Issues


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Foreign Policy

The United States must be the world leader, demonstrating “Peace through strength.”  Our example is needed to inspire the growth of democracy everywhere.  The policies of our last administration did not emphasize our strengths and values.  Instead, President Obama apologized and appeased foreign leaders, ushering in two new nuclear countries as a result.  Agreements he made put America’s needs behind those of the world, and in some cases behind those of our adversaries.

As your representative in the 49th District, I pledge to support a strong military and to provide our State Department with the diplomatic tools to pursue America’s interests worldwide.  The world is a safer place when the United States is strong, and I will support efforts by our current administration to fulfill our undeniable obligation to mankind.

 

North Korea

We should continue to pressure Kim Jong-un to abandon his aggressive moves in the region.  Strong, assertive policies and sanctions will yield a nuclear free peninsula and ultimately relief for North Koreans.

ISIS and the Middle East

Trust in our military and their leadership in the field has saved many  thousands of lives.  Continued strength and support will end ISIS once and for all, freeing the region to rebuild, stabilize and secure the future for millions of Muslims, Christians and Jews.

Israel

Bound by our shared values, I believe Israel deserves our loyalty and unwavering support. Moving our embassy to Jerusalem is long overdue.

NATO

We can and should continue to support NATO, while encouraging both NATO and the Europeans to do more to repulse threats from Islamic extremists, Russia, and China.

 

As your Congressman, I will fight to protect the needs of Americans and our interests abroad.  I will ensure that our resources are not wasted by fraud and abuse.  I will represent you, demonstrating with integrity and conviction that the United States must execute foreign policy from a position of strength, not through apologies and concessions.


Our Military

At least one branch of our military has been deployed at all times since Kosovo nearly twenty years ago – and for the last sixteen years we have been fighting a global and ongoing war against radical Islamic-inspired terrorism. At the beginning of 2017, we were still involved in wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, and Libya. An entire generation has served and sacrificed, and these men and women have performed so bravely and heroically throughout.  We owe them such a debt of gratitude for their determination, persistence, and their remarkable courage.  All these troubled years and the many battles have left our military depleted and so many of our veterans and their families in need.  Sadly, that has not stopped some from playing the needs of our defense against other spending priorities. Sequestration, and the elimination of budgeting earmarks for the Department of Defense, has had dire consequences. And despite the fact that the defense of our nation is the first and clearest charge of our Constitution, our current Congress is not taking the steps needed.

When I represent our community in Congress, I will make the proper funding of our military--funding that allows us to address both readiness and modernization--a top priority.  We must also spend smart. That means finding the right balance between growing the troop numbers and enhancing our combat readiness. Alongside this, and perhaps most critical, is our need to invest in the current members of our military. I will support programs that focus on career development, including education and training. Retention of our experienced service members can go a long way toward our military effectiveness. Simply put, our military needs to be a spending priority, and our service men and women deserve to be a priority.

  • Continue addressing readiness issues throughout the military.
  • Vote to eliminate the defense sequester from the Budget Control Act.
  • Create a program to restart limited earmarks for critical defense projects only.
  • Continue progress on a thorough evaluation of the VA and strengthening accountability.


 


The Environment

I believe that we have a tremendous obligation to our children, and to future generations, to maintain a comfortable and clean environment. Climate change is a planetary issue, however, and efforts to address it have to balance the needs of all the major economies – ours included. The unintended effects of an unbalanced approach have been felt locally here in California, as our legislators in Sacramento have shown little regard for our small and large employers. Consequently, many have departed for lower cost states, taking tens of thousands of jobs with them. There is a global version of this as well, and I believe our President understands this. 

The Paris Accord is not balanced. Re-negotiating our part in it and passing it through the proper legislative process is the correct path for our country. We can make some concessions as the most prosperous nation on earth, but we cannot make foolish concessions that jeopardize our future economic success and general well-being. Concessions that can devastate entire industries and communities here at home are not acceptable. I will work towards balance in our environmental efforts using a reasonable approach. 

I believe that The President’s America First Offshore Energy Strategy is an unfortunate over-reach. The domestic supply and demand equation will not require offshore oil for many years, if ever, to be satisfied. I am also worried that any new drilling off our pristine coastline might impact our ability to generate more water supply with new desalination projects in the future. Our coastlines are national treasures, and any impact to them must come with a corresponding and compelling benefit. A pinch more domestically produced oil is nice, but it doesn’t meet that test. I will not support more offshore drilling.


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