Capitol Hill is a disaster. Time and time again, our elected leaders prove their ineptitude and we continue to send them back to Washington. Those we have trusted to represent us have proven to be career politicians, beholden to special and personal interests instead of to their constituents. Politicians in Washington demonstrate more interest in campaigning for re-election than they do in creating actual change. Washington lacks leadership. Washington never changes. I intend to provide that leadership, and I intend to be that change. I will support legislation that finally establishes term limits for our country’s career politicians, because that is what our founders intended, and that is what the American people deserve.
The best deterrent of foreign aggression against our nation is a strong military. However, deterrence can often be accomplished before that military is called upon. I believe in the Teddy Roosevelt approach to foreign policy: “speak softly but carry a big stick.” For far too long, veterans have played too small a role in the decision making process to send our nation’s sons and daughters to war. I know the costs of that decision, and I intend to provide the kind of leadership and experienced voice that have been missing in Washington.
Jobs and the Economy
Even one Hoosier out of work or underemployed is one too many. We need to do everything in our power to bring our fellow Hoosiers back to the table, and we need to get those folks caught up financially.
That said, Indiana sets the standard for sound fiscal policy in the United States with an AAA credit rating and an actual budget surplus. While other states are raising taxes to keep up with mounting debt, Indiana continues to make smart financial choices. Put simply, we need to replicate this model for the rest of the nation. A welcoming tax environment and less regulation will incentivize businesses to move to Indiana, and hardworking Hoosiers will keep them here.
I support Governor Holcomb’s “Next Level Roads Plan.” As the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana should lead the nation in quality, maintenance, and efficiency of infrastructure, and the federal government should support us in that endeavor. Infrastructure initiatives also provide the opportunity to create jobs for Hoosiers that need them, and I intend to support legislation that does exactly that.
I believe life begins at conception, which is why it is important that we work to improve the viability of newborns in their critical first year. I will support legislation that gives all newborns a healthy start to life and I will continue to stand for the protection of all life.
As a gun-owning Army veteran, I believe that the Constitution of the United States guarantees every American the right to bear arms. Americans use firearms safely. Domestic terrorists use them for violence. Domestic terrorists will continue to find ways to obtain firearms regardless of regulation. Focusing on safe, responsible gun ownership should be our focus as we respect citizens' constitutional rights.
There are an estimated 21.6 million veterans in the United States. Nearly 550,000 of those veterans call Indiana home. Nearly 9 million veterans are enrolled in health care provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. As a former Army officer, I am fully aware of the struggles my brothers and sisters are facing when it comes to receiving the healthcare they deserve. I am committed to expanding programs that allow veterans to choose their own doctor and hold healthcare providers who fail our service men and women accountable. I have seen firsthand the kind of sacrifices our nation’s military personnel make overseas, and I can say with more conviction than most that our country’s veterans deserve only the very best.
Indiana's agriculture helps feed the world. Yet, the federal government--and the EPA in particular--continues to overstep its boundaries with unfair regulations that are an abuse of power. Indiana ranks #1 in wood office furniture, #1 in kitchen cabinet manufacturing, and #1 in duck production. With $5.7B in agricultural exports last year, we clearly have a lot to offer the country and the world right here in Indiana. I intend to uplift our phenomenal agribusiness community by drastically cutting this unnecessary regulation. Let’s remove government from the equation and let Hoosiers do business.