Our coastal communities are vital to our state’s economy and a treasure for all North Carolinians. In Congress, I will be a tireless advocate for those issues critical to our coastal communities.  I will work to find long term funding solutions for the dredging of our waterways and inlets as well as beach nourishment and re-nourishment. I will also work with my colleagues in the House to protect the federal floodwater insurance program, which is vital to our coastal communities. It would be irresponsible... Read More
President Ronald Reagan had it right — Peace through Strength. We must maintain a cutting edge military and bolster our intelligence agencies if America is going to remain the dominant force for freedom in this world. We should continue to invest in research and development, so that our soldiers have the technology they need to protect themselves and defend our country. I believe in military intervention only when we have a threat to the national interest of the United States.  I believe we should do... Read More
My entire career has been focused on championing the needs of small businesses, entrepreneurs and our farm families. In the State Senate, I chaired the committees responsible for cutting wasteful spending and removing burdensome regulations from our business owners and farm families while leading the fight against implementation of Obamacare and its mandates during Senate floor debate.  Our small businesses, entrepreneurs, and farmers are the economic engine of this state and nation.  Right now they are... Read More
It is not what you make that gets you in trouble, it is what you spend.  I am a firm believer that less government is best. When you boil it all down, the government is a major part of the reason why we have an energy crisis, a struggling education system, and so many regulations in health care that competition and transparency are significantly impeded.  Costs continue to spiral out of control and insurance is unaffordable for many. Families across North Carolina and America are required to live within... Read More
We cannot tax our way back to prosperity. I fought for lower taxes in Raleigh and I will fight for lower taxes in Washington.  In the State Senate I helped craft two balanced budgets without raising taxes on hard-working North Carolinians. I also proposed legislation to completely eliminate the state’s burdensome gas tax that strains family budgets and small businesses. And I led the fight against Obamacare – the $500 billion tax increase on American families.  We need to lower all taxes so people can... Read More
Marriage  I believe in the Biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.  This is the cornerstone to a productive and moral society.  I was a co-sponsor of the Marriage Amendment to the NC Constitution and campaigned for its adoption by the people. I will vigorously fight any attempt by the courts to void the vote of the people of North Carolina or any legislative effort to repeal it.  Life  I am pro-life and will do everything in my power in Congress to fight for the rights of the... Read More
I am a proud member of the NRA, and a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights.  The Second Amendment is about much more than the right to hunt, as some seem to suggest.  It is about protecting ourselves from enemies foreign and domestic. Read More
Our veterans have laid it all on the line for our country — for our freedoms. Too often our veterans find only difficulty in dealing with the bureaucratic maze of the Veterans Administration and receive very little support for ongoing physical and mental recovery from the physical and emotional battles they have faced. Without question, we must step up to the plate and make sure that all of our veterans and their families have access to the very best health care available — both to address the immediate... Read More
I do not support amnesty.  No one who has come to this country illegally should be allowed to obtain taxpayer benefits.   We have an illegal immigration problem because our legal immigration system is seriously flawed, overly bureaucratic and many of our immigration laws have not been enforced. First, we must secure our borders using every technological tool available and all the manpower necessary, including use of our military forces.  This is critical from a national security perspective –... Read More
I believe that control of education needs to be in the hands of parents, teachers and principals at the local level. The federal government should get out of the way and let the states do what is best for their local school officials so that every child receives a quality education.  I believe we should return to the fundamentals of learning with a focus on critical thinking rather than the reciting of facts and figures that are forgotten soon after the test. If a student has learned how to think through... Read More
There is no question that our health care system needs to be reformed. Even before Obamacare, we had too much government intervention and control — the very reason why health care costs continue to increase at exponential rates. This is one of the primary threats to long-term economic growth in this country.  Obamacare must be repealed, and our healthcare system significantly reformed in order to bring down the cost of individual health care. We must enact free market reforms in order to increase... Read More