Sixth Congressional District, Pennsylvania

See where opponents Ryan Costello (R) and Manan Trivedi (D) differ on the issues in Pennsylvania’s 6th Congressional District race.

placeholder-160Ryan Costello (R)CandidateCostello, 38, has sat on the Chester County Board of Commissioners since 2011 and is currently the chairman. Served as the Chester County recorder of deeds 2008-2011, and was a member of the East Vincent Township Board of Supervisors 2002-2007.

Key Backers

U.S. Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Realtors
Chester County Republicans.

Immigration

Supports overhauling the country’s visa program and tighter border security.

Tax Policy

Supports a simplified federal tax code. Voted in 2012 to raise property taxes 5 percent in Chester County, partly to overhaul the county’s emergency radio system.

Reproductive Rights

Anti-abortion, though he supports exceptions for rape, incest or risk to the mother’s life.

Health Care

Opposes the Affordable Care Act, though he has said he doesn’t believe it will be repealed in the next few years. Supports the Medicare Advantage program and “private-sector solutions with more consumer choice.”

Ad Watch

National Dems’ PAC retreats on ads supporting Trivedi in 6th District race against Costello (Oct. 3, 2014)

 

altManan Trivedi (D)CandidateTrivedi, 40, is a physician at the Pottstown Memorial Medial Center and an Iraq War veteran. Running for Congress for the third time. Has never served elected office.

Key Backers

Labor unions
Health care advocates
New Democrat Coalition
Chester County Democrats.

Immigration

Supports stronger enforcement of current immigration laws and an “earned” path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Favors permanent residency to certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors, have attended K-12 school, have acquired in-demand jobs skills, and otherwise have a clean criminal record.

Tax Policy

Supports looser regulations for small businesses and tax incentives for companies that shift overseas jobs back to the U.S. Favors raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10/hour. Supports making permanent the Research & Experimentation tax credit.

Reproductive Rights

Supports abortion rights and increased access to birth control. Condemns the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

Health Care

Favors amending the Affordable Care Act to relax regulations for small businesses and expand plan options. Supports repealing the medical device tax that helps fund the new health care law.

Ad Watch

National Dems’ PAC retreats on ads supporting Trivedi in 6th District race against Costello (Oct. 3, 2014)

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