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NAM 2008 Congressional Candidate Questionnaire
PA House 19

Philip Avillo (Democrat)
Avillo for Congress
PO Box 1744
York PA 17405
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Did not respond to questionnaire.
Todd Platts (Republican)
People for Platts Committee
1240 Oakdale Drive
York PA 17403
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Philip Avillo (Democrat)
Did Not Respond
 
Todd Platts (Republican)
QuestionResponse
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.
AThe government should do both of the above. Conservation and energy alternatives are important for the long-term, but domestic energy production--including drilling for oil and natural gas off-shore and in ANWR--are necessary in the meantime.
2: Would you vote to support legislation designed to speed up the permitting and construction of nuclear power plants? Yes 
3: Would you vote to oppose removing the designation of Yucca Mountain as the site for the temporary storage of nuclear waste? Yes 
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? Yes 
5: Would you vote to oppose restrictions that would limit access to and exploration of oil shale in the western United States? Yes 
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? Yes 
7: Would you vote to expand tax incentives to encourage renewable energy for electricity generation without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? Yes 
8: Would you vote to support the development and deployment of a demonstration fuel project to convert coal to liquids? Yes 
9: Would you vote to fund national demonstration projects for coal to perfect carbon capture and storage technology? Yes 
10: Would you vote to support coal gasification to add to the supply of available natural gas? Yes 
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)? YesOur approach on this issue must balance being responsible stewards of the environment with impact on the economy.
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?  Undecided.
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? YesNo global warming approach would be fair or effective without including India and China.
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.
AWe need expanded health care options, such as Association Health Plans (AHPs) for small businesses and tax credits for individuals, to both expand access and reduce health care inflation.
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 have voted against H.R. 800 in the past.
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 opposed to amnesty for illegal aliens, who should be required to return home and stand-in-line for legal entry to the U.S.
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? Yes 
18: Would you vote against legislation that would require employers to provide mandatory paid leave for their employees?  Undecided.
19: Would you vote to overturn the implementation of a new, mandatory ergonomics standard should it be issued by the Department of Labor? YesI voted to overturn such a standard in the past.
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 voted against such legislation this session.
21: Would you vote to protect the ability of employers to offer uniform employee benefits across state lines (ERISA)? Yes 
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.
A 
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)? YesBut depends on the specifics of the entire piece of legislation.
24: Would you vote to reduce or eliminate the corporate capital gains tax without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? YesBut depends on specifics of entire piece of legislation.
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? YesSuch costs will only be passed on to consumers.
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)? Yes 
28: Would you vote for the permanent repeal of the estate tax without offsetting tax increases (PAYGO)? Yes 
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 have voted for free trade agreements on a number of occasions, but the agreements had provisions related to environmental and core labor protections.
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? Yes 
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?  Undecided.
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?  Undecided.
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? YesWould reserve final judgment until given all details.
37: Would you vote to oppose the renegotiation of the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?  Undecided. May be open to some limited renegotiations, depending on details.
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.
AAs a Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am well aware of the importance of infrastructure to the economy.
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)?  Undecided.
40: Would you vote to allow federal investment through Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) for road, rail and transit projects? Yes 
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.
A 
42: Would you vote to limit punitive damages to be proportionate to compensatory damages? Yes 
43: Would you vote for placing limits on lawsuits involving products that are 10 years or older? Yes 
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? Yes 
45: Would you vote against legislative attempts to broaden the role of State Attorneys General?  Generally yes, but there may be exceptions.
46: Would you vote to maintain uniform federal product standards rather than allowing many different standards among the states?  Generally yes, but would depend on specifics.
 

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