Paula C. Hollinger

U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland's 3rd District

Candidate profile

Maryland Votes 2006

August 22, 2006

Date of birth: Dec. 30, 1940

Party affiliation: Democrat

Professional background: Nurse; state senator since 1987; member of House of Delegates representing district in Baltimore County, 1979-86

Educational background: Mount Sinai School of Nursing

Personal: married; mother of three; grandmother of seven

1. Why are you running?

I'm running for Congress because I have the experience and expertise to make a difference for Maryland in Washington. Our Congress is paralyzed by inaction. We have over 45 million Americans without health insurance; the minimum wage has not been raised since 1997; energy costs are spiraling out of control; and our government seems incapable of changing course in Iraq. For 28 years I've worked in the state legislature to make Maryland a healthier, safer, and better place to live. Now I'm ready to continue my work in Washington.

2. What is your position on U.S. policy in Iraq?

We should end the military phase of our involvement in Iraq as quickly as possible and begin the diplomatic phase. We should cease sending any more Guard troops to Iraq. As troops complete their tours of duty, we should replace them with advisors to assist the transition to democracy. I honor the sacrifice and achievement of our troops, but long-term change in Iraq will largely come through a political solution, not a military one.

3. What is your view of the Medicare prescription drug plan, and whether changes are needed to the program?

The new Medicare prescription drug "benefit" is a complicated, costly giveaway to the insurers and pharmaceutical companies. I have a plan to drastically revise the program. First, we need to enable Medicare to negotiate on behalf of its 44 million beneficiaries to secure the lowest possible prices for seniors. Second, the so-called "doughnut hole" between $2,250 and $5,100 in spending needs to be closed. Finally, we need to allow enrollment whenever seniors find themselves in need of the benefit, not limit it by arbitrary deadlines.

4. What is the most important issue facing residents of the 3rd District?

The 3rd District's biggest problem is the misplaced priorities of our leaders in Washington. While the Bush administration promotes tax cuts for the rich, over a million Marylanders must make do without health insurance. While we fight a costly and unnecessary war in Iraq, Baltimore public schools struggle without the resources they need.

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