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November 8, 2016 — Illinois Elección General
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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidato para Distrito 11

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Tonia Khouri

Republicana
Small business owner, Chairman of Economic Development on the DuPage County Board
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Economy: 84% of Americans are concerned with the economy, and rightfully so. We need to get government out of the way and allow American ingenuity into the marketplace so that we can put Americans back to work.
  • National Security: We need leaders in Washington who are unafraid to acknowledge we are at war with ISIS and are willing to make tough choices to protect Americans. The U.S. needs to be a global leader if we want the world to be a safer place.
  • Poverty: When I am elected to Congress, one of my top priorities will be helping people break free from poverty. The American Dream is what makes this country great, and everyone should have the opportunity to achieve it.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Small business owner, Chairman of Economic Development on the DuPage County Board
Chairman of Economic Development, DuPage County Board — Cargo elegido (2012–current)

Educación

Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2013)
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale Bachelor of Science, Public Relations (1991)

Actividades comunitarias

Board Member, DuPage Workforce Board (2012–current)
Member, DuPage County NAACP (2012–current)
Member, 100 Women Who Care (2011–current)
Member, Rotary Club of Naperville (2011–current)
Member, Joliet Chamber of Commerce (2016–current)

Biografía

Born and raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, my four brothers and I grew up in a proud middle class family. My father, a Marine, and my mother, a farmer from Princeton, Illinois, taught their children to value hard work, honesty, and determination. My husband, Joe, and I work to instill those same values in our own three children – Stephanie, Tony, and Paul. Our family resides in Aurora, Illinois.

 

12 years ago, Joe and I started a home services company with one man and one truck. It started small, but after years of hard work and determination, our business now serves over 22,000 customers in the Chicagoland area.

 

After traveling around the country with my family to lobby for a bill that would promote religious freedom in the Near East and South Central Asia, I realized that I could no longer sit on the sidelines. So, in 2012, I was elected to the DuPage County Board, emerging from a 7-way primary with the most votes in the district. In 2014, I was re-elected to the DuPage County Board with over 61% of the vote.

 

Currently, I serve as the Chairman of Economic Development on the DuPage County Board and continues to fight for Illinois taxpayers and their best interest at every opportunity.

 

As Chairman of Economic Development, I spearheaded the creation of Metro West Manufacturing Workforce Collaboration, an initiative dedicated to connecting the unemployed and underemployed in DuPage County with quality jobs that provide livable wages. Through the use of public-private partnerships, candidates are given free training for skilled manufacturing jobs that need to be filled in DuPage County and surrounding areas.

 

Since taking office, I have opposed all tax increases and voted against increasing the salaries of county elected officials. When I heard that Springfield wanted to levy an 11% income tax on small business, I stood up and took action yet again. I led the effort to pass a resolution opposing the proposed tax. The bill never came to the floor in Springfield. 

 

I spent most of 2015 traveling the 11th district, getting to know residents and listening to their concerns for the future of our country and state. I emerged from this experience with three major focuses: national security, economic growth, and helping people break free from poverty.

 

 

These are the most obvious priorities of the 11th district residents and they are the priorities that I am committed to taking with me to Washington.

 

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de Chicago Sun-Times (18)

What is your biggest difference with your opponent(s)?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

Bill Foster is part of the status quo. He uses every opportunity he can to grow our government and raise our taxes, and I fundamentally disagree with that. We’re the greatest nation on earth not because of our government programs, but because the free enterprise creates opportunity, opportunity creates jobs, and jobs change people’s lives.

 

When I am elected, I won’t turn a blind eye to my colleagues who serve as democrats, nor will I vote in lock-step with my own party leadership. I’ll be your voice and work to improve the lives of all Americans.

Congress has declined to formally authorize America’s undeclared war against ISIS. Should Congress take a vote to authorize the use of military force against ISIS?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

Yes.

More generally, what should Congress do to reduce the threat of ISIS abroad and at home? 
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

America’s national security readiness is severely lacking, and I do not believe we provide the necessary support to our military and law enforcement community.

 

Whether this administration admits it or not, we are at war with ISIS. The first thing we need to do is prevent terrorists from entering the United States. We need to close the gaps in our transportation and immigration systems to keep radical islamic terrorists from reaching our shores. Here at home, we must have an effective counter-insurgency plan to prevent homegrown radicalization.

Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. Do you support such action? What restrictions, if any, do you support on the admission of Muslims into the United States? 
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

The current debate on accepting refugees is unique to the Middle East and countries in collapse. The immigration and refugee crises around the globe need to be addressed at their roots. 

