Kat CammackKat Cammack – FL3

Current Position: US Representative for FL 3rd District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican

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Only in our great country can someone like me go from homeless to the House, where I am now the youngest Republican woman in Congress. I’m fighting for Americans like you every day by pushing back on the far-Left.

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Rep. Cammack Joins Varney & Co. To Discuss Speaker Pelosi’s Mask Mandate And Hypocrisy

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Cammack compares Biden’s administration to ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’
Clay Today, Jacob OglesSeptember 1, 2021 (Short)

U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack has reiterated her belief President Joe Biden should resign over events in Afghanistan.

During an appearance Monday on “Fox & Friends,” the first-term U.S. Representative compared the President to the 1989 film “Weekend at Bernie’s,” a less-than-subtle suggestion Biden may be little more than a figurehead anyways.

She offered the cinematic comparison when pressed on the fact Biden’s resignation would result in Vice President Kamala Harris becoming President.

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Current Position: US Representative for FL 3rd District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican

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Only in our great country can someone like me go from homeless to the House, where I am now the youngest Republican woman in Congress. I’m fighting for Americans like you every day by pushing back on the far-Left.

Featured Video: 
Rep. Cammack Joins Varney & Co. To Discuss Speaker Pelosi’s Mask Mandate And Hypocrisy

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Cammack compares Biden’s administration to ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’
Clay Today, Jacob OglesSeptember 1, 2021 (Short)

U.S. Rep. Kat Cammack has reiterated her belief President Joe Biden should resign over events in Afghanistan.

During an appearance Monday on “Fox & Friends,” the first-term U.S. Representative compared the President to the 1989 film “Weekend at Bernie’s,” a less-than-subtle suggestion Biden may be little more than a figurehead anyways.

She offered the cinematic comparison when pressed on the fact Biden’s resignation would result in Vice President Kamala Harris becoming President.

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Congresswoman Kat Cammack proudly serves Florida’s 3rd Congressional District as the youngest Republican woman in the 117th Congress.

Kat is a third-generation sandblaster who grew up on a cattle ranch and she understands the hard work and determination it takes to run a small business, navigating labor challenges, interpreting regulation, and more. A proud alumnus of the Naval War College, Kat knows the issues and constituents of Florida’s 3rd intimately, having served as the longtime former deputy chief of staff for the district prior to her election in 2020.

An Obama-era program forced Kat’s family to lose their cattle ranch in 2011, evicting them from their home and livelihood. After months of homelessness, Kat was motivated to fight back against the failures of big government and dedicated her life’s work to becoming part of the solution in Washington. Representative Cammack fights for Florida’s 3rd District to ensure no other family has to endure what hers experienced.

Kat is a proud wife to her husband Matt, a Gainesville native, who serves with the Gainesville Fire Department as a firefighter/paramedic and SWAT medic.

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Kathryn Christine “Kat” Cammack (/ˈkæmæk/ KAM-mack; born February 16, 1988)[2] is an American politician and political advisor serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida’s 3rd congressional district. Cammack previously served as deputy chief of staff to Congressman Ted Yoho, who announced that he would retire in 2020.[3] Cammack is the third-youngest woman elected to Congress in the 2020 election cycle, behind Democrats Sara Jacobs and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.[4]

Early life and education

Cammack was born in Denver, Colorado and raised on a 55-acre cattle ranch.[5][6][7][8][9] She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the Metropolitan State University of Denver and a Master of Science in national defense and strategic studies from the Naval War College.[10][11] Cammack says she lived with her mother in an extended stay motel for four months.[5][12][13]

Career

Cammack says that her family’s experience with the federal Home Affordable Modification Program inspired her interest in politics.[14] She later joined the congressional campaign of Ted Yoho.[15][16][17] After Yoho was elected, Cammack served as his deputy chief of staff from 2013 until 2019.[18][19] In 2019, Cammack left Yoho’s office in Washington, D.C. and returned to Florida. Yoho did not seek re-election in 2020, fulfilling his pledge of only serving four terms.[20] She announced her candidacy for Yoho’s seat in December 2019, almost immediately after he announced his retirement.[21]

Cammack also operates an independent political consulting firm.[22][23] Cammack was heavily favored to win the November general election.[24][25][26][27] In September 2020, Cammack was endorsed by Donald Trump.[28] After her primary win, Cammack established a leadership PAC.[29][30]

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Elections

2020

Cammack speaking at a Turning Point USA event in 2020

In the November general election, Cammack defeated Democrat Adam Christensen. She assumed office on January 3, 2021.[31]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Abortion

