U.S. House of Representatives: The Times Editorial Board recommendations

U.S. House of Representatives: The Times Editorial Board recommendations

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. [ JULIO CORTEZ | AP ] Members of the U.S. House of Representatives are elected to two-year terms and paid $174,000 per year. District 12 U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis wants vets’ wait times cut to two weeks. Gus Bilirakis was first elected to Congress in 2006. Since then, this Editorial Board has recommended the Palm Harbor Republican in most of his contested races. We don’t agree with him on several key issues — including his support for repealing the Affordable Care Act and punitive immigration policies — but he is strong on constituent service regardless of party and he is a champion of issues important to seniors and veterans. If reelected, he wants to work on passing legislation that would hold insurance companies accountable if they fail to follow the law to provide the same level of coverage for mental and physical health care. He also supports legislation to give veterans exposed to toxic burn pits the care they need. In July, he helped introduce the Strengthening America’s Families Act, which is billed as using research and the science of child development to transform the child welfare system. His Democratic challenger, Kimberly Walker, 51, is a software engineer contractor with the Department of Treasury. She has a bachelor’s degree form St. Petersburg College and master’s in Information Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology. This is her first time qualifying to run for office. She supports many traditional Democratic values, including closing […]

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