 

As it stands, our allies like Jordan, are overwhelmed by a wave of refugees that place stress on its security and public services. America should be working to assist those refugees abroad for a speedier return to their homes.

 

I don’t want America to turn away from its long-standing position of being a beacon of hope for those who are persecuted, but the Syrian refugee crisis is unique and requires a unique response.

The United States’ nuclear deal with Iran turned one year old on July 14, 2016. Should the deal be maintained as it is, revised or scrapped completely? What is right or wrong with the Iran deal? And should the next president feel bound by it?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

Never had I thought I’d see an American President work so hard to strike a deal with a foreign nation that has declared itself an enemy of us. Although I support efforts to reduce the nuclear arsenal around the globe and to limit the ability of other countries to procure such weapons, this deal has come at a great cost to us and we will pay the price for years to come.

Throughout the process, our traditional allies in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, repeatedly warned us of what would happen if we released billions of dollars held up due to sanctions. As the single largest state sponsor of terror, it is clear that the flood of money into the Iranian government’s coffers will find its way to Hezbollah, Syria, Iraq and into Yemen. 

 

Aside from its stated determination to wipe Israel off the map and bring down America, Iran has an extensive history of meddling into the affairs of Middle Eastern countries as it seeks to be the dominant power in that region. I believe the deal made benefits Iran far greater than the rest of the world. I would absolutely support additional sanctions where it would help to limit Iran’s harassment on the global stage.

Should the United States build a physical wall along our nation’s entire border with Mexico? Should a “path to citizenship” be created for the millions of people already living here without proper documentation? Would you support legislation to prevent the deportations of so-called “Dreamers” — youth who came to the U.S. illegally as small children with their parents?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

Like any sovereign nation, we expect our borders to be respected. Additionally, we deserve to have them secure to protect our way of life as the protection of U.S. citizens is a basic function of the federal government.

Unfortunately, because of bipartisan failed leadership in Washington, our borders remain porous with no real consensus in sight on how to resolve the problem. We are faced with a very serious national security threat that also perpetuates a broken immigration system.

 

New leadership is the only way this problem is going to be solved. I will work across the aisle to create a realistic plan, deserving of the expectations of all Americans, that can pass the US Congress.

Federal judges in July ruled against voter identification laws in Wisconsin and Texas, concluding that they disproportionately impact minority voters and violate the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Should voters be required to show a photo ID when voting? And should the federal government have a say in this, or is it strictly a matter for the individual states to decide? 
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

I believe that requiring identification prior to receiving ones’ ballot is not burdensome so long as the states make it a priority to provide voters with acceptable forms of identification at no additional cost.

Should all or certain federal public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, be given to states to control? Do you support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration for oil and other fossil fuels, even if those resources are not immediately developed? 
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

Growing up, my family often visited our national parks, and this is a source of enjoyment my husband and I have shared with our children as well. I support the free market and continued exploration for energy sources that keeps America independent of foreign suppliers, and while I don’t see the need to provide control of federal lands to states, this is an issue I am open to revisiting.

What changes, if any, to the U.S. tax code do you support and why?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

Tax reform needs to promote economic growth while being fair and easy to understand. With a 35% corporate tax rate, and a top federal tax rate on small corporations & companies (the drivers of job creation) at over 44%, we are literally driving our Nation out of competitiveness against other developed countries.

 

The U.S. tax code is over 73,000 pages long. It’s not fair for anyone. We need a flatter, fairer, simpler tax code that gives hard working taxpayers a fair shake. 

 

Instead, the U.S. tax code has become a punitive tool used by Washington politicians to further their pet projects at the expense of taxpayers, and this is why we need new leadership in Congress. The effect is devastating to Illinois families and small businesses as they struggle to abide by the code, file their taxes, and maintain financial stability.

What are the most important actions Congress can take to ensure the solvency of Social Security?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

This grim reality of Social Security solvency underscores the fact that politicians in Washington, like Bill Foster, can no longer pretend this issue isn’t one of critical importance. 

 

In order to avoid the disruptions in benefits earned by retirees, widows and those with disabilities, we need to act now to save it. 

 

In order to fulfill commitments, the government must cut spending, raise taxes, or borrow more money. All options are on the table, but, with the current gridlock in Washington, we won’t see any progress to resolve this challenge. This is why we need new leadership representing us in Congress. Bill Foster will not work with those who disagree with him to find the common ground necessary to support our current and future retirees. 

