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What changes, if any, would you favor to the U.S. tax code? How would you build a coalition to enact those reforms?

Medicare’s finances still face serious problems, and the reckoning date is getting closer. What should Congress do to solidify the system’s funding?

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What approach should the U.S. take toward Afghanistan going forward?

What foreign policy challenge do you see as the next big international issue? And how would you recommend the U.S. deal with it?

Should Congress take a piecemeal or comprehensive approach to overhauling immigration laws? What is your solution to address the flood of unaccompanied Central American minors who came across the border this summer?

Should the Affordable Care Act be repealed? If so, what would you put in its place? If not, how would you improve it?

Congress has tried but never succeeded in reforming the No Child Left Behind Act. What would you like Washington to do with this bipartisan law?

What role should the federal government play in promoting alternative sources of energy?

Do you favor regulations to control carbon emissions? If so, what kind of regulations? If not, what approach would you favor?

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City/Town Dallas
Age 60
Campaign Phone Number (214) 803-6526
11 Years
Corporate Executive Development
BS Psychology, Appalachian State University, MS Labor and Industrial Relations, University of North Texas, MA Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University
The Dallas Assembly The Libertarian Party of Dallas County The Libertarian Party of Texas The Libertarian Party of America
Trustee-Southlake Carroll Independent School District Graduate-Leadership Dallas The Dallas Assembly Chair-Dallas Mayor's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities Graduate-Partner's in Policymaking, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Volunteer of the Year-Coalition of Texan's with Disabilities Board-Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities Board-Disability Rights Texas Board-March of Dimes of North Texas Board-Clean Dallas Inc.

