Andrea Nuciforo, 1st Congressional Distr...
Join us at about noon for a live chat with Congressional candidate Andrea Nuciforo. We'll be accepting readers' questions.
Monday July 30, 2012 11:33 
[Comment From Robert Rizzuto Robert Rizzuto : ] 
Hello everybody, we will be getting started in a few minutes. We've already received some great questions but if you have one on your mind, please send it along. Either type it in below or send an email to If you'd prefer not to have your name attached to the question, just let me know.
Monday July 30, 2012 11:41 Robert Rizzuto
[Comment From Robert Rizzuto Robert Rizzuto : ] 
Alright everyone, thanks for joining us. Mr. Nuciforo is in the building and ready to begin. Remember, feel free to submit questions at anytime during the chat.
Monday July 30, 2012 11:57 Robert Rizzuto
[Comment From Michele Michele : ] 
How does your position on women's reproductive freedom differ from Richard Neal's?
Monday July 30, 2012 11:58 Michele
[Comment From Andrea Nuciforo Jr. Andrea Nuciforo Jr. : ] 
I'm pro-choice. My votes in the State Senate reflect that. Congressman Neal is not pro-choice. In fact, he joined Republicans in voting for the Stupak Amendment in 2009, which would have restricted the right to choose for millions of American women.
Monday July 30, 2012 12:01 Andrea Nuciforo Jr.
[Comment From Seth Seth : ] 
I'm looking at the map of the new Congressional districts for 2013, and what I see bothers me a lot. You're running for a seat that includes some major cities (Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke) in Hampden County, smaller cities and towns (Easthampton, South Hadley) in Hampshire County and Franklin County, and then the wide rural area that is Berkshire County. This isn't a knock on either you or Congressman Neal, but how is it possible for one person to adequately represent the people of the First District when the needs of parts of the district are so different from the needs of other parts, with so much ground to cover? What are you going to do to make sure that you CAN serve everyone fairly?
Monday July 30, 2012 12:01 Seth
[Comment From Andrea Nuciforo Jr. Andrea Nuciforo Jr. : ] 
It's true: the new district includes cities like Springfield and Pittsfield, and towns like South Hadley and Dalton. Our district is diverse, but it is also one of the most progressive districts in the country. Voters in this district deserve a strong Democrat willing to stand up to Wall Street, not accommodate the Wall Street agenda. Voters deserve a Democrat that will fight for seniors on Social Security and Medicare, and not accommodate extremists in Washington that are trying to undermine those programs. I intend to be such a voice in Washington.
Monday July 30, 2012 12:09 Andrea Nuciforo Jr.
[Comment From Charles Charles : ] 
How does candidate Nuciforo feel about the current Immigration Laws pertaining to immigrants coming to this country to have their baby? To marry a US citizen to gain status? To look for work?
Monday July 30, 2012 12:09 Charles
[Comment From Andrea Nuciforo Jr. Andrea Nuciforo Jr. : ] 
For me, this question is personal. My wife is from Russia, having been born in the Soviet Union in 1976. She came to this country to advance her education, which she has done at UMass in Amherst. She is completing a Ph.D. at UMass, and is working in the department of communications there. Our 18-month old son was born in this country. So I believe that the United States should welcome people from all over world, and should do so in a way that is consistent with America’s economic and national security interest. For example, I support the DREAM Act, which would allow a path to citizenship for people brought to this country as children.
Monday July 30, 2012 12:17 Andrea Nuciforo Jr.
Andrea Nuciforo Jr. answering your questions.
Monday July 30, 2012 12:18 
[Comment From Gerry Gerry : ] 
We have so much gridlock in Washington and nothing gets done because our leaders won't compromise. While I am a Democrat and support progressive ideas, I know we need compromise to move our nation forward. What is an issue where you would like to work across the aisle in order to achieve solutions?
