What controls do you advocate for illegal immigration into the United States?
For years, illegal immigration has gone virtually unchecked. We must regain control of our borders. First, American corporations must be held responsible when they knowingly or negligently hire undocumented workers. Second, Congress must immediately, significantly increase funding for border protection and enforcement.
I support new steps to secure our borders. Until then we must enforce the laws we already have. Last December, I voted for legislation to build fences, increase the number of border patrol agents, implement a mandatory employee verification system, penalize employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, and increase penalties for illegal immigrants who stay beyond their visa.
This involves a multi-complex solution. We must enforce existing laws and we must put an end to the cause of the massive illegal immigration by altering our free trade agreements, such as NAFTA and CAFTA. These "free trade agreements" enable big business to exploit suppressed rights of foreign labor for profit. When this exploitation profiteering promotes greater oppression and poverty, many exploited people migrate North for the advantage of our opportunities and law enforcement
What checks, if any, should Congress place on the executive branch as it wages the Global War on Terror?
Surveillance is an important tool in the war on terror, but wiretapping programs must be conducted in a legal manner. Due to the executive branch's choice to engage in extralegal surveillance, the details of classified programs have been broadcast on the nightly news, harming our national security.
Recent Supreme Court decisions have drawn clear guidelines for how executive power can enhance security without sacrificing freedom, and I will support legislation to advance these twin goals.
My military oath impressed on my mind that I was in the military service of my country for one reason, that reason being to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies and to obey the orders of those appointed over me agreeable to our laws and code of conduct. Congress must ensure that our enemies do not, by any tactics, cause us to abandon our Constitution of independence and liberty.
The Constitution appoints the President to be the Commander in Chief, but gives Congress the right to declare war. The War Powers Act further restricts the President's ability to engage in a military conflict without formally declaring war. In 2002, an overwhelming bipartisan majority of both the House and Senate exercised these checks by authorizing the President to commit our troops to the Global War on Terror. Congress should continue to exercise oversight in all areas of the Global War on Terror.
What changes, if any, are needed to the federal farm subsidies programs?
Today's family farmers are threatened by falling revenues and rising expenses. As megafarms glut the marketplace with mass-produced food, wholesale prices are dropping below the level where family farmers can compete. After generations of success, many farms are closing forever, destroying a crucial element of Kansas's economy and heritage.
In Congress, I'll support family farmers and slow consolidation. Capping subsidies will strengthen independent farmers, ensure a safer food supply, and improve the Kansas economy.
Everything is considered as necessary. This is a reason why a balanced budget is so difficult. We need to improve U.S. family farmers price support programs, especially by adding parity support prices. We also need an improved Farmers Owned Reserve Program and provide adequate funding for the National Strategic Grain Reserves Program.
Our farmers and ranchers are the best in the business. The federal assistance that we send them should be for the good work that they do, not for the work they agree not to do. As we draft the next Farm Bill, we must ensure that all federal farm subsidies incentivize production and provide access to real crop insurance.