DFL candidate Dan Feehan, an Iraq war veteran, former teacher and former Defense Department official, is in a rematch with incumbent U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn, a Republican who worked for years in Washington in the Treasury Department, for the 1st District seat.
Here’s a quick look at where they stand on top issues for Minnesotans.
- President Trump
- Police reform
- COVID-19 pandemic
- Gun Control
- Health care
- Jobs and economy
- Climate change
- Taxes and gov’t spending
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Hagedorn: He recently signed a “police pledge,” stating he supports the police and opposes any action toward defunding them.
Feehan: He has spoken in support of criminal justice reform that addresses racial disparities. He says Congress needs to take more action to support communities as a way to combat crime.
Feehan: He supports focusing on public health as the first step in reopening the economy.. He has hosted informational virtual town hall meetings on the virus. He wants to increase access to testing for COVID-19.
Feehan: He supports universal background checks and lifting the federal ban on gun violence research.
Hagedorn: He is critical of the Affordable Care Act and supports improvements to Medicare “by opposing all efforts to burden the system beyond its original intent.”
Feehan: He wants to make sure there are multiple affordable options for preschool. He wants to ensure there will be adequate services at a low cost for early childhood educators. He supports controlling the costs of childcare. He supports legislation that would put a cap on student loan rates and expand job paths to loan forgiveness.
Hagedorn: He supports more security at the Mexico-U.S. border, advocating for a border wall. He wants to replace chain migration with merit-based immigration and has spoken against sanctuary cities and birthright citizenship.
Feehan: He supports immirgration reform that focuses on border security and economic health. He says the U.S. should “prioritize going after drug traffickers, criminals, and terrorists who try to enter this country.”
Feehan: He is opposes restrictions on legal abortion, previously saying “Reproductive health is a personal matter that shouldn't be dictated by Washington politicians.”
Jobs and economy
Hagedorn: He wants to improve and expand markets for Minnesota farmers. He supports rural broadband and additional assistance for small businesses. He is also focused on expanding jobs in agriculture, manufacturing and the medical field.
Feehan: He supports trade deals that benefit farmers and opposes tariffs that impact agriculture. He says we will work with unions, colleges and businesses to create new jobs.
Taxes and gov’t spending
Hagedorn: He cosponsored the Protect Medical Innovation Act, “to remove excise taxes that impedes innovation of medical devices.”
Hagedorn: He does not support the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Feehan: He supports legalizing recreational marijuana.