Mike On The Issues
“As a West Point graduate, Desert Storm Veteran, and Colonel, I understand the importance of national security and the role we play in the world. I also understand the sacrifice made by our servicemen, servicewomen, and their families.
As a beacon for freedom and opportunity, we are the target for foreign governments and terrorist groups. We must keep our nation safe from enemies – foreign and domestic. Sequestration, supported by extremists in Congress, gutted our readiness and reduced endstrength to levels lower than before WWII. Keeping our nation safe and our military strong is a top priority.
As part of a strong military, we must ensure veterans get the specialized care we’ve earned. Congress is wrongly trying to privatize the VA, despite opposition from veterans groups.
I stand with my fellow veterans, and oppose attempts to give away billions in taxpayer money to special interests at the expense of those who served.”
“I support strong public education as part of our responsibility to our children, and because it is essential to creating economic growth and prosperity. Too much government bureaucracy, a focus on testing instead of educating, and educational quality based on zip code is unacceptable.
Increasing funding for pre-K programs to encourage greater achievement, and working with states and school districts to effectively roll out the reforms created by ESSA are steps Congress must take.
I also stand with our teachers. We must stop using teachers as a scapegoat for systemic shortcomings. I will work to empower teachers and treat them like the professionals they are.
Strong public education doesn’t stop at 12th grade, which is why I support addressing the student debt crisis and creating more opportunities for everyone, especially women and minorities, to pursue an education that will lead them to a job in the rapidly growing STEM fields.”
“The Affordable Care Act is an important first step to comprehensive healthcare for all citizens, but it needs significant improvement. Voting repeatedly to repeal the ACA without offering a viable alternative is a cheap political trick. I support preserving the important progress we have started through healthcare reform, while working in a bipartisan way to improve the ACA.
Access to affordable healthcare is vital to American families, and curbing rising healthcare costs is important for a strong economy.
As a result of healthcare reform, students and young adults are able to stay on their parents’ insurance as they start their working lives, those looking to start a business have greater freedom to do so by purchasing their own coverage instead of depending upon an employer, and those with pre-existing conditions can get coverage that was previously denied to them altogether. We must protect these important steps forward.”
“As a Stanford astronautical engineer, I know that climate change is happening. The science is clear, and we must stop debating the reality of climate change and take action
Addressing climate change is not just a necessity, it is an economic opportunity. I support the development and deployment of clean and renewable energy to address climate change. The availability of affordable and abundant energy fueled our economic growth for much of the last century. However, there has been a huge cost to our environment and our health and safety.
Renewable energy will substantially decrease dangerous emissions, increase domestic energy production, stabilize and decrease energy costs, create jobs and drive economic growth.
Advances in renewable energy production have dramatically lowered costs in recent years. By investing in renewables and creating an environment that attracts private investment and encourages continued innovation, we can build the new energy economy we desperately need.”
“In order to create jobs, we must grow our economy. As a businessman, I know that growth requires investment. Investing in our infrastructure will create the jobs Americans need. Every dollar we invest in our infrastructure returns $1.44 to our economy. Strong infrastructure supports businesses big and small, and is the most effective way to stimulate economic growth.
Our national infrastructure is crumbling from decades of neglect by Congress. This is bad for the economy, and it is a threat to our health and safety.
I will fight for infrastructure investment to build the 21st Century infrastructure we need for a 21st Century economy. I will also seek innovative solutions like “Build America Bonds,” and a National Infrastructure Bank and a National Infrastructure Planning Commission that will reduce the cost to taxpayers while encouraging partnership with individuals and the private sector to create jobs and strategically grow our economy.”
“I support investing in our economy from the ground up to create prosperity and more opportunities, which is the best way to decrease demand on safety net programs.
Americans want to build a good life for their families. Our elected officials have put special interest ahead of the needs of the American people, resulting in radical cuts and fewer opportunities.
Safety net programs are an important component of our economy, they allow us to survive and recover from catastrophes like the economic meltdown, and they speak to who we are as Americans. Giving our neighbor a hand and holding the door to opportunity open is fundamental to our character.
I support strong safety net programs that keep the doorway to opportunity open, but my priority is to create an economy where more families are pursuing the American Dream, rather than being forced to use safety net programs to provide for their families.”
“I am no career politician, I am a Veteran and businessman running for Congress to bring leadership to Washington and continue my commitment to serving our country.
Political divisiveness led me to pursue elected office. When partisan bickering shut down the government in 2013, I knew that I had to step up.
The current polarizing political climate is a result of the undue influence of special interests on our political process.
Career politicians are beholden to the special interests who fund their campaigns, and party leaders who have the power to direct that money.
This is why we see so many elected Republicans support Donald Trump, despite knowing that he does not reflect the values of the majority of Americans, or even the majority of Republicans.
I support meaningful campaign finance reform, including overturning Citizens United and establishing terms limits to curb the influence of special interests and reduce political divisiveness.”