Protecting Your Job is My Job
Protecting your job is my job in Congress. I have consistently advocated for policies that support and encourage good-paying, family-sustaining jobs for American workers.
I have supported increases in funding for job training to make sure that workers have the necessary skills to compete in the workforce.
Cutting Government “Red Tape”
We must also reduce the long list of burdensome and confusing regulations forced on our job creators in all industries. Duplicative or unnecessary federal regulations cost families more for goods and services and make it harder for entrepreneurs to turn innovative ideas into economic realities.
Ensuring a Level Playing Field for Job Creators
I have worked to keep taxes low and expand the opportunity for businesses to compete on a level playing field in new markets across the globe. I support comprehensive tax reform that closes loopholes and simplifies the tax code for families and businesses. A fairer tax code will encourage businesses to remain and grow here in the United States, instead of shipping jobs overseas.
When America Writes the Rules on Trade – American Workers Win
Finally, I have supported a number of policies that open new markets and encourage fairer treatment for American manufacturers, farmers and service providers seeking to do business overseas. By engaging in the international marketplace, the United States negotiates the rules and sets the global standards, instead of China, and American businesses and workers benefit. Trade must be rules-based. When rules are violated, they must be enforced.
Americans Deserve Access to High Quality Affordable Healthcare
Obamacare is not Working
Every day we witness further evidence that the President’s signature health care legislation is not working. Premiums, copays and deductibles are skyrocketing. Insurance companies are abandoning Obamacare marketplaces. Worse, many individuals and families who have been forced into Medicaid are having difficulty finding doctors who will provide them with quality care. Many Americans are rightly concerned about the viability of the “Affordable” Care Act.
We Should Replace it With a Plan that Works
Major legislative changes and revisions need to be made to ensure health care is both more readily accessible and affordable for individuals and families. It is simply not viable to call for the repeal of Obamacare without a replacement package that is effective.
We Need Flexibility and Innovation
I remain a strong supporter of health insurance portability, coverage for those with pre-existing conditions through high-risk pools and allowing the purchase of insurance plans across state lines.
If re-elected, I will continue to advance these patient-centered health care priorities in the next Congress.
We Need to Remain Vigilant
The security of our communities, our national interests, and our allies is dependent on maintaining vigilance and resolve at home and abroad, and upholding our core values.
Our Military Must be Given the Tools to Keep Us Safe
Whether along, within, or outside our borders, we must never forget that our security rests on the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and their loved ones. I will continue to provide our service members with the full support they need to overcome any challenge, accomplish any mission, and be prepared for whatever new threats we may encounter tomorrow.
Our Veterans Deserve the Absolute Best
In my role as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, I have been a champion and advocate for all of our veterans, service members and military families. I have worked to ensure that they receive the care they’ve earned through their service to our great nation. Under my leadership, funding for the VA was recently increased by nearly 10% to provide greater care, to help fund suicide prevention, to provide greater research of traumatic brain injuries and to ensure better accountability at the VA.
We Must Project Strength
In these uncertain times where we face a number of determined adversaries in different regions of the world, it is imperative that we demonstrate our commitment to upholding the American-led, rules-based international order through our steadfast strength and leadership.
Our Kids Need the Best Possible Education
Getting an Early Start is Important
Ensuring that all of our children receive a high quality education has been a high priority of mine. I have been a strong advocate for expanding access to early education programs for families, most recently supporting an increase of $1 billion in funding for early education programs including Head Start and the Preschool Development Grant program.
Educational Success Depends on Empowering Parents and Local Control
I supported, Congress passed, and the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced the outdated No Child Left Behind policies for elementary and secondary education. This new law empowers parents and returns much of the control over our kids’ education to the local level.
Making College Affordable
Finally, as a member of the Appropriations Committee, I have worked to ensure adequate funding for post-secondary education programs, such as the Pell grant program, so that all young adults, regardless of their backgrounds or financial capabilities, are afforded the opportunity to attend a college or university.
Protecting Our Borders Matters
We Need to Fix a Broken System
Our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of reform. I support a proactive and transparent process that starts with securing our borders, establishing a process for better interior enforcement, and providing clarity for those who seek to follow the rules and pursue legal means of obtaining citizenship. I support the implementation of a more effective entry and exit system for temporary visitors, E-Verify, and the facilitation of visas for high skilled workers and farm laborers.
Congress Must Set the Guidelines
The work on any sort of reform should be carried out by Congress in a constructive manner that allows the will of all Americans to be incorporated, and not through unilateral executive actions that violate the separation of powers established in Article One of the Constitution.
End “Sanctuary Cities”
Any reforms would require strong cooperation between state and local law enforcement and our federal agencies, which is why I also oppose so-called “sanctuary city” policies that deliberately prevent such critical communication, meaningful enforcement and partnerships.