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"The challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this Americathey will be met" - President Obama
As the Democratic Leader in the House of Representatives, it is my distinct privilege to guide our party forward in the 112thCongress. Democrats are determined to act in the best interests of the country and are standing firmly behind three key goals:
• We intend to stand up and hold the line against any and every attempt tc undo the progress Democrats have won for the American people. • We will work to keep moving forward with job creation, economic security, and policies that protect the future for generations to come. • And as hard as we will be working on your behalf: we will also be laying the groundwork for winning back the House Majority in 2012. But our ability to achieve these goals depends a lot on what Yill! do today. That's why, at this historic moment for our nation-a time of enormous challenges and great peril-I'm calling on you to rise along with President Obama and Democratic leaders in the u.s. House of Representatives to meet the challenges facing America. But, it won't be easy. We're facing a Republican Party that is bound and determined to undo all of the progress we have made together. They would rather see the President fail in his effort to move America forward than work in a bipartisan way for the American people. But, all of us on the Democratic Leadership Team are hard at work protecting the progress we've made. and the real change Americans need and deserve. You can help ensure America stays on the path for progress by taking two action steps today: 1) Participate in the Democratic Party's 2011 Priority Issues Survey to let President Obama and other members of the Democratic Leadership Team know where you want the 112thCongress focusing its energy most. Return your completed 2011 Priority Issues Survey along with a generous contribution to join the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCcq, the only political campaign organization dedicated to electing Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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This is a pivotal moment for our nation and the Democratic Party. Democratic leaders in Congress are working with President Obarna to protect the progress of the last two years and continue to deliver the change America needs. This survey is being conducted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) to give you an opportunity to shape our priorities and legislative strategies.
PART I: PRIORITY
(1 = Most Important)
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Please rank your top 3 priorities in order of personal importance to you.
Creating Jobs Holding Big Oil corporations accountable Holding Wall Street and Big Money interests accountable, and protecting financial reform Helping families avoid home foreclosure Protecting health care reform Stabilizing Afghanistan Protecting America against terrorism Bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq Guaranteeing retirement security for America's seniors Enacting middle-class tax relief Undoing the damage of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision to let corporations spend unlimited amounts of money in political campaigns Restoring civility and mutual respect to our political discourse Improving educational opportunities Prohibiting discrimination based on race, religion. gender, gender identity or sexual orientation Raising wages and protecting jobs for American workers Taking swift action to stop climate change Restoring fiscal responsibility in government Add your own priority
PART II: ECONOMIC
What is your outlook for the US. economy in the next 12 months compared to the last 12 months? D Better D Worse D About the same Which political party do you trust to hold Wall Street accountable and provide economic relief to Main Street? D Democratic D Republican D Other _ Do you think the President's economic recovery plan will continue to expand the U.S. economy? DYes DNo DUnsure
PART III: IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN AND AMERICA'S MORAL AUTHORITY
Do you believe in setting a withdrawal date for US. troops in Afghanistan, as we have in Iraq? DYes D No D Unsure How confident are you that the leadership skills and policies of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton are restoring America's standing in the world? D Very Confident D Somewhat Confident D Somewhat Unconfident D Not Confident At All Do you believe that waterboarding is torture and that the US. has a moral responsibility to not engage in or condone any form of torture? DYes DNo D Unsure
PART IV: HEALTH CARE
Do you support the full implementation of the historic health care reform signed into law by President Obama? DYes D No D Unsure Should Democrats protect against Republican attempts to repeal and change the new health care reform law? DYes D No D Unsure What is your most pressing health care concern? D D D D D Lack of insurance Inadequate insurance Cost of prescription medicine Preexisting condition exclusions Catastrophic illness leading to bankruptcy
PART V: RETIREMENT SECURITY AND MEDICARE
Despite a volatile stock market and public opposition, Republicans remain determined to privatize Social Security. Do you support privatization? DYes D No D Unsure The health care reform law passed last year closes the Medicare prescription drug benefit donut hole. Do you support this plan to help seniors pay for expensive prescription drugs? DYes D No D Unsure Should Congress keep working to reform the Medicare prescription drug benefit so the government can negotiate lower drug prices with big pharmaceutical companies? DYes D No 0 Unsure Which political party do you trust to protect your retirement security and to responsibly reform Medicare? D Other _ Republican D Democratic
PART VI: EDUCATION
How does America's education system rank compared to those of other industrialized nations? D Better D Worse D About the same D Unsure Do you think the federal government should provide more assistance to Americans who want to continue their education beyond high school? DYes DNo DUnsure Which Democratic initiatives will help American families afford the rising cost of college? (Check all that apply.) D Cutting student loan interest rates D Increasing college tuition tax deductions D Increasing Pell grants
PART VII: ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Do you think tough, new regulations on deep water oil exploration should be adopted in light of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year? DYes D No D Unsure How concerned are you about the environmental damage resulting from new efforts by Congressional Republicans to weaken laws like the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act? Very Concerned D Somewhat Concerned D Not Very Concerned 0 Not Concerned At All
How serious of a threat is climate change?
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PART VII: ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
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Which of the following will help America achieve energy independence?
D Raising gas mileage standards for all new cars and trucks D Developing renewable energy sources D Encouraging consumer and industrial conservation D Investing in energy efficient technology D Increasing offshore drilling and oil exploration in wilderness areas
PART VIII: RESTORING AND BALANCES
How important is it for President Obarna to reach out more to Republicans to find solutions to the big challenges facing the United States? D Very Important D Somewhat Important D Not Very Important D Not Important At All How satisfied are you by the tone and productivity of the relationship between Congress and the White House now that Republicans have the House Majority? D Very Satisfied D Somewhat Satisfied D Not Very Satisfied D Not Satisfied At All How important is it for Congress to undo the damage of the Supreme Court's decision to allow large corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence the outcome of national elections? D Very Important D Somewhat Important D Not Very Important D Not Important At All
PART IX: PERSONAL
What is your age?
D 36-50 D 51-65
D 66+ D Other D Never
Do you consider yourself: D Liberal D Moderate D Conservative How often do you vote for Democratic candidates? D Always D Sometimes D Rarely
PART X: ADDITIONAL
Please add any additional opinions or suggestions you would like to share with the Democratic Leadership Team.
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