Inflation & Cost of Living

With inflation at a 40-year high, the dollar is worth less, buys little, and is stretched too thin. The burden of these price increases is falling on the backs of the American people—middle America. We need smaller government, less spending, and lower taxes. We have to make it easier for individuals and small businesses to compete and succeed, rather than punishing success and stifling innovation in pursuit of a Marxist or socialist vision of equity. We also can’t keep printing money and pretend it won’t drive up inflation. The federal government must learn to live within its means.

Public Safety & Crime

We cannot allow crime, violence, and carjackings to become commonplace as they are now. I will work to re-build our police force, provide common sense solutions to crime, support first responders, and commit to making CD-5 and Minneapolis a safe place to live, work, and visit. I will also fight to end the two-tiered politicization of our justice system. Read More >
Minneapolis has been at the forefront of the defund the police movement and Ilhan Omar remains the biggest cheerleader of the policy. It is clear that police reform is just a Trojan Horse for the radical transformation of America. The results are clear. After the Minneapolis City Council defunded the police in December 2020 by $18M, shootings predictably rose by 250%, while homicides climbed 105%, and carjackings soared by 222%.

Criminals realize they won’t be held accountable. We have weak, far-left funded District Attorneys like Alvin Bragg in Manhattan and Attorneys General such as Keith Ellison in Minneapolis. Instead of enforcing the law and hiring more police officers to combat the growing scourge of car thefts, Keith Ellison decided to sue Hyundai and Kia.

Criminals also know the far-Left is pumping money into bail programs like the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which VP Kamala Harris supported and promoted. That bail fund, for instance, helped lead to the release of an alleged Minneapolis domestic abuser, who has since been charged with two counts of second-degree murder in a road-rage slaying. Kamala Harris should know better. She was, herself, California’s Attorney General after serving as a District Attorney in San Francisco.

Educational Freedom

No investment is more important than our children. When it comes to our youngest generation, the only special interest group that matters are the children and their parents. I’m for school choice, increasing graduation rates, and eliminating Critical Race Theory from classrooms. We can’t continue to produce new generations of kids that are taught to hate America, which begins early in too many classrooms. Parents should also have a say on what their children are taught. Our children need quality education to prepare them to compete and build a promising future. Read More >
Given that the United States is one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations in the world, it is unconscionable that our students are underperforming international standards in math, reading, and science. As taxpayers, we fund a public-school system that is a failing government monopoly. Around 90 percent of America’s children attend a taxpayer-funded government school to which they are assigned because of where they happen to live. I believe parents should be able to choose where to send their children to school, yet only a small percentage of America’s 50 million K-12 students have access to the kind of educational choice they need to succeed.Public schools should make their curricular resources available to the public so that parents can discover what is being taught in their children’s K-12 schools.

The federal government should not support so-called diversity training that promotes Critical Race Theory (CRT) and ideas such as “unconscious bias.”We are also leaving our younger generations behind in places like North Minneapolis. We’re not preparing them with the vocational skills they need to be employable and self-sufficient. High School can’t just be about getting kids in and out of the door. We need to prepare these young adults with the skills they’ll need to find and keep a job. There are several steps Congress can take to advance education freedom.

Currently, around $14 billion in federal funds are earmarked for school districts to help low-income students. These funds should instead be made available to low-income students to use at any public or private school of their choice. I also support dollar for dollar federal tax credits for contributions that provide scholarships to low-income children to attend a school of their choice.The key to the success of America’s economy is freedom and competition. Competition produces excellence. We should focus on giving all children the opportunity to succeed and reward students based on their achievements, not their race, gender, religion, or income level.American history is an ongoing struggle for all to take personal responsibility and prevail under freedom, not the distortion and lie that America is exclusively a story of a dominant and oppressive white class keeping everyone else down. We should work toward the day when one’s skin color, race, religion, and gender is an insignificant or irrelevant mark of one’s value and place in society, not the defining characteristic as those who promote Critical Race Theory seek to do.Public education should proceed from a moral commitment, grounded in optimism and patriotism. It is dangerous to believe public education should have as its objective the dismantling of the institutions and ideals that birthed it in the first place.

Trade & Energy

Energy security is national security and the more stable and independent America is, the stronger we are on the world stage. I will work to regain America’s position as a net total energy exporter to the rest of the world, allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be completed, and end the bureaucratic freeze the government has on drilling on federal lands. Read More >
The Biden administration is working for the opposite. In pursuit of their green agenda, they clamped down on domestic energy production and made us more dependent on foreign sources of energy. That’s pain you can feel at the pump. The president already blocked the Keystone XL pipeline permit in his first days in office. At the same time, he reversed U.S. policy and allowed Russia to complete their Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany—until Putin invaded Ukraine.

