My priority is good jobs and wage growth. Good jobs are the heartbeat of a strong economy and the major factor to reducing entitlement spending. We strive for full employment which will in turn raise wages and strengthen our economy.
We have the strongest economy in the world. I will help our businesses sell their products and export more by negotiating fair trade deals. We must build relationships and partnerships with more foreign countries to grow our exports and jobs.
I will always support SSI Benefits. I want to draft a bill to make the system sustainable. We must honor the benefits taxpayers have paid into while working. We should immediately issue work visas to illegal immigrants so they can pay into SSI and Medicare.
Pennsylvania is becoming an energy superpower. We need to build infrastructure to make natural gas extraction safer and gas available to consumers. As an Energy Superpower, Pennsylvania will sell gas & propane domestically and export benzene to Europe & Korea, creating thousands of jobs.
We have the strongest and smartest women and men serving our country. We must provide them with the best technology and equipment. We must honor their service by providing them with a well-managed VA.
We have a Student loan debt crisis. The Pew Trust Project on Student Debt reveals the average 2016 PA college grad has $37,000 of student loan debt. Nationally students owe $1.4 trillion for their educations (Federal Reserve) We must reduce private student loan debt and interest.
We must stop the crisis by dedicating the resources for treatment. Our District is on the cutting edge with programs like Narcan Saves, Treatment Court and Second Chance Employment. Congress must support the local anti-drug efforts and stop production at the source.
I want to repeal and replace ACA with a better plan that covers all Americans. This will be expensive and we need to share the burden rather than put most of it on small business.
Our mental health professionals must have the authority to contact law enforcement when they suspect a patient has a propensity to violent behavior. Our schools must access mental health professionals more freely. Congress must develop a process to protect our children from school shootings, this has gone on too long without any serious action.
Investing in new technologies will help our nation to continue to lead the world in productivity and economic growth. We must ensure that our children will be able to compete with the best and brightest globally. I support Stem; Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.