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?
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 need to honor promises made to Seniors. So no changes to Seniors but gradually increase age limit for younger generations. Also, allow for portions of the tax to go to savings accounts that each person owns.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
I'd eliminate IRS and Departments of Commerce, Education, Energy and Housing and Urban Development. Legislate a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
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?
Those words are not found in the US Constitution. It is a phrase used by the left to keep many church/congregations at bay and not participating in being good stewards of their government. 1st Amendment states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". The "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" ensures we remain a Judaeo-Christian founded government but we'll have to fight back this quote. Finally, I'm for putting God back into our government. I will always fight for our Religious Freedoms.
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?
Repeal Obamacare. Also, we need to promote free-market based healthcare by deregulating as much as needed to drive competition. Of key is allowing cross State purchasing of insurance. Also, we need to protect people's right to private healthcare policies. The government should not ever interfere with your ability to keep and or acquire private healthcare. We need to promote rural healthcare by promoting competition in trauma and emergency care providers by deregulating that area of healthcare.
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?
We need to: ...Work with partner Arab nations to help build coalitions for the purpose of defeating and eradicating terrorism in the Middle East. ...Look for any/all ways to cut off financing and support to terrorist groups ...Immediately confront Islamic terrorism when US Citizens are in danger ...Relook at National vital Interests of the US in the Middles East and elsewhere as needed ...End chain migration
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?
Legal immigration is key to who comes to this wonderful country. Therefore, any person willing to come here legally and through the correct process are welcomed. They must be willing to assimilate into our great nations as well.
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.
I'm a non-denominational Christian. I believe in the living God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am a supporter of Israel as I believe those who Bless Israel are also Blessed.
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.
Please visit my "Issues" portion of my website: www.raulreyesforcongress.com
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?
I retired as Lt Col (USAF). I own a home building business. I grew up in Del Rio Texas, a border town. Therefore, I know intimately what growing up on the border means. This coupled with my almost 22 years of experience as a military Latin-America (Foreign Area Officer) expert, makes me the most qualified and most ideal candidate and next Congressman of CD23. I entered this Congressional race to secure the border for all citizens (including my family and friends) in all 29 counties I hope to represent. AND, because congress has failed to act. I support Mr Trump and the America First Agenda. I'll help President Trump secure our border. Also, we need jobs in this district. It has some of the most impoverished areas in our nation. I'll change that. Lastly, I'm the only home grown candidate with a 2 year plan to ensure local races go Republican by the year 2024, ensuring we keep CD23 and Texas RED!
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
None. I DO NOT support Red Flag Laws and or any more infringements on the 2nd Amendment and our right to own guns.
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. Legislate build the wall monies 2. Legislate resourcing Customs and Border Protection/Border Patrol fully 3. Legislate replacing Flores Agreement/Settlement
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
Racism is wrong anywhere it happens, therefore we must always strive to fight any and all racism at any place and time. Racism is a threat to domestic and national security because hate groups plot and act to create volatile situations.