The Republican Party platform defines marriage as between a man and a woman. What is your view? The Obama Administration has issued guidelines to schools, saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. What is your view? And do you believe parents of LGBT children should be allowed to force their children into conversion therapy?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

The Supreme Court has already decided the marriage issue. It’s time to move forward, which is why my campaign is dedicated to protecting religious freedom. The Obama Administration’s mandate to local school districts on this transgender bathroom issue is a perfect example of the government overreach that I do not support. This issue should not be handled at the federal level—it should be decided locally, based on the values of each individual community.

What is the single most important action Congress can take to reduce U.S. gun violence?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

As a mother, it breaks my heart that children are being killed all over this nation at the hand of gun violence, but we must note that although Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws, Chicago has already had 439 deaths as a result of shootings this year. We need to enforce the laws on the books, not make more laws. We need to start addressing problems at the root—whether it’s extremism, an individual’s poor mental health, or drug-related crime—and treat those problems directly.

The “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act” would give the Department of Justice authority to keep suspected terrorists on the federal “no fly” list from buying firearms. The bill was voted down in Congress late last year but pushed again in June after the Orlando massacre of 49 people. Do you support or oppose this bill, and why?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

I absolutely support preventing those on the “no-fly” list from buying firearms, but only under the circumstance that there is a method by which one can challenge their status on the “no-fly” list in the courts. This country can no longer afford to treat the symptoms of our problems. In the case of tragedies related to gun violence, we need leaders to get at the root and put forth real, tangible solutions.

Should Obamacare be repealed, left intact, or changed — and if so, how? 
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

Current national healthcare policy has proven to be an abject failure. The Affordable Care Act is a drain on employers by decreasing competition in the insurance marketplaces and increasing costs associated with compliance through increased premiums, less choice, and bureaucrat-driven decisions.

 

I believe that unwinding the worst of the ACA will allow us to adopt consumer-driven policies that will decrease costs, increase competition, and allow critical decisions on care to be made between patients and their doctors, not at the Washington level.

A plan to replace Obamacare, presented by House Speaker Paul Ryan in June, would gradually increase the eligibility age for Medicare, which is now 65. Starting in 2020, the Medicare age would rise along with the eligibility age for full Social Security benefits, eventually reaching 67. Do you support this change in the eligibility age for Medicare? 
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

For future retirees, I do.

 

Medicare and Medicaid are profoundly important programs for the health care and well being of millions of Americans. Regrettably, the bleak financial state of these programs continues to drive the out-of-control spending that we see in Washington, and threatens to limit access for beneficiaries in the near future as they face insolvency.

 

This grim reality underscores the fact that politicians in Washington, like Bill Foster, can no longer pretend this issue isn’t one of critical importance. In order to avoid the disruptions in benefits to our current seniors and strengthen the program for future generations, we need to act now to save it. 

The GOP platform opposes the use of public funds for Planned Parenthood and other groups that “perform or advocate” abortion. It also opposes funding health care that includes abortion coverage. In contrast, the Democratic Party’s platform called for continued funding of Planned Parenthood and repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bars the direct use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Where do you stand?  
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

I oppose the use of public funds for Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform or advocate abortion. There are nearly 200 health care providers in our district alone, and more than 30 mammography facilities in the Chicagoland area. I believe in funding these kinds of women’s centers because they’re actually providing the types of services women need access to.

President Obama has proposed making two years of community college free nationally. Do you support or oppose this proposal? If you support it, how would you have the nation pay for it? 
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

I oppose this proposal, given the unfunded obligations Congress continues to make forcing us to spend too much money, tax our citizens too much and continually delivering sub-par services for the cost we pay. We simply don’t have the resources to do this.

College costs have risen at twice the rate of inflation for about 30 years. What is driving this increase and what should be done about it?
Respuesta de Tonia Khouri:

America holds over $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt. This is in large part a result of bipartisan efforts to encourage higher education through a funding mechanism that holds young Americans back upon graduation.

 

I believe that the federal government’s student aid programs encourage higher tuition costs. I will work to make student loan interest rates tied to market-based interest rates similar to the Smarter Solutions for Students Act of 2013.

¿Quién proporcionó dinero a este candidato?

Contribuciones

Dinero total recaudado: $752,940

Principales contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al candidato, por organización:

1
Tonia Khouri
$215,250
2
Value in Electing Women
$10,000
3
Employees of Alarm Detection Systems
$9,100
4
Employees of K-Five Construction Corporation
$8,400
5
John S Fund
$7,500
5
REPUBLICAN OPERATION TO SECURE AND KEEP A MAJORITY (ROSKAM PAC)
$7,500

Más información acerca de contribuciones

Por estado:

Illinois 72.45%
District of Columbia 4.68%
Virginia 4.44%
California 3.23%
Other 15.20%
72.45%15.20%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (95.47%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (4.53%)
95.47%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (19.75%)
De individuos (80.25%)
19.75%80.25%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Comisión Federal Electoral de MapLight.

