Each Tuesday, we explore a new issue and add Lisa's position below, until she has addressed all of the issues listed below.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, additional issues were also addressed and can be viewed on this page.
Most people balance their family budgets and watch carefully how they spend their hard-earned money to improve their quality of life. I look at the federal budget the same way - it must be balanced, and spending must be reduced, based on revenues. In addition, we need a smaller federal government and less debt. Reducing federal spending along with cutting
the national debt requires a sweeping change in how Congress conducts the affairs of the budget. This change will require a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It’s time to get very serious about our annual budget deficits that will exceed $1 trillion dollars this year and it’s time to get very serious about our $26 trillion dollar national debt. I am ready to roll up my sleeves to get this job done for the American people. Are you with me?
I am passionate about changing the way our nation treats its veterans. President Trump is leading the effort. But we can and must do more to help our veterans re-enter the workforce and society. We must make sure that we provide veterans with high-quality care and job training. The work of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is essential to meet our commitments to the men and women who served our country. I will fight for accountability and transparency within the VA. We cannot allow bureaucracy to get in the way of meeting the needs of our veterans. Our veterans represent the very best of our great nation. America must keep its promise to support and provide for those who served.
I believe the way to keep America safe from terrorism and maintain peace is through a strong military. Our service men and women must know they have the full support of our government and the best equipment to do their jobs.
Selfridge Air National Guard Base in the 10th congressional district is one of the most important defense facilities in the United States. The service that this installation provides is vitally important to maintaining a strong national defense. I will work hard in Congress to ensure that Selfridge is protected from any down-sizings or closures.
The First Amendment in the United States Constitution clearly spells out that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion; or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” However, religious liberties in America are constantly under attack.
If elected to serve in Congress, I will stand strong in defense of our religious liberties so America will remain a free country for people to pray and practice their faith without government interference.
We must secure our borders, period! Our immigration system is broken. Send me to Washington and I will fix it along with President Trump. The United States cannot turn a blind eye to illegal immigration. American citizens and immigrants who come here legally and played by the rules deserve a government that protects them.
We need to build a wall where possible and provide cutting edge technology and resources to the Border Patrol, ICE and Coast Guard to ensure that we enforce the immigration laws that keep American citizens safe. The border is a national security issue, not just an immigration issue.
A strong growing economy is an urgent domestic priority of Congress right now. Americans want economic growth, higher take home pay and lower taxes. I will support reducing taxes on hard working Americans, rolling back regulations and barriers on small business growth. In addition, I will support free and fair international trade policies that are crucial for all sectors of American’s economy. This will create jobs, end economic uncertainty, and make America more competitive.
To be clear on the issue, I am absolutely opposed to any government mandated vaccinations that are against an individual’s religious, philosophical or medical beliefs; including parents’ rights to choose all, or no, vaccinations for their children.
Vaccines are, in some opinions, one of the most important tools in preventive medicine, and there is a lot of talk about them given our current situation with COVID.
I am a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment. I strongly support an individual right to own guns, which is clearly protected by the Constitution. I believe the 2nd Amendment enables law-abiding citizens throughout the country to own firearms to protect themselves and their families. I oppose federal licensing of law-abiding gun owners and national gun registration. I am completely opposed to any action that puts any level of restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms.
I will be a champion for freedom and a fierce defender of our Constitutional rights. While defending our 2nd Amendment rights for law-abiding citizens, I will work to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.
I am 100% pro-life. I believe in the sanctity of human life and that life begins at conception. I believe we must honor the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence — which is a right to life. A pre-born child has a fundamental right to life, which cannot be infringed. I support a Human Life Amendment to the United States Constitution.
We must end taxpayer funding of abortion and abortion providers. The most essential duty of government is to defend the life of the innocent. I support judges to the bench who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of human life.
The American people have made extraordinary sacrifices as we pull together to tackle this deadly pandemic. Unfortunately, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is focused on passing legislation for her personal far-left priorities. Instead of working together to help American families and small businesses, the bill (H.R. 6800) that passed in the U.S. House last week, wastes precious time and money, as we are making progress in combating Coronavirus.
This $3 TRILLION piece of legislation is focused on anti-work provisions and ensuring undocumented immigrants receive a government check and NOT about how Americans put food on the table and where THEIR next paycheck is coming from.
It’s clear that more work is needed to help our nation recover and respond to the Coronavirus, but this bill is not that. Let’s unleash the American spirit and focus on practical solutions, such as legal liability protection for employers, medical workers, schools, universities and businesses that will be trying to reopen in the coming weeks.
Safeguarding our nation’s food supply is critical for the safety of our families. I support the President’s use of the Defense Production Act to ensure American families have a reliable supply of food to put on their tables. I applaud and commend the agriculture industry as they adapt quickly to help fortify our nation’s food supply.
By signing this executive order, President Trump is ensuring that vitally important food processors are able to continue to operate safely to meet the needs of the American people, while protecting workers as these processors follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
PPP Update and Reopening the Economy
Last week President Trump, along with Congress, replenished the Paycheck Protection Program that will provide crucial support to small businesses, health care providers and farmers. The program has resumed this week. I encourage small business owners to be sure to check with your financial institution to obtain an update on where you are in the process, if your loan request has not been finalized. We must stay strong.
The president is right; we can continue to apply maximum pressure on the Coronavirus while reopening our economy safely and responsibly. This is not a choice between lives and livelihood; we can do both with federal, state and local leaders working together.
The U.S. Treasury unveiled an online tool app that allows people to track their check or add information so that the IRS can do a direct deposit. The “Get My Payment” tool will allow non-tax filers or people who don’t receive refunds via direct deposit to add their bank information so their payments can be deposited directly. Direct deposits have begun. The Treasury said paper checks will begin to be issued later in the month.
I agree with President Trump about his consideration of withholding the financial support the United States provides to the World Health Organization (WHO). Congress allocated about $123 million to the WHO for fiscal 2020. The WHO was wrong to oppose the president’s travel restrictions that were imposed on China earlier this year. Furthermore, it appears the WHO should have sounded the alarm sooner about the Coronavirus. Congress should investigate the WHO regarding protocols that they may have missed or neglected.
Small Businesses, Independent Contractors and Self-Employed
The CARES Act focuses on helping small businesses during this unprecedented time. The link below includes important information on how the government is responding to Covid-19. On April 10th independent contractors and the self-employed can apply for assistance. Apply as quickly as you can because there is a funding cap. Apply through your banker. They will streamline the process. http://gop-waysandmeans.house.gov
I appreciate the urgency of the legislative work that Congress is preparing to do in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As Congress crafts this critical legislation over the next few weeks, the health of everyone, as well as the voices of small businesses and small agricultural cooperatives which have been adversely affected by financial losses stemming from COVID-19, must be heard. I anticipate, and will support, a decision by Congress, to provide assistance to Americans who have been financially harmed as a result of this public health crisis. The Supplemental Appropriations that Congress adopts must be relevant to the crisis at hand. Legislation must provide resources and assistance for those in need as it relates to COVID-19 preparedness and response.
This is not the time for Congress to play partisanship games with spending on “pork laden” items or projects that does not pertain to this COVID-19 outbreak. We must look out for the American people who work hard and play by the rules.