There are no better stewards of the land than those whose livelihood depends on that land. In Congress, I work closely with my colleagues to ensure that our farmers and ranchers are not needlessly regulated and that safety nets, such as crop insurance, remain in place to protect against the volatile effects of drought, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters.
Congress has no greater responsibility than to provide our military with the training and resources it needs to meet the growing security challenges around the world. As a senior member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, I am a champion for a strong national defense and returning fiscal discipline to the Pentagon. I support a strong military and believe one of my greatest responsibilities is to support a force postured to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
I have consistently supported legislation and policies to get the nation’s long-term fiscal house in order by balancing the budget and reforming entitlements, so we can eventually pay down our debt.
As a former educator, I understand how important it is for our children to have access to a quality education. I am committed to ensuring parents and teachers have the tools and resources necessary to provide a world class education for our children.
I support an all-of-the-above energy strategy that encourages domestic production, reduces our dependency on foreign oil and explores alternative energy solutions.
I am supportive of our financial institutions which are critical to the continued success of small businesses and the local economy. Instead of imposing new regulatory burdens on institutions that had no part in the financial crisis, I am committed to working to ensure that the government gets out of the way and allows financial institutions to serve everyone.
While much of the power to conduct foreign affairs is given to the president by the Constitution, there are still ways Congress is able to help shape the scope of the president’s action. I believe it is important to use all of the tools we have at our disposal to ensure that the world remains a safe place and that our citizens are protected from harm.
Unlike President Obama’s unworkable government takeover of the American healthcare system, I support true, fundamental healthcare reform that expands access to healthcare and increases affordability without sacrificing quality.
Just as we are a nation of immigrants, America is also a nation of laws, and those laws must be obeyed and enforced. I believe that securing our borders and stopping the flood of illegal immigrants must be a top priority for our nation.
I am committed to protecting the most vulnerable, including the unborn, with every vote I cast in Congress.
We must maintain programs to manage our resources wisely, while working with landowners to ensure that their property rights are protected.
I support the needs of our scientists to continue their research and provide meaningful employment to our community.
I am committed to protecting the rights of responsible Oklahoma gun owners who safely use guns for hunting and protection.
In order for small businesses to be established, create jobs and remain open, the environment must encourage and allow them to thrive. I am committed to clearing red tape for small businesses so they can create jobs, encourage commerce and help the economy.
I am committed to addressing the challenges facing Social Security and in protecting it for current workers, as well as future retirees.
American families and small businesses are taxed too much, and the system through which we collect these taxes is overly burdensome, too complex and fundamentally unfair. That is why I support comprehensive tax reform to create a simpler, fairer system.
I am committed to working to develop long-term transportation and infrastructure solutions that benefit Oklahomans and all Americans.
As an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, I am very proud of my heritage and the tremendous accomplishments of tribes in Oklahoma and across our country. I am committed to advocating on behalf of Native Americans in Congress.
Our veterans, who have served during war and peace, have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms. I remain committed to holding the VA accountable and ensuring promises made to our veterans are kept.