US House District
The biggest challenges facing Maine right now are
1) A government that is unresponsive to the needs of the people.
2) A tax environment that is harmful to young families and to the economy.
3) Excessive regulations that make it more difficult for individuals and small businesses.
1) Restoring sound fiscal policy. We can't continue piling debt onto our children and our grandchildren. We need to start living within a budget.
2) Drain the swamp. Washington has created a culture that is not responsive to the people they have been elected to represent. One of the first steps is to remove the incentives for people to become career politicians by halting the pension programs. Another step is instituting term limits for members of Congress.
3) Preserve liberties. Our liberties have been under assault, specifically freedoms of speech and religion, through the cancel culture and suppression of conservative voices on social media platforms. I will fight to preserve those liberties.
I will have an active social media presence to inform constituents of bills being considered and my commentary on those bills. When in Maine, I will hold Town Halls to allow more constituents to talk with me about the issues. I will also have an active constituent services presence.
The biggest thing that the government can do to help stimulate the economy is to allow citizens to keep more of their own hard earned money. Taxes are a frictional cost on the economy. By keeping taxes (and spending) low, citizens will have more freedom to determine who and when their money gets spent.
The most immediate challenge facing Maine right now is the coronavirus pandemic, which is a massive public health threat that is wreaking havoc on our economy. I’m disappointed in the complete lack of the leadership out of the Trump administration to take any meaningful action to help Americans who are suffering. The US House has taken bold action multiple times to rush relief to the American people, work to defeat the pandemic and get our economy back on track, but leaders in the Senate and the White House continue to stall, spread misinformation and ignore the threat.
The other major challenge facing us is the threat of man-made climate change. We’re already seeing the catastrophic effects of the crisis here in Maine. We rely on our state’s natural resources for food, fishing, recreation, tourism, and so much more, and our economy and way of life is under threat if we don’t take action to become carbon neutral, transition to a green economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I believe affordable high-quality health care is a human right, not a privilege for the wealthy. The pandemic has made clear the need for affordable health care for all Americans. As millions have become sick or lost their jobs, many have lost insurance when they need care the most. This system we use to deliver health care in America is broken, and it's long past time for that to change.
We need an economy that works for all, especially during an economic downturn disproportionately affecting low income people and people of color the most. We must have policies that support working families and an economy that ensures workers a living wage.
Food & farming
As an organic farmer, I know how important food, farming and agriculture are to Maine’s economy and way of life. I serve on the subcommittee that oversees funding for agriculture and food programs, and I’ve supported bills that address food insecurity, food waste, local food production, and much more.
There is no greater duty as Americans than our right to cast a ballot in our elections. This year, we know voting will be different, as Mainers contend with a pandemic that is making our right to cast a ballot more difficult. But I fundamentally believe that no one should have to choose between their health and safety and their ability to vote. That’s why I have encouraged voters in Maine to register to vote, request absentee ballots and vote by mail, and have called on officials to ensure that those who want to vote in-person should be able to do so safely.
As Mainers face one of the worst economic downturns in generations, it’s clear that we can't have an economic recovery until we get the pandemic under control. While the Trump administration spreads disinformation and ignores the threats, I believe we must have a coordinated response among state, local and federal governments to stop the spread of the virus and regain the trust of Americans. We must trust science, not conspiracy theories. The Senate must immediately pass the HEROES Act - critical pandemic relief I supported in May - which would provide additional stimulus to the economy, put money in the hands of Maine people, extend unemployment benefits, nutrition assistance, and additional help for small businesses, and billions in relief to state and local governments to help teachers and first responders. These steps would be an important bridge to prioritize regular Mainers and ensure that our economy does not fall into another great depression as the pandemic continues.