Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
To prevent the death of the mother, or in cases of rape reported to a law enforcement agency, or incest against a minor reported to a child abuse agency.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
We will streamline budgets to ensure payments can be made. Citizens pay into this system and deserve their money. We are going to place a separate retirement bill that will have citizens pay into a 401k with large cap stock to see more returns and get more out of their retirement fund than social security. But, we will not end social security, we will keep both that way when someone retires, they can have 2 retirement checks. We will tirelessly to ensure the budget is adequate that it is efficient reducing any waste.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
I would like to look at the budget closely to determine which ones. I would start to focus on any programs that make people dependent to then analyze how can we increase independence for a person. Will reach out to other organizations in the district to determine what assistance a person may need based on their situation.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
The 2020s will provide our children with more opportunities to earn their diplomas, certificates, and degrees so they can have the opportunity to earn more wages. A change is to have degree programs to include industry recognized certificates every year they are in high school and college. The workforce wants people to demonstrate skills to perform quality work, and these programs will give people more skills. The end result is more worker skills and employers pay more to reduce student debt.
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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
Any person can choose to worship a religion of their preference and the government will not infringe on that personal right. This is to limit government from interfering and also taking a position on religion to be neutral for its citizens.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.
I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
What I support is: I have proven experience working with diverse stakeholders and I will use this knowledge to improve the ability of insurance companies, healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies to work together to deliver integrated care. I support making it easier for companies to offer employer-sponsored coverage including easing regulations for plans to offer health insurance coverage across state lines and small business insurance co-operatives to lower premiums. I support changes to short-term healthcare insurance regulations making it easier for individuals and families to find affordable coverage that meets their specific needs while ensuring health insurance companies deliver on their promises of coverage. I support addressing the critical shortage of healthcare professionals with tuition credits and strengthening and expanding the Public Service Loan Forgiveness programs. See more information at erickforcongress.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
Continue to monitor terrorist threats. Place preventative measures around strategic points. Continue to expand technology to retrieve intelligence. Place diplomacy to work with other countries that harbor terrorist groups.
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.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.
State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.
Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?
A common reason for immigration is people seeking economic growth and security. Each country has the responsibility and opportunity to offer improvements to people, countries should not fail their people by not increasing their economic worth. The United States of America does not govern other countries, those countries do it themselves and they need to be responsible to provide those opportunities, as the United States does to their citizens. People that have placed their paperwork through the proper systems and is approved should migrate.
Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.
I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
Christ’s sacrifice was to show that we must give ourselves fully if the Lord asks us to without any questions and fear his work. It always confused me why men of the cloth would sacrifice their precious life in the name of Christ and God. The answer is not hard, but we make it so because we care too much about our life over what God expects from us. Christ’s powerful sacrifice demonstrates to his people that we must do the same for the sake of others. The action may not detail death, but other hardships we may view as hassles. Helping our brothers and sisters is one of the messages proclaimed by Christ, which is the right thing to do in helping one when they are in trouble. The lessons and practices by Christ details to people that we need take care of each other and deter from actions persuaded by the evil one. My firm belief is to trust in God and always respect my neighbors.
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.
Through my life, I have always made sacrifices for myself and others for a better solution. In the Navy, service is about sacrifice to defend for our nation and take care of my neighbors to be successful.We are in this world as God’s children and need to look after our brothers and sisters and enjoy the place God set for us to live in peace.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
There is too much talk, with little action. We will be engaged with communities and their leaders to further understand what they will need support with and act to grow our futures together! My promise to the 4th district is that we will ALWAYS get to the root of the problem, implement effective solutions, and be fully engaged in our communities. We will have a prosperous 2020s!
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
No restrictions. If society is educated and trained on the proper handling of firearms, then no issues would arise. There is mental illness and that is a focus on a separate issue. It is the person, not the firearm that is harmful to the public. We should always protect our second amendment.
I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.
I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.
The Electoral College should be abolished.
In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?
1. Retirement legislation that will have at least 1% of the paycheck go into large cap stocks with an average rate of return from 10 to 23% per year. 2. Implement preventative law enforcement technologies that create safety to the community and law enforcement. 3. Expand FMLA to cover 26 weeks of maternity leave at 100% pay. There will be criteria to meet for taxpaying workers and it will be paid through insurance and business plans, no government assistance. Mothers will be able to spend more time with their baby, while the family not feeling a financial struggle. Family is extremely important in our society!
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
There is a threat that certain people and groups weaponize racism for their own personal gain and profit. If we talk to our neighbors, friends, co-workers, families, we can have a good discussion to determine that is not part of our being in today's society. If any group is causing violence, they should be prosecuted, as disturbing the peace will not be tolerated.