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Voters Guide - U.S. House of Representatives District 6

October 30, 2006

U.S. House of Representatives District 6



Salary: $165,200 per year

Term: Two years

The following questions were asked to the candidates for U.S. House of Representatives District 6.

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?

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Roscoe G. Bartlett, 80

Republican
(incumbent)

1. I support efforts to ensure that federal funds for housing assistance are used to assist low-income individuals obtain affordable housing and are not diverted into lobbying or campaign activities.

2. We have a sick-care system, not a health-care system. I support changes to increase and reward healthy lifestyle choices by individuals, increase competition by insurers and health-care providers, and limit malpractice awards unrelated to medical expenses to help reduce health-care costs.

3. I support increasing local control by parents, teachers and administrators because it is paramount to maintaining the excellent quality of schools in the Sixth District. They know better than any bureaucrats in Annapolis or Washington, D.C., what is needed to give our students the skills they need to compete globally.




Andrew Duck, 43

Democrat

1. Cooperation at the federal, state and local levels is required to develop and implement plans that effectively provide the infrastructure needed for smart growth in the 21st century. Congress should continue to support local and state housing programs through tax credits, low-interest loans and grants.

2. We need universal access to health care now that includes access to prescription drugs, dental care, mental health treatment and preventive care. We must cut costs by standardizing and automating administrative processes, which currently account for more than 20 percent of every health-care dollar.

3. No Child Left Behind is failing. A "one size fits all" standardized test is not a good measure of education. We need, instead, to focus on Individual Education Plans that focus on the individual skills and challenges each child faces, and measure improvement child by child, not school by school.

Source: League of Women Voters of Maryland (www.lwvmd.org)

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