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    Anil Kumar
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    David A. Trott
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Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

How would you rate the State of Michigan's response to the Flint water crisis?

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How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

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Should Congress provide funding to help Flint, and other cities across the U.S., reduce and eventually eliminate lead service lines?

Do you support deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Do they help create jobs in the U.S.? Why or why not?

What do you think needs to be done to make the U.S. tax code fairer?

Do you think Obamacare should be augmented or replaced? How would you change it? What would you replace it with?

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony? If so, please explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, please explain.

What specifically would you do to help colleges control the cost of tuition?

The U.S., and Michigan specifically, has long been a place of refuge for people displaced by wars and acts of terror. Should it remain so, especially with regard to refugees from Iraq, Syria and the Middle East?

Would you support a Constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United?

If an American auto company wants to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, should it be able to do so? Should it have to pay additional taxes or fees for work performed overseas?

Where should the U.S. concentrate its job creation efforts?

Should the U.S. Senate confirm a Supreme Court Justice before a new president takes office? If not, why not?

What is the role of Congress when its majority sits in political opposition to the president?

Has the relationship between Congress and the president lost the respect it ought to have during the last two terms? If so, how would you restore it?

How effective has the Republican majority in the House been in exercising the House’s constitutional role in the federal government?

Do you believe income inequality is a problem in America? If so, what would you do about it?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Racial inequality continues to be a serious problem in America.

If you agree, what would you do about it? If you disagree, explain why.

Do you support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States?

Do you favor the deportation of all undocumented immigrants?

Do you support legislation to reform the decennial redistricting process by placing it in the hands of in the hands of a non-partisan agency?

How would you reduce the number of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S.?

As more boomers enter retirement, the nation faces critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. What should Congress do about it?

