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Florida plays an integral role keeping Americans safe, and I’m proud to represent our state on the House Armed Services Committee. As a Green Beret and former Pentagon and White House advisor, I know firsthand the challenges facing our men and women in uniform as well as what is required to complete the mission.
As a former small business owner, I know our economy has fallen victim to self-inflicted wounds like the 30-hour workweek under Obamacare, burdensome overregulation, an unsustainable fiscal policy that relies on deficit spending to fund the government, and a burdensome tax code.
The world is an unstable place. The Middle East is in chronic chaos with evolving terrorist organizations and unpredictable state regimes. Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin continues to challenge America’s democratic influence. Closer to home, dictators in Cuba and Venezuela seek to maintain suppression of their own people.
Our immigration system is broken, and our nation is in desperate need of a long-term solution to both fully secure our borders and tackle long-overdue legal immigration reform.
We must keep the promise of Social Security to beneficiaries and those nearing retirement. Program costs are soon projected to exceed revenue, shrinking the trust fund, and threatening the future of Social Security and quality of life for future retirees. Insolvency is projected by 2035. I will fight for Social Security sustainability.
The 21st century space race is on, meaning jobs for Florida, but also enhanced national security for America. As adversaries like China militarize their space program, it is necessary for the United States to focus resources to defend against growing threats and maintain our technological edge.
As a father, ensuring every student has access to a high-quality education is a personal priority for me. Every child in America, regardless of their background or zip code, deserves access to a quality school that provides proper attention and resources to all its students.
Florida is home to some of the most beautiful natural treasures in America. From our beaches to our National Forests and Parks, enjoying nature and the outdoors is at the center of our way of life and our economy. Clean water and air make Florida an attractive place to live and work.
Like everyone in our country, I want a quality health care system at an affordable cost. Unfortunately, Obamacare hasn’t fulfilled its promise to achieve this. Instead, it has increased the cost of health care for millions of Americans and is threatening our economic stability as health care prices continues to climb.
The men and women who bravely protected our nation from threats both at home and abroad deserve our utmost respect. When members of our armed forces retire, they should do so knowing they will be afforded everything the Department of Veterans Affairs and a grateful nation has promised them.