Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
To save the life of the mother.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
--Strong borders. --Stop terrorism overseas through strong surveillance, military action, and partnering with our allies to deter, degrade, and defeat Islamic terrorism. --Proactive law enforcement here in our country. --Prayer and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ abroad and at home.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Self interest and thirst for power
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I asked Jesus to be Lord of my life when I was 9 years old and He has been my Best Friend ever since. I believe Jesus is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. I believe the Bible is the inherent Word of God offering guidance, comfort, wisdom, and practical instruction for daily living. As a Christian, I strive to love and serve God and others.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
SOCIAL: Have co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, Freedom of Conscience Act, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Born Alive Infant Protection Act, and voted to defend life at every turn. I have been endorsed by Missouri Right to Life and am Chairman of the Values Action Team (over 100 members of the House who lead efforts to advance faith, family, and freedom). I am a strong supporter of natural marriage. ECONOMIC: I have voted to cut federal spending and have sponsored bills to reduce duplicative, wasteful programs. I have voted to reduce taxes and cosponsored legislation to repeal the death tax. I have voted for a balanced budget amendment and voted to repeal onerous regulations. NATIONAL SECURITY: As a Subcommittee Chairman on the Armed Services Committee, I have been a leader in the House to ensure our readiness is restored and our military has the equipment and training they need to defeat the enemy and deter aggression. There is no higher priority.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Repealing Obamacare and enacting provisions to unleash private markets, lower costs, and add more choices such as allowing competition across state lines; ensuring more transparency so patients have more control over their health care decisions; allowing association healthcare plans; promoting cost-sharing ministries; enacting tort reform to lower costs; and promoting healthy lifestyles in addition to other common sense measures.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
It should get out of the way! Excessive government regulations and high taxes stifle economic growth. Government has a limited role in setting the conditions for economic growth but should let the free enterprise system flourish. The best action government can take is to continue the actions we have been focusing on this term: reducing government regulations which have strangled small businesses and lowering taxes to allow businesses and people to keep more of their hard-earned dollars to spend at home in their local community or to grow their businesses.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (which I supported) made major strides in making our tax code simpler, fairer, and more affordable by lowering taxes for individuals and businesses. We are already seeing positive outcomes such as over 5 million people receiving bonuses from their employers and over 95% of Americans seeing a reduction in their energy bills. I think this is a positive start and we should evaluate any further adjustments after seeing how the economy continues to respond.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Unemployment is very low. We have more jobs available than we have individuals currently on unemployment. We need every work-capable citizen working, contributing to the economy, and fulfilling their life's dreams. I support the work opportunity provisions passed in the House Farm Bill which match training of work-capable SNAP recipients with jobs in their communities. I am a supporter of career and technical education believing there are many good jobs in manufacturing and other fields worthy of support alongside support for students who want to pursue a 4-year degree. I support matching retiring military members with jobs in their communities. All of these initiatives would boost job participation, reduce unemployment, and help more citizens fulfill the American Dream.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
It is vital that Social Security be made solvent. The way to do that is to make small reforms that will strengthen it far into the future. Social Security is a defined contribution/defined benefit system that could be fairly easily made sustainable by adjusting it for people who are not currently receiving benefits so when they become senior citizens, the program will still be there. (No changes should be made for current recipients.) Proposals include, among others, raising the income limit so higher income individuals pay in on more of their salaries, raising the age when benefits start, and adjusting the percentages of paying in or paying out. It is important that Congress act in some manner to secure this program's future viability as so many seniors depend on it and future generations are counting on it.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I am a life-long resident of Missouri's 4th District, know the good people who call our district "home", and share the values they hold that made this country great. As a lifelong farmer, I understand the challenges and blessings of agriculture. As a public school teacher, I have had the joy of not only sharing knowledge with students, but encouraging them to overcome challenges & set their goals high. As a small business owner, I know the challenges of dealing with government regulations and that customer service is Priority #1. And, as a mom and Christian, I appreciate the values that made this country great and strive to preserve them for future generations. I have taken these life experiences and knowledge to Jefferson City as a State Representative and to Washington as a Member of Congress where they undergird my legislative action and fuel my passion for fighting for the people I serve. It is a privilege to be the voice for my district to get things done for them.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am honored to fight for the good people of Missouri's 4th District--to take their Heartland values and common sense ideas to Washington to stop the overreach of the federal government and to promote freedom and opportunity for all. I would appreciate everyone's continued support and vote. It is a blessing and honor to represent and serve you.
Voted for Obama's budget deal with Republicans in December 2015 http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll705.xml
One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 22, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.