Cammack is anti-abortion.[34] She believes abortion should only be legal in extreme cases in the first trimester.[34] During her campaign, she released an advertisement in which she stated that, when her mother was pregnant with her, she was advised by doctors to have an abortion.[35]

Border wall

Cammack has supported the construction of a border wall along the Mexico–United States border.[36]

Congressional term limits

In March 2020, Cammack signed the U.S. Term Limits pledge.[37]

Donald Trump

Cammack was one of the 139 representatives who voted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election in Congress on January 7, 2021, the day after the attack upon the United States Capitol.[38]

On the House floor, Cammack said the attacks “furthermore resolved” her objection to the certification process and as representatives of the people, they must stand for the right to a free and fair election for all Americans.[39]

Iraq

In June 2021, Cammack was one of forty-nine House Republicans who voted in favor of the repeal of the AUMF against Iraq.[40][41]

Personal life

Cammack’s husband, Matt Harrison, is a firefighter.[18] Cammack is a Protestant.[42]

See also

References

  1. ^ Kat, Team (July 13, 2020). “Mayor of Belleview Endorses Kat Cammack”. Kat for Congress.
  2. ^ Rep.-elect Kat Cammack (R-Fla.-03), The Hill, November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Conradis, Brandon (August 18, 2020). “Kat Cammack wins Florida GOP primary in bid for Ted Yoho’s seat”. TheHill. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Stabile, Angelica (November 9, 2020). “13 GOP women join the House, dominating congressional elections, making history”. FOX News. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  5. ^ a b “Ted Yoho, the Least Experienced House Freshman, Has a Secret Weapon: His 24-Year-Old Chief of Staff”. news.yahoo.com. Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  6. ^ Writers, Aurora Martinez & Micayla Richardson, Staff. “Adam Christensen and Kat Cammack win the nominations to run for Florida’s 3rd Congressional District seat”. The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved August 30, 2020.
  7. ^ “Republican Magazine Interviews Kat Cammack for Congress”. gopmag.com. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Writer, Aurora Martinez, Staff. “Who are Florida’s 3rd Congressional District Republican candidates?”. The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  9. ^ News, Suzette Cook/Staff Writer Mainstreet Daily. “Cammack hoping to succeed Yoho in District 3 House bid”. Mainstreet Daily News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  10. ^ “Kat Cammack”. Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  11. ^ “Florida’s 3rd Congressional District – Republicans”. WJXT. July 22, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (October 2, 2020). “Kat Cammack releases first TV ad of the general election”. The Capitolist. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  13. ^ Cammack, Kat. “Championing timeless values in the millennial era”. Gainesville Sun. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  14. ^ Olson, Laura; November 22, Florida Phoenix; 2020 (November 22, 2020). “Newly elected Kat Cammack of FL will become youngest GOP woman in U.S. House of Representatives in 2021”. Florida Phoenix. Retrieved January 7, 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Nocera, Kate. “Upset winner isn’t horsing around”. POLITICO. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  16. ^ Wilson, Drew (July 19, 2020). “CD 3 Republican Kat Cammack tells her story in new digital ad”. Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  17. ^ Derby, Kevin. “Kat Cammack Wins GOP Primary to Replace Ted Yoho | Florida Daily”. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  18. ^ a b Elwood, Karina (December 13, 2019). “Ted Yoho’s Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Kat Cammack To Run For Congress”. WUFT News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  19. ^ “114th Congress Office Listings” (PDF).
  20. ^ “Rep. Ted Yoho’s son says Kat Cammack was fired as Chief of Staff”. The Floridian. June 20, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  21. ^ Elwood, Karina (December 13, 2019). “Ted Yoho’s Former Deputy Chief Of Staff Kat Cammack To Run For Congress”. WUFT News. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  22. ^ “The Latest: Wyoming Tribe Member Wins Democratic Nomination”. The New York Times. Associated Press. August 18, 2020. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  23. ^ Matat, Stephany (August 19, 2020). “Yoho’s Former Aide Wins Republican Primary In Florida’s 3rd Congressional District”. WUFT News. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  24. ^ “Florida primary roundup: Gimenez to face Mucarsel-Powell, Posey survives”. Roll Call. August 18, 2020. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  25. ^ Peterson, Kristina (August 19, 2020). “Ross Spano Becomes Eighth House Lawmaker Defeated in Primaries”. Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  26. ^ “The Latest: Wyoming tribe member wins Democratic nomination”. AP NEWS. August 19, 2020. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  27. ^ Wilson, Drew (August 19, 2020). “Kat Cammack wins Republican nomination in CD 3”. Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  28. ^ Derby, Kevin. “Donald Trump Backs Kat Cammack, Byron Donalds for Open Congressional Seats in Florida | Florida Daily”. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  29. ^ “Primary Winners Form Leadership PACs Before Coming to Congress”. Bloomberg Government. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  30. ^ “Campaigning couldn’t be more different amid a pandemic”. Arc Publishing. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  31. ^ “Florida Election Results: Third Congressional District”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  32. ^ “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  33. ^ “Two House Republicans create Campus Free Speech Caucus to ‘stand up for the First Amendment.
  34. ^ a b Schultz, Marisa (December 3, 2020). “Florida Rep.-elect Kat Cammack shares personal story about abortion: ‘My mom chose life. Retrieved September 7, 2021. Cammack says abortion should only be allowed in extreme cases in the first trimester–such as rape or incest reported to law enforcement, and for the life of the mother.
  35. ^ Wilson, Drew (July 27, 2020). “Kat Cammack ‘will always choose life’ if elected in CD 3”. Florida Politics – Campaigns & Elections. Lobbying & Government. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  36. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (July 29, 2020). “Kat Cammack promises to support border wall in new video”. The Capitolist. Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  37. ^ Kirkl, Jordan (March 12, 2020). “Kat Cammack signs term limits pledge”. The Capitolist. Retrieved October 4, 2020.
  38. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lu, Denise (January 7, 2021). “The 147 Republicans Who Voted to Overturn Election Results”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  39. ^ Yourish, Karen; Buchanan, Larry; Lannigan, Lucille (January 13, 2021). “Kat Cammack stands by President Trump, public paints Coup Kat Resign on art wall”. The Independent Florida Alligator. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  40. ^ “House votes to repeal 2002 Iraq War authorization”.
  41. ^ https://clerk.house.gov/evs/2021/roll172.xml
  42. ^ https://www.pewforum.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2021/01/01.04.21_faith_on_the_hill_detailed.table_.update.pdf