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Both parties are loose conglomerations of people with diverse interests. In the Republican party, we have supporters who are socially & fiscally conservative, socially & fiscally liberal and any variation thereof. Despite any disagreements I have with any of my fellow Republicans, I welcome them all.

 

 

Like everyone else, I come by my values and beliefs through a combination of my upbringing and experiences. My unyielding stance on the federal government's role in working to protect us was instilled in my youth through my father’s service in the military and public service. My deeply held belief in the benefits of free-market policies to help Americans achieve upward economic mobility was shaped throughout my life starting with my own humble beginnings to where I am today. 

Documentos sobre determinadas posturas

Economic growth should be a top priority.

Summary

Americans deserve growth beyond the stagnant economic conditions we've seen in recent years.

The middle class and the working poor are being crushed by the rising costs on everything from health care and housing to consumer goods. The non-recovery has made it very difficult for many to find and keep sustainable employment. Government needs to limit its intrusiveness so as to allow the free market to empower both employers and employees.

  • Jobs

As a small business owner myself, I see firsthand how 63% of our net new jobs are created by small businesses. It is important to support our nation’s job creators. We need to get government out of way and allow American ingenuity in the marketplace to put Americans back to work again.

  • Taxes

Our current tax code is 73,000 pages long – not fair for anyone. It needs to be examined, revised and reformed for the taxpayers. We need a simpler tax code that limits unfair loopholes and encourages investment by small businesses, thus creating good jobs for the American people.

  • Bureaucracy

We need to restore common sense regulations back into the workplace. Overregulation by government is inefficient and costly. I support decreasing unnecessary regulatory burdens on businesses so they can spend more time investing in new opportunities and their people through workforce training & incentives while spending less time and resources dealing with cumbersome government mandates.

National security is of the utmost importance.

Summary

Americans deserve to feel safe here at home. The U.S. needs to be a global leader if we hope to ensure safety in our communities.

It is important the United States maintains a strong national defense. One that utilizes common sense diplomacy, intelligence, military, and economic strategies. Our allies need to know that we are dependable again. The world is a better and safer place when America is the leading power.

We need a global strategy that is based on an educated and informed assessment of potential threats we face, one that restores as a principal the objectives of deterrence. Using the full spectrum of our military capabilities, we must maintain superior equipment, manpower and security systems to confront terrorist threats head on.

I will work to ensure that our men and women in uniform are supported and well equipped to respond to the threats to our nation. In addition, the well-being of them and their families must be considered as they protect the well-being of ours.

It's our civic duty to help people break free from poverty.

Summary

One of my top priorities when I get to Washington will be to promote policies that help District 11 residents break free from poverty. Americans deserve the opportunity to achieve the American dream.

 

America is viewed as “the land of opportunity” where, with hard work, people can succeed regardless of their socio-economic background. We’ve seen recently, however, that opportunities for upward mobility have been harder to come by than they once were. While the middle class struggles with stagnant incomes and the classes become increasingly polarized, many question whether America remains the land of opportunity.

This a fair question… and a challenge to servant leaders. Helping low-income residents break free from poverty and overcome income inequality to achieve the American dream is something I’ve been passionate about as both a business owner and DuPage County Board member. I will work tirelessly to identify the ways in which we can provide dignified work opportunities to our residents, and in doing so, empower them to make their own success and achieve the American Dream.

 

I want to empower people, not the establishment.

Videos (6)

— August 29, 2016 Khouri for Congress

Tonia Khouri is committed to fighting for Americans' safety in Washington.

— August 29, 2016 Khouri for Congress

Tonia Khouri is committed to advocating policies that will promote economic growth for Americans.

— August 29, 2016 Khouri for Congress

Tonia Khouri says one of her focuses when she's elected to Congress will be helping people break free from poverty.

— August 29, 2016 Khouri for Congress

Tonia Khouri talks about the role that motherhood has played in her decision to run for Congress.

— August 29, 2016 Khouri for Congress

Tonia Khouri notes the importance of reliable infrastructure in her third issues-focused video.

— October 3, 2016 Chicago Sun-Times

Tonia Khouri tells why she should be the congresswoman from the 11th district.

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