Scott Taylor on the Issues
“During the time that I have been campaigning for Congress I have not found one person who says they are happy with Congress.
Members of Congress come home and report to us as if they are witnesses to what is happening in Congress rather than acknowledging that they are participants in the failures that Congress seems incapable of fixing.
We all know DC is broken and that it is time for a fresh start.
As a member of the House of Delegates I have created a conservative record on fiscal issues, a pro-jobs record on business issues and a pro-family record on quality of life issues. Here is where I stand on the federal issues facing our country.”
– Scott Taylor
There are of course hundreds, if not thousands of issues that come before Congress. If there is an issue important to you that is not addressed below, please email Scott at email@example.com and leave your name, address, phone number and question and Scott will get back to you.
The Constitution of the United States is one of the greatest documents ever devised by man.
When joining the Navy and when re-enlisting, Scott Taylor pledged to defend the Constitution of the United States and he will vigorously defend the Constitution as our Member of Congress.
The First Amendment
The freedom of religion, free speech, the press, the ability to petition our government and to peaceably assemble are bedrock freedoms critical to preserving our democracy. Scott believes these freedoms should be viewed as broadly as possible and not be diminished by federal law or the Supreme Court.
The Second Amendment
With an A rating from the NRA, Scott Taylor has a record of strongly supporting the 2nd Amendment. The Heller and McDonald Supreme Court decisions are landmark cases that state that the Second Amendment to the Constitution includes an individual’s right to bear arms. Scott’s story and his views on firearms was recently the subject of a Soldier of Fortune cover story. Scott will oppose legislation that diminishes the rights of Americans protected by the Second Amendment.
Tenth Amendment – States Rights
The federal government is much too big and has usurped the powers reserved to the States. From environmental laws to healthcare, Congress has systematically attempted to erase and ignore the sovereignty of the states. Scott will work to tip the scales back to the States – the laboratories of democracy – where Americans have much more of an ability to control their own destiny.
We can’t fix Congress unless we fix how Congress works. The truth is; Congress doesn’t work. This year Congress will be in session only 111 days. They are taking 8 consecutive weeks off this summer and will not work a single day in October. That’s pathetic. Congress can’t solve the problems plaguing our nation if they take more than 2 out of every 3 days this year off of work. A Member of Congress’ pay package exceeds $200,000; in return they are in session only 111 days. That’s outrageous and is an insult to the American people who pay their salaries.
Congress needs to get to work. The congressional committee system should function more like a state legislature. Committee’s should meet weekly, consider legislation and move the ones they pass to the floor for votes. The current system – where committee’s hold meaningless hearings no one attends and they rarely pass legislation – is a sham system that stifles innovation and keeps junior members “in-line.”
In my three years as Delegate, I’ve passed 10 meaningful bills into law. I am committed to modernizing Congress so it works again for the American people and I will never stop fighting for congressional reform.
Here are some recent headlines: Wall Street Journal, “After 7 Years of Slow Growth, U.S. Now Sees More of Same”, and Fortune, “The post-recession economy is worse than we thought” and the BBC, “US economic growth slows sharply”.
There are millions of under-employed Americans and many have given up on looking for new jobs.
There are too many laws and regulations that stifle American ingenuity and entrepreneurship.
Scott Taylor will work to repeal antiquated laws that protect turf and hold back the creative destruction that leads to new industries. According to Pew, “middle-income Americans have fallen further behind financially in the new century. In 2014, the median income of these households was 4% less than in 2000.”
Congress has failed to enact laws and policies that would help middle-income families. With an extremely complicated tax code, runaway health care costs and regulations that drive up the cost of almost everything we buy, middle-income Americans are rightly concerned about their ability to provide their children a brighter future than they had.
Scott Taylor will make it his priority to increase opportunities for all Americans, to enact laws that will grow the economy and support job training and retraining programs to ensure that Americans have the lifelong learning abilities to compete in the global economy.
In our Second Congressional District, Scott Taylor is the only candidate who has served in the armed forces.
As a Navy SEAL and Iraq War veteran, Scott has experienced first-hand what it means to be used as an instrument of American foreign policy. With his service and his experience, Scott will hit the ground running as a member of the House Armed Services Committee. Scott is committed to a strong national defense, defense procurement and acquisition reform and affordable benefits for military families whether they are in the United States of overseas.
Many veterans have lamented that we need more veterans in Congress because they understand what it means to serve in the military, what it means to be deployed, what it means to have lost a comrade-in-arms, what it means to serve with sub-standard equipment and so on. Scott Taylor will bring to Congress a perspective on military issues that his opponents don’t have and can never have.
Scott believes that the US should be prepared to fight future conflicts with tremendous precision and lethality no matter who the enemy is or what the challenge is. He will never abandon the men and women in uniform or their families. It’s not in his DNA.
Whether you did your own taxes or hired someone to do them for you, it’s obvious that the tax code is absurdly complex, is designed to pick winners and losers and – if we were to start over from scratch and create a new one – it would never look like this. The tax code for individuals and families must be dramatically simplified. The Code should tax consumption, not income. Savings and investment should be rewarded, not penalized.
The corporate tax code is literally anti-American. At 35%, the US corporate tax rate is the highest in the world. Few companies pay 35% because of loopholes and deductions available only to them. Meanwhile, Fortune 500 companies hold more than $2.4 TRILLION in corporate profits overseas. They will not bring it back the United States because they have to pay 35% of whatever amount they bring back to the US Treasury. Congress’ inability to fix this problem is flat-out negligent and reckless. All tax legislation must originate in the House of Representatives. Members of Congress must be held accountable for their failure to enable companies to return trillions of dollars to the US where it can be returned to investors or invested in American infrastructure and employees.
Scott supports trade. After all, trade is partly responsible for making the United States the world’s largest economy. Scott recognizes that unfair trade has massive, negative societal costs. Drive through any former textile town or manufacturing town and it’s impossible to miss the impact of America’s trade deals. Going forward, Scott knows trade deals must be in America’s best interest – for our citizens and our communities – and if a proposed trade deal is not in America’s best interests he will oppose it.
Every large country will have national education goals and the United States should as well. But these goals should be administered through the states and localities. As a delegate, Scott sees the heavy foot-print of the federal government with its rules and regulations that can at times stifle education reform at the state and local level. Although the new federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESSA, provides some additional local control, there are still unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations.
Scott Taylor is a Christian. He worships at Wave Church in Virginia Beach. Scott firmly believes that the Constitution provides all of us with the ability to worship God without governmental interference. While in the Navy, there were many times when Scott turned to God for prayer and comfort; at a funeral for a comrade or while executing a mission. Scott Taylor is pro-life.
What an incredibly complicated subject. Health care affects literally every American. Here is what is not complicated – Obamacare should be repealed and replaced. The government cannot require citizens to engage in commerce that they don’t want to engage in. However, adults should act like adults and buy health insurance not because they are required to but because it’s the right thing to do. It’s good for the individual and it’s good for society when people join an insurance pool. People with pre-existing conditions must be able to purchase affordable health insurance. Scott supports market-based solutions like having the ability to buy insurance over state lines, being able to pool resources with multi-state associations or groups to generate buying and negotiating power and taking any responsible step to reduce the cost of health care delivery.
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