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NAM 2008 Congressional Candidate Questionnaire
FL House 16

Timothy Mahoney (Democrat)
Tim Mahoney for Florida
2000 PGA Blvd, Suite 3230
Palm Beach Gardens FL 33408
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Tom Rooney (Republican)
Tom Rooney for Congress
2336 South East Ocean Boulevard, #313
Stuart FL 34996
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Timothy Mahoney (Democrat) - Incumbent (view voting record)
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Tom Rooney (Republican)
1: The 2007 National Petroleum Council (NPC) report found that global demand for power will increase 50-60 percent by 2030. Strategies the NPC proposes to address this increased need for energy include: additional domestic exploration and production of energy, increased conservation, improved efficiency and development of alternative sources of energy. With regard to domestic exploration and production of energy, please identify which of the following options comes closest to your philosophy. (Provide additional comments below.)
A The U.S. government should permit significantly expanded domestic exploration and production of energy, even if that is politically unpopular.
B The U.S. government should mandate increased conservation measures, enhanced efficiency and development of new alternatives in order to address the significant increase in demand for power.
AI strongly support fully exploring all of our energy options including traditional sources such as coal and oil. Additionally, I do support greater conservation practices, efficiency measures and exploring alternative energy sources but am leary of federal one size fits all mandates.
2: Would you vote to support legislation designed to speed up the permitting and construction of nuclear power plants? YesIncreasing our nuclear power sources is absolutely necessary to meet our growing energy needs. Nuclear power is clean, effiecient and safe, I will be an advocate for streamlining the overly burdensome permitting process.
3: Would you vote to oppose removing the designation of Yucca Mountain as the site for the temporary storage of nuclear waste? YesI support using Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste repository. While advancement has been made in recycling waste, we are not there yet and need to utilize this site.
4: Would you vote to significantly expand environmentally responsible drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern seaboard? YesI would support drilling of the coast if each individual state is given the option of voting if they want drilling off their coast.
5: Would you vote to oppose restrictions that would limit access to and exploration of oil shale in the western United States? YesWe must explore all of our energy resources including oil shale. There have been great advancements in technology showing that we can extract the oil in an environmentally safe manner, the federal government should encourage not ban such work.
6: Would you vote to allow environmentally responsible exploration and production in the portion of Alaska called the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which is estimated to hold 10 billion barrels of oil? YesAs with drilling on the OCS, I support a state's right to chose whether or not to drill. Alaska wants to open up ANWR for exploration and we have the technology to do it safely while being faithful stewards to the environment.
7: Would you vote to expand tax incentives to encourage renewable energy for electricity generation without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? YesThese are existing tax incentives not new tax cuts and therefore should not be subject to PAYGO
8: Would you vote to support the development and deployment of a demonstration fuel project to convert coal to liquids? YesWe need to explore all of our domestic energy options. Coal is abundant in our country, we must not leave anything on the table. A demonstration project would allow us to study the practical and safe use of this new and emerging technology.
9: Would you vote to fund national demonstration projects for coal to perfect carbon capture and storage technology? YesLike coal to liquids we must find ways to use coal in the 21st century.
10: Would you vote to support coal gasification to add to the supply of available natural gas? YesLike coal to liquids and carbon capture, we must explore all options when addressing our energy future.
11: Would you vote against cap and trade legislation that is designed to reduce carbon emissions, but which studies (like the NAM-ACCF study released in March 2008) indicate would result in significant losses in GDP and jobs (similar to the recent Lieberman-Warner bill)? YesI am not convinced a federal cap and trade policy is our best option. However, if Congress choses to consider it, I will be a tireless advocate for manufacturers and consumers ensuring our economy doesn't shoulder the brunt of such legislation.
12: Would you vote to enact a national uniform building code for energy efficiency for commercial and residential buildings that would preempt state and local regulations as part of a strategy to address climate change? NoI am a staunch advocate for state's rights. Florida's building codes should reflect our climate and needs and would likely be very different from Montana's needs. A one size fits all mandate ads unnecessary burdens on states.
13: Would you vote for a provision in climate change legislation requiring our international competitors, such as India and China, to adopt similar restrictions prior to the U.S. legislation being fully implemented? YesIf we were to pass a climate change bill, we must look globally. I woulnd vote against any measure that puts us at a trading disadvantage to our global competators.
