ON THE ISSUES
"I have a leadership mantra, ‘PEOPLE, FAMILY, MISSION’ – they aren’t just words, they
are my guiding principle that I learned growing up on the Bolduc family farm and in Laconia. In my 32 years of active duty service in the US Army, those words were never far from my mind. I know that I now have more to give. Let’s be honest, Washington, DC is broken and just isn’t getting the job done for New Hampshire. I won’t let special interests or partisan politics get in the way of my new mission, serving as your United States Senator.”
LIST OF ISSUES
New Hampshire needs a full-service VA hospital. In a state that is home to more than 100 thousand veterans and active duty members of the armed forces, it is beyond time we got this done. I believe we owe it to New Hampshire's veteran community to receive the care they need without the burden and cost of traveling out of state. From mental health issues, addiction, and/or chronic pain as a result of injuries suffered in the line of duty, access to quality care is non-negotiable.
I believe the healthiest economic environment is one that promotes free market competition. Too many members of Congress embrace the term “lawmakers” and base success on the passage of needless legislation that stifles the growth of business and allows deep-pocketed corporations to rig the system against small business and start-ups. Under no circumstances should the federal government be in the business of picking winners and losers. Let’s leave it to the individual states to properly legislate the industries that impact local economies. Without skin in the game, blanket over-regulation stymies job growth and inhibits innovation. I believe adhering to free-market principles will spur competition across economic sectors. A competitive marketplace + smaller government = lower taxes and increased consumer spending. This creates an environment that’s attractive to business. It’s the circle of economic life. The federal government’s role should be limited to reasonable oversight of issues involving public safety and fair trade. Otherwise, as your senator, I see it as my job to keep Washington DC out of New Hampshire’s path to prosperity.
When the average student earns a degree in New Hampshire, it comes with a dubious distinction. Debt, a ton of debt. Per capita, New Hampshire has the highest student debt in the nation, and it is setting our children up for failure. Every young person should have the opportunity to earn and receive a quality, affordable education. The current model makes that difficult without significant means. I believe that we can adopt a program that allows young people to earn reduced tuition benefits through the performance of public service, much like I did when I joined the Army and paid for college with the GI Bill. Public service doesn’t mean military service. By working with colleges, universities, and trade schools, we can adopt a metric by which a degree can be earned through a combination of public service and enhanced grant programs. This formula will unlock the potential of the next generation and instill a sense of community and values.
Border Security and Immigration
Make no mistake, border security and illegal immigration are about national security. This issue can be addressed through cooperation, the application of law, and the proper allocation of existing resources.
Our current representation has failed to come together and develop an effective strategy. Enhancing the security of our borders is not “anti-immigration.” A weak border allows free access to our citizens by those with anti-American intentions and motivated by radical ideologies. It is an avenue by which many of the drugs, human trafficking, and illegal weapons that are fueling our crisis of addiction flow into the U.S.
Illegal immigration threatens our economy, our educational system, our public safety, and our democracy. Instead, we are rewarding those who enter this country illegally at the expense of American taxpayers. American citizenship is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. It must be earned.
If you enter this country by breaking our laws, I believe achieving citizenship should be off the table.
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many Republicans have campaigned on the message of “repeal and replace.” They have gotten it half right. The ACA is a bureaucratic mess that is destined to collapse under its own weight. Hard working citizens continue to shell out far too much money for health care that is difficult to access and lacks in quality. Insurance companies are calling the shots, and that is wrong. Health care decisions lie between you and your doctor. Unfortunately, we have failed to create a common-sense plan to replace the ACA. The model needs to change. People should be able to feel confident in shopping for services based on the quality of care and affordability. Why should the free market principle be absent in health care? It shouldn’t. If providers want to attract business, that should be done by offering a better product and an affordable cost structure. This will improve patient outcomes and return a sense of personal responsibility in the most important area of our lives: our health.
As Americans, we are protected under the constitution to bear arms. I staunchly believe in that right. I have seen firsthand what can happen when people are unable to protect themselves or their families.
Through the 10th amendment, individual states have the right to adopt regulations that are deemed appropriate by individual legislatures, but I believe that cannot compromise the fundamental right to bear arms in this country. The federal government must defend the constitution, not adjust it to suit political ideology.
We must clearly separate 2nd amendment rights from protecting our citizens.
The key to reducing violence lies not in legislation, but in strong communities that strengthen the family values, faith, education, and sports and arts programs to bring people together and not separate them.
We need to communicate and educate. We must identify and treat mental health issues as they emerge, and above all, we must stop allowing this to be a political talking point. It’s not about laws; it’s about people.