Term of office is two years, there are no term limits. Wyoming has one representative; base salary is $174,000. Members also participate in Social Security (since 1983), and starting in 2014, receive health benefits under the Affordable Care Act. They also receive a yearly allowance for specified expenses related to congressional duties, and the cost of office space in their home district. Responses were not received from Constitution Party candidate Daniel Clyde Cummings or from Libertarian Party candidate Richard Brubaker.
Why are you the best candidate for the office?
Richard Grayson (D): As in most US House districts, the incumbent here is assured of reelection, and her opponents are mere protest candidates. I am the only liberal/progressive Democrat in the race who upholds the principles of our party. If you are not a conservative, you can vote for me and be assured that I share your political values and beliefs. If you are a conservative, you can vote for another candidate.
Cynthia Lummis (R): I want to return to the U.S. House to be a forceful voice for the reform of federal spending and to push Congress to kick its spending habit using tools that Wyoming has successfully employed for years to balance our budgets. We must renew our commitment to the 10th Amendment right of states and the people, and return to the first principles of America set out in the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
Do you favor changes in the Affordable Care Act, and if so, what would you change?
Richard Grayson (D): I favor the kind of single-payer system every other advanced nation has in our case, Medicare for all. Until the right-wing crazies die off, the Affordable Care Act is a good substitute. For me personally, it’s been a godsend. In a letter published in The New York Times last November, I explained how my premium had gone down and I was promised more services. In practice, Obamacare has worked out even better than I expected.
Cynthia Lummis (R): We must reduce our spending and repeal and replace all of Obamacare. The law is an unmitigated disaster, an overreach of federal authority and the largest tax increase in our history whose affects were hidden from the American people in order to pass it into law. To reduce our federal deficit and spending we must commit to address our unsustainable entitlement programs and discretionary spending levels and to reform our federal tax code.
What one particular new piece of legislation would you most like to see as your legacy? Explain.
Richard Grayson (D): I’m not going to have any “legacy” as a member of Congress because Representative Cynthia Lummis, as everyone with half a brain knows, is going to be reelected. So answering this question honestly would require that I had lost touch with reality, and I prefer not to engage in childish fantasies. Instead, I ask liberals to imagine the piece of legislation they’d most like to see: I’d support that, I’m sure, and the incumbent wouldn’t.
Cynthia Lummis (R): We must reform the Endangered Species Act. It is presently implemented through the courts and by lawsuit settlements between federal agencies and environmental groups completed behind closed doors with no public involvement. I have introduced and passed through the House the Endangered Species Recovery Transparency Act to require the federal government to report online all monies spent on litigation/fees for trial lawyers. This and three other ESA reform bills await action in the US Senate.