"I come from a proud family that has been involved in public service for as long as I can remember. I want to work for you. We need to create more living wage jobs, improve our schools, and make public safety, a top priority. I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
Republicans strongly believe America is a force for security and stability in the world. In conflicts such as the Second World War and the Cold War, America has used its exceptional power to secure the freedom of millions.
America’s efforts overseas are key to our prosperity and security at home. Our brave servicemen and women have made enormous sacrifices to ensure the safety of all Americans. Thanks to their efforts as well as those of our allies, we have territorially degraded the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria—a fight that remains ongoing. With the help of our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, we are also working to counter Iran’s anti-American, malign activities.
The threats to the American way of life are many, and they have only grown over the last century. These threats will not diminish if the U.S. retreats from the world, as it did under the Obama administration. It is vital that America continue its tradition of leadership.
To that end, and to ensure the security of all Americans, Republicans understand that a strong defense is of the utmost importance. As George Washington put it, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
Protecting Our 2nd Amendment Rights
We all share the desire to end gun violence in this country, and in many ways, “universal background checks” sound like a reasonable, commonsense step to make us safer. But in reality, the Democrat proposals do nothing to decrease gun violence. Not only are their proposals duplicative, but they could very well be used to infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
Current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. That means no matter where the transaction takes place, the same law applies. In January 2013, the Washington Post gave President Obama “Three Pinocchios” for claiming that 40 percent of firearms are sold without a background check. Current law also prohibits “straw purchasers” – individuals who pass background checks and buy firearms for criminals. Since 1998, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) has been used to conduct these background checks.
Members of Congress are often asked what can be done to prevent mass shootings. These shootings are tragic events, and often there is profound confusion surrounding them. The left often cites further gun control as the solution to the issue. However, Republicans have passed legislation and will continue to advocate for action to get at the crux of the issue while upholding law abiding citizen’s Second Amendment rights.
America continues to be a worldwide leader in health care innovation. Each day, new treatments are being discovered to the some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases. Unfortunately, access to these treatments at an affordable rate is still unattainable to millions of Americans. For years, Republicans have tried to work in a bipartisan manner to fix our nation’s health care system in a way that lowers costs while protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, kids in school, and Medicaid-expansion state recipients.
The ACA promised increased access at lower costs for people who didn’t have health care coverage at the time. Americans were also promised if you did have coverage, you could keep it. The sad reality is that we have seen millions forced into unaffordable plans in a system that hasn’t worked, prescription drug costs continue to rise, and bureaucratic red tape prevent life-saving cures from coming to market. While Republicans have fostered innovation and cut bureaucratic red tape in the FDA approval process, health care costs continue to rise. It is time for a patient-centered approach that increases access, lowers costs, and protects our most vulnerable population.
“Life is beautiful, children are a blessing, and Congress must support women and families as they bring new life into the world.”
Earlier this year, radical legislators across the country have advocated to overturn commonsense protections relating to late-term abortions. Some states have voted on laws that would allow abortions up to the moment of delivery, even if a newborn baby could be born into a doctor’s hands just a moment later. And in New York, Virginia, and other states, politicians are advocating for killing a newborn baby if she or he is deemed “unwanted.”
The reality is that many children in the United States—and across the globe—face neglect, abuse, and the fate of being “unwanted.” Our mission as legislators must be to empower families, pregnant women, and all children, no matter what circumstances they face.
I’m grateful that our party has taken seriously foster care, adoption, and family support services, protecting and supporting children regardless of their background. Last year, a Republican Congress passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, reforming our foster care system to provide support to struggling families, and reauthorized the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), which provides support to mothers. We are shining a light on the struggles that young women and families encounter when they become pregnant.
Resources, support, and assistance are all solutions for women; abortion on demand is not. Abortion is a tragedy and a national failure to support women during an incredibly challenging period of life. Sadly, the United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, even though most Americans want commonsense restrictions on abortion.
But Democrats aren’t listening. Instead, they are fighting not just for late-term abortions—which endanger the health of the mother more than emergency c-sections or delivery—but also infanticide and the killing of newborn infants. To ensure that no child is denied lifesaving medical care. Protecting babies shouldn’t be a partisan issue. In recent polling, almost 70% of Democrats support legislation that would ensure a baby who survives an abortion receives the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely.
I will never stop fighting until ending a baby’s life is not just illegal but unthinkable.