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Issues

Committees

Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Cammack serves as the Ranking Member (lead Republican) on the Subcommittee for Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery. Congresswoman Cammack also serves as the lone Florida Republican on the House Agriculture Committee. There, she serves on the Subcommittee for Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit and the Subcommittee for Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations.

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Ted Yoho 2Ted Yoho

Current Position: US Representative for FL District 3 since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator

His approach to government is guided by constitutional principles, limited government, fiscal conservatism, Personal Responsibility, and free enterprise. These principles keep Congressman Yoho focused on supporting bills that help make American strong.  Ted has been known to stand up and challenge the status quo for the better.

Prior to serving in Congress, he was a small business owner who operated several large animal veterinary practices for 30 years. During his successful career, he established a reputation of accountability and service.

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Current Position: US Representative for FL District 3 since 2013
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator

His approach to government is guided by constitutional principles, limited government, fiscal conservatism, Personal Responsibility, and free enterprise. These principles keep Congressman Yoho focused on supporting bills that help make American strong.  Ted has been known to stand up and challenge the status quo for the better.

Prior to serving in Congress, he was a small business owner who operated several large animal veterinary practices for 30 years. During his successful career, he established a reputation of accountability and service.

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Congressman Ted Yoho represents North Central Florida’s 3rd Congressional District. He was elected to the 113th Congress in November 2012, and won re-election for his fourth term in the 116th Congress.

His approach to government is guided by constitutional principles, limited government, fiscal conservatism, Personal Responsibility, and free enterprise. These principles keep Congressman Yoho focused on supporting bills that help make American strong.  Ted has been known to stand up and challenge the status quo for the better.

Prior to serving in Congress, he was a small business owner who operated several large animal veterinary practices for 30 years. During his successful career, he established a reputation of accountability and service.

Born in Minnesota, Ted moved to South Florida where he met his wife Carolyn in the fourth grade and married her at age 19. After completing his AA degree at Broward Community College, Ted and Carolyn moved to Gainesville where Ted enrolled at the University of Florida. He graduated in 1983 with his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, while Carolyn had created her own very successful court reporting agencies.

