We need a balanced approach to government spending and a budget that reflects our values. This includes making common sense spending reductions that eliminate waste and fraud, while protecting key investments that create jobs, foster economic growth and promote entrepreneurship.
Whether it’s defending voting rights, providing equal rights to the LGBT community, or making sure that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live fulfilling and productive lives, we need to make sure that our civil rights are always protected.
American taxpayers who work hard every day and play by the rules should have confidence that their government is doing the same. It is important to me that America spends its money wisely. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.
All of America’s students should have access to a high-quality education that will create opportunities and help them achieve the American Dream. We must make sure our children receive the tools they need to succeed in school, including early childhood education programs, school modernization projects, and investments to increase high-quality learning opportunities.
Protecting our environment and developing sufficient energy infrastructure should be a national priority. To secure America’s energy future, our nation must promote new industries that will help develop more efficient and affordable renewable fuel technologies.
While far from perfect, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) made many significant improvements to our health care system by giving patients more control over their health care coverage and by holding insurance companies accountable. The ACA puts patients back in control of their health care.
As Americans, our rich immigrant history has helped make us the strong and diverse nation we are today. This great country was founded by people from many backgrounds and nations, bonded by a common hope of achieving the American Dream. But unfortunately, our current immigration system is defective and needs to be reformed.
I am committed to making it easier for small businesses to grow and hire new workers, which is why the first bill I introduced was the bipartisan Small Business Paperwork Relief Act. This legislation will waive fines for most first time federal paper work infractions by small businesses.
Social Security and Medicare make a real difference in the lives of working Americans and it is a top priority of mine to protect these programs. Since the creation of Social Security and then Medicare, millions of Americans have relied on these crucial programs to live their lives with dignity.
My views on national security and foreign policy are shaped by my experience as a military officer. I will work to provide our troops with the tools they need to succeed in our pursuit of Al-Qaeda or any group that threatens our nation.
Poverty is a deeply personal issue for me. When I was growing up, my father lost his job and my family suffered through years of unemployment. I know the toll poverty takes on an individual and I know how hard people who are poor must work to survive. It is a priority of mine to make sure that we provide basic assistance so those in need can get back on their feet.
My State of the Union guest was Denise Reed, the mother of a fourteen year old honor roll student who was killed by a stray bullet from an AK-47 near her home in Chicago. Our country is in need of common sense legislation that prevents gun violence. While I will continue to protect the Second Amendment rights of marksmen like myself, there are immediate steps we can take that will ensure the safety of our children, military installations and communities.
Improving our nation’s transportation and infrastructure is vital to our economy. By connecting diverse communities across the nation by roads, railways, bridges, runways and waterways, our transportation framework has allowed commerce to thrive.
As a member of the Armed Services Committee, a 21-year member of the National Guard and a Veteran myself, I understand the sacrifices Veterans have made for our country, and I am committed to serving those who have defended our freedoms.
Throughout America’s history, women have made extraordinary contributions to our nation. Women have made significant milestones by voicing our opinions for equality in the workplace, government and military. While we still have a long way to go in gaining full equality for women, we should look to our recent successes to reinforce the belief that change is possible.