We must have a balanced budget to restore our country's fiscal discipline. To achieve this, our government must be willing to reduce spending and produce real and sustainable entitlement reform. We cannot continue the borrow-and-spend approach that leaves behind a mountain of debt for the next generation to pay. Members of Congress must be willing to make the tough choices, and I will continue to be a leading voice for getting our fiscal house in order.
As the Vice-Chairman of the Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittee, I believe that domestic energy production is essential to the growth of our economy and the security of our nation. Both finite and renewable sources must be explored and developed to diversify our energy base and lower our reliance on a single source. I will continue to work to reduce regulations and encourage an "All of the Above" energy policy. The Third District is a great example of energy diversity in the variety of energy production facilities, as well as, advanced researchers helping to develop the next generation of energy sources.
Jobs and the Economy
For too long, too many Arkansas have been out of work. I believe it is important for the federal government to create a stable economic environment that will encourage businesses to expand hire. I believe that means reducing regulatory burdens, reforming the corporate tax code, easing the restrictions on patent applications and permit waiting periods for entrepreneurs, and creating a federal budget that offers certainty to the business community.
As a 30-year veteran of the United States Army National Guard, it is my firm belief that we owe no greater debt than that owed to our veterans, especially those who became disabled in service to our country. The men and women of the military put their lives and bodies on the line for us; providing the best possible care for them is the least we can do.