Issues

Jobs and Economy

Government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does. Too often, government prevents job creation. The pathway to a strong economy is clear: a reduced tax burden, a simplified tax code, controlling wasteful government spending, and reducing government regulations and bureaucracy. My record shows action on all of these key points.

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Taxes and IRS

America’s economic power is tremendous, but we were burdened by an outdated, oppressive tax system that encouraged investment overseas and hampered the job market for American workers. That’s why I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which reduced taxes for nearly all Americans and made our nation a much more attractive place for job growth and business expansion.

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Sanctuary Cities and State

California’s sanctuary cities and sanctuary state laws are an abomination of justice for American citizens and for vulnerable communities all over California. Politicians supporting these laws seek to score cheap political points while blood spills on the streets and dangerous criminals remain at large.

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National Security

As a combat veteran and as a retired Marine Corps infantry officer, I understand the importance of our military and military readiness. Faced with growing threats from North Korea, Iran, and Russia and the existing threat from ISIS, I have consistently opposed efforts to reduce American troop strength and underfund vital national defense capabilities. A strong military is necessary for a strong America.

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Terrorism

The San Bernardino Terrorist Attacks were a reminder that even though Osama bin Laden is dead, terrorists still seek to harm Americans. I voted to end former President Obama’s reckless policy of allowing un-vetted Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter our country.

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Immigration and Border Security

For America to be a strong nation, we must also have strong borders. For years, drugs, gangs, and violence have spread across our borders as too many politicians turned a blind eye to illegal immigration. Those who advocate for open borders are promoting the cause of drug cartels, terrorists, and human traffickers.

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Veterans

In my time serving you in Congress, I’ve taken action by supporting the long-overdue reforms to the federal Veterans Administration, which is responsible for many programs serving our veterans – most importantly, through healthcare services. I’ve also made it a priority to improve educational opportunities for veterans and improve job prospects for the military spouses.

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Crime and Safety

Law-abiding citizens – particularly the most vulnerable among us – deserve all due protections under law and from our law enforcement. I’ve worked tirelessly for years to help bring to justice child predators, scammers, terrorists, and other criminals. The safety of our families and our communities from threats both foreign and domestic is my top priority in Congress.

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Second Amendment and Gun Rights

The Second Amendment is a constitutional right and should not be infringed. I’m a member of the National Rifle Association and have consistently received an ‘A’ rating from them. I was proud to receive the endorsement of the NRA in my 2012, 2014, and 2016 elections.

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Life

I’m pro-life, and I always will be. I also support requiring parental notification for minors seeking abortion. A minor contemplating an abortion needs the moral advice of a parent, not only for the sake of the unborn but for her sake as well. I oppose federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

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Healthcare

Our healthcare system has long required major changes, and that need has only intensified in recent years, as costs have skyrocketed for Americans. That’s why I’m dedicated to lowering costs through market-based changes that allow Americans to find affordable plans for individual needs.

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Government Spending

My view on government spending is simple: we need fiscal responsibility. We saw it for eight years as former President Obama indulged in welfare programs and the expansion of unnecessary bureaucracies, all while starving our military.

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Public Lands

Over 90% of California’s Eighth Congressional District is federal land. I’ve consistently opposed efforts to restrict public access to public land, and I’ve fought to turn over more unneeded federal land to our cities and counties. All public land should have reasonable protections in place for hunting, mining, off-roading and other uses.

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Education

As a former educator, I support parental involvement and local control in education. That’s why I’m opposed to Common Core. Parents and the local schools that serve our communities should design curriculum, not bureaucrats in Washington.

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