City of residence Milford
Age 64
Family Wife: Karen Daughter; Kristin Son: Kevin
Education Masters
Vehicles owned 1 FORD Tractor 1 Kubota Tractor 1 Ford Pick-Up 1 Chevy
Professional Experience Masters in education US Military COMBAT VETERAN OF VIETNAM AND IRAQ
Political Experience Member of 113th US Congress as the US Representative from the Michigan 11th Congressional District and having passed 3 pieces of legislation with 100% Bi-partisan support.
Race/ethnicity 100% American
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The fifth estate has continuously failed to acknowledge my warnings regarding the State wide water problem discovered during my tenure as a member of the US Congress and my research into aqua-culture that would help create jobs in Detroit and surrounding area, specifically the City of Flint. The fifth estate has yet to review and fully report the Highland Park former Ford Motor Company water treatment plant to compete with the present water monopoly. I feel the fifth estate, the State and Federal government are all to blame for this when you were all duly warned.
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The fifth estate has continuously failed to acknowledge my warnings regarding the State wide water problem discovered during my tenure as a member of the US Congress and my research into aqua-culture that would help create jobs in Detroit and surrounding area, specifically the City of Flint. The fifth estate has yet to review and fully report the Highland Park former Ford Motor Company water treatment plant to compete with the present water monopoly. I feel the fifth estate, the State and Federal government are all to blame for this when you were all duly warned.
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No. "Investment goes where it is welcome and stays were it is appreciated." Costly over-regulation and high taxes are responsible for the loss of jobs overseas and until we face facts jobs will continue to disappear.
"Investment goes where it is welcome and stays were it is appreciated." Costly over-regulation and high taxes are responsible for the loss of jobs overseas and until we face facts jobs will continue to disappear. I will entertain any alternative that makes taxes simpler and fair.
The US Federal Government has no jurisdiction over health care per the US Constitution. It is a State issue.
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GOP Sponsored 2014. It is a matter or record.
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Secure the border and follow the law. Require background investigations to ensure they are not supporting a violent ideology.
It would be a violation of free speech. I disagree with many organizations and as a veteran and a member of Congress will protect free speech no matter how disagreeable I find it may be.
The reason they left the US is because of high taxes and costly over-regulation. Your question answers itself. "Investment goes were it is welcome and stays were it is appreciated."
It is a State issue. In Michigan we have the more freshwater than most countries. You would think we would be the world's largest supplier of freshwater Trout, Salmon and Perch. While not as sexy as high technology areas we have a unique opportunity to be the world's freshwater fish supplier and in the process relieve the pressure on our depleting wild ocean fisheries. Detroit may very well re-invent itself as the fish capital of the world. .
I am a Conservative. I doubt if President Obama would appreciate my ideology.
Find Common ground like I did in the passage of the 3 pieces of legislation I sponsored that passed with 100% bi-partisan support.
How can you respect someone who basically said, "I have a pen and a phone, I don't need you...?" I think that indicated a "notice of divorce."
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"Investment goes were it is welcome and stays were it is appreciated." No society in history has been able to create equity in the ideal sense. Nice dream.
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Stop governmental categorizing of US Citizens! I am, like many of my friends, 100% American.
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Yes. They are NOT undocumented immigrants! They broke the law and should be immediately deported. See my Facebook post on 17 inches.
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I support the 2nd Amendment and right to carry a firearm. How are those Chicago Gun Laws working for you?
Put a lock and key on the Social Security fund and replace the money formerly borrowed by politicians. Jail any politician who attempts to use social security monies for non-social security projects.
City of residence Bloomfield Township
Age 65
Family My wife is Marjorie, and my two sons are Andrew, 29 and Nathan, 26.
Education St. Andres High School, Mumbai, class of 1968. University of Bombay, Class of 1976, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery. University of Bombay, class of 1980. Masters of Surgery.
Vehicles owned Cadillac Escalade and Ford Explorer
Professional Experience Owner/Surgeon/Urologist at the Kumar Surgical Center. Vice Chief of Urology at St. Joseph's Hospital in Pontiac, since 2010. Chief of surgery at Crittenton Medical Center.
Political Experience I ran to represent Michigan's 11th District in the US House of Representatives in 2014.
Race/ethnicity Indian
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Of course I support, and will continue to support, my party’s presidential nominee. They were chosen by the American people to be the leader of our party and I will assist them in whichever way possible.
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The State of Michigan’s response to the Flint water crisis was, at most, below average. There was an apparent problem, and the agencies and officials involved failed the people of Michigan every day the truth was not released. Stories of delayed responses, insufficient action and possible cover-ups are unforgivable when American lives are being put in jeopardy. The lack of oversight should have been met with an aggressive government response, and till this day the people of Flint still have to live through this man-made tragedy.
