U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore chats with local citizens
August 18, 2008
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Rep. Dennis Moore, a Democrat who represents a portion of east Lawrence and east Douglas County, as well as Wyandotte County and Johnson County, chats about his activities in Washington, D.C., since being re-elected in 2006. He is running for re-election. He is joined by Rebecca Black, communications director of Moore for Congress.
Hello everyone. Thanks for joining us for this online chat today. I'm online editor Jonathan Kealing and I'll be your moderator today. We have Dennis Moore with us today. We have a ton of questions already and just 30 minutes so we'll try to move as quickly as we can. Rep. Moore, thanks for joining us.
Good afternoon! I'm glad to be with you today and look forward to answering your questions.
Democrats were elected to stop the Iraq war and bring the troops home. Shifting the troops to Afghanistan is not what voters had in mind. Wouldn't a more low profile international covert action be more effective against terrorists instead of illegally occupying countries?
No one knows who is a terrorist so it seems going after known cells throughout the world
would be more acceptable.
I believe that we would all like to see an end to our involvement in Iraq and to see our troops withdrawn safely. We have lost our focus, which was originally Osama bin Laden. We need to do all that we can to ensure that any action we take in the future should be part of an effort by the international community.
The President's veto of the SCHIP legislation signified a low-point in my feelings toward the Administration in the last Congress. How can we be ask other countries to follow our example, yet we cannot even guarantee health care for poor kids? Do you see SCHIP and other social programs as an ethical issue as well as a policy issue and can you explain how you voted on SCHIP?
The President's veto of the SCHIP legislation disappointed me greatly. I believe that adults have a responsibility to provide for themselves unless they have a disability or some other compelling reason. But we cannot impose that same standard on two, three or four year old children who live in impoverished families. If we cannot provide assistance to children in that situation, what are we about as a nation? There is an ethical issue here and that's why I am a strong supporter of SCHIP.
What part will you play in solving the energy issues, and what steps will you take to safeguard our environment with regards to that pursuit?
30 years ago, President Carter talked to the American people on television about the need for a comprehensive energy policy for our country. He was addressing the long lines at the gas pumps. Had we done what President Carter said 30 years ago, our nation would be in a whole different position now. I talked to President Bush shortly after the last election and asked that he appoint a bipartisan group of House members, Senators and experts on energy production to a commission to present to him in 4-6 months a comprehensive energy policy. He said it was a good idea and that he would think about it. Nothing has happened. I intend to present the same proposal to the next President. If the next President will provide leadership, if Congress can put aside partisanship and if the American people will support this proposal, we can do what should have happened 30 years ago. We cannot change the past, but we can make it right in the future. In the meantime, Congress has worked to address our energy needs by increasing fuel efficiency standards, temporarily suspending the filling of the Strategic Petrolium Reserve and extending tax incentives for renewable energy. But we also need to encourage conservation, use of public transportation and understand that while drilling is certainly part of the answer, we cannot drill our way out of this crisis.
Congressman Moore. Do you support an up or down vote on off shore drilling? By that I mean a clean bill without attachments promoting solar, wind, ect. Simply an up and down vote on off shore drilling>
I support a comprehensive approach to our nation's energy needs. If it is demonstrated that drilling off shore can be part of an environmentally sound way to find new oil reserves, that can be part of the solution. But nobody should believe this is going to be an answer to our long-term energy needs. Any new drilling, according to Administration sources, will take 8-10 years to show results at the gas pumps.
why are we paying for nearly all of Iraq's reconstruction when they have $79 billion budget surplus?
Read the New York Times' story on this here:
I was disturbed to learn that while our nation faces a $480 million deficit next year (which will put us over $10 trillion in national debt), it is projected that Iraq will have a $79 billion surplus. We have lost more than 4,000 American lives and spent nearly $700 billion (which was simply added to our national debt) in the war in Iraq. Iraq has the 3rd largest reserve of oil in the world. The Iraqi government has even asked that we set a timeline for withdrawal of our troops. We need to change our national policy accordingly.
Congressman -- I recently read that the US is only rated 19th in the world in education. How can we compete globally without an amazing public education system? Why aren't our education standards higher?
Providing an opportunity for a quality public education is, I believe, one of the most important responsibilities states have to their children. While the federal government should be a strong junior partner to the states in education, I do not want the federal government setting education policy. Providing this opportunity for a quality public education is not only the right thing to do for our children, but the right thing to do for us and for future generations of Americans. No Child Left Behind has the best intentions, but it has not been fully funded by Congress. And to require that special education children and non-English speaking children compete on written exams with other children in their schools is not reality. This law should not be reauthorized unless and until these and other concerns are addressed.
That looks like all the time we'll have for this online chat. Thanks to everyone who posted questions - especially those we couldn't get to. We're going to try to have Rep. Moore back closer to the November election and we'll tackle some of the more election-related questions then. Nick Jordan, Rep. Moore's challenger in the November election, will also be invited to chat here at that time as well.
Thanks to everyone for participating in this chat - I really appreciate hearing from you!