As the youngest of 12 siblings, Tom knows how to bring people together. It’s why he is proud to co-chair the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of dozens of members of Congress who are committed to finding common ground on some of the toughest issues facing our communities. Together the caucus is driving problem solving efforts on health care, DACA and border security, infrastructure and the budget.
In addition to his leadership role on the Problem Solvers Caucus, Tom has a record of supporting bipartisan legislation on a range of important issues including a sexual harassment resolution that requires members of the House and their employees to undergo sexual harassment training and the bipartisan Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) which was co-authored by Tom and signed into law.
Small businesses are the cornerstone of our economy in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York and their success is critical to ensuring economic prosperity for generations to come. As part of his commitment to fight for our jobs and our future, 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 tax and regulatory relief for small business.
Tom believes that low-cost energy is another key driver of job creation and economic growth. It’s why he supports an all-of-the-above approach to our energy needs to improve our nation’s energy infrastructure, incentivize energy exploration and promote the development of the workforce of tomorrow.
Tom is fighting for more efficient and responsible government spending. He is committed to growing the economy, balancing the budget and has a record spotlighting and helping cut wasteful spending. Tom has sponsored legislation like the Buy Smarter and Save Act of 2017 that would reduce costs for federal agencies, and continues to work to hold government bureaucrats accountable and reduce wasteful spending.
Obamacare is more than a broken website; it’s a failed solution to spiraling healthcare costs that has led to canceled 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. He believes in reforms that ensure all Americans, regardless of pre-existing conditions and past illnesses, get coverage at affordable prices. He 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.
Tom voted in favor of repealing and replacing Obamacare and, as co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, put forward a bipartisan set of solutions to stabilize our health insurance markets and provide relief to individuals, families and small businesses. Tom also as co-chair of the Diabetes Caucus, the largest disease-specific caucus in Congress, and is passionate about supporting legislation that would improve diabetes research, education and treatment.
As a gun owner and avid sportsman, Tom believes in the right to keep and bear arms, recognized by our Founding Fathers and expressly protected by our Constitution. Tom does not support the New York SAFE Act, and was the first elected official to sign the SCOPE pledge calling for its repeal, because he believes it is an example of an over-reach at the state-level. He also co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act which would make concealed-carry permits valid across state lines. He will continue to stand firmly in protecting our Second Amendment rights and fight the many one-size-fits-all proposals from Washington.
As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, Tom has been fighting to enact real tax reform that will allow working families in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Western New York to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. Tom believes that hardworking families deserve tax relief. He proudly supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act which was signed into law by President Trump and will allow our neighbors to keep more of their hard-earned paychecks. A fairer, simpler tax code will lead to 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. It’s why he supports the CHOICE program that gives veterans the option to visit a local doctor if the wait to see one at the VA is too long or visiting a VA clinic is inconvenient.
Tom has a staff member dedicated to veteran’s affairs and is committed to holding the VA accountable to provide the absolute best care possible to our veterans. He continues to push for greater transparency and accountability within the VA system.