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The federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis was just as inadequate as the State of Michigan’s response. They drew a considerable amount of national attention to the problem, but once the media moved on so did the government’s attention. The Environmental Protection Agency failed to warn residents and Congress failed to allocate the necessary funds in a timely manner.
Yes. They pose a risk to our health and as a physician it is my ethical duty to keep us all safe. It is a government’s responsibility to keep its citizens safe. Every lead pipe in this nation needs to be either removed, or marked and kept in a federally accessible database.
I do not support deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it leads to American jobs being lost overseas. Our country, and especially the state of Michigan, has seen what happens to our communities when the manufacturing centers leave to pursue greater profits. I do not believe Pacific nations should decide what’s best for the American people. Let’s make it in America, and let’s make it in Michigan.
I think moving the U.S. tax code to a graduated tax would make our system of collections better for all Americans. We also should move aggressively when ending abusive tax loopholes. Billionaires have exploited enough of the current system, and they must he held to the same standards as the rest of us.
Bureaucracy and legislators have notably corrupted Obamacare. It has remarkably improved healthcare for people with pre-existing conditions, created checks and balances on insurance companies, and put principles in place to check for fraud and abuse. Nevertheless, the Affordable Care Act still doesn’t offer the most value to the recipient. The high deductibles, high co-pays, expensive prescription medicine, and increasing premiums are due to the lack of insurance company reform. We must unburden healthcare with bureaucracy, and provide what is necessary to all Americans.
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We should incentivize federal money for universities that demonstrate the most value. By making colleges compete, we can drive the price of tuition down to a range that doesn’t put our students in crushing debt. Also, if we grow our community colleges and integrate them into the system, students would only have to pay for two years of a university degree instead of the full four.
Yes we should still accept refugees displaced by war and terror. Historically, the US has always prided itself on accepting refugees and embracing their customs. We should still put any applicants through a thorough vetting process, but it takes almost 2 years to complete. Streamlining this process and creating safe zones in neighboring countries would be two ways to further assist those affected. People want to stay in their homes, and once home is stabilized they should have the opportunity
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I have no issue with American companies expanding their operations overseas and moving into new markets. I don’t believe these companies should pay additional taxes, but we must close the tax loopholes many international corporations take advantage of. Holding these evaders accountable will help balance the scales and shrink the income inequality gap.
The United States should concentrate its job creation efforts in rebuilding our infrastructure with highly skilled workers. This would be an opportune time to increase our renewable energy production and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
It is the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to at least hold hearings and a vote if the sitting president makes a nomination. Regardless of an upcoming election, they should show respect for the office of the president and consider his/her recommendation.
The role of Congress is the same as it has always been, to work for the American people. Partisanship doesn’t improve our society and it stops our legislators from doing what our taxes pay them to do. When in opposition we must work towards a bi-partisan effort and find a common ground that moves us forward.
It is the responsibility of our legislators to continue to pursue the wishes of the American people, regardless of the president. Those positions are a historic and sacred part of American history and they should perform with a greater level of decorum. We need to elevate the level of debate, calling issues and not names.
The Republican majority in the House has shown us how extreme partisanship is not productive. They have failed to pass a budget, and it is raising concerns for small businesses across the nation. We understand there are ideology issues, but we should pass a budget first, then debate. One of the issues I am pleased they prioritized was defense spending to keep our great nation safe.
Income inequality is a problem in America, but every day it grows larger. We need to halt its progress and ensure everything we can do to grow the middle class. The rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer stems from a decrease in the middle class. It is shrinking because of the lack of jobs and small business opportunities available to the average person. Access to debt free education and skills training is the only way we can reinvigorate our economy and put Michiganders back to work.
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Unfortunately, racial inequality is still a part of American society. I blame the media for igniting today’s racial separation. Race should only be used as an identifier, but we see it being used as a cautionary marker on every news outlet. Education leads to interracial development and we need to recognize people as Americans.
Yes I would support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born here, as long as they do not have a criminal record. This would only occur until comprehensive reform is passed and illegal immigration is drastically reduced.
No I do not support the deportation of all undocumented immigrants. I believe offering pathways to legalization and residency would be a more productive and efficient use of your tax dollars.
Yes I would support legislation that put the redistricting process into the hands of a non-partisan agency. We should not allow our voting power to be diminished by the ideologies of select individuals.
