2020 Candidates: US Congress

Sean Casten

Why are you running for this office? 

Hardworking families in Illinois’ Sixth District elected me because they wanted an outsider’s perspective to come to Washington and fight for the priorities that they wanted to see done whether that be combatting the existential crisis of climate change, lower healthcare costs, invest in education, protect families from the epidemic of gun violence, and reverse the punitive tax code implemented by Republicans.

That’s why, as a Democratic member of Congress, I work hard to create meaningful, commonsense policies. In my first 200 days, I am proud to have introduced or cosponsored 204 bills embody those principles and that reflect the values of the Sixth District of Illinois. I am also proud that during my tenure in Congress, I have held 12 town halls in IL-06.

What are you planning to do if you win?

Here are two of my key priorities that I have fought for and continue to fight for in Congress. 1. Combatting climate change. Climate Change is an incredibly urgent and complex issue, which is why I was proud to preside over the floor of the House when H.R. 9 passed, Climate Action Now. This bill not only recommits us to the Paris Accords but also challenges to the Trump administration to come up with a plan to tackle this problem and reduce carbon emissions. 2. Lowering Health Care costs. There is no question that the American health care system is broken. Although, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) vastly improved the quality and protections of private insurance, there is still much work to be done. Health insurance premiums and prescription drug prices are far too high. Republicans continue to threaten to rip protections away for those with pre-existing conditions. We must secure these protections permanently and work to strengthen the ACA.

 

Bill Foster

Why are you running for this office?

The House Democratic majority has shown Americans what Democrats stand for. Protecting and defending the ACA, Election reform and ending gerrymandering, passing universal background checks, extending consumer protections and Wall Street reforms, passing a nationwide $15 minimum wage, the Equality Act, and fighting back against climate change are just a few of the areas we’ve succeeded in passing major legislation through the House. I’m proud to have been a part of these historic achievements, and ask for your support to continue fighting for the constituents of the 11th district with a Democratic President and Democratic Senate.

What are you planning to do if you win?

With a Democratic President, we have a chance to finally get all of the achievements we’ve seen in the House signed into law. Healthcare is a human right – which is why I will focus on protecting and expanding the ACA with a robust public option that ensures everyone has access to affordable health coverage. I’ve also been successful in increasing research budgets for cost-effective technologies to combat the impending threat of climate change, and will continue leading the charge for science in the House. As the only Ph.D. physicist in Congress, I am committed to standing up for fact-based policy in our government. Democrats up and down the ballot need support – which is why I will continue my efforts to support Democratic groups and candidates throughout the 11th district and across the country. Democrats must remain united and focused on winning and holding Republican seats.

What accomplishments have you had in the past year or more?

I am the only Ph.D. physicist in Congress, I’ve led the way in fighting back against President Trump’s anti-science agenda and have been successful in securing funding for scientific research including cost-effective methods to combat climate change. This May, I introduced the BEST Act, which invests significant resources into energy storage technologies that ensures we adopt renewable energy worldwide – not just in the US. I voted for a nationwide $15 minimum wage, the DREAM Act, the Equality Act, election reform, universal background checks, and have helped defend the ACA from continuing Republican attacks. On the Financial Services Committee, I collaborated with Barney Frank and Elizabeth Warren to pass the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protections Act and have been fighting back against Republican efforts to water down and repeal it. I’ve also been appointed to lead a task force on the impact of Artificial Intelligence.