My Priorities

Restoring Health Care Freedom: In May 2017, I voted for legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare with policies that restore health care freedom in America.  While I am extremely frustrated that the Senate has failed to keep their promise to repeal Obamacare, I will not stop working to rescue the American people from this disastrous law. As a health care provider, I know firsthand how Obamacare is destroying the doctor-patient relationship. This one-size-fits-all approach is driving up costs and forcing Americans to buy health care plans that they simply do not want and cannot afford.

Cutting Taxes & Wasteful Spending: The American people need tax relief – not tax increases.  I am actively supporting President Trump’s tax relief plans so that we can cut taxes and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money.  Through this process, I am hopeful that we can finally reform our broken tax code, cut taxes and put America on a path towards more jobs, higher paychecks and a balanced budget.  Importantly, tax reform will also provide America’s job creators with a tax system that will no longer penalize them from creating jobs here in America. This will lead to a healthier economy and higher paying jobs for all Americans.

Creating Jobs & Growing Economy:  Jobs are created by building a healthy economy through freedom and opportunity – not burdensome regulations that give unelected government bureaucrats more authority over the American people. Indeed, previous administrations have done too much that stymies U.S. job growth and entrepreneurship. That’s why I am actively working with the Trump Administration to implement pro-growth policies that provide incentives for job creation right here in America.

Reining In Burdensome Regulations:  I have voted for over a dozen new laws that repeal many of Obama’s last minute, job-killing regulations.  With the support of President Trump, we are bringing transparency and accountability to bureaucratic agencies like the EPA. These bureaucrats should work for the American people – not against them!

Protecting the 2nd Amendment: As a 30-year member of the NRA, I am a rock solid defender of the Second Amendment. I’m proud to have earned a 100% voting record with the NRA and an “A” rating from Gun Owners of America. In Congress, I have actively introduced, cosponsored and voted for important legislation that protects the gun rights of all law abiding American citizens.  

Protecting the Unborn: I am a steadfast defender of the sanctity of human life and protecting the unborn. In Congress, I have earned a 100% rating from the National Right to Life and been actively engaged in the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. I have also consistently voted to cut off taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood – the largest abortion provider in the nation.  American taxpayer dollars should not be going to such an organization.    

Securing Our Borders:  Securing our borders is my top priority when it comes to immigration.  I strongly support President Trump’s border wall and voted to provide over $1.6 billion to begin its construction. I swore an oath to protect and defend the American people and open borders undermine that promise and their safety. That’s why I am also leading the effort in Congress to ensure refugees from terrorist hotbeds are fully vetted, deport criminal aliens, and cut off taxpayer funding for “sanctuary cities” that undermine our nation’s immigration laws.

Strengthening Our Military: As a veteran myself and father of a decorated Navy SEAL, I know firsthand that our military must be prepared and second to none in the world. Ensuring that our service members have the equipment and training to deter aggression and defeat it when called upon is vitally important. That’s why I have voted to restore critically needed funding to our military so that our troops are fully equipped and trained. During these dangerous times, we must also have a Missile Defense System that will protect Americans from the growing threat posed by nuclear weapons and missile technology in the hands of rogue nations.

Putting Our Veterans First: The Department of VA must be reformed to ensure our veterans are put first and foremost. For far too long, the VA has been unaccountable to the concerns and needs of America’s veterans. It is critical that our veterans receive the treatment and benefits they have earned and deserve through their service.

Helping Our Seniors: As a senior myself, I am committed to ensuring that the federal government fulfills it promises to those who have built their retirement around Social Security and Medicare.  I support efforts to strengthen the solvency of both Social Security and Medicare so that it is protected for future generations, but any such plan must make sure that the promise is kept and that no one in or nearing retirement has any changes to their plans.   

Advancing U.S. Space Program: As the chairman of the House Space Subcommittee, I am firmly committed to establishing a clear path for our national space program. During the Obama Administration, NASA was too often distracted from its core mission – human space flight. In Congress, I have been working to restore NASA’s core human space flight missions, including trips to the Moon and Mars. As Chairman, I helped shepherd legislation through the committee to build a stronger commercial space industry by passing the first update to the Commercial Space Launch Act in more than a decade. We are also working to reduce excessive regulatory burdens so that the U.S. is and remains the worldwide center for commercial space. By ensuring America is the world leader in space, we will also help American war fighters and enhance our national defense.