Issues

Issues


My commitment to you, the voters of the 17th District, is to work tirelessly for our region and our great country. I will fight for common-sense reforms, protect our freedoms, and advance opportunities for all.

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Put Pennsylvania Families First

For too long, politicians in both parties have squandered far too much of your hard-earned money. We are saddling future generations with trillions of dollars of debt. I will put Pennsylvania families first by voting to end out-of-control spending and inflation. The massive Federal debt Congress has created is both immoral and a major threat to America’s long-term prosperity and national security.

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Investing in our Infrastructure

From roads and bridges to railways and waterways, investing in world-class infrastructure is critical to fostering greater economic growth and prosperity for Western Pennsylvania and the country. In Congress, I will work tirelessly to address our needs by using my expertise serving on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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Term Limits And Ethics Reform

Congress is broken and controlled by career politicians and special interests. My first action will be to introduce a Constitutional amendment for Term Limits. I will tirelessly work with like-minded people from both parties to advance real reforms in Congress. It is completely unacceptable that powerful members of Congress such as Nancy Pelosi can make millions trading individual stocks when they have inside knowledge and direct influence over key policies.

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Education

As a father of five school-aged children, I understand that parents and local schools make the best choices for children and communities - not the federal government. My wife and I have seen firsthand that a “one-size fits all” approach doesn’t work. My kids are now thriving since we have found what works best for each of our unique kids from public schools to home school. I will work hard to empower families to have the freedom to do what is best for their children.

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Grow Jobs & The Economy

Politicians don’t create jobs, businesses do. As a small business owner, I know that firsthand. A competitive free-market economy is the best way to drive down prices and provide opportunities. The federal government needs to get out of the way and enable businesses to thrive by cutting red tape and streamlining our burdensome and complex tax system. Socialism and the trend toward big company monopolies are major threats to America’s prosperity.

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Secure The Border

The crisis at our southern border is not only a threat to our national & economic security, but it also contributes to Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic and human trafficking. We need to return to an America First immigration policy that secures our border and finishes the wall. We also need to welcome people who legally enter the country and help to make America even better.

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Keeping Our Communities Safe

Our brave men and women in blue risk their lives every day to keep our community safe. I will stand with law enforcement and stop the Democrats’ radical agenda to defund the police. I will work to create economic opportunities that allow people meaningful work instead of dependence on the system.

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Equality of Worth – Not Racial Politics

I believe strongly that each person is made in the image of God and has equal worth and value regardless of our skin color or size of our bank account. Policies such as Critical Race Theory (CRT) seek to divide us as a country. We should first consider ourselves Americans. I will work hard to remove divisive policies that are based on race or ethnic group. Everyone should have equal opportunity, and success should be based on merit and not skin color.

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Confront Communist China

While Russia is wreaking havoc, China is still the greatest foreign threat facing America. We need leaders willing to stand up to the Chinese Communist Party, end our dependence on China, and bring home the manufacturing of essential products. We need to stop taking a short-term view of China and develop a long-term strategy.

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Defend All Our Freedoms

I am a strong believer in our Constitution. One of the reasons that America is the greatest country in the world is because we recognize and protect the individual freedoms of individuals. These liberties are under a relentless attack - from “cancel-culture” that seeks to stifle free speech to big government mandates that seek to trample religious freedoms. I will never waver in my support of our 2nd Amendment rights. Law-abiding Pennsylvanians have the inherent right to protect themselves and their families.

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Valuing Individuals and Life

I believe that all humans are created with equal value and worth no matter what our abilities, family pedigree or bank account. I will work hard for policies that value and support individuals across all stages of life.

With the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade the question of abortion now returns back to the individual states (where it was for approx. 200 years). I have long advocated for a pro-life policy that allows for exceptions for life of the mother, rape and incest which will again now be determined by our state government. In Congress, I will fight the attempts to force taxpayers to pay for elective abortions up until the point of birth. I will also support providing the resources to support women and families with high quality of care and family support services.

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Ensure Election Integrity

The American people deserve to feel fully confident in the outcome of our elections. In Congress, I will stand against power grabs that would undermine election integrity and voting rights. Free and fair elections are at the core of any functional democracy.

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Energy Independence And Security

America needs to safely develop our immense natural energy resources and reduce our own and the world’s dependence on hostile countries. By purchasing foreign oil we are often directly funding foreign regimes that work against our national interests.

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Fighting for Seniors

Social Security and Medicare are critical programs for our seniors and their families. As with so many others my own family members have relied on these programs after decades of work. I will work hard to protect Social Security and Medicare and the investments that have been made into these important programs. It’s critical that we maintain that promise to our citizens. I will protect Social Security and ensure that everyone that paid in gets the benefits they were promised.

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Responsibly Protecting the Environment

I’m a strong believer in responsibly protecting our environment. Having spent a summer volunteering for the National Park Service I know just how wonderful our national, state, and local parks are for our region, our state, and our nation. As an engineer I know we have the technology and ability to have both a strong economy and a clean environment. That’s why I believe in an all of the above energy plan that protects our environment without hurting our economy. I also believe it is crucial that we preserve and invest in our national parks which are national treasures.

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Defending our Veterans

We owe Veterans a debt of gratitude for their service to the nation. I will fight for our veterans' access to healthcare, job training, and housing to ensure that those that put it all on the line for us are taken care of.

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