Farmers and ranchers in our district literally feed our state, nation and world, producing fresh fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and dairy. I am committed to ensuring our farmers, ranchers and workers in the agriculture industry have the necessary resources to continue to grow and harvest for generations to come. Learn more about my views on this issue.
The spirit and ingenuity of America’s entrepreneurs, business owners, and workers have always been the most important factor in global commerce, and it starts here at home. While the coronavirus pandemic has hit our local communities hard, I am confident that good smart economic policies can help support a robust recovery for our community—and our country—once we’ve defeated this virus. As we work to safely reopen the economy, we must continue to promote more opportunities for our neighbors and our small businesses and their workforce, encourage growth and investments in our neighborhoods, and support those on the frontlines, while responsibly spending precious taxpayer dollars. Learn more about my views on this issue.
The American education system must give our children the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an increasingly competitive world. We must encourage our children to reach for their dreams, and we will continue to invest in our nation’s schools while remaining cognizant of the critical role parents play in the development of our youth. And we must work to safely reopen schools so students can return to the classroom in a safe and healthy way, so that they can learn and grow from their teachers and remain on track to pursuing their dreams and opportunities in the future. Learn more about my views on this issue.
Kern County is one of the country’s leaders in oil and natural gas production and advanced energy innovation. In order to reduce our dependence on foreign fuel, I will continue to fight for common sense solutions to meet our energy needs. Such solutions require that the United States promote economic growth by continuing to invest in domestic energy sources, especially those in California and the jobs our energy economy creates. Simultaneously, we must continue to push the envelope for more affordable and reliable alternative energy production that will support new jobs and growth for the 21st Century. Learn more about my views on this issue.
The United States faces many challenges in the world today. Congress must contribute to helping craft an effective foreign policy agenda that defends our nation’s values, allies, and interests while remaining accountable to the American people. This includes ensuring that our nation maintains its competitive advantage with nations like China and Russia, holding them to account when they infringe fundamental values of freedom, liberty, and democracy and when they compete unfairly in global commerce. Learn more about my views on this issue.
American families, businesses, and economy have reached unsurpassed levels of prosperity through ingenuity and innovation. However, Washington continues to operate under the faulty policy of expanding the scope and power of government and throwing more taxpayer money at inefficient programs. We must continue to push Washington for more accountability, transparency, and leadership to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and our children and grandchildren do not carry the burden of having to pay our national debt. Learn more about my views on this issue.
American families should be able to make their own decisions regarding their health care. Policies that encourage decisions made by patients and doctors instead of Washington bureaucratic fiat, and more choice empowering individuals with a variety of affordable options to suit somebody's specific needs, would expand access and affordability for all patients. We must ensure that the Medicare program is well-funded to ensure its financial stability, so that older Americans continue to have access and choices to receive the health care they need. Learn more about my views on this issue.
As a nation founded by immigrants, we should continue to embrace the hardworking individuals who come to the United States looking to start a better life and to contribute to our society. However, we are a nation that respects the rule of law - we should not reward those who break our laws with amnesty. We must enforce existing immigration laws while simultaneously securing our borders and addressing our broken visa system. Learn more about my views on this issue.
Congress must uphold one of its primary functions which is to provide for the common defense. With the great work being done, especially in research, development and testing, at China Lake and Edwards, our district remains heavily engaged in protecting our nation and ensuring that our national defense remains on the cutting edge. But the importance of investing in advanced military technologies is only surpassed by the obligation we have to our volunteer servicemembers that devote their lives to protecting our country and our freedoms. We must ensure that they receive the resources they need to successfully complete their mission in service to our country. Learn more about my views on this issue.
Congress must keep the promise made to current retirees and those nearing retirement, as Social Security has been one of the primary pillars of retirement support for millions of older Americans for the past eight decades. However, under current estimates, Social Security financial solvency will be threatened in the next decade. Reforms must be made to strengthen the long-term fiscal health of the program so that our children and grandchildren can have a bright future for retirement. Learn more about my views on this issue.
Our district has been involved in aeronautics and space advancements for decades, through NASA Armstrong and the Mojave Air and Space Port. I want to continue our involvement in these enterprises by ensuring that resources and regulatory frameworks allow our scientists and entrepreneurs to push the envelope on our nation’s efforts to develop cutting-edge spacecraft technology and commercial space ventures. Learn more about my views on this issue.
The antidote for deficit spending and ballooning debt is not increased taxation. Rather, Washington must be more accountable in its spending so that the American people can keep more of their hard earned money. We need a tax system that does not burden the middle class and allows businesses and workers to grow the economy. Learn more about my views on this issue.
We must reinvest in our country’s infrastructure today to support the cars, planes, and railroads of tomorrow that move goods and services, and most importantly Americans. Improvements made to our roads and infrastructure not only increase safety, but provide jobs to our community. When taxpayer dollars are spent responsibly on transportation projects, our community's potential grows. Learn more about my views on this issue.
Valley Fever is a terrible disease that affects many in our community and is continuing to spread throughout the western parts of the country. I am committed to increasing awareness, improving treatments, and eventually finding a cure for Valley Fever. We have made some progress through federal collaborations of research and clinical trials through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health, which have helped further fungal disease research through the establishment of Valley Fever Research Centers. Learn more about my views on this issue.
The brave men and women who currently serve and have served in the United States Armed Forces have made it possible for all of us in this country to prosper and live in freedom. We need to honor their commitment to this country by providing them with the extraordinary level of care they deserve, whether it is health care, educational benefits, or focusing assistance on our veterans who have fallen on hard times. Learn more about my views on this issue.
California’s drought hurts our farmers, negatively impacts the environment, and makes it harder for communities to get the water they contract and pay for. We need to continue to the follow the blueprint outlined in the bipartisan WIIN Act law enacted in 2016 to develop more water storage and conveyance so that our farmers and ranchers have access to this precious resource in wet and dry years, and our communities have safe and reliable drinking water. Learn more about my views on this issue.