Job descriptionRepresents the state of Texas in the US Senate, the upper chamber of the legislative branch. Term is six years.

Descripción del trabajo
Representa el estado de Texas en el Senado de los Estados Unidos, la cámara alta de la rama legislativa. El término es de seis años.
Duties
  • Writes and votes on federal laws.

  • Votes to confirm or deny presidential appointments (Cabinet members, Supreme Court justices, ambassadors).

  • Votes to confirm or deny treaties with foreign governments.

  • The Senate leads the federal budget process, which decides how much the federal government will spend each year.

  • The Senate also has the power to hold an impeachment trial for any federal official who commits a crime against the country.

Deberes
  • Escribe y vota sobre las leyes federales.

  • Votos para confirmar o negar nombramientos presidenciales (miembros del gabinete, jueces de la Corte Suprema, embajadores).

  • Votos para confirmar o denegar tratados con gobiernos extranjeros.

  • El Senado lidera el proceso del presupuesto federal, que decide cuánto gastará el gobierno federal cada año.

  • El Senado también tiene el poder de celebrar un juicio político para cualquier funcionario federal que cometa un delito contra el país.

Annual salary$174,000

Who’s Running?

Beto O’Rourke

http://www.betofortexas.com
FB: betoorourke
Twitter: @BetoORourke
Democrat
Ted Cruz (incumbent)
https://www.tedcruz.org
FB: TedCruzSenate2018/
Twitter: @TedCruz
Republican
Neal Dikeman (Libertarian)
https://www.nealdikeman.com
FB: NealDikemanforSenate
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dikeman/
Email: neal@dikeman.net
Libertarian

Candidate Q&A

Note: Answers to questions will appear as they are received from the candidates. (Also, some answers may be from questions asked during the primary races.)

1. WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND? WHAT EXPERIENCES DO YOU HAVE THAT MAKE YOU THE BEST CANDIDATE?
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
I have been a public servant since 2005 serving the people of El Paso first in City Council then as their Congressman. As the Congressman for District 16, I committed to holding open town halls (at least 1 per month) in the district and have had over 90 public
events. I am deeply committed to listening to my constituents and would serve the state of Texas the same way.
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
2. WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR CAMPAIGN DONATIONS COMES FROM INDIVIDUALS? WHAT PERCENTAGE COMES FROM PACs?
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
We have raised over 5 million dollars exclusively from people. Not a dime of our money has come from PACs. Our average online donation is $25, and over 70% of the total donations have come from within Texas.
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
3. IF ELECTED, WHAT IS THE FIRST PIECE OF LEGISLATION YOU WOULD PROPOSE?
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
There are many possibilities because there is so much work to be done on healthcare, workers’ rights, civil liberties, foreign policy, veterans’ issues, and more. But one piece of legislation I was particularly proud to have introduced was the No PAC Act, which bars political candidates from accepting PAC contributions. I believe this change to our campaign finance laws is a critical step in fixing American politics.
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
4. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON VOTING LAWS? PLEASE ADDRESS WHAT IDENTIFICATION SHOULD BE REQUIRED FOR REGISTERED VOTERS AT THEIR POLLING PLACES, WHETHER YOU SUPPORT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION, AND WHAT TIME RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE PLACED ON VOTER REGISTRATION.
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
5. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON FEDERAL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS ACCESS TO FEDERAL FUNDS BY PUBLIC, PRIVATE, AND CHARTER SCHOOLS, THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND WHETHER FEDERAL FUNDS SHOULD BE SUBJECT TO ADHERENCE TO FEDERAL EDUCATION GUIDELINES.
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
Ted Cruz Answer:
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6. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON FEDERAL IMMIGRATION REFORM, INCLUDING THE TREATMENT OF THE EXISTING POPULATION OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS.
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
I support comprehensive immigration reform that includes a clear, consistent, and reasonable pathway to citizenship.
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
7. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE, WITH PARTICULAR ATTENTION TO JUDICIAL DISCRETION AND THE SENTENCING OF NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS.
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
8. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS, INCLUDING THE ROLE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY.
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
9. WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON THE FEDERAL REGULATION OF FIREARMS UNDER THE SECOND AMENDMENT? WHAT RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE PLACED ON THE SALE AND OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS, INCLUDING WHERE FIREARMS ARE PERMITTED?
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
10. DESCRIBE YOUR POSITION ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR HEALTHCARE PROVISION; PLEASE ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS UNIVERSAL COVERAGE, THE ROLE OF PRIVATE INSURERS, AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
I believe there are several steps we should take together to increase access to healthcare in Texas:

• Improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by stabilizing our insurance markets. We can do so by guaranteeing continued payments for ACA subsidies that reduce enrollees’ cost-sharing and reimbursing insurers for high-cost individuals.

