The 1st Congressional District includes the cities of Fredericksburg and Williamsburg, portions of Hampton and Newport News, and stretches from southern Prince William County to the Northern Neck and the suburbs of Richmond.
Democrat – Vangie Williams
Republican – Rob Wittman
Vangie Williams believes the United States is a unique country with a diversity of cultures and ideas that make us strong and innovative. The reality is that the vast majority of undocumented immigrants are here because they want what we want: a better life for themselves and their families.
On her web site she says: While it is easy for some politicians to scapegoat undocumented immigrants to the cheers of crowds and rallies, there is a human and economic toll that is never discussed. It is unrealistic to think that we are going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. We must find pathways for citizenship, starting with the resident alien (green card) process.
Working with members of both parties, I will bring about common sense immigration reform. Such reform first starts with preserving the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. For non-DACA recipients, we need to establish a clear set of guidelines, based on fairness to taxpayers and legal immigrants, that would take into account the amount of time a person or family has spent in the U.S., whether they have paid taxes and their involvement in the community.
Comprehensive immigration must honor our fundamental values of treating people who come to the U.S. with dignity and respect, and being true to the rule of law.
Vangie Williams has your best interests at heart.
Rob Whitman has been the congressman for the district since 2007. He is a traditional Republican who wants to allow enough immigrant worker permits for low-income work in farms, but restrict most immigration and especially citizenship. His positions include reducing the corporate tax rate, he opposed the Affordable Care Act, supports cutting pay and benefits for service members, and has voted for 90% of the bills supported by Donald Trump. He voted for the big tax giveaway to the rich increasing the national debt and reducing Donald Trumps taxes from 37% to 25% (12 %) but our taxes by just a couple of percent. He voted to give the government more power to deport and deny admission to immigrants, and a bill penalizing states and localities that have “sanctuary” laws on immigration. He voted yes to deny Affordable Care Act health insurance subsidies from people until their citizenship is verified. And he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and deny affordable health care to millions of people.
In a note to constituents he tries to explain why he voted yes to to take away healthcare from millions of Americans while giving a tax break to the wealthy, Wittman said:
We know that seniors require and deserve more robust health insurance coverage. But under the ACA, the cost of the most generous plan for older Americans is limited to three times the cost of the least generous plan for younger Americans. Many health economists say the true cost of care is 4.8-to-one. So Section 135 of the American Health Care Act changes what is known as the “permissible age variation” to a five-to-one ratio in insurance premium rates so that seniors have coverage that works for them. Simply put, seniors will be able to purchase a plan that covers their true cost of care.
As reported by Edwin Santana, he admits that taking care of seniors costs more, so lets squeeze them for every dollar. That sentiment is shameful and reflects the overall callousness that Republicans have shown in legislating healthcare, something that is a universal human right.