RESTORING ETHICS IN OUR GOVERNMENT
I’ve made it my mission to bring honesty and transparency back to our government. Earlier this year, I introduced the No Pensions for Corrupt Politicians Act to close a loophole that allows Congress members convicted of bribery, perjury, conspiracy or other related crimes to continue collecting their taxpayer-funded pension. Any elected official who betrays the public’s trust and is convicted of corruption should immediately have their pension revoked.
PUTTING THE TAXPAYERS FIRST
Throughout the debate on tax reform, I fought to provide critical relief to individuals and families, while ensuring job creators can compete on a level playing field. I also stood up to preserve important deductions that upstate New Yorkers rely on, including the Historic Tax Credit, the Medical Expense Deduction and the SALT deduction, which has become an increasingly important mechanism to shield New Yorker’s from Albany’s oppressive tax burden. In the 22nd District, 99 percent of itemizers deduct less than $10,000 in property taxes. The SALT provision will cover the overwhelming majority of property owners.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
As a member of the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force, I am leading the fight to provide our communities with the resources they need to combat the opioid epidemic. I’m working across the aisle to deliver solutions that help the victims, families and communities being torn apart by the growing epidemic, while fighting to stop the abuse of synthetic drugs like fentanyl. That’s why I am introducing a bill to stop the illegal importation of fentanyl into the U.S. by proposing to cut off taxpayer-funded aid to countries that fail to cooperate with the U.S. on narcotics control.
HISTORIC REGULATORY RELIEF FOR TAXPAYERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES
This year, Congress worked to provide record relief to taxpayers and job creators from Obama-era red tape, passing 15 bills to strike harmful regulations from the books. Of these, 11 have been signed into law and estimates suggest that repealing these 11 regulations alone will save $10 billion over 20 years. Increased accountability over unelected bureaucrats by making major agency regulations subject to a vote in Congress.
INCREASE SUPPORT FOR SKILLS-BASED EDUCATION
To prepare our next generation of leaders, we are prioritizing skills-based education and development. In 2017, I helped pass the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan legislation to help Americans find new opportunities and provide them with the right skills to get better-paying jobs. I will also continue to empower our state and local leaders by simplifying the application process for federal funds and provided more flexibility to use federal resources.
NEW TOOLS TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
The House voted to pass more than 20 pieces of legislation to help put an end to modern-day slavery and sexual exploitation. Importantly, I helped to pass the Put Trafficking Victims First Act, which increases training for prosecutors regarding how to investigate and process cases where a victim has suffered trauma.