Held-Trustee-Southlake Carroll Independent School District Sought-US House, Texas District 32-2012
$3000
Myself, my campaign manager-Mohammad-Reza Khosh-Sirat, my wife Thuy Le
I was arrested for driving while intoxicated 27 years ago.
I owned a business that was very successful for several years. I believe I initiated a couple of lawsuits associated with the business. The industry we operated in, the staffing industry, suffered a major decline in the months following 9/11. Although my employees, my investors and I worked diligently, we were unable to turn what was previously a highly-successful company around. I had no choice but to declare personal bankruptcy.
I was the founder of what became a highly-successful company. I started it in a one-room executive suite office with no windows and six years later employed more than 70 people. The company was named to the Dallas 100, the Inc.500 and was recognized as the Portfolio Company of the Year by the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies. My team and I took a vision of what could be and created a great organization. We evolved from a "boot strap" startup with $1000 in initial capitalization to a innovative pioneer in a new industry category evolving through various stages of products and services, financing and governance.
Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Gary Johnson. Like me, he's a an entrepreneur. Following a very successful business career, where he built a large construction company from a handyman business he started in the trunk of his car as a college student, he became a very successful two-term Republican Governor in a state that was primarily Democrat. Gary is honest, pragmatic and he has a great vision for America.
I'm running for office because I am very concerned about the direction of the country. The government is broken. The country is in deep trouble. We don't have much time to reverse things before it's too late. Rather than sit back and complain about things I don't like, I prefer to get into the arena and work to make things better. I think the people of Texas Congressional District 32 are ready for a change in their leadership in Washington and are aligned with Libertarian Party positions on the major issues. I'm willing to put myself on the line and seek to make the changes necessary to restore the Republic.
I believe Congressman Sessions no longer represents the interests of the people in the District. His positions and actions have been too closely aligned with those of the Democrats and the Republican establishment. Those groups are no aligned with the people of Texas Congressional District 32. Pete Sessions had served long enough. We need a change in Washington, DC.
I think Speaker Boehner has been a major failure as Speaker of the House.
I would eliminate the income tax and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and implement the Fair Tax or a national consumption tax. I believe this one action will do more to stimulate the US economy and job creation that practically any other single action we can take.
The best thing Congress can do to stabilize the entitlement commitments already in force is to stop adding to the problem. President Bush's expansion of Medicare and President Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act only exacerbate the problem. Drastically downsizing the federal government will increase the probability the US government will be sufficiently solvent in the future so that it will stand a chance of funding the commitments it has already made. Study should be given to privatization approaches to all healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid.
I would eliminate major federal bureaucracies and drastically reduce military spending. Major agencies like the IRS, Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Food and Drug administration should be eliminated. The responsibilities currently held by those agencies should be relegated to the states. This effort should be phased in in order for the states to prepare. There is little legitimate reason for the US military to maintain hundreds of installations around the world. This presence is not for national defense. Additionally, foreign aid should be phased out completely. It makes no sense for the US taxpayer to borrow money from China to send to another nation.
We should withdraw completely from Afghanistan.
Clearly, many nations of the world, including some of our allies, are preparing to move away from the US Dollar as the world's reserve currency. This will have an incredibly damaging impact on our economy and upon Americans. The best thing we can do right now is to get our financial house "in order" by drastically cutting government spending and implementing tax reform through the elimination of the income tax and implementation of the Fair Tax.
We should immediately implement a guest worker program and streamline our immigration system. We should make it easier for people to come here to work and visit. We should also make it easier for people who want to become citizens to do so. I think we should repeal some of the provisions of the immigration reforms implemented during the Bush administration that provide special treatment to immigrants of Central American countries. I also think if we make illegal immigrants ineligible for government funded services like healthcare, "food stamps" and public schools, people will be less likely to come to the US illegally.
Yes, the affordable Care Act should be repealed. I would support a Health Savings Account (HSA) system for all Americans. I would phase out Medicare and Medicaid and replace with an HSA system.
I would like Washington to get out of the public education business. Education should be left to the states and local communities. I would repeal No Child Left Behind along with shutting down the US Department of Education.
I believe relying upon the free market is the best way to promote sound energy policy. Government intervention only serves to distort the markets. I would dissolve the Department of Energy.
I support a clean and healthy environment and sensible use of our natural resources. Private landowners and conservation groups have a vested interest in maintaining natural resources. Pollution and misuse of resources cause damage to our ecosystem. Governments, unlike private businesses, are unaccountable for such damage done to our environment and have a terrible track record when it comes to environmental protection. Protecting the environment requires a clear definition and enforcement of individual rights in resources like land, water, air, and wildlife. Free markets and property rights stimulate the technological innovations and behavioral changes required to protect our environment and ecosystems. I realize our planet's climate is constantly changing, but environmental advocates and social pressure are the most effective means of changing public behavior.
While energy is needed to fuel a modern society, government should not be subsidizing any particular form of energy. I oppose all government control of energy pricing, allocation, and production.
