Peter J Visclosky
- NamePeter J Visclosky
- Party Affiliationdemocrat
- Date of Birth (Age)August 13, 1949 (65)
- Home Merrillville, IN
U.S. Representative, District 1
Incumbent Congressman for Indiana’s First Congressional District
What would you do to encourage job growth?
I will continue to support our steel industry and manufacturing base and fight for legislation that cracks down on countries that manipulate their currency at the peril of domestic manufacturers. Further, I believe we must invest in intergenerational projects that create new economic opportunities. Recapturing the lakeshore under the Marquette Plan, expanding the South Shore Rail Line, and developing the Gary Chicago Airport will improve our local economy for the benefit of generations to come.
What is your position on abortion?
Women have the right to access all legal medical services and the government should not interfere with women’s health decisions. With regard to abortion, I do not believe that this procedure should be used as a form of birth control or that the government should pay for it. A decision to have an abortion is a private one and should be made by the parties involved, including the man and woman, their spiritual adviser, and their doctor.
What should be the congressional representative's role in obtaining federal funding for local needs in the district?
The First Congressional District encompasses all of the economic interests of Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties. I will continue to support the redevelopment of our Lake Michigan shoreline under the Marquette Plan, the recapitalization and expansion of the South Shore Rail Line, the development at the Gary Chicago Airport, and continued improvements to our valuable water related resources that will enhance economic opportunities for all of Northwest Indiana for generations to come.
What would you do to move the federal government toward a balanced budget?
Comprehensive action must be taken to balance the budget. Any serious proposal must address inequalities in the tax code and reform federal entitlement programs. When our federal budget was balanced from 1998 through 2001, tax revenues and federal spending represented around 20 percent of our gross domestic product. In 2013, revenue was 16 percent of our gross domestic product and spending was at 22 percent. The budget cannot be balanced while these extremes exist.
What further health care reform, if any, do you see as necessary?
I supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to make health care more equitable and accessible for everyone. I believe that legislative efforts to repeal the law are both ineffective and counterproductive, and that it is time to turn our attention to identify options for improving the law for individuals and small businesses.
What are your top 3 priorities for congressional action in the next two years?
I will continue to fight for our domestic steel and manufacturing industries. I also will continue to support our military personnel in the battlefield and when they return home. Finally, I believe we must focus on investing in new economic infrastructure projects such as a successful federal application to support the expansion of the South Shore Rail Line, continuation of the Marquette Plan, and the development of the Gary Chicago Airport to benefit our region for generations to come.
|Race||District||Election Year||Election Level||Election Type||Win|
|U.S. Representative, District 1||1||2014||State||Primary|
|U.S. Representative, District 1||1||2014||State||General|