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U.S. House, District 5

2 year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.
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IMMIGRATION: What changes, if any, would you propose to our immigration policy for current undocumented residents? Do you support construction of a wall along our southern border? If so, how would you pay to it?

FOREIGN INTERVENTION: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict? What policy would you support regarding North Korea?

BUDGET: Social Security and Medicare are key programs which are relied upon by millions of Americans. Do you support changes to these programs in order to reduce the budget? If so, how would you accomplish that? If not, how would you reduce budget deficits?

HEALTHCARE: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans? Should Obamacare be repealed, replaced or reformed?

OTHER ISSUES: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of Congress, and what is your position on these issues?

Age 35
Education BBA in Finance, UT Austin; BA in Government, UT Austin
Campaign Phone (903) 386-0289
Immigration policy must be firm, fair and evenly applied to all people. At present, the system is broken because of the failure of the federal government to simply enforce the law. It is a matter of political will, but we must start by securing the border and enforcing current immigration laws. President Obama’s policies of amnesty forced states like Texas to take matters into our own hands. In 2017, we passed a bill in the legislature which cracks down on sanctuary cities by creating penalties for local entities who adopt or enforce policies which prohibit the enforcement of immigration laws. I have the strongest record of any candidate in this race against illegal immigration.
I support President Trump and have confidence in his ability to guide our foreign policy. I find irony in criticisms by the left of the direction he has taken with North Korea, considering the reality that inaction by prior administrations is what has led to the current state of chaos. Nothing in the past has solved the North Korea problem, so I'm encouraged we have someone willing to try a new approach. Under no circumstance must North Korea be allowed to become a nuclear power, and I am confident in the Trump Administration's resolve to prevent this.
The federal budget is an unmitigated disaster. The deficit reached $666 billion in 2017, and we also saw our national debt reach the $20 trillion mark last year. The federal government has grown so large that Congress cannot properly oversea it or manage it, and this is a clear and present danger to our nation. I would be a strong advocate for a Balanced Budget Amendment. In the legislature, I wrote and passed the most conservative, balanced budgets in our state’s history. We must do the same in Washington by cutting unnecessary domestic spending on issues that can be better handled at the state and local levels.
I support the full repeal of Obamacare. I fought against its expansion into Texas as a member of the legislature, and I can be counted on to advocate for full repeal in Washington as well. Simply put, it is collapsing. Costs are up, choices for health insurance are becoming more limited by the day, and it is all because of the excessive regulation of Obamacare.
Social Security is only allowed to spend funds in excess of its revenues until the trust fund runs out of money. At that juncture, it will only be allowed to spend what it brings in each year, regardless of the benefits that are due to retirees at the time. The trust fund is projected to be depleted by 2035. Unless Congress acts to reform the system, that will mean a 25% across-the-board reduction in benefits based on revenue estimates. At the end of 2016, Rep. Sam Johnson from Plano introduced the Social Security Reform Act of 2016. I have read it, and I believe it is a fiscally conservative approach to getting this program under control. Congress must act to ensure action is taken on Social Security before it is too late.
Age 43
Education Bachelors Degree from Dallas Baptist University in Political Science & Associates Degree in Theology
Campaign Phone (214) 433-0171
Twitter @Bunnipounds
Fixing this broken immigration system starts with securing our borders and that's why border security is my first priority. We are a nation of immigrants, but our current system not only undermines the rule of law in our country, it presents a national security threat. To protect American citizens, I support President Trump's call for increased manpower, surveillance, and a structural border wall. We must crack down on sanctuary cities and states that undermine our nation's immigration laws. I oppose chain migration and amnesty for those who have broken our laws. We must strengthen enforcement in the U.S. with programs like E-Verify.
Iran continues to be the most serious threat to security in the Middle East and possibly the world. North Korea is also a huge threat to our national security. I am very thankful for President Trump's strong stand of strength when facing North Korea and furthering President Reagan's philosophy of "peace through strength". I was completely against the Iran deal, and I worked to lobby Congress against its implementation. We cannot back down and give Iran any path forward to becoming a nuclear-armed nation. The economic sanctions we had imposed on the Iranians were working and I believe Congress and the Administration should look to re-impose them as a way to keep pressure on the current regime. I would support a similar policy in North Korea.
According to many experts, a move to change the way in which the COLA is calculated would be a significant step toward shoring up the program’s solvency. A move to adopting the chained Consumer Price Index would represent a more accurate reflection of the true cost of living while saving an estimated $130 billion over 10 years. We also have to look at other reforms such as adjusting the eligibility age. In 2016, Congressman Sam Johnson introduced a Social Security reform act that included many common sense proposals that would modernize the system and protect it for future generations. Furthermore giving individuals more ownership of their benefits through personal accounts would incentivize more people to save more for retirement.
Yes, I will support and will work towards a complete clean repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
As someone who has started, operated, and grown small businesses, I believe that I bring a perspective that seems to be lacking in Washington these days. I will be the solid fiscal and social conservative voice for the 5th District of Texas that the people desire. I also have a solid record of working for the conservative cause, and in this race, I’m the only candidate endorsed by Texas Right to Life. My background and my commitment to fight for conservative policies and President Trump’s agenda have earned the endorsements of our current Congressman, Jeb Hensarling and former U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, as well as hundreds of grassroots leaders across the 5th district. You can read all about the issues I care about at www.bunnipounds.com.