Our federal government is already more than $20 Trillion in debt, and our unfunded liabilities are nearly $110 Trillion. Our children and grandchildren deserve better than the reckless spending spree in Washington that is saddling our future generations with mountains of debt. We must reign in federal spending before it is too late, which is why Ben supports making the tough decisions to bring our budget into balance. Ben has never backed down on this issue and has consistently fought for budget cuts in Richmond and helped Americans for Prosperity (AFP) craft their model budget as co-chair of the state chapter.
The Tax Reform package of 2017 was a step in the right direction, but more work is needed. Ben supports further simplifying the tax code and reducing rates and the number of tax brackets, which will allow more hard-working residents of the Sixth District to keep more of what they earn. Taxation should be used for raising federal revenues to fund the core functions of government found in the Constitution, not used as a tool to enact economic and social engineering. Ben has fought for lower taxes in Richmond and will do the same thing in Washington.
Obamacare must be repealed, the individual mandate completely scrapped, and Congress must empower individuals and their doctors to be in control of their healthcare. Enacting free market solutions, such as shopping for health insurance across state lines and breaking up the monopolies that currently exist, will end government control over one-sixth of our economy, freeing us from unelected bureaucrats making decisions best left to patients and their doctors. This is critical to reducing prices for consumers, improving the quality of our healthcare system, and increasing choices for hurting families in the Sixth District who are seeing their premiums skyrocket.
Life begins at conception and must be protected. In addition to sponsoring the bill to ban funding for Planned Parenthood, Ben sponsored a resolution to recognize an annual “Day of Tears,” which calls for the lowering of flags to half-staff on the anniversary, January 22nd, of the Roe v. Wade decision. He has a 100% pro-life record in the House of Delegates and will never waiver on this issue when elected to Congress.
Immigration policy must put America, and the Sixth Congressional District, first. We must secure our southern border by completing the border wall and working to streamline and improve our immigration system. It is time to immediately end visa lotteries, visa quotas, and chain migration. We must continue to deport illegal immigrants and pull all federal funding from sanctuary cities that willfully ignore the rule of law.
National defense is the single most important, Constitutional obligation of the federal government. Our brave men and women in the armed forces need the resources and modernized equipment to protect our freedoms in an increasingly dangerous world. As we seek to modernize and improve our military readiness, we should account for every taxpayer dollar. As the delegate in the General Assembly who represents VMI, the nation’s oldest state-supported military institute, Ben will support our troops because he recognizes the sacrifices they’ve made on our behalf. Congress must do its job and fund our military while protecting taxpayers through regular audits of all federal agencies, including the Pentagon.
Ben Cline has fought for parental rights and decentralization of education for years, and will continue that fight in Congress by fighting to eliminate the federal Department of Education. Programs like ‘No Child Left Behind’ and ‘CommonCore’ have been top-down approaches that have failed our children, and Ben will oppose any similar programs in the future. Instead, Ben supports empowering families, teachers, communities, and states in the education of our children. This includes supporting our vibrant homeschool community here in the Sixth Congressional District and ensuring that we eliminate barriers that make it harder for parents to be in control of their children’s education.
Ben Cline is a staunch supporter of our 2nd Amendment Rights. He is the only candidate in this race who has been endorsed in the past by the NRA and VCDL. In addition to carrying “Constitutional Carry” legislation in Richmond, Ben opposes federal intervention in and regulation of firearms ownership, and will work tirelessly to oppose Democratic attempts to confiscate, register, or ban firearms.