Government Accountability (Drain the swamp!)
Term Limits for U. S. House and Senate
I am absolutely in favor of sensible term limits for both the House and Senate. Anyone spending 30, 40 or 50+ years in Congress is not at all what our founding fathers intended.
Laws passed by Congress must apply to members of Congress and their staff
Why should Congress impose laws on the rest of us but exempt themselves from having to abide by those same laws? It’s time for members of Congress to come down from their ivory tower and live by all the laws the rest of us are forced to live with.
Balanced Budget Amendment to the U. S. Constitution
I will support a Balanced Budget Amendment. It has become obvious that Congress has no intention of being fiscally responsible. The only way to restore sanity when it comes to spending is to force them to do it by an Amendment.
Congressional Pay Raise
Some in Congress have proposed borrowing money to pay for a Congressional pay raise. Absolutely no pay raise for Congress until the budget is balanced and there has been a real, significant reduction in the national debt.
IMMIGRATION & BORDER SECURITY
We are a nation of immigrants, legal immigrants. The reality is our immigration system is broken. I support the President’s move to a more merit based system and our asylum laws are in desperate need of updating. I firmly believe that we should embrace the 1,000,000+ / year legal immigrants who wait in line, work hard and ultimately achieve the greatest prize on earth – American Citizenship. We must never provide amnesty in order to reduce the number of illegals living in this country. We must enforce the laws that already exist to do that. It is imperative that we build a border wall, along with strong electronic barriers and monitoring to deter the tens of thousands of illegals from coming across our Southern border. We must also ensure that those living in this country illegally do not receive any benefits that hard-working American citizens are eligible for.
The seemingly never-ending delays in federal funds making it to TX-07 are ridiculous. As someone who has experienced firsthand the devastation flooding has caused the residents of TX-07, I will fight every day to ensure the money allocated for our District not only gets delivered, but is spent in a “worst first” manner. Our aging dams, reservoirs and bayous must be addressed. I will also support a third reservoir if experts agree it would be a help to alleviate our area flooding.
Beyond Federal projects, it is imperative that local projects be completed to support the Federal effort. The money from the county’s flood bonds must be spent wisely, focusing on “worst first” priorities. Additionally, the city of Houston must transparently account for the “rain tax” or drainage fee. One hundred percent of the money collected should go directly to drainage projects, not pet projects for whoever happens to be Mayor.
First, I am vehemently opposed to Medicare for All. Although the individual mandate has been removed, the remnants of Obama Care continue to do nothing but drive prices up. All of Obama Care must be repealed and replaced with free-market solutions. Burdensome regulations and mandates on states and employers must be removed. Transparency in pricing by healthcare providers would be tremendous downward pressure on prices. The power of the consumer to shop for lab work, an MRI or elective surgery would undoubtedly improve service and reduce prices. Additionally, we must pass legislation to allow consumers to buy health insurance across state lines. Any and all policies must be free-market in scope and focus on choice for the consumer - leaving healthcare decisions to patients and their doctors, not government bureaucrats.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." – The United States Constitution
Our right to defend ourselves was so important to our founding fathers that they made it #2 in the original Bill of Rights. You can be sure that it ranks in that order with me as well. I will not ever succumb to the radical left’s agenda of confiscating guns from law abiding American citizens.