NATIONAL SECURITY AND VETERANS

In Congress I will fight to:

· Support a strong military

· Ensure our veterans get quality health care at the VA

· Protect Americans from terrorists at home and abroad

The freedom that we enjoy every day in our great nation wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the service and dedication of our men and women in uniform – and the many who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In recent times, we are seeing more threats to those freedoms around the globe. Our national security, economic security and family security is threatened by terrorists and rogue regimes.

Terrorist organizations, like ISIS/ISIL, threaten the safety of American citizens and must be defeated. We need to do everything we can to combat these terrorists abroad as well as heightening our security domestically to protect our nation from an attack.

As our military men and women protect America’s greatness, they are being treated as second-class citizens by their own veterans’ agency. I find the current goings on at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs deeply troubling. Long wait times accompanied with allegations of bureaucrats “cooking the books” at the VA are simply unacceptable.

Our veterans deserve the very best. And as a member of Congress, I will work tirelessly to ensure they receive just that.

Throughout my career I have had the honor to work with service men and women around the world on a variety of military issues. I will use this experience to best serve our military and veterans in Congress.


REPEAL OBAMACARE AND REPLACE IT WITH THE CONSERVATIVE ALTERNATIVE

In Congress I will fight to:

• Protect patients’ rights and decisions
• Provide the best healthcare in the world
• Prevent government expansion into private healthcare markets

Weighing in at over 10 lbs., Obamacare comes with a $1.8 trillion price tag over the next decade. This law is a massive expansion of government that will, according to a study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), result nearly 500,000 lost jobs. Rather than forcing Americans out of their jobs and further involving itself in our personal health decisions, the federal government needs to get out of our personal lives.

Passed before many had even read it, which is in itself a travesty, this one piece of legislation could turn our health care system on its head, destroying hundreds of thousands of small business jobs, and forcing people to give up their current plans- with doctors they’ve come to trust- and force them to pay more and get less in return.
That’s a toxic prescription for the U.S.

Already amended and delayed nearly 40 times, it’s time to move for full repeal and replace it a version similar to a proposal by the Republican Study Committee. This plan protects our relationship with doctors, allows for more investment in health saving accounts, allows us to keep policies when we change jobs, and provides for the coverage of those with pre-existing conditions.


SMART CUTS IN SPENDING CAN SAVE TRILLIONS & LEAD TO A BALANCED BUDGET

I Congress I will fight to:

• Balance the budget
• Eliminate excessive federal offices, agencies and bureaucrats
• Focus on core government functions and deliver them well

Every child born in America today has an opportunity to receive an outstanding education, freedom to pursue their dreams and, oh yes one more thing, a $1,500,000 lifetime share of the national debt from their parents and grandparents hanging over their heads.

Rather than raising taxes to fund government, we have to make a course correction and change the way we think about spending. The White House and Congress have largely just provided funding for a bloated bureaucracy regardless of cost. We need to return the focus of Washington to core federal government roles and services. Do we really need ten federal agencies with environmental authority? What added value does the U.S. Department of Education provide to our children? Do we even need a Department of Housing and Urban Development or can states play this role? Why is there a International Boundary and Water Commission and why do they have nearly 300 employees?

Our national debt has increased by over 60 percent (to over $17 trillion dollars) during the Obama Administration – with no end in sight. America does not have an income problem, we have a spending problem. With reforms in Louisiana, I was able to increase productivity 500 percent. We will do the same in Washington. I am the guy the career bureaucrats and bloated government contractors are going to hate.


TRAFFIC: JAMMING THE STATE FOR MILLIONS OF HOURS IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY & BILLIONS OF DOLLARS LOST REV

In Congress I will fight to:

• Reduce traffic problems
• Invest in new commuting options for our workers
• Provide more options to cross the Mississippi River

How many of you would like to spend more time relaxing with your family or get to your job quicker each day? Thought so…me, too.
However, due to poor planning, misspent tax dollars in Washington and Baton Rouge, and inadequate infrastructure, Louisiana has lost millions of hours in productivity and billions of dollars in revenue over the last 30 years. By getting our budget in order, cutting wasteful spending, and setting realistic priorities, Congress can partner with local governments and private companies to improve and rebuild Louisiana’s infrastructure.

From adding new bridges and lanes, developing higher-speed rail, and creating more alternative routes, we can unclog the traffic jam that paralyzes South Louisiana on a nearly daily basis.


FIGHTING GOVERNMENT OVERREACH & PROTECTING SOUTH LOUISIANA’S TRADITIONAL VALUES

In Congress I will fight to:

• Restore the founding principles that made America great
• Get government out of our lives
• Promote Louisiana values

President Obama has used executive orders, administrative actions and other venues to trample on Louisiana values – pro-life, traditional marriage and gun rights. As is the case with Obamacare, the actions of Attorney General Eric Holder, and the IRS agenda to crack down on conservative groups, President Obama’s big brother overreach has divided our nation and raised the level of frustration with Washington, D.C. to an all-time high.

In Congress, I will fight to protect the sanctity of human life, defend Louisiana’s definition of marriage, and work to return power back to the states so that they can determine their own course and destiny.