14: Please identify which of the following options comes closest to your philosophy for dealing with the issue of rising health care costs. (Provide additional comments below.)
A The private sector is best suited to manage health care access and cost.
B Government-paid, universal health care is necessary and inevitable.
AI oppose government paid universal health care proposals. We are in need of reforms, and greater access to healthcare. However, I believe this is best done in the private market with the federal government being a tool to access such as providing tax incentives instead of an inhibitor.
15: Would you support preserving the current federally supervised, secret ballot election process for union elections by voting against card check legislation such as H.R. 800, The Employee Free Choice Act? YesI strongly believe individuals have a right to a private secret ballot involving union elections.
16: Would you vote for comprehensive immigration legislation that would secure the border, dramatically increase H-1B visas and provide a path to citizenship for those already in the United States illegally? NoI am an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, and strongly believe changes need to be made to the current system. I do not support amnesty for those who have entered our country illegally. We must continue to work to secure the border.
17: Would you vote for legislation to increase the availability of strong career and technical education programs to ensure every high school student graduates prepared for the workforce or college? YesOur economy depends on a strong manufacturing industry. A skilled labor force is absolutly necessary to keep our manufacturing industry going.
18: Would you vote against legislation that would require employers to provide mandatory paid leave for their employees? Yesfederal mandates such as this only hurt small firms and discourage growth.
19: Would you vote to overturn the implementation of a new, mandatory ergonomics standard should it be issued by the Department of Labor? Yeslike manadatory paid leave and other mandates, I oppose burdonsome federal restrictions on corporations.
20: Would you support maintaining existing anti-discrimination laws by voting against legislation that reverses the Ledbetter decision (Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company) and eliminates the current statute of limitations on workplace discrimination lawsuits? YesI support individuals rights to seek legal action when they have been subject to discrimination. However, I also strongly support statute of limitations and other tort reform measures that do not leave companies wide open to endless litigation
21: Would you vote to protect the ability of employers to offer uniform employee benefits across state lines (ERISA)? YesA Company's ability to self insure and provide uniform coverage for all employees sould be encouraged not punished. Requiring companies to comply with multiple state requirements increases costs and discourages offering these benefits
22: Please identify which of the following options comes closest to your philosophy on federal tax policy. (Provide additional comments below.)
A Taxes should be assessed at the lowest possible level to both adequately fund the federal government and encourage savings, investment and economic growth.
B Taxes have minimal impact on economic growth and a tax system should redistribute income in order to achieve desirable social outcomes.
AThe 2001 tax cuts proved that lower taxes are good for the economy, they brought about growth and investment. Our federal government is not in the business of making a profit, taxes should be assessed at levels to provide necessary services and provide for our national defense. By not punishing wealth, we encourage further investment into American companies and secure our economic future.
23: Would you vote to reduce the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent or lower without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? YesAmerica has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world. We are loosing companies and industries to foreign lands as a direct result. Reducing our corporate tax rate is one powerful way to encourage companies to stay and new ones to grow.
24: Would you vote to reduce or eliminate the corporate capital gains tax without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? YesI do not believe we need to increase one tax to pay for another tax cut. We must reign in out of control spending first.
25: Would you vote for a permanent, strengthened R&D tax credit without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? Yes 
26: Would you vote against imposing windfall profits taxes on energy companies? YesEnergy companies like all corporations are in the business of making money, and owe that to their investors. I oppose current efforts to punish success.
27: Would you vote to make permanent the lower individual tax rates enacted in 2001 and 2003, which benefit small businesses that pay the individual rate, without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? YesI support making the 2001 tax cuts permanent and to go further in reducing individual tax burdens. I oppose using paygo to increase taxes or make current tax cuts permanent.
28: Would you vote for the permanent repeal of the estate tax without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? YesAs with my other answers, I do not support using paygo to increase taxes. I support the complete and final repeal of the estate tax.
29: Would you vote for 100 percent expensing by small manufacturers who invest in their U.S. plants by upgrading equipment and adding new technologies without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? Yes 
30: Would you vote to make permanent the current lower rates on dividend income from individuals without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? Yes 
31: Would you vote to make permanent the current lower rates on individual capital gains income without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? Yes 
32: Please identify which of the following options comes closest to your philosophy on trade policy. (Provide additional comments below.)
