Small businesses, particularly in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York, are the primary employers and job creators. They are the key to ensuring our economic recovery – that’s why Tom authored the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI), which was signed into law. RAMI creates a network of regional institutes to create jobs and make the U.S. a leader in manufacturing again, while also working to provide regulatory relief for small business.
Tom also believes that low cost energy is key to creating jobs and improving our economy. He believes in an all-off-the-above energy approach that taps into domestic resources, incentivizes new clean technologies and promotes education to prepare the energy innovators of tomorrow.
The United States is more than $18 trillion in debt. As our debt grows, so does the amount we pay in interest to the debt. These interest payments are projected to ballon dramatically in the coming years, and if unchecked will force us to cut funding for the vital services that taxpayers depend on. I ran for Congress in 2010 because the national debt is a threat to our national security and I fight every day for more efficient and responsible spending.
Obamacare is more than a broken website, it’s a failed solution to spiraling healthcare costs. It has led to cancelled insurance policies, job losses and reduced hours for workers. Tom believes in a more patient-centered solution to our health care challenges that will empower patients and doctors, not insurance companies and government bureaucrats. Tom believes in reforms that ensure all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions and past illnesses, get coverage at affordable prices. Tom has worked to highlight the over 700 billion dollars that was robbed from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, and believes very strongly in protecting the promise made to senior citizens.
As a sportsman and gun owner himself, Tom believes in the fundamental right to keep and bear arms, recognized by our Founding Fathers and expressly protected by the U.S. Constitution. The New York SAFE Act is an example of over-reach at a state level that motivates Tom at the Federal level. Tom doesn’t support the SAFE Act and will stand firmly in protecting our Second Amendment rights and fight the many one-size-fits-all proposals out of Washington.
As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Tom is fighting to enact real tax reform, and address a 70,000-page tax code that hasn’t seen comprehensive reform since 1986. Taxpayers deserve a simpler, fairer tax code that closes loopholes and puts everyone on a level playing field. One tax reform proposal that Tom supports would save a typical family in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes an average of $600 annually. A simpler tax code means a stronger economy and more jobs for upstate New York.
Tom’s father was a decorated Army officer who served in World War II and Korea. Issues affecting our veterans are a top priority for Tom and he is committed to providing our servicemen and women, along with their families, the care they deserve. Tom has a staff member dedicated to veteran’s issues and is committed to fixing the VA to improve care and give veterans more choices when it comes to health care. The recent scandal involving systemic problems within the VA are unacceptable, and Tom has pushed for greater transparency and quality of care within the department.