Farmers are essential to the economy of North Alabama; specifically, agriculture and related industries yield nearly $19 billion a year to the economic impact of Alabama’s 4th Congressional District. Crops, livestock, timber, and fisheries produce a varied agricultural landscape and culture in the district.
"National defense is one of the cardinal duties of a statesman." John Adams, January 1815
I believe the majority of Alabamians support spending cuts and implementation of a framework to require Washington to live within its means from here on out. We need to protect taxpayers, ensure our seniors and veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve, and change the 'spend now, pay later' culture of Washington.
"Knowledge is power." Thomas Jefferson, January 1820
Energy becomes a more important topic each and every day, but it goes beyond the price you pay for gas at the pump. It also impacts our national security.
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." First Amendment, The Constitution of the United States of America
Since I first ran for Congress, I have been committed to defending our traditional, conservative Alabama values in Washington. That means protecting families, respecting the sanctity of all life and recognizing the role that religion has played throughout our nation's history.
North Alabama has a real problem with drugs, particularly opioid based drugs. The local law enforcement personnel in the 4th District are doing everything possible to combat this problem that destroys lives and families. From meeting with local citizens and law enforcement in North Alabama, I have seen the evidence of what these drugs can do.
The Founding Fathers wisely included the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights, which guarantees, "The right of the people to bear and keep arms shall not be infringed." This fundamental freedom protects the rights of gun owners and restrains the presence of criminal activity and tyranny.
It is important that everyone has access to good medical care that is reliable and affordable. It is a problem that impacts the young and old alike. It hits small businesses and forces them to make tough choices about the health care coverage they can afford to offer their employees.
"I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong." George Washington, May 1788
North Alabama has a proud tradition supporting our nation's space program. Today, we're one of the nation's leading manufacturing centers for the rockets that NASA will use for years to come as well as Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
Ensuring that our nation’s senior citizens can retire with dignity is important to me. For many years now, Social Security has helped to do just that. It is unfortunate that Democrat-led Congresses have used the Social Security system as a way of borrowing money for out-of-control spending.
While taxes are necessary to fund such critical priorities as the national defense and other programs, it does not change the fact that you have worked hard for your money and should be allowed to decide where that money should be spent. Congress has a responsibility to ensure that we're spending your money wisely and returning it to you when it has taken too much.
Transportation remains a top priority for me because of its impact on North Alabama. I firmly believe that the state's transportation system fuels economic development in our area and is vital to the continued growth of our region.
Veterans have given and sacrificed immensely to secure the fundamental liberties of our great country and to establish the United States as a global leader. Their unwavering service has sustained democracy and bolstered freedom around the world. We owe them and their families a great debt.