City/Town Dallas, Texas
Age 62
Campaign Phone Number (214) 373-8585
I have lived in the North Texas area since 1988 and in the City of Dallas since 1993. I currently represent the 32nd Congressional District and have been a resident since the district was created in 2003.
I currently serve as a Member of Congress for the 32nd Congressional District of Texas. Prior to being elected in 1996, I worked for 16 years in the private sector as a senior manager in the telecommunications industry.
BSS in Political Science, Southwestern University '78
I am an honorary member of the Rotary, the National Eagle Scout Association’s national committee, the Executive Board of the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and proudly hold a seat on the Southwestern University Board of Trustees. I am also an adviser to the President of Special Olympics Texas, an Adopt-A-Shoreline Team Leader in the effort to maintain White Rock Lake Park, and a member of Highland Park Methodist Church.
As an Eagle Scout, the importance of civic involvement and community service was instilled in me at a young age. Early in my career, I volunteered for the U.S. Junior Chamber, also known as Jaycees, where I mentored young students in business development, management skills, and community service. I was also a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America and served as the Chairman of the Northeast Dallas Chamber of Commerce.
I first ran for Congress in a 1991 special election after Steve Bartlett vacated his congressional seat to become the Mayor of Dallas. Motivated by the Contract for America in 1994, I ran against John Bryant, who was then the Democratic incumbent for Texas’ Fifth Congressional District. After I lost that election by a total of 3,356 votes, I ran for that seat again in 1996 and was elected to Congress.
As of my June 30, 2014 FEC filing, my campaign had raised $2,024,270 and had $740,280 cash on hand. All of my campaign’s contribution and expenditure reports have been filed on time with the Federal Election Commission. They are available online.
Individuals may contribute up to $2,500 per election to a candidate for federal office. My campaign has hundreds of active individual supporters in the 32nd Congressional District.
No. I have never been arrested or been involved in any criminal proceedings.
No. I have never been involved in any civil lawsuits or declared bankruptcy.
In 2008, the Democratic Party controlled the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama used this power during the 111th Congress to pass pieces of legislation to further their liberal agenda, including ObamaCare, Dodd-Frank, and a stimulus bill that cost American taxpayers over $800 billion. The Republican Party needed someone to organize our fight to stop this agenda and looked to me for my leadership. That’s why in 2009 I was elected by the House Republican conference to be the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), a political organization dedicated to helping Republicans win elections to the House of Representatives. Although morale in the Republican Party was low and participation by House Republicans at the NRCC was minimal, I set a lofty goal when I was elected – that Republicans would win the House majority in 2010 so that we had the power necessary to fight back against the liberal policies that were hurting our economy and our country. Under my leadership, we restructured the NRCC and transformed it from a chairman-dominated committee to a member-driven organization. We set benchmarks for candidates and members that gave them guidelines and goals to be more successful. Although pundits claimed it was impossible for Republicans to win the House, we were organized and united to effectively sell the message of the need for new leadership in the House of Representatives. In 2010, House Republicans proved the pundits wrong and met my lofty goal of winning back the House. Thanks to the work done by the NRCC, Republicans won a net-gain of 63 seats and brought in a class of 89 freshman members -- marking Republican’s greatest expansion in the House of Representatives since the Eisenhower administration.
I have a deep admiration for Congressman Sam Johnson, my colleague who has dutifully served our country in several capacities. Before serving in Congress and the Texas State Legislature, Sam served in the U.S. Air Force for 29 years and flew combat missions in both the Vietnam and Korean wars. He was held as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi for nearly seven years where he spent a remarkable 42 months in solitary confinement. Sam is not only extremely brave, but he is also a fighter in all that he does. In my time working with him in Congress, I have been honored to join him in the fight to bring conservative principles to Washington and to ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the freedoms that so many like him have fought to protect.
I am running for Congress so that I can continue to focus my efforts on common-sense reforms that will lead to a better life and a smaller government for Texans and all Americans. I remain deeply concerned about the current direction of our country and learned during my 16 years in the private sector the importance of fighting government waste and inefficient bureaucracy. I strongly support pro-growth policies that empower the free-enterprise system – and not the federal government - to spur job creation and economic growth. The people of the 32nd Congressional District understand firsthand from the Texas pro-business model that lower taxes, smart regulations, and less government will allow the private sector to flourish. As Chairman of the House Rules Committee, I believe I can play an integral role in working with my colleagues in Washington to help get government out of the way and reverse our current course.
At a time when our nation is faced with a soaring national debt and a bloated federal government, the American people need leaders who are willing to work towards responsible solutions in a strategic way to put our nation on a sound path for future generations. I believe that North Texans deserve a conservative leader who stands behind principled solutions to tackle these critical issues. I am confident that the people of the 32nd Congressional District will continue to trust my leadership and my ability to make the tough decisions needed to get our country back on track.
With a Democrat-controlled Senate and Democrat in the White House that refuses to work with Congress, the past several years have been frustrating for the American people, the Republican Party, and House Republican leadership. Despite these challenges and the fierce opposition of President Obama and Harry Reid, Speaker Boehner has led our conference to make significant progress on two important issues – cutting spending and repealing ObamaCare – even as the only elected body of the federal government with a Republican majority.