To help lower the price of gas, Biden dumped millions of barrels of crude oil onto the market from American’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve—our nation’s emergency stockpile that is used to ward off any disruptions to the oil market that would result from unforeseen scenarios including war. But this was a self-made emergency that provided temporary relief just for the benefit of Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections. It shrank America’s oil reserve to its lowest level since 1984.

Ilhan Omar’s latest foray into energy politics, under the guise of environmentalism, demonstrates yet again that she’s far more at home shouting empty slogans than solving real problems. In 2021 she enlisted the help of her fellow-Squad members to oppose the replacement construction of the aging Line 3 pipeline in northern Minnesota. The existing line was constructed some 60 years ago, was corroding, and could only operate at around half its original capacity. Rather than protecting the environment, she was more interested in activist theater than she was in serving the residents she was elected to represent.

Border Security & Immigration

Secure borders don’t just allow us to take care of our own citizens—they allow citizens, through their votes, to have a voice in how they are governed. When the United States allows a vetted, legal immigrant to pass through its secure border, that is a gift, and a great privilege. I would know. I came here legally. Illegal immigration is an affront to the rule of law, a slap in the face to those of us who follow the rules, a threat to our nation’s security, and an invitation to an ever-more balkanized society. This has to stop. Read more >
On Biden’s first day in office, he unveiled a massive amnesty proposal and ended President Trump’s “remain in Mexico” policy by releasing more than 60,000 migrants into the country, many of whom didn’t even have court dates or a hearing scheduled. Democrats have laid out the red carpet for illegal immigrants at the southern border while the Biden administration has broadcast its policy allowing unaccompanied minors to remain in the United States, contributing to the surge at the border that has reached previously unseen numbers.

National Defense & Foreign Affairs

We should always be guided by what is in America’s interest. We benefitted from the world order we helped shape since the end of World War II and the end of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. We were the world’s defense against fascism and dictatorships. The global challenges have shifted since then.

The world order we helped ensure requires our allies to do their part and not duck their responsibility, believing that we put their priorities first. We must have that conversation with our allies without losing sight of the fact that they are our friends and we share common values. We must embrace our global position and act as a leader, rather than shrink the responsibility our leadership bestowed. Read More >
We need to strengthen our alliances. We should reward our friends and punish our foes—not the other way around. The Obama-Biden administrations have lost that thread. What the media refers to as the “adults in the room” upended decades of agreed upon American positions and they hope you won’t notice. Biden’s proverbial “adults in the room” brought us the shame of the botched Afghanistan retreat. We are bribing Iran while they develop nuclear weapons.

China can’t take us seriously while the president and his family appear compromised. We no longer project unified strength but disjointed weakness, punctuated by the “adults” trying out coffee lounge political science experiments without fear or sober analysis of the consequences. It would be bad enough if Ilhan Omar’s congressional record simply did nothing to serve the residents of our district. Her record demonstrates she wants to fundamentally transform America at home and re-align the U.S. with our adversaries abroad. We fundamentally disagree. As one of the loudest members of Congress, she seems to only care about human rights when it justifies her priors. Her priors demonstrate that she has a problem with our friends and endless patience for our adversaries. The fact that she was removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee is further evidence of how untethered she is from the center of American thinking.

The People’s Republic of China represents the greatest long-term geopolitical threat to the United States.
For years, China has pursued a range of economic, military and political policies that have been deeply inimical to American interests. And under its current president, Xi Jinping, the dangers these pose to the United States have grown. Competing with China on multiple fronts to preserve human rights, retain economic dominance, and safeguard global norms is a cardinal imperative.  

Ukraine / Russia
Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of the sovereign nation of Ukraine poses a long-term threat to the United States with implications far beyond the borders of the current conflict. China is watching and learning from the global response in Ukraine and those lessons will likely be applied in Taiwan. I stand with the Ukrainian people, including the large Ukrainian community in our district, and I’m committed to protecting America’s national security interests. NATO I’m committed to our transatlantic partnership and will require all NATO members to contribute their fair share. Most do not. This must change. Israel I remain committed to strengthening the special America-Israel relationship, standing firm against regimes and terrorist organizations that threaten either country.  

I'm committed to our transatlantic partnership and will require all NATO members to contribute their fair share. Most do not. This must change.

I remain committed to strengthening the special America-Israel relationship, standing firm against regimes and terrorist organizations that threaten either country. I will work to expand the Abraham Accords framework.

I am against reconstituting any version of Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with the Iranian regime, which would enrich the world’s biggest terrorist-supporting state with over $100 billion. They must not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

Biden’s inept retreat from Afghanistan dishonored the sacrifices of thousands of Americans and emboldened our enemies. Our adversaries learn from our failures and Putin applied those lessons with his decision to further invade Ukraine.