As a former member of the House Committee on Agriculture, I understand the importance of this valuable industry to farmers, farm families and our communities throughout Illinois and across the nation. Agricultural production is Illinois’ #1 industry, sustaining tens of thousands of quality jobs covering more than 28 million acres–nearly 80 percent of the state's total land area.
For far too long, Washington has been recklessly spending Americans' hard-earned taxpayer dollars. American individuals and families who are struggling every day have to live within their means. The federal government should as well.
A strong national defense is vital to the security of the United States. I am working to ensure that our military is well-equipped to confront the challenges of the 21st century. I am committed to the well-being of our men and women in uniform and will make certain they have the necessary resources both to defend our nation and take care of their families.
I believe there is no reason Americans cannot enjoy a robust and expanding economy in the 21st century. To do this we must create the conditions conducive for economic growth – cut taxes, reduce government spending, eliminate costly and burdensome regulations and foster an economic climate of certainty that instills businesses with the confidence to invest and create jobs.
Parents and families should play the primary role in a child's education. Without support at home, efforts in the classroom will fall short of providing students with the best possible chance to succeed.
Wind. Solar. Natural gas. Domestic oil production. America's energy resources are vast, yet currently under-utilized.
Families are the bedrock of our society. Strong families tend to make for stable, prosperous communities. A secure family strengthens the social fabric of our nation and provides the best economic support for individuals. Therefore, I support protecting institutions and initiatives that strengthen families.
I have the privilege of serving on the House Committee on Financial Services which oversees the entire financial services industry, including the securities, insurance, banking, and housing industries.
The U.S Constitution grants the federal government specific and enumerated powers, and separates the three branches—legislative, executive and judicial—to provide a check on one another. Congress and the House specifically have a unique role in overseeing the executive branch.
The quality of health care in the United States is second to none. In the last century, America has pioneered the frontiers of health care by mapping the human genome, eradicating polio, and performing the first lung transplant.
Science is at the heart of American innovation. From the pre-Revolutionary War era to today, American scientists have spearheaded many of the world's most impactful technological marvels, producing life-saving, job-creating advances that have deepened human understanding and improved our quality of life in countless ways.
As a country we owe a debt of gratitude to the generations of retired Americans and those nearing retirement for paving the way for the opportunities we enjoy today. Our seniors have carried the torch for America through the turbulence of war and national upheaval. We can never repay their sacrifices, but we can honor them by keeping our commitments to them.
Burdensome taxes continue to plague hard-working Americans. Our tax code is too complex, costly and time-consuming. It is estimated that individuals and businesses spend about 6.1 billion hours a year complying with the filing requirements of the tax code. We can all agree that we need real reform that makes the tax code simpler and lowers taxes on all Americans and families.
Illinois is home to the world's largest airport (O'Hare), a vital waterway network including Lake Michigan, a massive interstate highway convergence and the heart of the American railroad network.
The men and women who have served us in the U.S. Armed Forces deserve our lifelong appreciation and respect. More than that, they deserve a federal government that honors its commitment to them.