Candidate Phil Steck (Democrat, Independence)


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1. A July Gallup poll showed only a 14% approval rating for Congress. Why is that? What would you do to improve the public's perception of Congress?

Congress has such a low approval rating because the people’s work is not getting done. In 2006, the American people voted in a Democratic Congress and made it clear that they wanted a change in our country’s direction. But nothing has really changed – we’re still in Iraq, we still have no rational energy policy, we still don’t have universal health care, and the Bush administration is still pursuing its ruinous policies unchecked. Why? Because lobbyists are writing our laws, and the special interests they serve are content with the status quo. I am not. If elected, I would fight for the interests of the people of New York’s 21st Congressional District, not for those of special interests.

Candidate Phil Steck
Candidate Phil Steck

2. If elected to congress, what measures, if any, would you take to help the growing segment of people who are struggling to keep up with the rapidly rising food, fuel, and healthcare costs that have not been matched by rising wages?

In Washington, I will: ·

  • fight for the “Medicare for All” single payer national health care system, which provides quality care for all Americans, cuts red tape and lowers costs for consumers and businesses.
  • crack down on energy speculators and the commodities futures market, and support a Windfall Profits Tax on Big Oil that will end price gouging at the pump.
  • push to end the war in Iraq, and bring our brave troops home. The dollars spent on that disastrous war can be better spent here at home.
  • support tax cuts aimed at the middle class, to put more money in our pockets.

3. What Social Issues, if any, would you champion while in congress?

The United States is the richest country the world has ever seen, yet over 47 million Americans have no health insurance and millions more are under-insured. In Congress, I will work to create a universal single-payer national health care system. With a single-payer system, every American will have quality health care; doctors and patients, not insurance bureaucrats, will make medical decisions; and costs and red tape will be reduced for both patients and businesses.

4. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing America today and in the coming years, what would you do about it so that we are prepared?

We need to achieve energy independence, and we can start by developing a sound national energy policy.  A national energy policy is about more than energy – it’s about jobs, it’s about the environment, it’s even about our national security. But special interests are steering our energy decisions and blocking progress. Washington needs to create incentives for investment in renewable energy technologies, ease the regulatory burdens on clean power producers, and phase out old energy producers that are inefficient and unfriendly to the environment.

5. Why should the people of the 21st district choose you over all others??

The Bush Administration has failed America. Our government is broken, and our nation moving in the wrong direction. Now, more than ever, our representatives in Congress must commit to changing the direction of our country. We need members of Congress who will stand up for our interests over powerful special interests. As a County Legislator, as leader of the Colonie Democrats and as a civil rights and employment lawyer, I have fought special interests my whole career. I will continue to do so as your Congressman.

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