A Reducing tariffs, trade barriers and regulations among nations is the best strategy to reduce poverty and improve the economies of all nations, including the United States.
B Future trade agreements must result in leveling the playing field for the United States by requiring our trading partners to agree to strengthened environmental and labor protections.
AI support free and fair trade. Our economy depends on trading with other nations. I oppose efforts by labor unions to insert protections for their expansion internationally into our trade agreements.
33: Would you vote for the passage of the Colombia Free Trade Agreement, including opposing procedural motions that delay consideration by the full House or Senate? YesI strongly oppose efforts in the House to change the rules midstream to prevent consideration of trade agreements
34: Would you vote for the passage of the Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, including opposing procedural motions that delay consideration by the full House or Senate? Yes 
35: Would you vote for the passage of the Korea U.S. Free Trade Agreement, including opposing procedural motions that delay consideration by the full House or Senate? Yes 
36: Would you vote to reestablish Trade Promotion Authority or Fast Track authority to allow the next President to negotiate new trade agreements and require Congress to consider them in a timely manner? YesThe President needs "Fast Track" authority to effectively negotiate trade agreements with other nations. I oppose recent actions in the House to change the rules to not allow for a timely up or down vote on trade agreements.
37: Would you vote to oppose the renegotiation of the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Yes 
38: Please identify which of the following options comes closest to your philosophy on transportation infrastructure policy. (Provide additional comments below.)
A The U.S. government should increase funding dramatically to pay for a modernized national infrastructure system that promotes the movement of goods and people.
B The primary obligation for modernizing our infrastructure belongs at the state and local level and the U.S. government should not try to establish and fund a national strategy.
AOur currently transportation infrastructure is in desperate need of repair. Our highways, waterways, railways are our lifeblood for transporting goods. We must bring all of our tranpsortation infrastructure into the 21st century. I would support a fund using block grants to the state, which would allow the states flexibility to determine how the money is used for various projects.
39: Would you vote for legislation to provide up to $100 billion or more in new transportation infrastructure funding through a federal bond program (similar to the Build America Bonds proposal in S. 2021)? YesI would only support a program that allows the states flexibility in how they are spending the money on transportation projects. The individual states know how to better spend the money on transporation projects than the federal government.
40: Would you vote to allow federal investment through Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) for road, rail and transit projects? YesI strongly support public-private partnerships. My home state of Florida is moving in that direction wth great success. I will strongly oppose any efforts to limit federal, state and local government's ability to enter into these partnerships.
41: Please identify which of the following options comes closest to your philosophy on government regulation. (Provide additional comments below.)
A Before implementation, all government regulations should be subject to an economic impact analysis.
B Regulations provide important safety and health benefits that outweigh any economic consideration.
AOur government has a responsibility to protect our health and safety, but it also has a duty to consider the economic impact of regulations before acting. I am a firm believer in limited government. The federal government should only act when necessary and not act with a heavy hand dictating unnecessary and costly mandates on companies.
42: Would you vote to limit punitive damages to be proportionate to compensatory damages? YesI strongly believe in tort reform. Runaway juries are a threat to our companies and industry handing out lottery winnings to plaintiffs. I support proportionate damages that reflect the harm done.
43: Would you vote for placing limits on lawsuits involving products that are 10 years or older? YesCompanies should be responsible for he safety of goods the introduce into the marketplace. But I do not support leaving them open to the unpredictability of neverending lawsuits
44: Would you vote for a law requiring the Executive Branch to periodically review all existing regulations and require those that are not reviewed to sunset? YesAs a corporation should review its bylaw from time to time to ensure they remain timely and applicable this should also be the case with our federal government
45: Would you vote against legislative attempts to broaden the role of State Attorneys General? No 
46: Would you vote to maintain uniform federal product standards rather than allowing many different standards among the states? YesProducts do not know state lines, complying with one states standards doesn't mean a product will comply with a neighboring state. Having to comply with 50 individual state regulations can prove to be costly and ineffective. This is one specific case where a federal regulation could be appropriate.

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