Ted and Carolyn are the proud parents of three children: Katie, Lauren, and Tyler.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Veterinarian

Education

Personal

Birth Year: 1955
Place of Birth: Minneapolis, MN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Catholic
Spouse:  Carolyn Yoho
Children: Tyler Yoho, Katie Yoho, Lauren Yoho

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Offices

Washington, DC
1730 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-5744
Fax: 202-225-3973

Gainesville Office
5000 NW 27th Court
Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32606
Phone: 352-505-0838
Fax: 352-505-3511

Ocala Office
Ocala District Office
115 SE 25th Ave
Ocala, FL 34471
Phone: 352-390-6413

Orange Park Office
35 Knight Boxx Road
Suite 1
Orange Park, FL 32065
Phone: 904-276-9626
Fax: 904-276-9336

Palatka Office
2509 Crill Ave.
Suite 200
Palatka, FL 32177
Phone: 386-326-7221

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Recent Elections

2018 US Representative

Ted Yoho (R)176,61657.6%
Yvonne Hayes Hinson (D)129,88042.4%
TOTAL306,496

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Finances

YOHO, THEODORE SCOTT (TED) has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,329,311.

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Committees

Committees

House Committee on Foreign Affairs
House Committee on Agriculture

Subcommittees

Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation
Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade
Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations

Voting Record

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Issues

Governance

Reducing the National Debt

The national debt creates a climate of confusion and an environment of uncertainty for hardworking Americans, and it is a growing threat to our national security.

For this reason, I do not support raising the debt ceiling.  Our federal government spends too much, and we can reign in our spending.  I will work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get us back to the budgeting process outlined in the Constitution.

Every dollar we pay in interest is a tax on our future, and our children deserve better.

Tax Reform

I am in favor of the Fair Tax, which would bring lower, simpler rates across the board.  We can level the playing field for everyone to achieve the American Dream, and allowing hardworking taxpayers to take home more of their paychecks is a way to start.

While we work towards a fairer and simpler tax code, I will work to lower corporate and capital gains rates so American businesses can be confident and competitive again.

Civil Rights

2nd Amendment

I swore to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States—and that means every one of the amendments, especially the Bill of Rights.

Gun ownership is a birthright in America.  As a proud member of the NRA, I will support legislation that protects our 2nd Amendment rights.

Gun ownership does not equal gun violence, and I am committed to working with all my colleagues to address violence while protecting the rights of law-abiding American citizens.

Economy

Agriculture

Agriculture represents the second-largest industry in Florida.  For a state as large and dynamic as ours, this means agriculture impacts a lot of people–and a lot of jobs.

As one of three Floridians on the House Committee on Agriculture, I am committed to putting my 30 years of experience working directly with farmers and ranchers as a large-animal veterinarian to work for you.

Economy and Jobs

North Florida has been hit hard by unemployment. Getting Floridians, and the rest of America, back to work is one of the reasons I came to Congress. In order to create jobs, we must get the federal government out of the way. Too often, job creation falls victim to over-regulation and red-tape. Small businesses are uniquely affected by the burden of over-regulation, and we must create an atmosphere of certainty and stability for these job creators. I am in favor of reducing red-tape and eliminating job-killing regulation from agencies that have run wild with administrative power. Congress must reassert our role in this process and reign in these agencies. I am in favor of eliminating the practice of “legislation by regulation” and bringing accountability to these departments. I am a co-founder and co-chair of the Freshman Regulatory Reform Caucus. This group was started to put an end to these costly rules and get Americans working again.

Strong tax reform is also needed to bring jobs back to the United States. Businesses need stability in order to hire and our current tax structure brings anything but that. I am in favor of the FairTax, Flat Tax, and other tax reform proposals that bring certainty and ease to our tax structure. Government should create an atmosphere that makes it easier to create private sector jobs–not harder.

See also information on Jobs and resources for Businesses.

Education

Education

Our children’s education is an ongoing national priority.  We need a well-rounded, well-educated workforce that champions highly skilled labor as well as necessary vocational trades.  To be competitive in the global economy, education is incredibly important.  At the core of my position on education is a belief that parents, not bureaucrats, know best how to raise their children.

In recent years, too much of the education policy written by Washington offers federal dollars to states and local school districts in exchange for compliance with national mandates.

I believe schools should be held accountable to parents and students at the local level instead of to a far-removed federal government. I believe creating arbitrary educational standards is outside the original intent of the Constitution and should be controlled locally, not by bureaucrats in Washington.

The United States spends more per student per year than any other country in the world, yet our test scores continue to struggle. Federal rules, regulations, and mandates have crippled our country’s education system. We need to reform the Department of Education to put the emphasis back on local control.

