Term: 2 Years
QUESTION: What change or reform would most improve the performance of Congress?
Robert P. Duckworth (Republican)
Thomas McMillen (Democrat)
Robert P. Duckworth (R)
1735 Trent St., Crofton
Retired federal civil service employee; married; two children; Anne Arundel County civic leader; member, Anne Arundel County Eastern Bypass Task Force; board member, Greater Crofton Center for Substance Abuse; former president, Crofton Civic Association; member, Crofton Kiwanis Club; retired federal employee, domestic policy adviser, U.S. Housing and Urban Development, Office of Management and Budget and Congressional Republican Research Committee; certified urban planner, American Planning Association; veteran, 82nd Airborne Division; BA, political science; MS, regional and urban planning, Catholic University.
A: If elected, I would push for campaign reform, which would allow citizens to run for Congress, not those who are paid by political action committees. My leadership would be marked by fiscal prudence; low, fair tax rates for all Americans; overhauled domestic programs that help and empower people, not make them dependent and tax-poor; and real constituent service through proactive legislation and representation. In addressing the federal deficit, I would squeeze waste from all federal programs. I would promote annual spending caps and the line-item veto as major tools to balance the budget. Once balanced, we could prioritize the needs of America's future -- excellence in education, adequate health care for our seniors and young alike, a strong defense, affordable housing, crime-safe, drug-free communities and a vibrant business climate. Let's bring Congress back to the people and make it the revered democratic institution it once was. Vote for citizen candidates like me who are one of you and serve the public, not private interests.
Thomas McMillen (D)
1167 Jeffrey Dr., Crofton
Member, U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-present; vice chairman, Federal Government Service Task Force; member, Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional Caucus on Women's Issues; member, board of visitors, U.S. Naval Academy and University of Maryland school of public affairs; national chairman, University of Maryland President's Club; board member, American Red Cross, Central Maryland Chapter, Southern District, and Sheltered Workshop of Anne Arundel County; BS, University of Maryland, 1974; MA, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholarship), 1978.
A: I believe one of the most important reforms Congress should address is the reform of its budget process. I support and voted for the bipartisan fiscal 1991 budget agreement that imposes new enforcement mechanisms on reducing the federal deficit. I also favor a pay-as-you-go financing system for new spending, so that we do not increase the overall deficit. And, I am a co-sponsor of a bill to establish a congressional line-item veto, as a way of reducing unnecessary or wasteful programs. Through this method, the president would have additional "rescission" power to excise certain programs in the budget that were deemed unnecessary and wasteful. These rescissions would be subject to some congressional approval. We need to enact these and other reforms, including a constitutional amendment to balance the budget, to restore fiscal responsibility to the federal budgeting process.