Schwartzi Rooney speak to voters at coulkeways forum
r.S. Rep. Allyson SchwartzI D-1PI told an audience at coulkeways at Gwynedd Oct. 4 she would favor a proposal to raise taxes on Americans who earn more than AORMIMMM a year.
She called the revenue enhancements a key componentI along with spending cutsI toward dealing with the nation’s debt and GHfiFLW.
Republican Joe Rooney said the government should not raise taxes during a “bad economy.” He suggested a ORWHU DNG flDWWHU WD[ UDWH WKDW would encourage business owners to invest moneyI hire employees and help the country grow out of its economic problems.
Schwartz said she was honored and privileged to work on the legislation that made private health insurance affordable.
“We got it doneI” she said of the Affordable Care ActI signed into law by President Obama two years ago. “We found a way.”
Rooney suggested that by permitting insurance companies to sell across state lines and allowing citizens to shop prices from doctors for non-emergency proceduresI the high cost of health care WRUOG EH VLJNLfiFDNWOy PLWLgated.
“I’m a small marketI free enterprise said.
coulkeways at Gwynedd hosted the campaign forum for the two Congressional candidates. Sitting on a stage in the coulkeways Auditorium in the Community Center BuildingI both candidates provided timed responses to 14 identical questions.
The questions — read by moderator Wes ShirkI and
Rooney selected by the community’s Current Issues committee — covered heath FDUH, DERUWLRN ULJKWV, fiNDNcial issuesI Social SecurityI MedicareI foreign policyI FDPSDLJN fiNDNFH DNG MRE creation.
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The congresswoman added that the law extends the solvency of Medicare by seven years.
In response to a question about reviving the GlassSteagall ActI the Depression-era law that separated commercial and investment banksI Schwartz told the audience she had some real concerns about a “lack of fiUHWDOOV” EHWWHHN WKH WWR kinds of banks.
In terms of job creationI Schwartz said the government should continue creat- ing the environment for new industry by investing in education and infrastructure.
“We’re not where we want to be yetI” she said. “We’re still recovering from a very serious broadI deep recession [in OMM8z in which we lost between TMMIMMM and 8MMIMMM jobs per month at the lowest point.”
Answering a question about the life of the mother exception for an abortionI she said the government should not have the right to decide who has access to those services.
Schwartz said those decisions should be made by a womanI her family and her doctor. “I’m pro-choiceI” she said RooneyI who spoke during WKH fiNDO 30 PLNUWHV, VDLG WKH best way to promote job cre- ation is to implement lower taxes and reasonable regulations.
Referencing a comment by Jack hemp — the Republican nominee for vice president in 199S — Rooney said it made no sense to “make things harder on the employer class to make things easier on the employee class.”
Rooney said he was not familiar with Glass-SteagallI which was repealed in 1999. The candidate said he was concerned with some provisions of the Dodd crank ActI a 2009 ODW UHJUODWLNJ fiNDNFLDO institutions and implementing consumer protections.
On the subject of abortionI Rooney said he was pro-life.
“Abortions are always a tragedy and never a solutionI” he said.
U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz, D-13, and Joe Rooney speak during a candidates forum at Foulkeways at Gwynedd Oct. 4.