Agriculture is at the heart of the 8th District of Tennessee. West Tennesseans can find every part of the farm-to-table process in our district. As a seventh generation farmer, I understand how important a strong, stable agriculture policy is to our district.
I believe that getting the economy back on track needs to be the number one priority of this Congress. Government needs to foster an environment where it is possible for small businesses to grow and create jobs both in Tennessee and across the nation. The answer to our economic problems is not more government spending.
The American education system is in crisis and it is in need of serious reform. For far too long, political leaders have tried to dictate to teachers and schools what they need to accomplish. This kind of micro managing is not working, and we need to do right by our children and work to reform the system of education in the United States.
High gas prices affect everyone. Energy prices heavily influence the economy in West Tennessee, and it is important that we support a comprehensive approach to energy production. I could not disagree more with those that believe in a very narrow limiting energy policy.
I believe that all Tennesseans must have access to affordable, high quality health care. Unfortunately, Obamacare has failed to achieve either of these goals. Many folks have experienced an increase in their premiums, limited choice in who their provider is and doctors that are forced to spend more time on paperwork than their patients.
The United States is a nation founded and built by immigrants. For centuries, the United States has stood as a beacon of freedom and hope, and throughout that time, millions across the globe have come to the United States in search of the American Dream.
As a member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, I am a strong supporter of Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. I believe sportsmen, gun enthusiasts and citizens concerned for their personal safety should be able to exercise their Constitutional right to own and carry a firearm.
Washington needs to get out of the way. The average American deserves a better understanding of how they are being taxed and where their tax dollars are going. It is my belief that a more efficient and fairer system of taxation will help grow the economy by making the tax code work for families, small businesses and corporations.