Issues

Jobs & Economy

jobs

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. That’s why I voted for the REINS Act, which requires Congressional approval of all new federal regulations with an economic impact of $100 million or more. I also support the President’s 2:1 ratio plan for regulations: for every new regulation, two must be repealed. That we’re exceeding this ratio – it stands at over 20:1 – is a positive sign, but we have much more to do.

I also supported and voted for H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. For too long, young people have been funneled into college pathways with few economic prospects while technical fields – many offering the possibility of great careers – were ignored. That must end. H.R. 2353 will help more Americans enter the workforce with the in-demand skills necessary for in-demand careers. Specifically, the bill empowers state and local leaders to take charge of technical education programs, it improves alignment with in-demand jobs, it increases transparency for funding, and it ensures a limited federal role.

Taxes & IRS

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America’s economic power is tremendous, but we were burdened by an outdated, oppressive tax system that encouraged investment overseas and hampered the job market for American workers.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.

In fact, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a family of four here in California’s 8th Congressional District will see a tax savings of $1853 per year on average. By nearly doubling the “standard deduction” on your income taxes, 91% of residents here can take advantage of it: for individuals, the standard deduction increases to $12,000 from $6,350 and for married couples the standard deduction increases to $24,000 from $12,700.

Passing this tax cut plan was the culmination of years of work, and the results are showing: already, millions of Americans have benefitted from new investment, bonuses, and hiring across the nation, and that’s on top of their reduced tax bills.

As always, I stand for lower taxes, a simpler tax system, and no new taxes. I’m proud to have delivered on that promise, and I’m working this year to lower taxes further.

Sanctuary Cities & State

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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. The federal government must do all it can to force California and its cities to comply with federal law, abide by the US Constitution, and help remove criminals from our communities. I will do everything in my power to utilize all federal pressure points and mechanisms in order to force compliance.

I commend the cities of Hesperia, Yucaipa, Barstow, and others for taking a stand against the ludicrous state law – SB 54 – which bans state and local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration officials – thus creating a safe haven for criminals – and I encourage other local governments to join suit. In Washington, I’m supporting bills to restore sanity and end sanctuary states and cities:

National Security

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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.

Under President Trump and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, we’ve benefitted from a military freed the Washington-based globalists, apologists, and stubborn bureaucrats that had “veto” power over military actions under former President Obama. Our GOP-led Congress has aided in this fight by carefully increasing military resources and flexibility. As a result, ISIS lost 89 percent of its territory in 2017 alone.

In Washington, I’m supporting bills that provide our military and our brave service members the tools they need to succeed:

Terrorism

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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. As a member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Non-Proliferation, and Trade, I pushed to develop a robust national counter-terrorism strategy that places the needs of America and its citizens first.

President Trump’s 2017 decision to pause travel and immigration to the United States from seven Middle East/North African countries was a reasonable policy action with a simple aim: no matter the circumstance on the world stage, the safety and needs of American citizens must come first.

Immigration & Border Security

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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. Open-border advocates also do no favors for illegal immigrants with otherwise good intentions, as these individuals face extortion, assault, and robbery on their journey to the US border. Simply put: if people knew the border was closed, they would not try to cross it. Our priority must be to secure our borders and end illegal immigration to the United States. I support fully funding the Border Patrol, which is down some 2000 agents nationwide, as it was starved of resources intentionally by the Obama administration. Finally, I support a better physical barrier – a wall – and better electronic surveillance. I’ve voted for all of these priorities:

Veterans

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After serving 26 years in the Marine Corps, I vowed to make veterans and military families a top priority in public office. I've never wavered in that commitment.

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.

  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R. 3218, the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, which would modernize and expand the post-9/11 G.I. Bill, eliminating time restrictions for veterans, increasing funding provided to reservists and guardsmen, dependent, and surviving spouses and children. (H.R. 3218, Roll Call 409, July 24, 2017)

  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act of 2015, which makes it easier to remove or demote employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct. (H.R. 1994, Roll Call 489, July 29, 2015)

  • Voted for H.R. 203, the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which increases access to mental health care and capacity at VA to meet demand, improving the quality of care, boosting accountability at VA, and developing a community support system for veterans. (H.R. 203, Roll Call 17, January 12, 2015)

  • Voted for H.R. 280, which authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to VA employees who broke the law or harmed veterans. (H.R. 280, Passed on Voice, March 2, 2015)

  • Voted for H.R. 3230, the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act, which improves access to care for veterans seeking medical care from the Department of Veterans Affairs and allows some veterans to seek care outside of the VA system. (H.R. 3230, Roll Call 467, July 30, 2014)

  • Introduced and passed into law H.R. 3286, the HIRE Vets Act, which promotes private sector recruiting, hiring, and retaining of men and women who served honorably in the U.S. military. (H.R. 244, Roll Call 249, May 3, 2017)

  • Led the fight to fund Work for Warriors program to assist in job placement for 4,000 California National Guardsmen, reservists and Veterans.

Crime and Safety

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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.

With the threat of criminals and terrorism, I also know that it’s more important than ever to stand with law enforcement in keeping our communities safe. Rather than demonizing law enforcement, we should work with them to make sure they have the resources and training necessary to do their jobs effectively. The federal government should support local law enforcement.

