Issues

Honoring Our Veterans

Having grown up in a military family, I recognize the service and sacrifice of our veterans and I want our country to honor them, not only in word, but in deeds. Nearly 50,000 veterans live in Congressional District 35 and when elected to Congress, I will continue to search for solutions that support our veterans and honor their legacy of service.

We must fix the VA. I support actions to allow all veterans to receive access to healthcare from any medical care facility in our country. No red tape and no mounds of paperwork. Our nation’s heroes shouldn’t have to wait to receive medical care.

 

Caring For Our Seniors

Many years ago our federal government made a commitment to America’s senior citizens by creating Medicare and Social Security. Today, we face potential cuts to these programs that aren’t sustainable for our seniors or our future generations. We face prescription drug prices that have sky rocketed and continue to rise at an alarming rate. Congress can do better – we need problem solvers not partisanship.

One thing is for certain, when elected to Congress, I will strive to preserve and improve the programs that are vital to the well being of our seniors. I’ll close the door on politics and open it to supporting the people.

 

Working Together

I hear from people everyday from San Antonio to Austin that they are frustrated with our representatives and leaders for worrying more about political games rather than finding solutions to our nation’s most challenging problems.

Washington needs someone like you and I. Someone who knows the value of a dollar and knows the value of hard work. My experience comes from my service as Mayor of San Marcos and as a small business owner – who helped place many people in good paying jobs. Solving challenges takes a willingness to build partnership and sometimes the ability to put our differences aside to figure out what is best for the people.

That is exactly what I’m going to do in Washington. I am committed to placing people before politics.

 

Tackling Poverty

One of the most widespread problems in our district is poverty. Nearly 170,000 people are living under the poverty line in Congressional District 35 and we are in the bottom tier of the nation for those living impoverished.

Our federal government spends over half of a trillion dollars each year on anti-poverty programs yet we’ve seen little progress in bringing people out of poverty. We need Washington leaders to realize that this one-size-fits all solution isn’t the answer. We can’t use the ideas of the past to solve the challenges of the future.

I support community-level non-profit and local government led initiatives and safety net programs that help our neighbors climb their way out of poverty. Through self-determination and individual responsibility we can empower those living in poverty to be successful and support their families.

Continuing to throw millions of dollars at the problem isn’t the solution. Our community, from San Antonio to Austin, the same community that helped me get off of food stamps and into the workforce, has the resolve and heart to help make our part of Texas a better place.

 

Preserving Our Environment

I will never forget the camping trips into the great outdoors I would take with my family. I enjoyed every second of exploring the richness and beauty of our natural habitats.

In fact, Congressional District 35 is home to life-giving rivers, springs, aquifers, natural areas and preserves. When elected to Congress, I will seek to balance conservation and stewardship with common sense policies.

Although we may not all always agree on one of the most polarizing issues – we must ensure that our greatest treasure – our lands, waterways, and wildlife can be cherished in the future by our children and grandchildren.

 

First-Class Education

Education is such a fundamental aspect to our personal development – and we continue to learn and grow from the time we are born until we are no longer on this earth. Yet, our education system in the United States is lagging. We are in the middle of the road amongst other nations in world and this is not acceptable.

Every child deserves access to a first-class education. I support an investment in all types of learning from technical training to apprenticeships to on-the-job-training that prepares our students for success the workforce. I believe that a child’s educational decisions are ultimately made by the parents and guardians. Washington shouldn’t be dictating these decisions to families and our Texas teachers.

Having been Mayor of San Marcos, home of Texas State University and speaking with many college students – their main concern is the skyrocketing cost of college education. When elected to Congress, I will work with anyone who will work with me to devise a plan to keep these costs in check. We can do better.

 

Energy Policy That Works

Energy costs are often some of the highest costs for families or businesses. From gas for our vehicles to our electricity bills, these costs add up – fast. Unnecessary government mandates and regulations often contribute to these high costs for families.

