Voters Guide - U.S. Senate

October 30, 2006

U.S. Senate

Salary: $165,200 per year

Term: Six years

The following questions were asked to the candidates for U.S. Senate.

1. What role should the federal government play in providing affordable housing?

2. What proposals do you support, if any, to provide a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost to all U.S. residents?

3. The No Child Left Behind Act comes up for reauthorization in 2007. What changes do you think are needed that will help the act's intended beneficiaries - low-income and minority students?


Ben Cardin, 63


1. Affordable housing must be a national priority. I oppose the administration's proposals to cut our housing budget. I authored the Renewing the American Dream Tax Credit to provide homeownership opportunities for 50,000 low-and middle-income families annually.

2. I support universal health coverage and voted for it during the Clinton administration. I have worked to strengthen Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP. I oppose privatizing these programs. I oppose the president's Medicare prescription drug plan and support a real prescription drug program within Medicare.

3. NCLB needs to be fully funded to meet its goals. States should be given more flexibility in measuring academic progress and deciding how to improve failing schools. I have introduced The Master Teacher Act to offer federal financial incentives for our best teachers to teach in our most challenging schools.

Michael S. Steele, 48


1. As lieutenant governor, I helped launch Maryland's More House 4 Less Campaign, which assisted more than 4,000 first-time homebuyers purchase a home. We must enact policies on the federal level to foster greater homeownership in America, especially those which would work to close the minority homeownership gap.

2. We must increase access to affordable health insurance through Health Savings Accounts and high deductible policies, so individuals can purchase the insurance that meets their specific needs. I also support extending the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan sign-up period for our seniors.

3. We must provide incentives and guidelines to ensure students are performing to the best of their abilities and are at least meeting minimal requirements for their grade level. However, teachers should be given some freedom to meet the needs of individual students and children shouldn't be trapped in failing schools.

Source: League of Women Voters of Maryland (

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