Under the leadership of Speaker Boehner, House Republicans have successfully cut more than $50 billion from ObamaCare and continue to hold the President and Senate accountable for the damage that this massive government takeover of health care has done to our economy and our health care system. Additionally, thanks to the leadership of House Republicans, federal spending has been cut for two years in a row for the first time since the Korean War. Through passage of the Budget Control Act (BCA), we have gained more than $630 billion in savings over the next seven years which makes the BCA the largest spending reduction bill of the last 25 years. While these outcomes are not perfect and we have far more work to do to rein in federal spending and to repeal ObamaCare, these important cuts would not have happened if it were not for the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.

Our federal tax code is overly complicated and massively burdensome to families, businesses, and individuals. High taxes on individuals and families take away from the hard earned income that they deserve to keep. The U.S. corporate tax rate is currently the highest in the industrial world and prevents companies from investing in themselves and their employees. The death tax is an ugly system of double taxation that takes money from families when a loved one dies. This broken maze of special-interest loopholes and high marginal rates that stifle economic growth and job creation must be made simpler and fairer for everyone.

Specifically, tax rates on individuals should be flattened, simplified, and lowered so that no American faces rates of more than 25%. Tax rates on businesses should also be lowered to no more than 25% in order to increase investment, create more jobs, and reassert America’s competitiveness across the globe. The tax code should also allow American businesses to bring their overseas profits back home without subjecting them to a tax penalty so that American businesses can invest their profit in the American economy and create jobs at home. Finally, the federal estate tax and gift taxes should be permanently repealed.
Medicare is an important program that nearly 50 million Americans – and more than 3.1 million Texans – rely upon for their health care. These benefits have been promised to seniors and the federal government must live up to its promises to current retirees while preserving and protecting Medicare for future retirees.

Sadly, ObamaCare has made an already bad situation much worse. Medicare was already on an unsustainable path even before enactment of ObamaCare. ObamaCare’s $716 billion in cuts to Medicare devastated a fiscally challenged entitlement program. Even worse, ObamaCare allows a board of unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats – the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) – to make important personal health care decisions on behalf of America’s retirees that will lead to denied care for seniors. That is why I am opposed to the ObamaCare and have voted consistently to repeal, defund, and dismantle it. We must repeal this law that guts Medicare and empowers unaccountable government bureaucrats to cut Medicare and restricts seniors’ access to vital health care services.

We must fix what is broken in Medicare without breaking what is already working. I support the Medicare reform proposal found in the House Republican budget that would protect Medicare for those in and near retirement while strengthening it for future generations. This proposal would repeal ObamaCare, end the IPAB, and empower Americans with control over their health care, all while ensuring that no one over the age of 55 would see any changes to Medicare that they now receive or expect. This bipartisan proposal would also offer seniors a choice of private health plans alongside traditional Medicare and would provide a premium-support payment for those who need it. Premium support, competitive bidding, and assistance for those with lower incomes or greater health care needs will ensure affordability for all seniors and would preserve Medicare for years to come.

The national debt – which is currently over $17 trillion and growing - is a serious threat to the American economy. In fact, our total national debt is larger than our economy and is growing faster than our national economy. On its current trajectory, our federal debt will result in rising inflation and higher interest rates. Once interest rates rise, debt payments will cost even more money and could get so large that they could bankrupt us. This path is unsustainable and America cannot afford to kick the can down the road any longer.

While President Obama and his Democrat allies in Congress’ answer to this problem is higher taxes on the American people, I know that less government spending is the answer. After all, our debt problem exists because of our spending problem, not because the American people are not taxed enough. In my view, the best way to raise more revenue is to grow the economy and the best way to grow the economy is to lower and flatten taxes and put the American people back to work. Additional revenue gained through economic growth plus less government spending would deal with our federal debt in a way that puts our country back on a sustainable, dynamic economic path.