  • Pushed for full federal funding of the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program, which reimburses states for the costs of incarcerating illegal immigrants.

  • Fought to maintain sales of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement to ensure they have the equipment necessary to fight heavily armed drug cartels and terrorists. This type of equipment was utilized during the manhunt for the San Bernardino terrorists in December of 2015.

  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R. 4854, the Justice Served Act, which provides additional resources to state and local prosecutors to address the backlog of violent crime cases involving suspects identified through DNA evidence. (H.R. 4854, Roll Call 182, May 15, 2018)

  • Introduced H.R. 3025, the Wildfire Airspace Protection Act, which makes it a federal offense to launch a drone that interferes with fighting wildfires on federal property.

Second Amendment & Gun Rights

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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.

I’m also a proud combat veteran, trained and proficient in the use of handguns and rifles. I know firsthand their deadly force, and I know the attention and respect they deserve. The best gun advocates are always responsible gun owners.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 2620, the Lawful Purpose and Self Defense Act, which protects second amendment rights by preventing the federal government from banning popular types of rifle ammunition and making it easier for law-abiding gun owners to transport their firearms across state lines.

  • Voted to repeal an Obama Administration rule that would have allowed the federal government to bar individuals, including veterans from owning guns without any due process. (H.J.Res. 40, Roll Call 77, February 2, 2017)

  • Cosponsored H.R. 1365, the Ammunition and Firearms Protection Act, which prevents the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) from falsely classifying M855 ammunition as armor-piercing and from instituting a ban on the sale and manufacture of ammunition for rifle use.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 986, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2015, which allows any person with a valid carry permit or license issued by a state to carry a concealed firearm in any other state that does not prohibit concealed carry and provides legal protection for law-abiding concealed carry permit holders.

Life

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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.

  • Cosponsored and voted for H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortion after 20 weeks except in cases where it is necessary to save the life of the mother or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. (H.R. 36, Roll Call 549, October 3, 2017)

  • Voted for H. Res. 461 to establish a Select Investigative Panel into Planned Parenthood and their practice of harvesting and selling fetal tissue (H.Res 461, Roll Call 538, Oct. 7, 2015)

Healthcare

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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. Additionally, we have a duty to our seniors who have spent their lives paying into Medicare to ensure that it remains solvent and affordable.

  • Voted to eliminate the unpopular and costly “individual mandate” created by the Affordable Care Act. The individual mandate was sold as a healthcare reform, but was in fact a hidden tax, as determined by the US Supreme Court. Until repeal, the IRS was empowered to collect up to 2.5% of yearly household income, $695 per individual, or $2085 per household for the individual mandate -- whichever was higher --with allowances for increases every year for inflation.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 2653, the American Health Care Reform Act of 2015, which would create an affordable market-based health care system.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 173, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act, which would repeal taxes on employer-provided healthcare plans.

  • Cosponsored H.R. 592, the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, which would allow pharmacists to offer Medicare beneficiaries the same services they are authorized to provide through state pharmacy practice acts.

Social Security & Medicare

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We must keep the promises made to seniors. Therefore, we need to make sure Social Security and Medicare systems are sustainable in the long term.

Government Spending

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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. Government spending should first and foremost keep us safe, provide protections for seniors and veterans, and create the infrastructure necessary for a strong economy. Overall, our spending priorities suffered until recently. We accomplished a lot during the Trump administration, but there’s more work to do.

Specifically, we must make cuts in spending that will reduce the budget deficit and put us on a path to a balanced budget. I’ve supported measures doing just that:

  • Voted for “No Budget No Pay,” a bill that would require both chambers pass a budget by date certain or Members do not receive their paychecks. (H.R. 325, Roll Call 30, Jan. 23, 2013)

  • Voted for a budget that would balance within 10 years. (S. Con. Res 11, Roll Call 183, April 30, 2015)

  • Voted against increasing the debt limit. (S. 540, Roll No. 61, February 11, 2014)

  • Voted to require the government to standardize all of its spending data and publish it for the public, making it easier to track waste, fraud, and abuse. (S. 994, Voice Vote, April 28, 2014)

Public Lands

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Over 90% of Californias 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.

Education

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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.

  • Voted for S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, which improves K-12 education by reducing the federal role, restoring local control, empowering parents, and significantly rolling back mandates for common core. (S. 1177, Roll Call 665, December 2, 2015)

  • Cosponsored, H.R. 5024, the Local Control of Education Act, which prohibits the federal government from compelling a state, local agency, or school to adopt Common Core.

  • Cosponsored H.RES 476, a resolution supporting the restoration and protection of state authority and flexibility in establishing and defining academic standards and assessments and denouncing the President's coercion of states to adopt Common Core State Standards (113th Congress).

  • Voted for H.R. 1911, the Smarter Solutions for Students Act, which removes politicians from the business of setting student loan interest rates by tying all federal student loans (except Perkins) to the market rate. This bill strengthens federal student loan programs making education more affordable for students while protecting taxpayers. (H.R 1911, Roll Call 183, May 23, 2013)