Steve Daines Q&A

2012-05-07T00:00:00Z 2012-05-07T07:10:17Z Steve Daines Q&AGazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette
May 07, 2012 12:00 am  • 

STEVE DAINES

Party: Republican

Age and birthplace: 49, Van Nuys, Calif.

Where he's from: Grew up and lives currently in Bozeman; moved to Montana as an infant, when his parents returned to Montana after living briefly in California.

Occupation: Former vice president of RightNow Technologies, a computer software company in Bozeman.

Highest education degree: Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, Montana State University, 1984.

Political experience: Republican candidate for Montana lieutenant governor in 2008; has worked on numerous Republican campaigns as volunteer; was a Montana delegate for Ronald Reagan at the 1984 Republican National Convention.

Campaign website: www.stevedaines.com

If we are to balance the federal budget, what specific programs are your priorities to cut?

"Balancing the budget starts with growing our economy and creating more jobs, along with reducing government spending. We must increase certainty for small businesses by flattening and simplifying the tax code, stop overreaching federal regulations, and increasing domestic energy production. The simplest path to more jobs is less government. I support across-the-board spending reductions by freezing federal spending at 2008 levels. We should repeal President Obama's health care act; this alone will reduce spending by nearly $2 trillion." 

Do you support any cuts in defense spending? If so, what?

"Spending reductions can be found in each area of the federal government, including our military budget. Congress must begin a re-evaluation of our overseas military presence, assessing where our troops are most needed and can be most effective. This process includes considering repositioning troops from overseas and assigning them to protect our interests at home, such as securing our borders. I also will fight to move to a 'zero-based' budgeting approach, in which spending must be reviewed and justified annually from the ground up." 

Should abortion be outlawed in this country? Please explain.

"I support laws that preserve and sustain our country's high value of life and will fight to protect the most vulnerable in our society. This includes protecting the lives of the unborn." 

If "ObamaCare" is overturned or repealed, what then? Do you support any reforms to increase medical coverage for Americans? If so, what?

"We must reduce the current high cost of medical care in America, thus making medical procedures and health insurance affordable. Three ways to reduce the costs are: Increase competition, by allowing insurance portability among states. Increase transparency in medical costs, giving patients the ability to make smart decisions pertaining to personal medical needs. Decrease the practice of defensive medicine via tort reform, by placing caps on non-economic damages awarded in malpractice lawsuits." 

What is one step that Congress can take, and that you would support, to create more and better jobs in America?

"Reduce federal regulations on small businesses. America's small businesses are the engine for job creation within our economy. I will fight to free small businesses from burdensome and unnecessary regulations, specifically in the natural-resource industries."

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