Strengthening Our Economy and Lowering Your Taxes

For years, small business owners throughout the 4th Congressional District have told me that we needed to reduce federal regulations and reform the tax code to unleash the power of our private sector economy. It looks like they were right. Little more than a year after President Trump and a Republican Congress were sworn in, the economy is picking up steam, jobs are being created and wages are finally rising.

A big step in the right direction was the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Under the Republican plan that was signed into law by President Trump, every tax bracket will see a tax cut. The plan doubles the standard deduction, expands tax benefits for families and gets rid of special interest loopholes.  About 90% of Americans could be able to file their taxes on a form about the size of a postcard. The law also cuts taxes on American businesses large and small so they can create jobs in our communities.

Another barrier to a strong economy is over-regulation. Since I was elected to Congress, I fought to block excessive government regulations that make it harder for small businesses to grow and plan for the future. Government regulations cost the average American family more than $15,000 each year. Thankfully, President Trump has made this a priority of his administration and the positive impact these changes have had on the economy are growing every day.

But more needs to be done. America must develop and all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes development of new, clean energy technologies while ensuring that America fully utilizing our domestic energy resources. This strategy will create jobs, make energy more affordable for families and help the environment.

We also need to reduce federal spending.  I supported countless bills to cut federal spending and balance our budget.

Finally, we need to support our Nation’s infrastructure. I’ve supported bills to strengthen our roads, bridges, airports, sea ports, and other infrastructure projects. This is a critical step to growing our economy and creating jobs.

A strong and vibrant economy impacts every single one of us. I’ll continue to work hard to make sure you keep more of your hard earned tax dollars and to support policies that help local businesses and workers get the chance to grow and succeed.

Defending Our Nation

Defending our national security and protecting our homeland are the most important issues facing America.

To defend our national security, we must have a clear, long-term strategy for confronting our Nation’s enemies, supporting our allies and promoting America’s interest throughout the world. And we need to give our men and women in uniform the resources and the authority to fulfill that strategy.

Defending the Homeland requires that we do everything in our power to keep terrorists out of America, secure our borders, and stop cyber-attacks. We must eradicate the terrorists who seek to do our citizens harm.

The safety of our Nation remains my top priority.

Reforming Health Care

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was supposed to reduce healthcare costs and provide greater health care options. It has failed. Instead, hundreds of families have told me about the rising healthcare costs.   Dozens of small business owners have said they’ve been unable to grow their companies or create new jobs because of these skyrocketing costs.  For these reasons, I’ve strongly supported effort to repeal and replace the ACA.

Instead of letting the federal government dictate healthcare policy, we should bring those decisions closer to our community and our citizens.  Doctors and patients, not the insurance companies, should be the front line in healthcare decision making.

Protecting Your 2nd Amendment Rights

The Second amendment is a Constitutional  right guaranteed to all American citizens and I fully support it. Like all the rights granted to our citizens by the U.S. Constitution, we have to be extremely vigilant when anyone seeks to limit those freedoms and erode our civil liberties.

Defending Life

I’m strongly Pro-Life. All life, whether born or unborn, should be considered sacred and should be defended. I supported efforts in Congress to block taxpayer funding for abortion, defund Planned Parenthood and shift its funding to local health clinics, and protect the rights of the unborn.

Supporting Our Veterans

All of us owe a debt of gratitude to our country’s bravest individuals - the men and women in uniform who’ve served our Nation and given their lives in defense of freedom and liberty.

These men and women, and their families, deserve every effort we can make to thank them for their service. I’ve supported efforts in Congress to reform the Veterans Administration and make it more accountable, give Veterans more healthcare options and greater education benefits, and help post-9/11 Veterans transition to civilian life.