Question 1: Taxation
Would you commit to working with Americans residing abroad to reform the current citizenship-based US tax system?
Yes. Broad-based economic prosperity is a key component of my platform, and equitable tax reform is essential in the fight for growth and innovation. I firmly believe that the US tax system should serve all Americans; placing a disproportionate burden on citizens living abroad is unjust. Americans abroad promote international understanding and American values, and are integral to the success of American companies in foreign markets. Enabling Americans to live abroad without undue tax burdens benefits all citizens through economic growth and stronger global relationships.
Question 2: Services
Will you support on-line access to government agencies and adequate funding for consular functions upon which Americans abroad rely?
Yes. The promise of strong Social Security and Medicare benefits is not met if Americans abroad are unable to access the resources to which they are entitled. As a staunch defender of Social Security and Medicare, I support reforming government websites and providing the State Department with the funds necessary for fulfilling our responsibility to Americans living abroad.
Question 3: Banking
Would you support an enforceable right for all US citizens to a US bank account so they can retain their US savings and retirement accounts and make and receive payments in the United States?
Yes. All citizens are entitled to a US bank account and other financial services that contribute to healthy personal finances. Financial security measures shouldn’t mean that Americans abroad have reduced access to banking resources. Our economy is only as strong as each individual, and denying US citizens abroad saving accounts is not just unfair, but hurts all Americans.
Message from the Candidate:
I understand the issues Americans living abroad face. I spent two years living in the United Kingdom as a graduate student, and spent shorter periods of time living in India, Nepal, and Guatemala. I myself had to navigate the complications of filing taxes and using government services as an American abroad. I can also understand the diplomatic challenges as someone who spent six years in the State Department, and worked closely with the Bureau of Consular Affairs during my tenure. I understand both the needs of Americans abroad and the nuances of the system that needs improvements, positioning me to effectively create change.
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