In order to tackle our debt problem, Washington owes the American people a responsible budget that balances. In order to reduce spending and get our economy back on track, we need to stop spending money we do not have. We must cut wasteful spending and reform the main drivers of our debt - entitlement programs. Federal government programs in need of reform include Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As we seek solutions to these problems, it is vital that we ensure that the promises given to America’s seniors are met and that these programs are preserved for future generations. If we do not reform our entitlement programs, we will no longer be able to continue to provide benefits to those who are truly in need.
I support our diplomats and our top military commanders’ efforts to negotiate the long-term bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan. Our troops have worked hard and made many sacrifices over the last twelve years to ensure that Afghanistan will not ever again serve as a safe haven for al-Qaeda or its affiliates to plot attacks against the United States at home or abroad. I strongly commend the service and commitment of our brave men and women to this goal and look forward to the day when they are all home safely with their families. The stability of Afghanistan is paramount to our national security and I am hopeful that the eventual security agreement will provide a mutually beneficial framework that will enable the United States to assist the Afghan authorities in their efforts to provide effective security across the country. I also fully support the efforts of NATO to reach a Status of Forces Agreement with the Afghan government. These negotiations reflect the international community’s commitment to the stability of Afghanistan. The ability of the Afghan government to maintain order and stability in Afghanistan is now of even greater importance in light of the current Iraq crisis due to the unraveling of a seemingly stable and secure Iraq that was in place when U.S. combat troops departed the country in 2011. We must ensure that the same thing does not happen to Afghanistan.
America’s foreign policy challenges will continue to come from the Middle East and North Africa as long as America remains reliant on those regions for its energy resources. I support an all of the above energy solution that seeks to unleash America’s natural resources and its free market ingenuity in order to achieve American energy independence so that we no longer have to rely on the world’s most dangerous region for our energy. Our policies should encourage domestic production of oil and gas on public and private lands. To start, the Obama Administration should approve the Keystone XL pipeline and limit unnecessary and expensive new EPA rules and regulations that drive up energy costs and make us reliant on the Middle East for important resources.

In the meantime, the biggest foreign policy challenges that the U.S. faces are the threat of radical Islamic terrorism and how to keep Iran from obtaining or developing nuclear weapons. Our national security depends on a strong, principled foreign policy that keeps America safe, protects our interests and allies abroad, and provides our intelligence professionals and service men and women with all the tools they need. The threat of terrorism and terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies go hand-in-hand with the threat of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons. The Iranian regime has a long history of deception, funding terrorism, having an openly hostile relationship with Israel, developing a nuclear weapons program, and ignoring UN Security Council restrictions and sanctions.

Iran’s continued march toward nuclear weapons is the gravest threat facing the United States and our allies. Resolving this global security crisis through diplomacy would be the best-case scenario, but words cannot be a substitute for action and the United States must keep all options on the table. We must prevent nuclear weapons from getting into the hands of the wrong people, whether terrorists or rogue regimes, by any means necessary. Economic sanctions are one of many tools the U.S. can use to deter Iran from producing nuclear weapons. This is why I have consistently supported strong sanctions against Iran. American-led sanctions have contributed to driving the Iranian regime to the negotiating table. However, I do not agree with President Obama’s handling of the recent nuclear negotiations. His agreement with Iran does not do enough to halt Iran’s nuclear program. Providing billions of dollars to Iran in exchange for minor concessions on uranium enrichment gives Iran more time to build a nuclear weapon and ignores their global sponsorship of terrorism, continued threats to Israel, and human rights abuses. That’s why I voted in July to strengthen and expand sanctions against Iran and am a cosponsor of a bill calling on the Senate to join the House in increasing these sanctions.
The Obama Administration’s enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws has been woefully inadequate. It is absolutely vital that we first and foremost secure our borders and prosecute and deport criminal aliens in the United States. The border must be secure and rule of law provisions must be enforced before any other reform should be enacted.

