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U.S. House 4

1. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Support
No government entity or majority has the right to impose its own definition of marriage on a free people. When we allow governments to legislate via the whims of the majority, a dangerous precedent has been set that will not end well for future generations. The best policy is to live and let live.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Oppose
2. Immigration: Building a wall or other barrier along the entire border with Mexico.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Oppose
Building a wall will not help solve the problem of illegal immigration. We need comprehensive immigration reform that addresses why immigrants choose to come to America illegally. Another problem with the wall is that in order to build a wall along the entire southern border, the government would have to seize private property through the process of imminent domain.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Support
3. Religious Liberty: Allowing churches to endorse candidates by abolishing the Johnson Amendment.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Support
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Support
4. Electoral College: Electing the President of the United States by a nationwide popular vote rather than by the Electoral College method that is currently in use.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Oppose
The electoral college gives the most equal representation across the US during elections. A popular vote would allow the high population centers to control the outcome of elections.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Oppose
5. Balanced Budget: Requiring a balanced federal budget every year.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Support
The single greatest threat to the United States is our debt. We tax too much, spend too much, and borrow too much. It is reckless and immoral to saddle future generations with $21 trillion of debt. When we borrow this amount of money, we become slaves to the lenders, a situation that I do not wish upon my children and their generation.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Support
6. Abortion: Prohibiting abortions except in cases when the mother’s life is at risk.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Support
One of the functions of government is to protect life at all phases. I support prohibiting abortions with the exception of medical emergencies. But more than that, being pro-life is about protecting all life from unnecessary harm, whether by abortion, an out of control foreign policy, or any other reckless act.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Support
7. Guns: Reinstating the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Oppose
The second amendment is clear: the right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Oppose
8. Civil Liberties: Amending the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Support
While I support adding sexual orientation to the list of protected classes, there is no government solution to this societal problem. We need our leaders to stop dehumanizing people from other countries and cultures, and instead learn to see people for what they are, and that is a fellow human.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Oppose
9. Marijuana: Enforcing federal anti-marijuana laws in states like Arkansas that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Oppose
The federal government has no constitutional authority to regulate marijuana. The war on drugs has been an abysmal failure, costing the taxpayer close to $1 trillion for little to no positive results.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Support
10. Sanctuary Cities: Ending sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants.
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
Oppose
If, for example, California chooses to have sanctuary cities put in place, that should be a California priority. The federal government should not be funding these cities, but each state has the authority to deal with immigration as it sees fit.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
Support
11. What should be done about the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants who are in the U.S.?
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
First, there should be comprehensive immigration reform that makes the process of coming to America much less of a burden. If we are truly a shining city on a hill, then we should expect and welcome with open arms, those of different cultures who wish to come to America.

Second, we need to offer some sort of path to citizenship for those who are here as productive members of society. Anyone who has committed a violent crime should be deported immediately.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
The issue should be addressed depending on whether the illegals are here illegally because of their own actions or the actions of others such as those who were brought here as children at no fault of their own. Also, consideration must be given to whether those here illegally whether by their own actions or no fault of their own are abiding by our laws or have a criminal record. I am a co-sponsor of the Securing America’s Future Act (HR 4760) and believe this is the best solution proposed to date to deal with securing our borders and the broad immigration issue.
12. How can the U.S. prevent mass shootings?
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
The government cannot prevent mass shootings. However, we can take steps to make it harder for criminals to commit these mass shootings. We need to repeal the Gun Free School Zone Act and let each individual school district determine how best to protect its students. We also need to take steps to make sure we are not hindering law abiding citizens from owning firearms and lessening their ability to defend themselves and their families.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
We must eliminate our soft targets which most often are gun free zones. There are multiple approaches to this including tighter security, facility upgrades, and allowing people to be trained as security officers. I have worked with other members and the White House to highlight how schools in my district have used innovative approaches to safety and security that can be replicated to other locations around the country.
13. What type of health care reform do you support?
Hayden Shamel (Democrat)
Candidate Refused to Complete the Survey.

Tom Canada (Libertarian)
I support a free market healthcare system. Ever since the government has been involved in healthcare with medicare mandates, prices have skyrocketed and quality of service has plummeted. I would get the government out of the healthcare industry and let the market dictate prices and insurance premiums.
Bruce Westerman (Republican)
I support a health care system that keeps promises made to our veterans and seniors and is sustainable over the long run. I support major revisions to the Medicaid system that ensures we take care of our most vulnerable citizens (elderly, blind, disabled, children) that Medicaid was originally intended to benefit while requiring work for able-bodied, working age adults who are receiving Medicaid benefits. I support reforming prescription drug programs to lower prices for consumers, and changing anti-trust laws to prevent monopolies in the health care insurance markets and to allow insurance to be sold across state lines. These reforms and others are included in a health care bill that I am developing.