BALANCING AMERICA’S TAXES & DEBT
As a C.E.O., I was required to balance our budget - Congress and our government should be held to the same standard by balancing tax cuts and spending cuts. As a fiscal conservative, I believe the federal government should take less of our money not more. I am a strong supporter of a simpler tax code with lower rates and a broader base. I have worked throughout my career to enact tax laws, like the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act that allow Americans to save their own hard-working funds instead of relying on government assistance.
HEALTHCARE & HEALTHIER LIVES FOR AMERICANS
As someone who has seen firsthand how Medicaid, the closest thing to socialized medicine in our country, fails people with disabilities every day - it is time to have a real policy conversation on healthcare and the issues plaguing our system: cost, access, quality of care and the need for medical innovation. I am not only committed to working on solving the complex issues pegging our healthcare system for all populations - people born with pre-existing conditions, our veterans, seniors, children born into poverty and working adults - - I will be a national leader in Congress on this issue. We need to offer a system that offers choice and free-market solutions that actually moves all our citizens toward a healthier life and ensures employer-sponsored health insurance is affordable for business and organizations.
WOMEN’S & FAMILY ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
I will advance free-market policies that provide incentives to businesses to economically empower women through greater access to paid family and medical leave and expand opportunities to save for costly dependent childcare and dependent adults. This will allow American families to increase take home pay and provide more choice for their benefits and paychecks without expensive mandates on businesses or tax burdens on families who are already struggling to make ends meet.
21ST CENTURY IMMIGRATION REFORM
Every sovereign country has the right and the responsibility to protect its borders. I believe that the solution to the issues surrounding immigration reform centers on three major issues – the need for a structure to secure our border, the need to modernize our immigration system utilizing the most up-to-date equipment and technology to address the backlog and allowing our legal immigration system to function as it was intended and finally, executing a strategy to prevent the overcrowding at our detention centers and institute humane policies. As someone who helped fight to reunite a young girl at the border who was separated from her family, I believe we can achieve all of this without needing to institute policies that lead to young children being separated from their families.
FREE & OPEN TRADE DRIVES COMPETITION
I am a free-market advocate and believe tariffs should be used sparingly if at all. A significant part of the Kansas economy is agriculture, aviation and technology (companies like Garmin from my hometown of Olathe, Kansas) all of which need more markets. We must look at the whole picture before deciding on retaliatory tactics -- that might be good for some and not others.