Where are the candidates for the 5th Congressional District?
From abortion to masked warrants, there are major policy differences between U.S. Representative Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma City, and her Republican challenger, Senator Stephanie Bice, of Oklahoma City.
Recent polls show voters are equally divided 5th congressional district, which includes most of Oklahoma County and Pottawatomie and Seminole counties.
These voters have a clear choice between the Democrat and the Republican in the race.
Rep. American Kendra Horn
OK State Sen.
US House since 2019
Oklahoma Senate since 2014
University of Tulsa, political science;
Southern Methodist University, Doctor of Laws
Oklahoma State University, Marketing
Sally’s List; Space Foundation; former US Representative Brad Carson’s office
Smirk New Media; father’s technological society
Assets valued between $ 16,000 and $ 65,000, including a 401k; liabilities valued between $ 130,000 and $ 350,000, including mortgages and student loans. (Note: Members do not have to list certain real estate, including primary residences, as assets).
Including joint and joint assets: assets valued between $ 117,000 and $ 583,000, stocks and mutual funds. No liabilities listed.
Here’s how candidates rank on a shortlist of questions. The positions stated are based on votes and comments made in interviews, debates and public appearances.
* Honk: “What we know from public health officials, experts, people who research and understand how this virus works is that masks are indeed effective in reducing the spread of this virus … mask requirements work and I think they’re a good idea and I think our state would be wise to put one in place. “
* Bice: “Certainly we are looking at the science and the data, and it shows that masks are helping reduce the spread of COVID-19, but let me be very clear: I do not support a national mask mandate, nor do I support a state. mask warrant. I think it should be left to the local communities. “
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* Bice: “The federal unemployment supplement should be part of this conversation, certainly PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) should be part of this conversation … There are still dollars that have not been spent on the public aid front. and local, so let’s use those dollars first. before you start having these conversations about the need for more. I want to make sure that when we look at another program, we also take into account the needs of our schools. “
* Honk: The congresswoman helped craft a bipartisan package in September that included money for testing and health care; direct assistance to individuals and families; assistance to local and state governments and schools; federal unemployment assistance; and support for businesses and non-profit organizations. The package was not taken back to the House.
* Honk: Supports the Affordable Care Act and backed the Medicaid expansion issue approved by Oklahoma voters in June. She proposed a plan that would: expand federal grants to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for some health plans and increase the federal matching rate for Medicaid during times of high unemployment; cap the cost of drugs payable by the elderly at $ 2,000; and demand that the federal government negotiate the prices of insulin products and brand name drugs that do not have generic versions.
* Bice: Opposes the Affordable Care Act. She opposed the state of Medicaid expansion issue but voted for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s alternative expansion plan which considered work requirements and bonuses, but was withdrawn by the governor. Bice is committed to protecting people with pre-existing conditions if the ACA is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, but she did not say how that would be achieved. She called for increased transparency in how insurance companies negotiate the prices of care and said she would work to reduce premiums and deductibles.
* Bice: Supported President Donald Trump’s proposal for a border wall and said securing the southern border could also be achieved through technology and better border patrol.
“But we have to understand: how do we make sure that we allow people to enter this country in a safe, thoughtful and reasonable time? I have a family that immigrated here and some of them it took ten years to become a citizen of this great nation. We have workers who want seasonal visas and are struggling to do so. “
* Honk: Said that the security of the nation must be protected but in a way that treats people humanely.
“If we want to be a city on a hill and an example to the world, then we have to stand up for it to the world.”
Horn wants the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to be renewed, claiming that “dreamers” living in the United States under the program “go to school, they build lives and families.” At the outset, we owe them the certainty and understanding of how they can continue to be members of the community.
* Honk: Proposed to increase the federal tax rate for people with annual income over $ 400,000 to fund an increase in the tax credit for the working poor. She did not rule out supporting the increase in corporate income tax proposed by Democratic President Joe Biden. She called the 2017 tax bill approved by the Republican Congress and signed by Trump a “disaster.”
* Bice: Voted for a $ 450 million tax package in the State Senate in 2018 that included higher taxes on oil and gas production, fuels and cigarettes. She spoke out against increasing federal personal and corporate income taxes. She said the 2017 federal tax bill helped fuel economic growth and that raising corporate taxes would reduce business investment.
* Honk: Voted to ban drilling off the US coast and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Opposes the ban on hydraulic fracturing. Opposes Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s comment that he is hijacking the country from oil and gas.
* Bice: Voted in the State Senate to increase taxes on oil and gas production and fuels. Opposes the ban on hydraulic fracturing. Opposes limits on drilling at sea and in the Arctic National Wildlife Area. Voted to end income tax credits for wind generation three years earlier than the original deadline. Biden’s critical commentary on the oil and gas transition.
* Honk: Approved by the NARAL Pro-Choice America Political Action Committee. Horn voted against an amendment that would have preserved “protections of conscience” for health care providers who do not want to perform certain procedures, including abortion.
She has indicated in an interview that she is prepared to oppose the so-called Hyde Amendment, which bans public funding of abortion.
* Bice: Has been approved by National Right to Life. In 2016, she voted for a bill that would have made it a crime to perform abortions in Oklahoma; this bill was vetoed by the government of the day. Mary Fallin. In 2015, she voted for a bill that increased the waiting period from 24 hours to 72 hours for an abortion. This law is being challenged in the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
* Bice: Voted for a bill that allows citizens of Oklahoma 21 years of age or older to carry a firearm in public without a license; the bill was enacted by Gov. Kevin Stitt in 2019. Under the bill, private owners can prohibit people from carrying guns on their property. Colleges and governments could also ban guns on their property. Bice this year voted for a bill preventing state and local governments in Oklahoma from enacting “red flag laws,” which allow a court to remove firearms from people deemed to be an imminent threat. .
* Honk: Voted for a bill to extend the background check requirement to almost all firearms sales, with some exemptions for family and temporary transfers; the bill was approved by the House but was not considered by the Senate. Horn voted against a bill that would have extended the time allotted for background checks.
Here’s a look at the 5th Congressional District race coverage by Oklahoman’s Chris Casteel:
* Loyalty to the party:Horn fights Pelosi ads as Bice turns his attention away from Trump support