THE ISSUES

IMMIGRATION

Securing our nation begins by protecting our borders and the sanctity of U.S. citizenship.  The immigration system just does not work. Those who made it across the border illegally are protected in sanctuary cities and unfairly given advantages over those trying to enter the country legally.

My belief about effective immigration policy is three parts:

  1. Build a wall.
    • Building a wall along our southern border will aide in enforcement of the law, and will send a message that America is serious about the immigration problem.
  2. Enforce the law.
    • Our country has laws in place that govern immigration. Immigrants who are in the United States illegally are not “undocumented”; they are illegal and should face the consequences of breaking the law—deportation.
  3. Design a system that works.
    • We have to do better when it comes to temporary visa and guest worker programs. We need a system that allows those who wish to enter this great country legally and pursue The American Dream a chance to do so without watching illegal immigrants be rewarded for breaking the law while hopeful, law-abiding immigrants wait their turn in line.

HEALTHCARE

I support repealing Obamacare. Obamacare was passed without bipartisan support, it is damaging businesses across the country, and it is unsustainable. As a small business owner, I experience firsthand the consequences of Obamacare. In fact, the costs in my business alone are set to increase by more than 40% thanks to Obamacare. I will vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based, patient-centered reforms.

2nd Amendment

The right to keep and bear arms is a right guaranteed by our Constitution. It is fundamental to America. In Washington, I will be a reliable voice and vote for protection of 2nd amendment rights. I am a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and will stand firm in securing our American freedoms.

Jobs and the Welfare System

I know about creating jobs. I’ve done it. As a small business owner, nothing is more personal to me than the livelihood and quality of life for each of my employees. The 6th district needs jobs that will allow every citizen to achieve a way of life that will provide for the families, elderly and young adults in the region.

The welfare system is a trap that keeps too many Tennesseans in a state of dependency. Our social safety nets were intended to be a safeguard for the most vulnerable in our society. Instead, many able bodied workers sit on the sidelines and receive a check rather than earning a wage. That becomes a cycle learned by their children, friends and neighbors. I support welfare reform that provides support to those who need it most and won’t send our country further into debt.

Education

Educating our children is some of the most important work we will do in our lives. Who better understands the needs of our children than the parents, teachers and government leaders who live and work in the communities where our children grow up? Keeping education as local an issue as possible makes sense.

I believe the federal government has a role to play in education, but the Department of Education should not exist to pass down standards that are one size fits all. Instead, the federal government should be a resource for states as they craft policy that works for them. Here in Tennessee, we have rejected common core and I will fight to be sure such policies are kept out of our state.

Family Values

I am Pro-Life. I support the life of the unborn and always have. Life begins at conception and should be protected. As my wife and I are expecting our first child later this year, the blessing of knowing that life was created by God and is growing each day is unmatched.

Planned Parenthood has proven to be a broken organization that goes beyond providing needed services for women. I will vote to defund Planned Parenthood. Instead, I will support the work of our local women’s service providers as they help women without performing or encouraging abortions.

I hope to represent this district as a Christian man who will protect Tennessee values.

National Security

I support our troops. I believe we must equip them for success in their mission by adequately funding the military. Young men and women risk their lives to protect America. America needs to be sure our troops have the manpower and resources to accomplish their task. I will vote to fund the military at a level that will allow for the protection this country needs.

Defending our nation against terrorism and foreign nuclear threats is paramount. It is time we recognize that radical Islamic terrorism is real. These terrorists hate America and want to bring harm to our country when possible. We must be aware of the threat of terrorists entering our country with intent to build support for their anti-American cause. I support the President in his temporary travel ban on the countries that present the greatest threat to our security.

In every discussion about national defense, we also owe it to our veterans to keep them top of mind as the men and women who sacrificed for the sake of our country. I will advocate for these heroes, their families and their needs.

Israel

The relationship between the United States and Israel is critical. They are partners in the mission to defeat terrorism. We must stand ready to protect our ally so that nuclear capabilities are reduced in the region and peace may be achieved.

Tax Reform

Thanks to decades of new laws and regulations our tax code is too complicated. When tax time comes many average Americans cannot file on their own. That is unacceptable. I support and will vote for a fair, simple tax code that promotes economic growth and makes filing taxes easier on all Americans.

Supporting Our President

President Trump was elected in historic fashion to shake up Washington and improve the lives of Americans. I will contribute to Making America Great Again by supporting the President’s policies and carrying the concerns of my fellow 6th District Tennesseans to Washington.