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Serving as Maine's 2nd District Voice on Important Issues

- NATIONAL SECURITY
- WOMEN’S ISSUES
- THE 2ND AMENDMENT
- WELFARE REFORM
- THE NATIONAL DEBT
- ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
- COLLEGE AID
- MAINE’S ENVIRONMENT

As our voice in Congress I am working to fight terrorism, improve our national security, protect the 2nd Amendment, address issues important to Maine women, help push a solution to the national debt, deal with illegal immigration, help protect collect student aid, promote welfare reform, and to protect Maine’s environment.

Below I detail just a few of the steps I have taken to work on these issues.

National Security and Terrorism
•    Voted for stronger sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran.
•    Joined the Terrorism Financing Task Force to help cut off terrorism financing networks.
•    Authored and passed bipartisan Legislation to force the disclosure of the secret funds held and used by Iranian terrorist financiers.
•    Voted to end the dangerous Iran Nuclear Deal
•    Introduced the No Welfare for Terrorist Act, which garnered more than 40 Democrat and Republican co-sponsors, to stop welfare benefits for those convicted of aiding terrorist actors.
•    Worked on behalf of BIW jobs by passing Amendments to ensure Navy Destroyer contacts could be completed at the Yard, also helping National Security with these needed ships.
•    Helped reform the visa waiver program to prevent terrorist exploitation of our nation’s travel and custom rules.

Women’s Issues
•    Joined Democratic U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Democratic Representative Jackie Speier in co-authoring and leading the House effort to pass an Anti-Harassment Resolution in the U.S. House.  Became the first House Republican, and the lead Republican, on the anti-harassment effort.
•    Introduced bipartisan Legislation to Prevent and Respond to Sexual Harrassment in Congress.
•    Voted to increase women’s healthcare funding for Maine’s 2nd District Federally Qualified Health Centers.  
•    Supported Legislation to expand maternity care at the VA.
•    To coincide with the centennial of the 19th Amendment, introduced new bipartisan Legislation with Democratic Representative Barbara Lee directing the U.S. Treasury to issue quarters, one from each of the 50 states and the U.S. territories, to honor women who have made significant contributions to America. The governor or executive of each state or territory would recommend a design to the Treasury, in consultation with various stakeholders. If enacted, the quarter program would coincide with the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
•    Served as lead Republican co-sponsor working with Democratic Representative Chellie Pingree on the Ruth Moore Act, a bill that will make it easier for survivors of military sexual assault to get the benefits they deserve.  

2nd Amendment
•    Support Maine’s long outdoor traditions including firearms ownership.
•    Defend the Constitutional 2nd Amendment and Maine’s Constitution Section 16.
•    Joined calls to investigate and fix the failures in Florida and elsewhere where disturbed individuals got access to firearms.

Welfare Reform
•    Introduced Legislation to tighten regulations on replacement electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards and banning people convicted of welfare fraud and specific drug trafficking offenses from gaining benefits.
•    Sponsored Legislation to ban welfare after release for those convicted of aiding terrorist’s.
•    Supported efforts to require work, community service, or striving for educational attainment to receive welfare.

The National Debt
•    Has been a leading voice pushing a federal Balanced Budget Amendment to once and for all force Washington live within its means.  
•    Voted repeatedly for a Balanced Budget Amendment.
•    Refused to support a Congressional Pay raise.
•    Has refused to accept special Congressional healthcare benefits for Members of Congress, he pays for his own health insurance
•    Refused special Congressional retirement benefits.
•    Opposed the House Republican Leadership in pushing back against their Puerto Rico debt bailout plan.

Illegal Immigration & Immigration Reform
•    Worked to fix a hiring and recruitment problem for the Border Patrol allowing them to hire more staff for Maine border security.
•    Has opposed sanctuary cities, voting for penalties for cities who ignore immigration law.
•    Supports improved barriers to tighten America’s borders.
•    Supports ending the Visa lottery.
•    Opposes amnesty for adults who illegally crossed America’s border.

College Aid
•    Introduced The Help All Americans Save for College Act which would improve college savings incentives.
•    Voted to strengthen 529 college savings plans while opposing a proposed tax on the plans.
•    Voted to strengthen the solvency of the Pell Grant Program.
•    Fought to force the U.S. Department of Education to review the University of Maine at Presque Isle’s Upward Bound Grant Application which had been rejected on arbitrary document formatting grounds.

Maine’s Environment
•    Opposed Oil Drilling in Maine.
•    Opposed removing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.
•    Backed funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to support public lands for hiking, hunting, fishing, and other recreational access. This protects national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests.
•    Supported National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Funding so their partners like the University of Maine can continue researching and studying our oceans.
•    Supported the Department of Defense Climate Change Study.
•    Co-sponsored the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2017 to study ocean acidification’s impact on communities like Maine with coastlines.
•    Stood against EPA budget cuts in the President’s 2018 budget especially for critical hazardous waste cleanup services like Superfund and Brownfields.
•    Co-sponsored the Coastal Communities Ocean Acidification Act of 2017 to study ocean acidification’s impact on communities like Maine with coastlines.
•    Urged Congressional leadership to double the funding for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Maine has one of the oldest water infrastructures in the nation and it needs to be upgraded and supported.
•    Voted to support National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
•    Supported rules to address coal mining’s impact on our nation’s water systems.
•    Joined the Congressional Oceans Caucus, the International Conservation Caucus, and the Estuary Caucus as a voice for Maine.