I support an “all of the above” energy policy that reduces our reliance on foreign oil, develops American-made energy sources that also protects the environment. It is so important that we expand energy exploration, develop clean energy sources such as renewable and nuclear, and invest in technology that will allow us to use other sources of energy.

There can be a bright future for our energy independence – we must have leaders who are willing to truly tackle the issues rather than sit on the sidelines and leave the problems to your kids and mine.

 

Restoring Character in Washington

I believe that one of the greatest threats to our nation is a lack of character from those who represent us.

Character determines how a person makes decisions, it influences how they act, and it reveals what level of integrity they may have. My background as a small business owner, a single mom who has worked two jobs to make ends meet, and growing up in a military family has given me a deep appreciation and love of country.

As a former mayor, I have first-hand experience with reducing taxes, balancing budgets and collaborating with people of different views and political positions to bring us all together to do what is in the best interests of the people I serve.

I will do that very same thing again in Washington. It is time we place people before politics.

 

Defend Freedom

One of the most important responsibilities of our government is to keep our nation safe, protecting us from ISIS and other threats around the world. We must ensure that our military has the necessary equipment and resources to fulfill their mission, stay safe and return home to their families as quickly as possible.

At home, we must secure our border and reform our immigration process for those who will embrace the idea of America in their hearts and whose desire is to become naturalized citizens of the United States of America.

We must maintain our commitment to honoring the promises that we have made our nation’s heroes and veterans.

All citizens deserve better from their federal government – and together we can make that happen.

 

Reduce Debt

Just as we must balance our personal and family budgets to make ends meet, Congress should be required to do the same. It is projected that the debt held by the public will reach nearly 76% of our GDP this upcoming fiscal year. This is irresponsible and we can’t allow for excessive government spending to continue.

I am a staunch supporter of innovation in our economy, fighting for energy independence, and encouraging our small business to be an avenue to fixing our federal spending problem. When we come together with American resolve – great things will happen.

In Congress, we must reform our archaic budgetary rules to restrain unnecessary government growth and stop excessive spending. When elected, I will continue to facilitate an open dialogue on finding attainable solutions to our nation’s greatest problems.

 

Support Families

We work hard to support our families and to ensure our children have a better future than we did. This is why we must lower the tax burden that the government places on families so Texans – like you and I – can decide how to spend, invest, or save our own hard-earned money.

I support educational opportunities that allow parents to choose to send their children to a school based on their child’s educational needs. I support an extension of a child tax credit to support our hard-working families. And I support an end to government over regulation in our daily lives.

The American people need leaders that are willing to leave political games at the door and find ways to work towards supporting the people.

 

Create Opportunities

The American dream is based on the idea of endless opportunities. The idea that when equipped with the necessary tools for success we can achieve the calling that has been laid on our hearts. I am convinced that if we can work together in Washington we will find innovative solutions to support hard-working people.

For example, most working parents pay nearly 30% of their income towards childcare, and when finished paying the rest of the bills and taxes they are left with very little to invest or save for their child’s future.

Our U.S. tax code is over 85,000 pages long and each year hundreds of thousands of Texans spend countless hours and dollars just trying to comply with the code. When in Congress, I will pursue fundamental tax reform, making it fairer for everyone, closing special interest loopholes, and eliminate burdensome regulations that hinder job growth and family savings.

The bottom line is that our elected officials owe us sensible solutions to getting government out of the way improving our greatest needs so our families and businesses are able to achieve the American dream.

 

Embrace Values

American values have always been based on being a people of character and integrity. We have always been people who care for others, will come to the aid of our neighbors, and we place a high emphasis on our principles.

We must embrace those values that were instilled in us by our parents and grandparents – to work hard, support our families, and serve our community.

I will always stand up to protect our liberties that are guaranteed in our constitution to ensure the idea of America is preserved for generations to come and I will do all I can to help us remain one nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.