Monday July 30, 2012 12:19 Gerry
[Comment From Andrea Nuciforo Jr. Andrea Nuciforo Jr. : ] 
You can't change the game in Washington unless you change the players. Voters cannot expect the same people that have perpetuated the gridlock to somehow lead us out of it. Congressman Neal has been in congress for 24 years, and has proven himself incapable of finding the middle ground on consumer protection, health care, retirement security, or individual liberties. I will take a very different approach. Let me offer just one example. Springfield and Holyoke are in the throes of a foreclosure crisis. Hampden County has had almost 2000 foreclosure deeds go on record in just the last two years. Congressman Neal has done absolutely nothing to address this problem, either regionally or nationally. Compare his record to that of Congressman Elijah Cummings, for example, who has worked with Democrats and Republicans to protect borrowers and homeowners. I will lead on issues like this, as I did in the Massachusetts state senate when I authored (and the legislature passed) the toughest pro-consumer mortgage lending law in the country. Voters in this new district deserve strong advocacy, and I intend to provide it.
Monday July 30, 2012 12:27 Andrea Nuciforo Jr.
[Comment From tizio_volpe tizio_volpe : ] 
Obviously the Dodd-Frank bank regulation law is working sporadically, at best, and is completely ineffective, at worst. Should we roll back the clock and renew Glass-Steagall (amended to account for modern banking practices and products) or should we continue with the current law?
Monday July 30, 2012 12:28 tizio_volpe
[Comment From Andrea Nuciforo Jr. Andrea Nuciforo Jr. : ] 
On financial matters, I have a strong record in the state senate in favor of consumers—on everything from mortgage lending to auto insurance. Congressman Neal, on the other hand, has supported the deregulation of Wall Street at every turn. Indeed, in the years leading to the financial collapse in 2008, Congressman Neal supported legislation to deregulate Wall Street on five separate occasions. He stands in sparse company in the Democratic caucus in this respect. I will fight to restore Glass-Steagel-like restrictions in Washington next year. Specifically, we should strictly enforce the Volker rule designed to limit proprietary trading within FDIC-insured institutions. We should also bring back the clear delinations between commercial banks (which often have retirement and college funds) and investment banks (which take big investment risks).
Monday July 30, 2012 12:36 Andrea Nuciforo Jr.
[Comment From JimBoJimBo: ] 
I agree with you that it is crucial for us to protect Social Security and Medicare, but these programs, as currently constituted, are on a path to bankruptcy. Some reforms need to be made in order to keep them solvent for our kids and grandkids. Do you support any specific reform ideas to save these programs?
Monday July 30, 2012 12:38 JimBo
[Comment From Andrea Nuciforo Jr.Andrea Nuciforo Jr.: ] 
According to the non-partisan social security trustees, the social security program is solvent until at least 2033. It will be there for those that have earned social security benefits, including those that are paying into the system right now. The more immediate question is whether we will have a strong Democrat in Washington willing to advocate for seniors that are on social security now. I will be that congressman. Again, this is a clear distinction between Congressman Neal and me. In 2009 and again in 2010, for the first time in the history of the program, social security recipients got a 0% cost of living adjustment (“COLA”). That’s a zero, while the cost of everything was going up. In those two years, inflation was 2.7 and 1.5%, respectively. Congressman Neal stood idly by while the buying power of social security beneficiaries eroded. No less than three bills were introduced in the 111th congress to fix the two-year loss of COLA for social security recipients. Sponsored by Rep Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and Rep John Adler (D-NJ), those bills would have provided relief to social security recipients struggling with the very difficult economy that prevailed at that post-recession time. Neal did not sponsor any of the bills, but Rep Kennedy (D-RI) and Rep Niki Tsongas (D-MA) did. All three of the bills died in House Ways & Means, a committee on which Rep Neal serves. (H.R. 3536; H.R. 3672; H.R. 4429). Again, the voters of this district deserve a strong Democrat willing and able to advocate for them. I will be such a congressman.
Monday July 30, 2012 12:46 Andrea Nuciforo Jr.
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