WYOMING VALUES: INDEPENDENT THINKING, COMMON SENSE, FREEDOM, and EQUALITY
It's clear now how vulnerable our Nation is to pandemics. We have to quickly adapt to ensure we don't face another public health and economic crisis. As your Senator, I will build a coalition in the Senate that puts the U.S. in a global leadership role in preventing pandemics. We'll strengthen the global capability to quickly identify and contain new viruses and our domestic ability to research and develop vaccines.
When a pandemic strikes, it has to be contained. You can't manage what you don't measure. That means free and widely available testing.
Civil Rights and Racial Equality
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) face discrimination and bias from our society. This must be addressed and changed. Congress writes the laws for our nation and it is their duty to address injustice. A good place to start would be to reform our criminal justice system that consistently targets BIPOC communities and increase every American’s participation in their government through updating, expanding, and safeguarding voting rights.
We are a nation of immigrants. Immigrants built America. We're the country that provides asylum to refugees. We cannot separate parents from their children.
Our immigration policy needs to be principled, but not prejudiced. We need comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship.
Ronald Reagan believed in the American immigrant at the core of his shining city presidential theme. In his farewell address he said that the shining city was ".. teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That's how I saw it, and see it still".
Simply put, immigrants are Americans and supporting immigrants is a patriotic, American value.
A good education that is available to anyone, is a key part of the American dream. A good education comes from good teachers. We need to increase the competition for talented people that want to become teachers by doubling teacher's pay and linking that pay to high expectations for our kids. The federal government can foot this bill and the benefits for everyone - kids, families, communities, the nation - would be huge.
A Woman's Right to Choose
Any parent knows, this is a painful, personal decision. It is a decision that should be made between a woman and her doctor. Not by somebody in D.C. After a specified point in pregnancy, abortion should be restricted with exceptions only considered when a life is in danger.
Wyoming believes in freedom, and control of one's body is the embodiment of freedom, not the business of a politician.
If elected I would sit on the Senate Committee of Indian Affairs, and work hard to be a strong ally in D.C. for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. I will listen directly to tribal leaders and be a strong partner in tackling pressing needs including economic and infrastructure development, healthcare, empowering tribal courts, and more.
More Civility, Less Partisanship
We're all on the same team, we're all Americans. It's time to end the extreme partisanship that holds our nation hostage. Most people agree on 80% of the issues. Let's start where we agree and build from there. I'll work to strengthen bipartisanship action, and, where real differences exist, the importance of civility in public discourse.
It's a leader's job to find common ground.
Wyoming's public lands belong to us all, including future generations. Our state's identity is tied to our public lands. Protecting public lands generates economic opportunity, retains our natural heritage, and provides recreation for all. Simply put, public lands need to stay in public hands.
In instances where land is designated multi-use, federal regulations that apply (for example permitting of wind projects) need to be fair, simple, fast to navigate, and effective.
The U.S. is the world's most powerful nation militarily and we must retain our leadership position. How do we do that? Through ever-growing alliances. It's not just our military or economic power, but our soft power and our unique values of inclusion that make us strong. The Statue of Liberty forever reminds us of our true national identity: "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free". "These are the values that make us truly strong and truly great.
Money in Politics
Almost every issue Congress works on is held up because of money in politics. Too often, politicians make decisions based on what is best for their fundraising and reelection efforts, and not what is best for their constituents. This creates a toxic politician-corporation alliance that puts people last.
As your Senator, I will work to end political fundraising from corporations and support federally funded elections. I also support getting rid of the Supreme Court's Citizen's United Decision.
The true America is one that is fair and just and one that roots out prejudice. Equal rights for all and personal freedoms. For members of the LGBTQ community, full protections in marriage, to build a family, legal protection against discrimination in the workplace, and against any form of hate or violence.
Wyoming has the highest per capita gun ownership but the lowest rates of deaths tied to guns. I do not plan on making guns a focus of my campaign. Nationally, we need to get to the root of the sickness that is resulting in more and more mass shootings.
Ranching and Agriculture
Four beef processing companies - Tyson Foods, JBS, Cargill, and National Beef - control around 80% of the market. This creates ripe conditions for monopolistic practices like price fixing to occur. Ranchers understand that there are costs that factor into beef processing but increasingly stories of fundamental unfairness are coming to light - like hamburger being sold for eight times the price of prime beef.
Beef is a central Wyoming industry and Wyoming’s ranchers and cattlemen should be able to depend on consistent and fair relationships with major meatpacking corporations. The federal government’s job is to investigate, and if price fixing is found, fix the issue. Simultaneously, state-led solutions such as allowing state-inspected meats to be sold across state lines will help ranchers, as will initiatives such as the Freedom Food Act, which would allow consumers to buy their beef through an animal-share agreement.