Immigration reform is not a race – it is about getting reform right and I am committed to immigration reform done the right way. That is why Congress should take a piecemeal approach to overhauling immigration laws. I do not support a comprehensive immigration reform package like the one that passed the Senate because it does not focus on the aforementioned objectives. Our laws should not encourage violations of the law or greater illegal immigration. We cannot put those who have worked to come to America legally at a disadvantage to those who choose to break our laws. That is why I strongly oppose illegal immigration, blanket amnesty, or any other award to those who have intentionally broken our immigration laws. It is vital that the Obama Administration respect the rule of law, enforce our current immigration laws, and secure our border while we thoughtfully consider how to improve our nation’s immigration policies.

There has recently been a surge of unaccompanied children arriving at ports of entry along the U.S. – Mexico border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel have taken into custody more than 65,000 children in the last nine months. This trend is only growing and must be addressed. As Texans, both our input and leadership on these issues are of great importance to ultimately solving this crisis. We recognize the stress that the border crisis is placing on our cities, schools, and hospitals. While it is vital that we address the humanitarian issues that have come with this crisis, we must secure our borders and halt the flow of illegal immigrants into our country.

On August 1, 2014, I was pleased to join with my colleagues to pass H.R. 5230. This legislation protects the border, provides emergency care, and prevents future arrivals. It would increase funding for border security and enforcement, give governors of Border States the resources and discretion to increase the presence of the National Guard at the border, and lifts current restrictions that prevent border agents from patrolling federal lands.

Additionally, this legislation fixes problems in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 by treating all UACs the same as Mexicans and Canadians for the purpose of removal. H.R. 5230 would also establish a “last-in, first-out” policy to prioritize the removal of those most recently arrived. It would also authorize additional temporary judges to help address the increase in traffic on the southern border and ensure the countries Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador can quickly accept and repatriate those returning from the U.S.
The Affordable Care Act, better known as ObamaCare, must be fully repealed. I hear nearly every day from North Texans who are feeling the effects of ObamaCare's broken promises. President Obama promised that ObamaCare would lower costs, yet Americans are seeing their health care premiums increase and will face much higher out of pocket costs next year. President Obama also promised that if you liked your health care plan, you could keep it, yet millions of Americans have received cancellation notes informing them that they can no longer keep their preferred health care plan. To make matters worse, the website that the federal government designed for Americans to sign up for a health care plan on an exchange is a complete disaster. If the federal government can’t run a website, how does it expect to run our health care?

North Texans deserve better than a law that is bad for our economy, bad for job creation, and bad for our health care system. Since ObamaCare was forced through Congress by a Democrat controlled House and Senate nearly four years ago, I have voted more than 45 times to repeal, defund, and dismantle the ObamaCare and will continue to fight for its full repeal.

Once repealed, I support putting in its place a plan that would make meaningful reforms to our health care system. The plan that I support would allow Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines and would enable small businesses to pool together to get the same buying power as large corporations. We should also reform medical malpractice laws in a common-sense way that limits trial lawyer fees and non-economic damages while maintaining strong protections for patients. What I support would allow families and individuals to deduct health care costs just like companies do and would expand consumer access to health savings accounts. Finally, it is vital that individuals with pre-existing conditions are guaranteed access to health insurance, which is why we should bolster state-based high-risk pools and extend availability protections.
As a father of two sons, one of whom has Down syndrome, I understand the need for education programs that will teach and grow every kind of student across our country. However, I do not believe that excessive federal regulation and strings attached funding is the answer to our education woes. I believe accountability, equal opportunity, and local control in our schools are the best tools to educate our children. I voted against No Child Left Behind when it was brought before the House of Representatives in 2001 and I will continue to fight to get bureaucracy out of our education system.

In the United States, education has historically been - and should primarily remain - a state and local responsibility. Washington bureaucrats have very little knowledge of the intricacies of every school district across America. Parents – not government bureaucrats - should have the tools available to them to provide the best possible education for their children because no one knows better than parents the need for policies that empower their children.

