The Western United States was settled through the spirit of rugged individualism, a value that still impacts our lives today. We expect our representatives to adhere to our country’s founding principles, respect our way of life, and keep unelected Washington bureaucrats from making the decisions that we Coloradans should be making for our families.
All federal actions must be an appropriate exercise of Constitutional authority. Unfortunately, today it seems like nothing is off-limits to the federal government, including our property, health care, firearms, and right to make an honest living without interference. Before I was elected to Congress, I made a commitment to oppose government intrusion and overreach. Now, as a U.S. Representative, I work every day to uphold and defend the Constitution.
- Second Amendment Rights: I am a firm supporter of the Second Amendment, and I am committed to protecting the right of law abiding Americans to keep and bear arms. Recent tragedies have reignited the debate regarding public safety and how best to prevent horrific acts of violence. I believe it is critical that we keep weapons out of the hands of criminals and high-risk individuals. Our focus must be on strengthening national security and ensuring that individuals who suffer from mental illnesses receive the care they need to maintain safety in our communities.
- The Separation of Powers: The separation of powers between our three branches of government has broken down, and it has led to harmful overregulation across industries. Over many years, Congress has ceded too much power to the Executive Branch, and now, federal agencies are writing their own laws through rulemaking. I am working to restore the Separation of Powers by supporting legislative efforts like the Separation of Powers Act (H.R. 4768), and the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (H.R. 427).
- Property Rights: The right to own private property in this country is fundamental to our freedom. Our government was created to protect this right, not to inhibit it. I am a steadfast supporter of the Fifth Amendment and the limitations it places on the exercise of eminent domain. Moreover, I stand up for landowners in my district who face the threat of property seizure.