Vennia is a conservative running for Congress in Florida’s 7th District.
She will fight for Floridians in Congress and lead efforts
to promote a conservative agenda in Washington.
Here are Vennia’s positions on just a few of the issues
currently at the forefront of the national debate:
The Republican tax law has resulted in a wave of wage increases, bonuses, new investment in America, job growth, and increased 401(k) matching by employers. I will work to keep taxes low across the board, especially for the middle class. When we reduce the tax burden and regulations on small businesses as well as large employers, we promote job creation and economic growth.
Obamacare has dramatically increased insurance costs, limited individuals’ insurance choices, and resulted in lower quality medical care. If Republicans are unable to repeal it, then I will work to reverse its negative effects.
Fundamentally, we must ensure that high quality health care remains accessible, affordable, and portable. I favor enacting laws that increase the flexibility of pre-tax Health Savings Accounts so that individuals can buy insurance with tax-free funds. I also support laws that allow “pooling” by associations, religious groups, and small businesses so that people can buy insurance at lower, group rates.
I believe that we must act to ensure that Social Security and Medicare remain financially solvent and available for our seniors.
I intend to work towards reining in college costs by reforming the federal loan programs that are contributing to inflated tuitions and the student loan debt crisis. We cannot continue to send young adults into the world with tens of thousands of dollars of college debt that they are unable to repay.
I applaud the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by Republicans last December, but there’s more we need to do. I’ll join other Republicans to fight to keep taxes low, to make the recently passed middle class tax cuts permanent, and to eliminate a loophole that allows corporations to take advantage of state and local tax deductions but prohibits small businesses from doing the same.
Our immigration system is broken. The first step we must take towards repairing it is to strengthen our border and port security. We can do that by putting more border patrol agents on the ground, and we can start using more technology like aerial surveillance and drones to monitor who is coming and going along our southern border. Border security is about more than just national security; it’s about strengthening our moral standing in the world by stopping the human and drug trafficking and exploitation that goes along with illegal immigration.
Second, we must implement mandatory E-Verify for all employers to make sure that only those who are legally allowed to work in the U.S. are hired.
Finally, I favor a pathway to eventual citizenship for most of the Dreamers, who should not be held culpable for the illegal acts of their parents.
I am pro-life and pro-family.
Our country is the most powerful country in the world. There’s no reason why we can’t be energy independent and good stewards of our God-given resources.
We can create thousands of jobs by rebuilding our pipeline infrastructure using state of the art technology, which will make our pipelines more efficient and environmentally safe. We can and should diversify our energy portfolio by investing in renewable energy like wind and solar. And we should continue to take advantage of our vast natural gas and oil resources to meet demands here at home and in markets overseas.
A strong American energy policy should be part of a strong national security strategy.
I favor enacting policies that enable people to rise above poverty, become self-sufficient, and achieve their potential. The implementation of policies that create jobs and economic growth is the best way to achieve these objectives. Many of the programs designed to lift people out of poverty have instead kept them poor. What we need to do is grow opportunities – not government.
We should redirect the money we’re spending to reward work and education, tailor benefits to people’s needs, and improve our schools so that every child has the opportunity and is empowered to have a meaningful career. These policies will ensure that when our children grow up, they’re able to get jobs with good pay and benefits, become economically self-sufficient, and grow their nest egg. That's the American Dream.
Impoverished individuals and families can't do it alone. We need to put policies in place to access a network of community-based partners that can help individuals and families combat social and economic inequalities, and help teach the leadership and “soft” skills they’ll need in today’s economy.
The men and women who have worn our uniform, served and protected us, and made our nation more secure deserve our eternal thanks. It’s unconscionable that over the course of the last eight years, many of our veterans have had difficulty accessing the timely medical treatment they’ve earned.
We are duty-bound to ensure that our veterans have immediate access to the best health care in the world. Healthcare services for vets should never be delayed due to bureaucratic incompetence and red tape. I support holding accountable any bureaucrat at any agency who impedes the speedy delivery of healthcare to our veterans, particularly those at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
We must also prepare our veterans for civilian life and employment after discharge. That includes making sure educational and other support programs are available for them, their spouses, and their families.
To paraphrase President Reagan: “The United States doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.”
I support a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Families and small businesses could never operate like the federal government. They’d be bankrupt and out of business. It’s time we force Washington to live within its means like thousands of Florida families and small businesses do.