We as a society cannot let our children, friends, and neighbors keep dying from senseless violence. To stop firearm-related deaths, we need to introduce common sense policies like banning assault rifles and encouraging the use of smart guns. If we teach our children education, responsibility, and accountability, then the number of people lost will significantly reduce.
Congress should do things that are helpful. We must enhance and expand Social Security and Medicare to ensure our seniors are healthy and comfortable. Affordable senior communities, to be facilitated by the government, would provide an opportunity for low-income individuals to actually retire instead of working multiple jobs.
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City of residence Birmingham
Age 55
Family Wife: Kappy Son: David Daughters: Taylor and Courtney
Education BA from University of Michigan JD Duke University
Professional Experience For more than 30 years, I have honed my skills as a leader and innovative businessman with expertise in technology, legal affairs, and housing. Throughout my career, I have created and saved 1,800 jobs in southeast Michigan.
Political Experience First-term Member of Congress from Michigan's 11th Congressional District.
Campaign Website http://trottforcongress.com
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As I have said since the beginning of the campaign, I plan to support the Republican nominee for President of the United States.
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Poor. What has happened in Flint is a failure of government at every level. It’s a tragedy that both sides need to work together to fix. This is an issue that many communities across Michigan and throughout the country will have to deal with as our water system infrastructure ages. I’m not interested in the finger-pointing and partisan games—I want to see solutions that fix the problem and get people in Flint the help they need. At the same time, we must ensure that the public is aware, our citizens are informed, and that our water authorities and agencies identify and take steps to prevent this level of failure from happening again.
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Poor. Again, what happened in Flint is a failure of government at every level. It is unacceptable that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an agency with a budget of over $8 billion, did not elevate its concerns over the presence of lead contaminants. This is an agency that is literally paid to protect the public health and environment, and it failed.
On the federal level, there have been a number of bills in the House and Senate that have been introduced—including a $220 million package from Sen. Stabenow and Sen. Peters. I am continuing to review each of these bills and am hopeful Republicans and Democrats can agree on a package that helps the people of Flint while being fiscally responsible and not adding new debt to the nation.
While I believe trade is important for jobs in our state, I am not yet convinced the TPP trade agreement is what is best for Southeast Michigan. It’s critical that any deal contains safeguards against currency manipulation to protect Michigan businesses and America’s auto manufacturers. While I’m continuing to review the TPP and hear the thoughts of my constituents about this important issue, I continue to have concerns that the agreement does not contain all the necessary protections to safeguard Michigan’s important manufacturing sector.
Right now, the federal tax code is too complicated and too cumbersome. Michigan families and small businesses have to spend over 6 billion hours and over $160 billion a year trying to negotiate a labyrinth of forms and deductions. I believe we need to reform and simplify the tax code to make it fairer and limit the many loopholes and special giveaways in the current system. Reforming America’s outdated and overly complicated tax code will help create a healthier economy and generate more jobs in Southeast Michigan.
I believe Washington needs to focus on patient-centered health care reforms that strengthen the doctor-patient relationship, lower the costs of health care for Michigan families, and eliminate the big-government mandates imposed by Obamacare. This can be achieved with free-market solutions such as allowing insurance to be sold across state lines, increasing insurance portability, putting patients in charge of health care spending, ending needless lawsuits, and protecting those with pre-existing conditions.
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Rising cost of education is a serious challenge for many families in Michigan and throughout the nation. Access to an affordable education is a key component for preparing students for getting the jobs of the 21st Century. There is no single solution to contain tuition costs, but I plan to carefully review any good ideas considered in Congress that help keep costs down and make college more accessible and affordable for the American people.
The scenes of Syrian refugees fleeing their homes have been heartbreaking. And while Michigan has always been welcoming to these displaced families, I believe we should pause the resettlement of Syrian refugees until they can be vetted with the highest levels of security screening. With terrorist groups like ISIS and al Qaeda operating within Syria’s borders, Americans deserve to know that our security is not being put at risk by the President’s resettlement program.
While I understand the concern many Americans have with money in politics, I respect the Supreme Court’s ruling on the subject and would not vote to overturn it. I am open to looking at plans that address campaign finance, but I believe it’s important that the principle of free speech is protected and that individuals and entities can contribute to causes they believe in.
I believe in free markets and in the ability of businesses to choose their own business practices. At the same time, it is imperative that Washington enact pro-growth policies that encourage businesses to stay and invest in the United States. Rather than using the government to fine businesses, let’s create an economic environment where businesses will grow and hire more employees here in America.
What I hear from families and job providers in Southeast Michigan is that Congress should focus on common sense solutions that will get government out of the way and get our economy back on track. Congress should advance:

♣ Fewer and smarter regulations ♣ Reduce wasteful Washington spending to provide certainty to job creators ♣ Improve education and job training for students and employees ♣ More affordable and reliable American energy Tax reform that promotes job creation
While President Obama has a Constitutional responsibility to name a nominee for the Supreme Court, there is 80 years of precedent that nominations have not been approved to the High Court during a presidential election year out of respect to the American voters. At the same time, the American people expect to see the confirmation process move forward. I believe there should be hearings on the nominee and the Senate would then have the opportunity to vote down the president’s nominee.
I believe the role of Congress is always the same no matter what party is in control of the White House. As described in Article 1 of the Constitution, all legislative authority is vested in the Congress of the United States. A full description of Congress’ constitutionally permitted authority and role can be found in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, including: “the Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence [sic] and general Welfare of the United States”… “To borrow Money on the credit of the United States”… “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughou
I believe the role of Congress is always the same no matter what party is in control of the White House. As described in Article 1 of the Constitution, all legislative authority is vested in the Congress of the United States. A full description of Congress’ constitutionally permitted authority and role can be found in Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, including: “the Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence [sic] and general Welfare of the United States”… “To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization”… “To declare War and to raise and support Armies…”
Having spent my career in business, I am used to working with all sides to come up with solutions and fix problems. Unfortunately, Washington has not been working that way. I believe it starts with President Obama’s unwillingness to work with Congress to get things done for the American people. Since taking office, I have heard directly from my colleagues—both Republicans AND Democrats—that President Obama does not communicate does not make an effort to engage Congress on the important issues facing the nation. I believe we need a new president who is willing to sit down and work with Congress to compromise and advance solutions that will get our nation back on track.
I believe that Congress and the White House need to work together to craft solutions that will create a healthier economy so that everyone’s income will grow. This starts by getting Washington out of the way and letting families and small businesses prosper. Just last year, regulations from Washington cost the nation $1.89 trillion in economic growth—every cent of that money could have went to boost wages and hire more people. We need to reduce barriers to economic growth, improve education, and reform the tax code so that wages increase for all families. That is how we can give hard-working Americans the best chance to succeed and have a shot at the American Dream.
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I believe America has made great strides on the issue of racial inequality, but there is always more work to do. As Americans we must always work to bring people of all backgrounds together to work for the common cause of strengthening our nation.
It’s clear our current immigration system is not working. Our borders are still not secure and there’s a lack of enforcement of the laws already on the books. What citizens in Southeast Michigan are telling me is that any solution for the immigration problem must first actually secure the border. It’s disappointing that President Obama chose to make an unconstitutional executive order on immigration that sidesteps Congress. I believe his actions make fixing this problem legislatively even more difficult. It makes it more challenging to build trust and move forward in a bipartisan way. I want to see solutions that will address the problem, but we need a president who is willing to engage.
The federal government needs to focus on first securing the border and enforcing our current immigration laws. What I don’t support is blanket amnesty and I believe the American people don’t trust Washington to handle this problem. I believe we need to concentrate first on securing the border, stop people from crossing into this country illegally, and then listen to what the American people want to do with those living here now. But we can’t get to that discussion if we can’t first secure the border.
It is important that congressional districts are drawn in an open and transparent process. I am willing to look at various proposals on how to improve the redistricting process, but there has not yet been a bill that addresses this issue that has come before the floor of the House.
There’s no doubt that the mass shootings in our country have sparked an important conversation about what can be done to keep our citizens safe. I believe Congress can advance solutions that prevent violence without taking firearms out of the hands of law-abiding Americans. All Americans have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms and I will not vote to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens. At the same time, I want to see lawmakers focus on proposals that keep guns away from criminals, improve mental healthcare, and strengthen the current system of background checks on gun purchases.
Having spent my life in Southeast Michigan, I know how important programs like Medicare and Social Security are to our seniors. Many of our citizens depend on these important programs for their healthcare and financial needs. That’s why I have not—and will not—support any changes to these programs for our seniors or those near retirement. At the same time, if we don’t act, programs like Medicare will go bankrupt in as soon as 10 years. I believe we need to save these programs and protect them for the long-term so that our children and grandchildren can have access to them as well.

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