Environment

Renewable Energy

Plasma Gasification

Plasma gasification is an extreme thermal process using plasma which converts organic matter into a syngas (synthesis gas) which is primarily made up of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. A plasma torch powered by an electric arc is used to ionize gas and catalyze organic matter into syngas, with slag remaining as a byproduct. It is used commercially as a form of waste treatment and has been tested for the gasification of refuse-derived fuel, biomass, industrial waste, hazardous waste, and solid hydrocarbons, such as coal, oil sands, petcoke and oil shale.

Small plasma torches typically use an inert gas such as argon where larger torches require nitrogen. The electrodes vary from copper or tungsten to hafnium or zirconium, along with various other alloys. A strong electric current under high voltage passes between the two electrodes as an electric arc. Pressurized inert gas is ionized passing through the plasma created by the arc. The torch’s temperature ranges from 2,000 to 14,000 °C (3,600 to 25,200 °F).The temperature of the plasma reaction determines the structure of the plasma and forming gas.

The waste is heated, melted and finally vaporized. Only at these extreme conditions can molecular dissociation occur by breaking apart molecular bonds. Complex molecules are separated into individual atoms. The resulting elemental components are in a gaseous phase (syngas). Molecular dissociation using plasma is referred to as plasma pyrolysis.

Health Care

Health Issues

Access to health care is incredibly important, however there are ways to achieve this noble goal that don’t force citizens into buying a product they might not want. Your choices in health care should be your own, not the Federal government’s. There are ways to have affordable health care for all that also allow freedom in the marketplace. I am in favor of Health Savings Accounts that allow you to have a say in how your health dollars are spent. Additionally, we should allow the interstate sale of health insurance to allow consumers more choice. If there is a plan in another state that best fits your needs, you should have the freedom to purchase it without imposed mandates from the Federal government. By unleashing competition into the marketplace we will lower costs and have insurance companies compete for your business.

Medicare and Social Security

Too many people rely on Medicare and Social Security to allow these programs to go bankrupt.  Our national debt places our future as a nation at risk, and cutting these programs that so many Americans depend on for their own futures is not the solution to this problem.

Over the past few years, Congress has taken steps to improve the management of the Social Security trust fund.  I’m open to exploring the ideas of allowing Social Security trustees to invest in private securities and allowing younger taxpayers to invest some of their Social Security taxes in private accounts.

Congress must lead to improve and preserve Medicare for current and future retirees.  Long-term solvency for these programs is an important goal, and making drastic cuts to the program is not the way to accomplish this goal.  Social Security and Medicare are a contract that needs to be honored.

Infrastructure

Energy

It is our responsibility in Congress to establish a coherent national energy policy. I believe an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that leads to our nation’s energy independence and away from foreign oil is the only option. Fossil fuel, nuclear, hydropower and other renewables need to be in the mix. With a 30 percent increase in the demand of electricity by 2035, our nation must diversify and increase its energy production. The only way is to allow the free market to pick the energy sources that are the safest and most cost-efficient without undue market-distorting subsidies.

Veterans

Veterans

I am proud to represent more than 85,000 plus veterans in Florida’s Third District.  We need to roll out the red carpet for our veterans, because they deserve the very best.

We need to keep our promise to our veterans by making sure they have access to the healthcare they need.  I do not support changes to TRICARE that would result in a decrease in services, including new enrollment fees.

The best way we can honor the sacrifices made by our veterans is by governing responsibly.  We must stop harming our national security by adding to our national debt.  The more we owe to other nations, the more vulnerable we are as a free people. Our veterans remind us how precious that freedom is.

Foreign Affairs

As a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I am honored to have a voice in our nation’s foreign policy. The United States of America is a shining example of freedom, and has the ability to lead the world by example. Our nation is a generous one, and while the temptation to give money and aid to all corners of the globe is great we must also be proper stewards of your hard-earned tax dollars. Foreign aid, while a noble cause, must be reformed to ensure that money is spent both efficiently and wisely. Additionally, we must begin to shift our aid model from one of direct monetary aid to one of trade. Strong trade has the potential to benefit all and creates a stable economic environment that will lift countries out of needing aid in the first place. A stable economy attracts businesses, which in turn creates jobs. Rather than one country becoming reliant on another, we help them become a member of the world economy. However, we must also always be mindful of any trade negotiation to ensure that our trade agreement does not come at the cost of our sovereignty. It is possible to have commerce with nations without losing your sovereignty to them. I welcome a robust foreign policy that encourages this approach.

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