U.S. House 2 candidate: Meshea Poore (D)
I am a member of the WV Legislature with five years of service. I was born in Charleston and graduated from Capitol High School. As a first generation college graduate, I earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, LA.
1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?
As a member of the WV Legislature, I championed amendments to the chemical spill bill to help prevent the next crisis from happening. The protection of America’s water supply can’t remain a back-burner issue in Congress. We have to change the way we register and monitor above-ground chemical tanks near water resources to ensure that we are protecting all Americans.
2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?
Poverty affects us all. When we continue to allow Americans to live in poverty we keep our country from being as strong as it can be both nationally and internationally. The first step that can be taken by the federal government is to increase the minimum wage.
3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?
Congress should take steps to make voting more efficient and less burdensome for every valid legal age citizen. The right to vote is the great equalizer. Every American voice matters regardless of their education, gender, race or social economic background. Congress’ actions should never disenfranchise a registered voter.
4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?
300,000 WV families tragically learned from the Freedom Industry chemical spill that no-regulation or under regulation can be harmful to WV citizens. EPA regulations must be reasonable and a balanced reached to protect jobs and the environment. I have experience of reaching that balance as a member of the Legislature. If elected to Congress, I will continue the same.
5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?
I will strongly advocate that we remain on schedule in bringing our troops home safe. Having our military families reunited is crucial. I will also address economic and business affairs. America must have a strong economy and continue building our business portfolio both domestically and internationally to stay the strong country we have always been.
6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?
The United States must act with clarity when dealing with Russia and must always protect the interest of our country both at home and abroad and take the necessary actions needed to defend the freedoms we enjoy.
7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
Statewide broadband and computer access is needed to improve education achievement in WV. This equal access will assist in making our children competitive with other states as well as globally. This accessibility to technology will also allow our teachers the ability to be more creative and innovative in their lesson plans which will undoubtedly benefit the children of WV.
8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?
As an elected official, I know that there is no perfect piece of legislation. While the Affordable Care Act is a great first step to provide equal health care across the nation, there should be local flexibility in providing preventive care to communities and have a well-defined plan of how that quality of care should be delivered.
9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
WV’s greatest resources are the people of WV. If elected to Congress, I will always promote the skills and talents of the people of this great state. I will advocate to broadening the investment in workforce development training programs so that they have a better reach throughout the entire state and continue education programs that attract all ages.
10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?
As a supporter of the Second Amendment, it is possible to make new gun control laws without interfering with the rights of gun owners but it requires an honest dialogue and working together.
11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?
To tackle the prescription drug abuse epidemic, we must continue to raise awareness through education of youth, parents, patients and health care providers. There also must be tracking and monitoring at the retail level. As an elected official in the Legislature, I have supported all of these efforts and will continue to do the same if elected to Congress.
12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?
It is important for our nation’s economy and education system to have healthy and active communities. We must take more steps to end food deserts, encourage more physical activity and make healthy food options accessible and more affordable to all Americans. If elected to Congress, I will continue working with local officials in making this a reality.
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