Balancing the Budget

Washington spends too much, taxes too much and wastes too much. Our mounting debt is a threat to our nation’s future and must be addressed. I have co-sponsored the Balanced Budget Amendment every year I have been in Congress and have consistently fought to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful government spending. A robust private sector — not more government spending – creates real economic opportunity for the families and small businesses in Idaho and our nation.

The current level of our national debt is both unsustainable and unacceptable which is why I recently co-sponsored several bills that call for balancing the federal budget and controlling spending by moving to a biennial federal budget process. The legislation would mandate that the president submit a balanced budget to Congress; require that two-thirds of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would be needed to approve certain tax increases and new deficit spending; and stop court rulings that would impose tax increases that would bypass Congress.

As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I am committed to reversing the federal deficit and returning our country to its fiscal prosperity. I will continue leading the fight to stop out-of-control government spending while prioritizing the needs of Idahoans and future generations.

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Lowering Taxes


As the third-ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, I have been a leader in Congress in working to abolish the current federal tax code and replace it with something more simple and fair to working families. I voted for the 2001 tax cuts that reduced all individual income tax rates across the board, reduced all tax rates on investments and phased down the estate tax. I continue to fight for and be a strong proponent of measures to lower the tax burden on all Americans. For those efforts, I have an A rating from the National Taxpayers Union.

Our current tax code is far too long, complex and anti-competitive to serve as the long-term foundation for economic growth our country needs. We cannot tax our way to prosperity and need to completely redesign our nation’s tax code with an emphasis on broadening the base, reducing complexity and eliminating anti-competitive provisions.

I am fighting for tax reforms that would create fairness in the tax code, reduce the burden on all Americans, help lower federal deficits and would stimulate economic growth. I will continue to push for limited government that spends wisely and avoids excessive, unfair and outrageous spending sprees with your tax dollars.

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Defending Our Second Amendment Rights

As a gun owner and lifelong hunter, I am fighting to protect and preserve our constitutional right to bear arms. I do not support gun control; we should not burden law-abiding citizens with additional gun restrictions that will not increase public safety. I am proud of the A+ rating the National Rifle Association has given me for my strong record of defending our Second Amendment rights.

Recently, I introduced legislation to restore Americans’ fundamental right to bear arms on the 11.7 million acres, 460 lakes and almost 500 recreational areas managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers throughout the country. This bill seeks to make firearm laws consistent across all public lands and protect the legal rights of gun owners.

The Second Amendment reads: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This provision prohibits the federal government from denying citizens this right. I will not support any legislation that hinders the ability of law-abiding citizens to acquire a firearm. I have consistently voted to protect our Constitutional rights and will continue to oppose all efforts to weaken the Second Amendment.

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Repealing and Replacing Obamacare

I oppose President Obama’s ill-conceived health care plan and am fighting for its repeal and replacement. I have co-sponsored and advocated for legislation to fully repeal Obamacare. As a two-time cancer survivor, I know firsthand that patients, families and doctors need to be free of excessive government interference so they maintain power over their personal healthcare choices. Obamacare wrongly takes power away from patients and hands it to the government. Government-run health care is not the answer, and I am working to replace Obamacare with commonsense reforms to lower health care costs and improve access to quality care for all Americans.

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Protecting our National Security


Our government’s first responsibility – and a fundamental principle outlined in our Constitution – is to provide for the common defense of our nation. Congress must ensure that the United States has the military capabilities necessary to respond to current and possible future threats from actively or potentially hostile sources. To safeguard the security of Idahoans and our nation, I support:

  • Using all available financial tools to disrupt and seize terrorist funding
  • Engaging in intensive public diplomacy to show the world the true nature of America and the importance of democracy and human rights
  • Using our intelligence agencies effectively and continuing to improve the quality of our intelligence
  • Using and developing technology to defend our skies, borders, and citizens
  • Working with foreign states to combat hotspots of hatred and promote tolerance
  • Working with our allies whenever possible to meet shared security challenges
  • Striving to keep confrontations between the terrorists and Americans far from American soil

Idaho is home to the 366th Fighter Wing and some of the Air Force’s most impressive assets and capabilities. I am proud of the men and women stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base as well as those who serve in the Idaho Army National Guard and Idaho Air National Guard. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their unwavering commitment to the defense of our nation.

All our military branches face increasing budget pressures and strain due to our national debt and rapid growth of mandatory spending programs. As the Air Force deals with how to handle budget cuts and manage necessary force structure changes, I will continue to be a strong advocate for Mountain Home Air Force Base and the Idaho National Guard.  I will continue to advocate for the A-10 and future flying missions at Gowen Field.

While it’s imperative that our government lives within its means, I am committed to ensuring that the benefits for the service members and veterans who have sacrificed so much for our country are safeguarded. We have a responsibility to fulfill the promises we have made to the honorable men and women who have served our nation and protected our freedoms.

Finally, I support and am fighting for the approval of Keystone Pipeline because it will help North America increase its energy security by reducing reliance on foreign resources from volatile countries and regions around the globe.

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Fighting Government Overreach

Excessive government regulation is an unnecessary drain on our economy that impedes our nation’s growth and costs jobs. I have been a consistent champion of Idaho’s farmers and ranchers in standing up against regulations that hurt agriculture imposed by the Obama Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency.

An efficient and accountable regulatory structure is critical to ensuring taxpayer dollars are being used properly. I am fighting to ensure regulators make our communities and small businesses – those most impacted – a central part of the decision-making process. I will continue to advocate for eliminating unreasonable federal regulation that hinders the ability of businesses to expand and succeed.

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Protecting the Unborn

Life is a precious gift from God, and I am strongly committed to protecting the rights of the unborn. Abortion should be limited to cases of criminal rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in imminent danger. The National Right to Life Committee has given me a 100% rating, and I will continue to consistently support legislation that protects the rights of the unborn.

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Supporting Traditional Marriage

Marriage is between one man and one woman, and I am fighting to keep Idaho’s definition of marriage as law. In the 110th Congress, I co-sponsored a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States declaring that marriage is between a man and a woman. I voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) when it passed with strong bi-partisan support and was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. I will continue to work to protect the institution of marriage and will press for policies that safeguard traditional marriages and support the ability of states to determine the definition of marriage within the state.

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Supporting Our Veterans


Our veterans risked everything to protect our freedom. That’s why I fight every day to ensure that our veterans receive the benefits they earned and deserve. They should never face obstacles to receiving the care or benefits they deserve. That’s why hundreds of Idaho veterans have been able to cut through the red tape with assistance from my staff.

  • I am working to improve the Veterans Administration and ensure our veterans receive the quality health care they deserve.
  • I assisted hundreds of veterans – recovering over $1.7 million in the last two years for them, their families, and their medical providers, and helping them receive overdue medal recognition.
  • I authored and supported legislation to improve access to community-based health care for Idaho veterans in rural communities.
  • I introduced and co-sponsored legislation to improve veterans benefits and health programs at the VA.


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