Issues

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Jobs and the Economy

Too many Americans are out of work, especially across California’s 21st Congressional District. The unemployment rate in the San Joaquin Valley rests at approximately 17% with many areas exceeding an outrageous unemployment rate of 32%.

David knows that needless regulations kill jobs and increased taxes hurt small businesses, the backbone of our nation’s economy. He is working to pass common sense legislation that will put Americans, especially those in the Central Valley, back to work.

Water

In the Central Valley, life as we know it is dependent upon securing a reliable and clean supply of water. Farmers, families, and entire communities must receive the water they need to strengthen the economy and raise our families.

David knows that a safe and stable water supply is critical to the Central Valley and the State’s $35 billion agriculture industry. In Congress, he is fighting to address our local needs during the drought. The passage of his bill, H.R. 3964, The San Joaquin Valley Emergency Water Delivery Act, will help bring relief to the Central Valley.

Agriculture

As a dairy farmer and a Member of the powerful House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, California’s agriculture industry is extremely important to David. David knows what it takes to ensure California remains an agricultural superpower

California’s diverse agricultural economy is a $35 billion dollar industry that produces over 400 commodities and accounts for over a half of our nation’s fruits and vegetables. It is important that we ensure our farmers and ranchers have the tools they need to produce our food supply and that they continue to remain competitive internationally.

Education

As the father of three, one of David’s top priorities is ensuring every child has access to a quality, affordable education.

He knows the “one-size-fits-all” approach of Washington bureaucrats only hinders the education of our nation’s children. Parents and educators should have the resources and flexibility to provide an education that meet the needs of their community and each individual student. Education should be more comprehensive at all levels and David supports expanding vocational and trade school options for our students.

David believes that education is the pathway to success and that everyone should have access to the tools they need to accomplish their goals.

Spending

David believes that Washington should live by the same rules as every American family, which means they must balance the budget and spend no more than what they take in.

Today’s government spends, borrows, and taxes its people too much. Our national debt has surpassed $17 trillion, nearly $53,000 for every man woman and child in America. David strongly opposes wasteful projects, such as the construction of a high-speed rail system throughout California which will cost tax payers billions of dollars with little added benefit.

The average American works the first three hours of their day just to pay their federal, state, and local taxes. David believes Americans should be working to provide for themselves and their families, not to feed government coffers. By implementing a simpler, fairer tax system we can ensure everyone pays their fair share while making America a better place for communities and families.

Responsible spending reductions that reduce the national debt will strengthen the U.S. economy and create economic opportunity for families in the Central Valley. These spending cuts, coupled with the implementation of a fairer tax code and strong incentives to work and invest, will lower the tax burden for all Americans, while providing increased support for necessary federal programs.

It is time to get serious about our nation’s spending problem and David is committed to working with his colleagues to do what is best for the American people.

Reforming Washington

Americans are the most honest, hardworking people in the world and they deserve a government with the same values. Unfortunately, our federal government has proved, especially recently, that they cannot be trusted. Scandals such as the NSA’s data collecting and the IRS targeting conservative groups have left American’s questioning the government’s ability to truly protect taxpayers.

David believes we must ensure that all government agencies are held accountable and focus on what is best for every American, not what is best for bearcats in Washington.

It is important to David to be one of the most transparent and accessible Members to ever represent California’s Central Valley. It is also extremely important to David that he remain in touch with his District and the community he has lived his entire life.

Today, David and his family live on their dairy farm in Hanford where they are raising their three children. On weeks that Congress votes in Washington, David is on the last flight out and on the first flight back to California after votes. David spends as much time as he can traveling throughout the Counties of Kings, Tulare, Kern, and Fresno. He regularly hosts public town-hall style meetings and frequently participates in roundtables with community and industry leaders.

Healthcare

David believes quality, affordable healthcare should be available to all Americans. It is important to enact reforms that lower the cost of healthcare while maintaining access to healthcare for America’s most vulnerable populations.

However, ObamaCare is not the healthcare solution America needs. ObamaCare increases monthly insurance costs, restricts healthcare professionals from providing quality care, and has a detrimental effect on businesses costing us millions of jobs.

David supports repealing ObamaCare and replacing it with a market-based approach to healthcare reform that provides individuals with competitive choices and addresses the needs of those unable to afford healthcare insurance. It is David’s priority to ensure your healthcare remains in the hands of you and your doctor, not the federal government.

Immigration

As the son of immigrants, immigration reform is an issue close to David’s heart. David knows that our current system is broken and in need of comprehensive repair.

David supports a reasonable and responsible pathway to citizenship for those wishing to enter our country and those already here. This will allow many undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows, get involved in their children’s education, find employment, and raise their families.

An important aspect of immigration reform is addressing concerns of the agriculture industry and farm workers. Developing a guest worker program that will enable access to a reliable workforce is crucial to the stability of our local agricultural economy. Most importantly, David believes that we should recognize the importance of family in American society and acknowledge the danger of separating families. Rather than targeting those simply trying to raise their families, we should equip law enforcement with the tools to focus on undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes.

Reforming our nation’s immigration system is a massive undertaking. David will continue working on immigration reform until a solution is reached.

Energy

Our nation, especially California, is blessed with an abundance of traditional and renewable energy resources. However, red tape and frivolous litigation is blocking the development of America’s energy resources, killing jobs and slamming families with sky-high energy costs.

David supports expanding our domestic energy potential such as the Keystone Pipeline, so that we may end our dependence on foreign energy and reduce costs here at home. California can play an instrumental role in energy production. In additional to renewable energy sources, our State has the potential to produce oil and natural gas, solar energy and hydro-power. Developing California’s energy resources will create jobs in our communities while lowering our national demand for energy by supporting innovation to improve our economy’s energy efficiency.

Veterans

We owe a great debt of gratitude to those who fight to preserve our freedom. Whether it be ensuring they have the tools to stay safe in battle, access to high quality healthcare, or education and employment opportunities here at home, our men and women in uniform deserve our gratitude and our support.

David is grateful for the sacrifice of so many and will continue to represent them and their families in Washington. As a country, it is our duty to respect the memory of those lost and honor those who have fought for our freedom.

Protecting our Seniors

Our nation’s financial situation requires that we carefully examine the future of programs our seniors depend upon like Medicare and Social Security.

Without improvements, both Social Security and Medicare will be unable to fully meet the promises made to the next generation of retirees and will burden future generations with reduction in services and crushing tax increases. Both programs risk complete collapse before our children and grandchildren ever receive a single benefit. This is simply unacceptable to David, who believes we must act in order to strengthen and preserve these vital programs.