A SPORTSMAN FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS…A DEFENDER OF THE 2nd AMENDMENT FOR LIFE

In Congress I will fight to:

• Uphold the 2nd amendment
• Promote gun safety education

Having been blessed to be born and raised in South Louisiana, my appreciation of the sportsman’s way of life and our culture runs deep. I spent my childhood outside from morning until night. I grew up hunting and fishing and have put more rounds through a gun than some small armies. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Graves family has probably contributed disproportionately to the ammunition shortage in this country.

But, educating my children about gun safety and what it means to have the right to bear arms will ensure that they have respect for it as a weapon, a source of enjoyment, and as an Amendment to the Constitution that must be preserved.

I respect our hunting and fishing laws, the important role of conservation, and I believe that the right to bear arms is fundamental to what it means to be a citizen of the United States.


OUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON HOW WE ANSWER THE CALL ON COASTAL RESTORATION AND FLOOD PROTECTION

In Congress I will fight to:

• Protect communities before a hurricane – not after
• Eliminate wasteful and time-consuming federal studies
• Let the state and levee districts lead restoration and protection efforts

Imagine what New Yorkers would say if they had lost 1900 square miles of their land in the 20th century. What would they do if they faced losing another 700 square miles over the next 40 years?

When faced with this fate, Louisianans stepped up to the line. Together, we have built or improved more miles of levees and restored more acres of our coast than ever before. But, more needs to be done. Without continued investment and focus, Baton Rouge is on track to become a coastal town. Each hurricane season brings with it a threat to destroy homes, property, inflict great damage to our offshore drilling sector and hurt human lives.


EDUCATION REFORM & SCHOOL CHOICE…A PLAN FOR 2030 INSTEAD OF 1930

In Congress I will fight to:

• Ensure there is one goal: the best education possible for all children
• Put parents and teachers and principals, not Washington, in charge
• Provide school choice for students in failing schools

Let’s be clear about a few things: 1) the Federal Education Complex is a multi-billion dollar debacle that has led to sub-optimal results for many of our students over the last 20 years; 2) there are more good, honest, hardworking, and dedicated teachers in the profession than there are bad apples; 3) we must incorporate innovation and technology into the classroom; 4) this is not 1930 nor are we just entering the industrial revolution; and 5) we are in a global race for jobs, improving our standard of living, and being able to spread our values.
For the U.S. to continue to thrive, it is essential that we transform our education system by truly allowing the states to reform our schools. Our education systems need to provide multiple tracks for hard-working students to succeed. This includes college and graduate school, as well as trade schools.


AN IMMIGRATION POLICY: CLOSE THE BORDER & RESTORE SOME LAW AND ORDER

In Congress I will fight to:

• Prohibit illegal aliens from receiving taxpayer-funded benefits
• Secure the borders
• Ensure foreign workers pay taxes

20,000,000 people, some estimates suggest, have entered our country illegally through the southern border. In other words, we have as many illegal residents as there are legal residents living in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina combined. Most countries in the world would disrupt into riots and crisis under similar circumstances.

Effective immigration policy in the United States is not possible without secure borders. It is critical that we close the border, provide border patrol with the tools to enforce current laws, and increase our efforts to expedite deportations. We must enforce our existing immigration laws. For what is the paper that our laws are written on worth if we do not adhere to them in practice. We need to stop providing welfare and government services to those that are here illegally and fail to pay taxes in America.


CREATING JOBS REQUIRES MORE INNOVATION, MUCH, MUCH LESS D.C.

In Congress I will fight to:

• Remove regulatory obstacles for small businesses
• Reduce taxes and fees
• Promote investment and innovation

Bureaucracy stifles innovation – it’s a job-killer and, unfortunately, bureaucracy, regulations, fees and taxes are on the rise. If we are going to create an economic explosion in this country, we must allow the private sector to succeed. This includes reducing the reach and intrusion of Washington, D.C. Our small businesses will be free to invest resources, hire people, buy equipment, and make long-term investments. By reducing the tax rates and eliminating red tape, we can launch thousands of new ventures across South Louisiana and strengthen our small businesses climate -- the backbone of every thriving economy in the world.


U.S. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE…BROUGHT TO YOU BY LOUISIANA

In Congress I will fight to:

• Produce more American energy and energy-jobs
• Improve energy efficiency
• Stop our dependence upon foreign oil

The good news is that current energy policies create jobs. The bad news is that most of these jobs are held by foreign workers in foreign countries.

Home to some of the nation’s top petrochemical facilities and workers, Louisiana also provides up to one-third of the oil and natural gas consumed in America.

But, we are poised to help contribute even more towards U.S. energy independence if we could remove federal obstacles, cut red tape and taxes, allow people who understand energy and resources to guide policy decisions and keep the government from distorting energy markets. From blocking the Keystone XL pipeline to upholding a moratorium on offshore exploration, misguided policy decisions have handcuffed our ability to create thousands of jobs here at home and have instead created job growth in other countries - like Venezuela and Iran – that do not share American interests or values. At the same time, we have seen gasoline prices spike from less than $2.00/gallon when Obama took office to nearly $3.50 today. This type of government overregulation is bad for consumers, bad for Louisiana and bad for the United States.

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