Fighting for
Your Priorities

The Constitution is clear: the structure and stability of our democratic system depends upon the President executing the laws passed by Congress—not unilaterally rewriting them. The separation of powers and its checks and balances are designed to protect individual rights and we must continue to act to ensure they are preserved for future generations. By fighting against executive overreach we will ensure government works for the people, not the other way around.

Though we can’t legislate rain, we can overcome federal and state policies that are exacerbating our historic water shortage. Even as El Nino storms provided much needed rain and snow, out-of-touch activists and regulators have idly let water flush out into the ocean instead of capturing it for our communities. By increasing pumping, investing in infrastructure, and making meaningful changes to our water management regulations we will be able to deliver our communities a reliable water supply. Over the past four years the House has passed four water bills to knock down these onerous regulations and I remain committed towards enacting a comprehensive water plan to allow our local communities to continue to grow.

To produce a business-friendly environment, create jobs, and allow American businesses to compete in a global marketplace, we must keep burdensome taxes low and reduce unnecessary and duplicative regulatory red tape. China and India are the fastest growing economies in the world today, and our nation must implement policies that will allow our entrepreneurs to succeed, our prosperity to grow, and our economy to continue to lead the world.

There are some in Congress who wish to increase taxes on American families and businesses, so that more money can be spent on Washington programs. We must fight against irresponsible indulgence; taking more from taxpayers does not create jobs or grow prosperity. We need to keep taxes low so our small businesses can invest and create new jobs and so American taxpayers can keep more of their hard-earned money. But more importantly, we need to reform our tax system so that it is more fair and simpler to understand. It says something about our priorities when we continue to add on to a complicated tax code that contains over 1.6 million words, nearly 380 times more than the number of words in the Constitution!

Investing in new technology and math and science education directly feeds into our nation’s ability to continue to lead the world in productivity and economic growth. America’s history is filled with stories of scientific discoveries and technological innovations that have improved the quality of life and economic prosperity of our nation, and the world. We must continue to ensure that the generation of tomorrow’s leaders will be able to compete with the best and brightest globally and lead our country in the 21st Century. Our children are no longer competing with children across the street, but with children across the globe. We need to ensure that our education system is accountable to students, parents, teachers, and the taxpayer. We must continue to push the envelope in math, science, and engineering to ensure that America continues to lead the world in technological innovation.

America is the greatest nation on earth. It wasn’t founded on ethnicity, but a creed. Every day our broken immigration system gets worse and worse. It’s time to secure the border, enforce our laws, and find a real solution. We are a nation of immigrants, but also a nation of laws. Securing the border has to be the first step in developing a realistic solution to our country’s broken immigration system. Immigration reform must take a common-sense approach that focuses on a long-term solution that is clear, concise, understandable, and enforceable.

Our nation faces enemies that threaten our safety and security. After September 11th, we are continuously reminded that the world today is a dangerous place. We must ensure that our military has the necessary resources and technology to protect our freedoms and prevail on the battlefield. But most of all, we must unambiguously support our troops, and reject votes that could put them in harm’s way.

Government continues to need greater accountability and adult supervision. Bureaucracy and wasteful spending erodes the public’s trust in government. We must recognize this reality and strive to expose wasteful government spending, like “Monument to Me” earmarks in government funding bills, and to harness new technology to eliminate bureaucratic red tape so the government works for us.

America needs a national energy policy that focuses on more renewable resources, environmentally sound development of fossil fuels, and incentives for conservation. Becoming less reliant on foreign sources of energy will make America safer and stronger economically.

We are seeing a number of trends in the health care sector: rising health care costs, increasing numbers of aging baby boomers, and new medical breakthroughs. Many will advocate policies that call for greater government intervention, which is the wrong approach. We need to continue to look for creative ideas that rely on the marketplace to improve the quality of health care and empower individuals in their health care decisions. We need policies that provide the individual patient with more knowledge and more choices in health care decisions. Choices and competition will improve the quality of health care and lower costs.