For too long, states and school districts have been inundated with federal intervention and bureaucratic red tape that has done little to improve student performance. It is time to eliminate duplicative federal programs and grant states and local school districts the freedom to direct federal resources to the programs that best serve their student populations. This is why during this Congress I supported, and the House passed, the Student Success Act, which would restore local control, reduce the federal footprint in the nation’s classrooms, support more effective teachers, and empower parents. We cannot just throw money at our education policies and hope that our problems go away. We should expand school-choice options for parents and increase teacher accountability despite pressure from opponents to reforms that fear increased competition. Power must be placed back in the hands of parents, local municipalities, and states so that we can continue to give our very best to our children and their children after them and ensure that America’s brightest days are not behind us.
I firmly believe that the free enterprise system will ultimately produce the innovative, cost effective, and clean energy alternatives that our nation needs. I support an “all-of-the-above” energy approach that pursues expanding traditional energy sources, such as wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass, in addition to focusing on energy efficiency, conservation, and expanded access to nuclear energy. It is imperative that we reduce our dependence on Middle East energy, make energy more affordable for American families, and create more energy related jobs at home.

America can achieve energy independence by using less energy and finding more sources, which is why the federal government’s role should be to integrate alternative sources and new technologies into a comprehensive “all-of-the-above” strategy. I favor common-sense solutions such as reasonable and technologically-feasible increases in fuel mileage standards and the use of highly efficient machines and buildings where available.

I also am a strong believer that the government should not increase energy prices and destroy jobs through unnecessary energy regulations. That is why I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives this Congress to pass H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act. This legislation prohibits the EPA from finalizing energy-related regulations estimated to cost more than $1 billion if the Energy Department determines that the regulations will cause significant adverse effects to the economy.
I do not support the Obama Administration’s current attempts to control carbon emissions, nor do I support President Obama’s carbon tax. However, as a lifelong Eagle Scout and the proud father of two sons, I know that it is important that we conserve and protect both the environment and our natural resources in a smart way.

It is vital that our government recognize the innumerable benefits of the natural gas boom and ensure that regulations and red tape do not get in the way of this flourishing, cheap, and cleaner source of energy. Thanks to a drastic increase in natural gas-powered energy generation, America has seen a 12.2 percent drop in energy related carbon dioxide emissions from 2007 to 2012. The efforts of private industry to unleash this source of energy are the chief reason why the carbon intensity of power generation fell by 3.5 percent in 2012. These examples help prove that leadership from the private sector and not the federal government is the best way to tackle our energy challenges.

The federal government must support this cleaner and cheaper form of energy which is why in November I voted in favor of H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, which passed the House of Representatives 252 – 165. H.R. 1900 seeks to ensure that consumers have access to affordable and reliable energy by modernizing the permitting process for interstate natural gas pipelines. Current regulations are delaying the construction of these critical projects. Instead of being delayed, they should be constructed in a safe and timely manner to alleviate energy shortages that are driving up energy prices, hurting consumers, and costing Americans good paying jobs.
I firmly believe that the free enterprise system will ultimately produce the innovative, cost effective, and clean energy alternatives that our nation needs. I support an “all-of-the-above” energy approach that pursues expanding traditional energy sources, such as wind, hydropower, geothermal, and biomass, in addition to focusing on energy efficiency, conservation, and expanded access to nuclear energy. It is imperative that we reduce our dependence on Middle East energy, make energy more affordable for American families, and create more energy related jobs at home.

America can achieve energy independence by using less energy and finding more sources, which is why the federal government’s role should be to integrate alternative sources and new technologies into a comprehensive “all-of-the-above” strategy. I favor common-sense solutions such as reasonable and technologically-feasible increases in fuel mileage standards and the use of highly efficient machines and buildings where available.

I also am a strong believer that the government should not increase energy prices and destroy jobs through unnecessary energy regulations. That is why I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives this Congress to pass H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act. This legislation prohibits the EPA from finalizing energy-related regulations estimated to cost more than $1 billion if the Energy Department determines that the regulations will cause significant adverse effects to the economy.