• Incentivizing insurers to participate in the exchanges, especially in underserved counties.

• Expanding Medicaid to cover more Texans and protecting the Medicaid guarantee for vulnerable children, the disabled, and the elderly.

• Lowering premiums and prescription drug costs by using the government’s purchasing power to make healthcare more affordable for everyone.

• Creating a public option on the exchanges so that Americans are guaranteed affordable coverage.

• Achieving universal healthcare coverage— whether it be through a single payer system, a dual system, or otherwise – so that we can ensure everyone is able to see a provider when it will do the most good and will deliver healthcare in the most affordable, effective way possible.
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
11. WHAT LEGAL RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE REQUIRED ON ABORTIONS?
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
12. DO YOU BELIEVE MARIJUANA SHOULD BE LEGAL UNDER FEDERAL LAW? ADDRESS ISSUES SUCH AS MEDICAL AND RECREATIONAL USE, THE STATUS OF MARIJUANA AS A SCHEDULE 1 DRUG, FEDERAL VS STATE RESPONSIBILITY, ETC.
Beto O'Rourke Answer:
I believe we should end federal prohibition of marijuana.
Ted Cruz Answer:
Neal Dikeman Answer:
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES“Who’s Funding All Those Beto O’Rourke Attack Ads? Meet Ted Cruz’s Billionaires Club,” Mother Jones (Oct 12, 2018)
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/10/whos-funding-all-those-beto-orourke-attack-ads-meet-ted-cruzs-billionaires-club/?fbclid=IwAR2lJnO5Z9ht5zujnU-DEccnGA8E18ub763DzbogDXY3_MjAtp3iK8Mblp4

“Candidates Respond to Public Education,” (video) Texas PTA (Oct 15, 2018)
https://www.txpta.org/texas-candidates-senate

“Voters guide: Senator,” news4sa.com (Oct 8, 2018)
https://news4sanantonio.com/news/beyond-the-podium/voters-guide-senator

“The Gold Standard: Libertarians Make Case to Amarillo Voters,” Amarillo Pioneer (blog) (Oct 5, 2018)
https://www.amarillopioneer.com/blog/2018/10/5/the-gold-standard-libertarians-make-case-to-amarillo-voters

“Here’s who President Trump is backing in Texas,” Houston Chronicle (Oct 4, 2018)
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Here-s-who-President-Trump-is-backing-in-Texas-13277963.php#photo-16266866

“Old mugshots shouldn’t sway Texas voters” (editorial) Beaumont Enterprise (Sep 1, 2018)
https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/opinions/editorials/article/Old-mugshots-shouldn-t-sway-Texas-voters-13198171.php

“Watch live as statewide candidates weigh in on disability issues” (includes video) Texas Tribune (Aug 27, 2018),
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/27/texas-disability-issues-forum-live-stream/

“Texas Democrats suggest decriminalizing immigration,” Splinter (Aug 23, 2018)
https://splinternews.com/texas-democrats-consider-decriminalizing-immigration-1828565233

“Few Members of Congress from Texas Weigh in on Manafort, Cohen,” Austin American Statesman (August 22, 2018)
https://www.statesman.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/few-members-congress-from-texas-weigh-manafort-cohen/ikqufZ1uBxiRHnZUaBX1iK/

“Political Football: Beto O’Rourke’s Defense of the NFL “Take a Knee” Movement Goes Viral, and Ted Cruz Hits Back,” Dallas Morning News (August 22, 2018)
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2018/08/22/political-football-beto-orourkes-defense-nfl-take-knee-movement-goes-viral-ted-cruz-hits-back

“Sen. Ted Cruz talks Immigration, Beto O’Rourke During Corpus Christi Stop,” KrisTV (August 20, 2018)
https://kristv.com/news/local-news/2018/08/20/sen-ted-cruz-talks-immigration-beto-orourke-during-corpus-christi-stop/

“Beto O’Rourke Tries to Tap Border Region’s Fierce Pride, Anger at Trump’s Immigration Policy,” Dallas Morning News (August 19, 2018)
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018-elections/2018/08/19/beto-orourke-tries-tap-border-regions-fierce-prideanger-trumps-immigration-policy

“Ted Cruz Asks Trump to Campaign for Him,” Houston Chronicle (August 7, 2018)
https://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Ted-Cruz-asks-Trump-to-campaign-for-him-13138353.php

“Ted Cruz Says He’ll Introduce Emergency Legislation to Stop Family Separation,” Vox (June 19, 2018)
https://www.vox.com/2018/6/19/17478430/border-trump-ted-cruz-children-families

“Sen. Ted Cruz Says He Supports Call to End DACA,” abc13 (May 2, 2018)
https://abc13.com/politics/sen-ted-cruz-says-he-supports-call-to-end-daca-program/3421333/