LOWERING THE COST OF HEALTHCARE & DRUG PRICES
We need to increase access to healthcare, lower the cost of healthcare, and lower drug prices. There are parts of the Affordable Care Act that I support including those with pre-existing conditions who should never be denied access to healthcare, but we can also improve the law.
We can lower the cost of healthcare through healthcare price transparency, along with ensuring legislation that prevents drug companies from charging Americans more money for prescription drugs than in other countries. If elected, I will work with anyone who shares my vision of improving healthcare for Oregonians.
Both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for inflation, and the recent spending policies of the Biden Administration have made inflation worse. President Biden has failed to contain inflation and now the price of food, homes, used cars, and other goods are more expensive than ever. If elected, I will work to reduce any wasteful spending from the federal government that will hopefully reduce inflation.
LOWERING ENERGY PRICES
President Joe Biden and the Democrats who control Washington, have enacted parts of the Green New Deal, which has increased the cost of energy and gas prices. We need legislation that finds the balance of protecting our environment, while also using our natural resources, so we can lower the price of gas and become less dependent on foreign energy.
PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND MANAGING OUR FORESTS
I believe in climate change, and support clean air, clean water, and healthy forests. Each year, $2.5 billion is spent annually in Oregon on fishing, hunting, shellfishing, and wildlife activities and supporting policies that keep our water clean. Additionally, Oregon is home to over 30 million acres of forest, and how that land is managed is impacting our communities and forest fires. If elected, I will proudly support the bipartisan trillion trees initiatives, to plant more trees and reduce carbon from our air.
SUPPORTING LAW ENFORCEMENT
In Oregon and across our country, crime is rising, and we need to stand with law enforcement, who are working to keep our communities safe. I am proud to have the endorsement of Coos County Sheriff Craig Zanni, and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin and unlike Democrats, I will never support any legislation to defund our police.
HELPING OUR VETERANS
As a veteran of the Oregon National Guard who served in Afghanistan, we need to do a better job of helping our veterans. The VA has consistently failed to provide our veterans with adequate healthcare. We also need more incentives to encourage businesses to hire our veterans. Together, we can all do more to help our veterans who have defended our great country.
EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN
Our local teachers are doing an amazing job, but national teacher unions are hurting our schools. These unions were instrumental in closing our schools down during the pandemic, which was the wrong decision for a virus that targeted the elderly. We need our parents involved and empower our local teachers to do what is best for our students.
I support the minimum wage, but we can do better and will need economic policies that will create livable wages. Oregon’s 4th Congressional District is the poorest district in the state, we need legislation that will create good-paying jobs for our timber workers, our fishermen, and small business employees across Oregon.