Thanks to conservative tax reform and President Trump’s leadership, we passed meaningful tax reform which will result in more money in the pockets of everyday Hoosiers, and economic growth for all Americans. In order for our economy to grow, we need to have an environment where Hoosier businesses can create jobs for Hoosier workers. Washington policies like taxes, regulations and ObamaCare are making America less competitive and incentivizing jobs to leave America. Indiana farmers and manufacturers can prosper if we change the incentives and have free, fair trade deals to allow Indiana workers to provide goods and products to the world. Creating jobs and economic opportunity, and the hope that comes with the dignity of work, is also part of addressing the opioid epidemic.
Jobs and President Trump's Tax Cuts
Defense and National Security
From ISIS to Iran to North Korea, and provocative actions from Russia and China, the world is a dangerous place. America needs to have a strong national defense that protects the American people. This is the most important responsibility of the federal government. Our soldiers need to be well-prepared to deter, and if necessary, destroy all enemies, whether they threaten us at home or abroad. We need a Navy and Air Force capable of projecting American power around the world to deter aggression. However, we should be as selective as possible before engaging on foreign ground knowing that when we do we will not be leaving for a very long time if history is any guide. At the same time, we need to make sure that American tax dollars are not being wasted, abused, or used fraudulently. Like other government agencies, the Department of Defense is not immune to these problems. Congress needs to perform aggressive oversight and auditing procedures to ensure funds are used efficiently to aid our men and women in uniform, not grow the bureaucracy. Finally, the United States must stand with our allies, especially Israel, against nations and organizations that threaten our commitment to freedom and human rights.
Immigration and Border Security
President Trump and Vice President Pence are right, we must tackle the illegal immigration issue in our country. We must put an end to illegal immigration, dangerous sanctuary cities, and reckless chain migration. We must also make English our official language of the United States. I will oppose amnesty and work with President Trump to stop dangerous sanctuary cities and deport criminal illegal immigrants. Securing the border will also help stop the flow of heroin and other illegal drugs that contribute to the opioid epidemic. And I have the toughest legislation to date targeting sanctuary cities and the politicians that are harboring illegal immigrant criminals.
Our children deserve the absolute best education this country can provide. With a strong educational system, we can prepare our children for the future while building a stronger America. I believe Washington bureaucrats have no business in our children’s classrooms and I have worked diligently and successfully to give the power of educating our children back to those who know best, our parents, teachers and local school districts. I oppose Common Core and any similar concept of a national school board setting curriculum. I support school choice to ensure a child’s educational opportunities are not determined by the zip code a child grows up in. I am also working on policy to help reduce the student loan burden for college.
I will protect Social Security and Medicare, strengthening these programs to ensure we keep our promises to those near or in retirement, and ensure the programs exist for future generations. The trustees of these programs warn we are heading toward major problems if we don’t make reforms to protect them. Sticking our heads in the sand and refusing to acknowledge the problem will only make matters worse. I will act to protect retirement security for Hoosier seniors, and ensure they exist for future generations without adding to our enormous national debt.
Each year the opioid crisis claims over 1,000 lives in Indiana. I will work with medical experts and law enforcement to help compassionately assist those struggling with addiction, and work to enact policies to prevent them from becoming addicted in the first place. In addition, we must recognize that there are very real economic and national security issues that contribute to the addiction crisis. Restoring economic opportunity and providing people with hope is part of addressing this human catastrophe that cannot be overlooked.
Our veterans fought to preserve the Republic, and I am committed to ensuring the promises we made to them are kept. We do that by reforming the VA bureaucracy and Veterans programs to provide better services. VA bureaucrats need to be held accountable in order to provide better service for our veterans.
Taxes and Spending
I supported President Trump’s tax reform that put more money in the pockets of hardworking Hoosiers. Tax reform made it simpler and fairer for lower and middle income Americans while making America more competitive. I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to put an end to the reckless spending and mountains of debt jeopardizing the American Dream for future generations. Limiting the size of the government will ultimately help control the size of the national debt. To prevent government overreach, we must clearly define the role of government. When we rein in the Federal Government, we protect the rights and freedoms enshrined in the Constitution.
Drain the Swamp
With six of the ten wealthiest counties in America surrounding DC, it’s clear business in Washington is booming, and that business is big government and a rigged system that does not have the best interests of Hoosiers in mind. In the Senate, I will work with President Trump to help drain the swamp in Washington, DC. We need to change the incentives that empower special interests and have created a rigged system. If Congress can’t pass a budget, they shouldn’t get paid. I support term limits and a lobbying ban to prevent politicians from coming to Washington and never leaving. I have sponsored legislation to make it easier to fire federal employees who don’t do their jobs, and I support legislation to realign federal departments and agencies to different states to break up the DC power center.
Affirming the Right to Life
Every life is a precious gift from God that begins from the moment of conception. I believe this fact without exception. It is never okay to intentionally kill innocent human life. We need to promote a culture of life, ensure all women have the love and support they need to choose life, and protect women and their unborn children.
Safeguard the Second Amendment
The Constitution of the United States of America and its original ten amendments is one of the most unique and exceptional documents ever known to man. The cornerstone of this document is the 2nd Amendment. The Founding Fathers understood that Americans should be able to defend themselves, their families, and their homes from others and ultimately from their government. The 2nd Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms, and this is a right we should fight to protect. When governments take away their citizens’ right to bear arms, it takes away their ability to protect against those who would harm them. We have a God-given right to our lives. Gun control does not make Americans safer, it makes them defenseless. Increased regulations will not stop criminals, but it will hinder law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves. As an NRA member, gun owner and hunter, I will fight to protect the Second Amendment and continue working to stop liberal gun grabs in the Senate.
Washington liberals have loaded up the courts with liberal activists who have contempt for our Constitution, and believe their job is to write the law rather than interpret it. In the Senate, I will support conservative judges who understand the plain meaning of the Constitution, respect the separation of powers and defend the rule of law.
ObamaCare is driving up costs, reducing choices, and hurting families and small businesses. Many Hoosiers have lost their doctors, and in many communities in Indiana, there is only one health insurance provider available. I am working to repeal ObamaCare and create a free market system based on competition and choice to reduce costs, improve access and ensure all Hoosiers have access to insurance they can afford to buy and use.