteveHarrison.com

1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?

Different levels of government should help ensure certain protections. While the federal government over regulates in many areas, there should be oversight to ensure the safety of our water supply and other essential needs. The state is taking steps to help prevent negligent chemical spills and the federal government should ensure our water is safe from intentional attacks.

2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?

The best way out of poverty is a good job. I have a proven record of working for a better economy and was named one of the "Best for Jobs" when I was in the legislature. In Congress, I would work for policies that help the private sector create jobs.

3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?

Many have fought to protect the freedoms we have in our great nation, including the right to elect our leaders. We must not allow vote fraud to devalue the votes of American citizens. We should help ensure clean elections by requiring each of us to show identification when we vote.

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4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?

We should be able to mine the coal and drill for the oil and natural gas that is needed for our economy and national security. I would fight against the overreaching EPA because this administration is harming both West Virginia's and our nation's economy.

5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?

Our national leaders should want us to be viewed as strong and exceptional. I am concerned that the current administration does not appear to share this view. This is a great nation. We are and should be a good neighbor but also one that leads by a strong positive example.

6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?

President Ronald Reagan's approach of peace through strength worked. We must always ensure we have a military that is equipped to defend our nation and our clear national interests. While we should not be "policeman of the world", we must ensure that the world knows we will not allow actions that pose a threat to the USA.

7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?

The focus of educational control and spending should be at the local level. Reducing the role of the federal government and allowing more control at the state and local levels would be a positive step.

8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?

The Affordable Care Act is harmful to our economy and an infringement on our liberty. I would support the repeal of Obamacare.

9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?

The federal government is too large and tries to do too many things. If we get our federal spending under control and reform the tax system in a way that encourages private-sector job creation, our local education systems and private employers would be in a better position to develop well-educated employees.

10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?

We must ensure that the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms is protected. What is needed is more "criminal control" to ensure that there are stiff penalties to punish and deter violent crimes.

11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?

Penalties should be stiff for dealers selling drugs illegally. For addicts, the focus should be more on treatment and rehabilitation.

12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?

Congress should be focused on reducing federal spending and reducing the tax burden on American families. Improving the economic conditions would help individuals and families afford healthier food and more recreational opportunities.

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