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?
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled and upheld abortion rights setting a precedent that abortion is a legal medical procedure. Federal laws also prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. As a former law enforcement officer, I took an oath to protect and defend our constitution and the rule of law. Should I be so honored to elected to Congress to represent the citizens of PA-13, I will take this same oath to protect and defend our constitution and the rule of law, including judicial decisions made by the highest law in our land, the U.S. Supreme Court,
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?
I oppose any reductions in Social Security benefits that our seniors rely upon. Millions of Americans rely heavily on Social Security to survive and keep them living with dignity in their senior years, not in poverty. This reduction in Social Security benefits - in the midst of the COVID-19 national public health crisis - would destroy the lives of millions of fellow Americans. I also oppose cutting payroll taxes which would put further pressure on the Social Security Trust Fund or raising the retirement age. The only way we preserve and strengthen Social Security for future generations is through bipartisan tax policies; namely related to increasing the income level that is subject to Social Security taxes and decreasing taxes on Social Security income.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
There is no single government spending that can be reduced in order to balance the budget; but rather, it will require an examination of where reductions can be made across all three main federal spending categories: Mandatory Spending Programs (Social Security); National Debt Interest Payments (to avoid U.S. debt default); and Discretionary Spending (Military, Medicare, Medicaid). These are difficult decisions and will only be made through bipartisan legislation.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
In general, taxpayers should not be placed in a position or responsibility to pay off student loan debt. What we must do as a country is invest in education and our young people to provide them the opportunity to continue their higher education should they chose to - through affordable college tuition and availability of low-interest student loans, through government grants and student loan repayment programs related to young people filling difficult jobs vacancies, such as teachers.
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?
I believe the concept or principle of "separation of church in state" provides the fundamental freedom - often referred to in the First Amendment as religious freedom - guaranteeing that people are treated fairly regardless of their religious belief or faith. I do support this concept and believe it is critical to a free society while also recognizing that no person based on his or her religious beliefs or faith should be discriminated against or persecuted because of their beliefs or faith.
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?
Healthcare is a basic human right and every person should have access to affordable, quality healthcare insurance coverage. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the foundation to build upon and improvements must be made where needed in order to achieve a universal healthcare system in our country. Protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions, lowering and capping the cost of life-saving prescription medications, and ending surprise medical and hospital billing are key issues. This does not mean penalizing citizens who may be satisfied with their current private healthcare insurance. This transition should include a public option with the eventual goal of universal healthcare coverage for every American. We are all human beings, and as such, we are susceptible to injury, illness and a diagnosis of a life-threatening disease. No person or family should face financial hardship or bankruptcy in order to receive the medical care or medications they need to live.
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?
Our U.S. foreign policy - including how we combat the threat of Islamic terrorism, or Radical Islamic terrorism - must be conducted in a manner consistent with our democratic values and principles. To address this continuing threat to our homeland, we must utilize not only our vast military resources when deemed appropriate and necessary, but also our strong diplomatic efforts to build coalitions with overseas partners to further weaken this form of terrorism. This strategy must be made developed in a transparent manner with clear, achievable objectives. By not doing so, we lower our respect and standing in the world.
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?
Our country was built by immigrants. My great Grandfather, an Italian immigrant made his way in 1902 from Ellis Island to southwestern Pennsylvania and worked as a coal miner for over 30 years. When he arrived here in America, he could not speak English and had no formal education. And yet, he learned English. He learned to be a coal miner, a farmer and became a proud, productive American. Yes, our country wants to attract the most-skilled and educated people to join our great country. But at what cost when we start to exclude certain people who may not have the immediate experience or abilities? As a former law enforcement professional, our country has immigration laws and as a sovereign nation, we must enforce these laws. But we can do so in a humane and compassionate manner. Here in PA-13, and across our country, the agricultural industry relies heavily upon an immigrant workforce in order to feed the country and the world. I support comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform.
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 believe a person's religious beliefs and faith are something deeply personal and private. A person's religious beliefs and faith should never be persecuted or judged as being lesser or greater than any other religion or faith. I was raised as a Christian attending Sunday Bible school and learned about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It is as a Christian and through these teachings that I try to live my life and treat my fellow human beings with understanding, respect, tolerance, empathy, and compassion.
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?
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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?
It will only be through bipartisanship, finding common ground and comprise for the common good that we will move our country forward and help the American people regarding important issues such as our economy and jobs, healthcare, a quality education for our children, fairness and opportunity for every person, and electoral and campaign finance reform. My commitment to the hardworking families of PA-13 and all Americans is to be a representative in Congress, a voice in Washington who will have courage to speak truth to power and never use rhetoric of fear, untruths and disinformation, or hate to divide us as Americans. I will always place the interests of our country and the American people above political party, any individual political leader or personal self-interest. We must find our way back as a country and as Americans to our national sense of unity and shared values of civility, decency, equality, empathy, respect for each other and the rule of law.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
As a gun owner and former law enforcement professional, I will always protect a law-abiding citizens constitutional rights under the Second Amendment to own and possess a firearm. We must first enforce existing firearms laws and recognize that the majority of Americans - firearms owners, hunters, sportsmen and sportswomen - support common sense firearms safety legislation to include universal background checks. We can protect these fundamental rights while also saving lives.
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) Protect existing manufacturing and energy jobs, while creating sustainable 21st century clean energy union jobs that pay livable, family wages. 2) Protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. 3) Protect and improve the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to ensure every American has access to affordable, quality healthcare insurance coverage. This includes protecting coverage for pre-existing medical conditions; lowering and capping the cost of life-saving prescription medications; and ending the practice of surprise medical and hospital billing.
Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
Racism, and the systemic racism and historical discrimination that is rooted in much of our social, economic and national identity of our country must be addressed. Racial and social injustices weaken our domestic security, democracy and our country. In order to preserve our democracy and security in our country, as Americans we must address issues of race relations. This challenge to improve race relations in our country is a continuing struggle that every American must not only realize, but take individual responsibility to being anti-racist to improve and strengthen our country. We must address issues such as poverty - economic and education inequality, hunger and food insecurity, and homelessness. I believe diversity is our country's strength, not a weakness. We are all immigrants and it was immigrants - our grandparents and great grandparents - who built our country. Our country's history of immigrants is what makes America special and envied by the rest of the world.