As I explore a run for Congress in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, these are the issues on which I will be focusing. My relationship with President Trump and with those who work in his administration will give me the ability to work closely with them on the issues facing our state and our country. On areas where I may disagree with the President, I will utilize my relationship to respectfully state where I disagree, offer my solution, and work through negotiations towards a fix that will work for the people of New Hampshire. My focus will always be on making sure legislation is constitutional, cost-effective, and a necessary function of the federal government.
Please check back for more details on my plans and solutions as the campaign grows!
Protecting 2nd Amendment Rights
The 2nd Amendment has been under siege by those who wish to reduce our rights to carry a firearm and protect ourselves, our families, and our property. Incumbent member of Congress, Ann Kuster, went as far as staging a sit-in on the House floor to signal her disdain for our 2nd Amendment rights. I do not support additional gun control legislation and will oppose attempts to reduce our Constitutional rights. We should work towards passing national reciprocity for conceal carry permits, which would allow gun owners to exercise their rights when crossing state lines. I have always and will continue to stand for the right to keep and bear arms.
Combating the Opioid Epidemic
The opioid addiction crisis has taken the lives of hundreds of New Hampshire resident and is a multi-faceted problem that will take many steps to solve. Many of the drugs coming into the country include synthetic opioids (fentanyl); from China through the mail and across Mexican border. We also must address the availability and illegal sales of Suboxone, which has unfortunately turned into a gateway drug for some in our state. I support a national decriminalization of marijuana, which will help keep the focus on the spread of fentanyl and improper use of Suboxone.
Reducing the Size and Scope of Government
The federal government has consistently grown more and more involved in our lives, and I find that unacceptable. We must look through each department and find areas where states, towns, and private entities can accomplish the goal in a more efficient manner. I will look at each piece of legislation and decide if it is a necessary, if it is cost-effective, and if it is Constitutional. We must work towards a balanced budget and aim to invest in the future instead of burdening future generations with massive debt. I will be a watchful eye over the federal government and fight against abuses of power by those who are entrusted with our tax dollars.
Securing our Borders and Protecting our Future
It is critical that we secure our borders and stand for the rule of law. Instead of spending billions of dollars securing the borders of other countries, we should invest those resources into securing our own borders. I support a physical barrier spanning the southern border, and the use of modern technology to monitor areas where our border guards might not be able to patrol in person. My understanding of technology will give me the perspective necessary to recommend the right methods to digitally monitor and detect illegal entries. Drones, cameras, censors, artificial intelligence, and manpower working together with a physical barrier will lead to safety and security for the American people.
Reforming the Tax Code
The recent tax cut and reform of the code was a good start, but there is so much more work to do to reduce the tax burden on families and small businesses in the modern economy. We can start by making the changes permanent and not sunsetting, which will instill more confidence in the market for long-term investors. We must work to create a much flatter and fairer tax code that simplifies the way we pay taxes. As the owner of a small business here in New Hampshire, I have the perspective necessary to construct a code that will take our economy to new heights of success and prosperity.
Rebuilding and Putting Puerto Rico Back to Work
Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico by destroying tens of thousands of homes and knocking out electricity for months to the entire population of 3.5 million people. The federal government and Congress has been working on ways to aide our fellow American citizens and get the island’s economy back together. I have a unique perspective on this issue, having worked on the island in the pharmaceutical industry for the past two decades. Since Hurricane Maria, I have made four trips to Puerto Rico to work with companies to get their manufacturing equipment back in order. It is critical to address the crisis in Puerto Rico not as a problem solved by massive handouts, but as an opportunity to get people back to work and grow the economy.