Decisions regarding the education of our children are best made at the local level. Teachers, parents and other experts close to the community better understand the specific needs of students and are better equipped to make critical decisions pertaining to the classroom. The federal government is currently too involved in making decisions regarding our public schools, yet are too far removed from the communities directly impacted by such decisions. Tax dollars should be returned to the states where they can be distributed most effectively.
The Second Amendment grants individuals the right to keep and bear arms. The text is clear and I would not support attempts to impose further regulations on the right of law-abiding citizens.
Immigration is a vital component that helped found our country and continues to make it great. We must insist that those who enter our country do so through the appropriate legal channels to ensure order and our national security. The federal government has failed in its responsibility to properly implement and enforce such laws, which has resulted in a burden on the States and taxpayers. I am committed to securing the border, verifying the employment status of all employees, amending birthright citizenship, and reforming our visa process to end needless delays.
The federal government imposes an enormous regulatory burden on businesses and individuals that makes it harder for Americans to get ahead. Washington’s interference into the daily lives of the country’s citizens distorts the free market, creates odd incentives, and stifles innovation. The government should get off the back of hard working Americans and support the quintessential American value of entrepreneurism that made this the greatest country in the world.
As the global demand for energy continues to soar, it will be necessary for America to pursue an energy policy that is built on the solid foundation of domestic production, technological innovation, and efficient consumption.
With abundant natural resources, Utah can be a leader in domestic energy production and technological innovation. Nuclear, hydro, geothermal, and other forms of renewable energy should all be a part of our portfolio. As your Senator, I will support efforts to develop these resources and remove unnecessary regulatory burdens that hinder job creation, economic growth, and energy independence.