Monday, April 25 at 7pm EDT Rep. David Jolly (R) and Rep. Alan Grayson (D) went head-to-head and answered YOUR questions in a groundbreaking Open Debate moderated by The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur and Independent Journal Review's Benny Johnson.
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WELCOME TO THE
FLORIDA OPEN DEBATE
What will you do in your position to keep Social Security and Medicare strong?
Do you support expanding Social Security, & a FAIR COLA formula as well as remov
Do you support expanding Social Security, creating a FAIR COLA formula for those on SS, as well as removing the income cap for the FICA Tax so that ALL Americans pay FICA Tax on 100% of their income?
How will you work to make renewable energy more affordable in Florida?
We receive incredibly high levels of sunlight that could support a great solar power project, not just for us, but potentially neighboring counties or states. Our tidal power could also be harnessed.
Do you accept that Climate Change is the single greatest threat our world faces?
If *yes*, than will you support or put forth legislation that keeps more fossil fuels in the ground and green house gases out of our atmosphere? Will you fight for funding innovative projects/tech?
Will you remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act?
Currently 24 states (incl. DC) have passed consumption laws. Removing marijuana from the CSA creates a smaller Fed by letting the States govern and reduces DEA budget requirements.
What are you going to do to protect a woman's constitutional right to choose?
Politicians all over the country are getting between a woman and her doctor and taking away her constitutional right to choose. How will you protect a woman's right to choose?
Would you vote in favor of a constitutional amendment to repeal Citizens United?
Follow up question: If Yes, "Is that because you believe money in politics has a negative influence and those who accept money are more likely to be beholden to those donors rather than voters?"
What are you going to do to reform the campaign finance system?
How will you work with the President to make a viable campaign finance system? 90% of Americans believe that money needs to get out of politics.
What will you do to finally put an end to our "Too Big to Fail" banking system?
Banks are larger than in 2008. Regulators do not think they have acceptable living wills. And Wells Fargo recently touted its exposure to oil and gas loans, only to have most of them go belly up.
What will you do to improve voting, not just in Florida, but nationwide?
We continue to see the effects of voter suppression wreak havoc in this country. I personally would like to see Open primaries everywhere, a federal voting holiday, and auto voter registration at 18.
Do you support Social Security as an entitlement program, it's funds protected?
SocialSecurity has been robbed of funds to balance the budget. It's funds should be protected as they belong to the ppl who have contributed to it all their working lives & rely on it for retirement
Should companies hiding money overseas lose the right to do business in the US?
Corporations or individuals that use offshore tax shelters to avoid paying US taxes should be banned from doing business in the US. When they don't pay the poor & middle class do.
if elected, will either of you support abolishing private prisons?
Black Americans are being persecuted and viciously mistreated in our prison system. Private prisons are at the root.
Do you support the rebuilding and repairing of our crumbling infrastructure?
If you believe American lives matter then rebuilding of bridges, roads, tunnels, airports, etc. should be an unconstrained priority. Lives will be lost on structures that would normally be condemned.
Do you support a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to get money out of politics
Given the Princeton Study that showed that there was no correlation between public opinion and legislation proposed in congress over the last 40 yrs since Buckley V. Valeo put money into politics.
Would you support having the President of the U.S. elected by popular vote?
Is it time to abolish the Electoral College?
How much money has the US borrowed from Social Security? What's the back plan?
It is one of the largest debts the government has. The debt is unrelated to the SS program but was used pay for unfunded legislation. Cutting services is NOT a way to pay the debt owed 2 SS investors.
Would you break up the banks and reinstate Glass-Stegall
Are you willing to increase increase tax on people whose income exceed $250,000?
The Current tax rates place a heavier burden on lower and middle classes. Current tax rates place no burden at all on the top income people in our country. They can still maintain 6 or 8 homes.
Do you support or oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?
Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and Ted Cruz oppose the TPP. Where do you stand? Do you think the TPP should be voted on in a lame duck session of Congress?
What do you plan to do to ensure a separation of church and state?
Given recent assaults on religious liberty and attempts to impose religious doctrine on our children from Christian fundamentalists, what do you intend to do to ensure our freedom of religion?
Would you work to expand Obama Care to a Single Payer Health Care System?
Do you believe that President Obama's SCOTUS pick should have a hearing before he leaves office?
Do your job!
Are you for a minimum wage increase on the federal level?
If so, would you bring it up to the poverty level of $15 per hour, even if you believe it should be incremental? If instead you believe it should be incremental, how long until you would make it $15?
Would you support an amendment to make voting a right of every american ?
Voting should be a right and not infringed upon by any laws
What will U do to bring Rx drug prices in line with what the rest of world pays?
The US citizen presently pays about double or triple what the major Big Pharmaceutical Corporations charge the rest of the world. WHY????
Do you support GMO labeling?
What are your plans to deal with out of control college tuition and student debt?
Do you support defunding or defending Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood is under fire for doctored videos that prove no crime or wrongdoing. Should we continue to deny lower class women health care?
Why can the U.S. afford war but not other programs?
Why is it that the U.S. can afford to increase the military budget every year but we can't find money to pay for tuition free college?