Americans Helping Americans Abroad

Question 1: Taxation

Would you commit to working with Americans residing abroad to reform the current citizenship-based US tax system?

I am always open to talking and working with people who have good ideas about ways to make a system better.

Question 2: Services

Will you support on-line access to government agencies and adequate funding for consular functions upon which Americans abroad rely?

I definitely support increasing rather than decreasing the budget for the State Department, for many reasons, including the services that Americans abroad rely on. A volunteer on my campaign team has lived in various places overseas, and she agreed that the online access is problematic. But due to security concerns, it might be one of the hassles that comes with the great experience of enjoying another culture.

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?

Again, I'm always open to good ideas of ways to make a system better. But this honestly seems a bit like wanting to have your cake and eat it too. Fraud concerns are real, and making US bank accounts very easily available overseas seems to invite abuse.

Message from the Candidate:

I value the well-being and input of all constituents of Texas District 24. And I'll be glad to discuss specific concerns when I'm your representative in Washington.

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