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  The ‘Right to Bear Arms’ is one of the most fundamental and important rights in the Constitution and needs to be protected. As a lifelong member of the NRA, I cherish this right and will fight each and every day to protect and uphold the 2nd Amendment.    

Budget/Spending

  Washington does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. The spending-addicted politicians in Washington are doing nothing to solve it. Upon being elected to Congress, I’ll immediately push for a Balanced Budget Amendment that will force Washington to tighten its belt and reign in wasteful spending.  

Energy

As the demand for energy grows greater, our resources remain stagnant. For too long, America has relied on other nations for its energy needs. Now, with instability in the Middle East and an increasing threat from rogue nations like Iran, the harnessing of American energy is more important than ever before. If elected to Congress,…[Read More]

Agriculture

Agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia and is vital to ensuring our country has a safe food source. I will fight to ensure that the Farm Bill brought before Congress is responsible and fair. As the son of a farmer, I will fight to ensure our farmers have a voice in Washington and…[Read More]

Defense & Homeland Security

America has the greatest military in world history and I believe we must do everything possible to make sure this continues. We must provide our troops with the necessary funding to do their jobs and protect the lives of our citizens and allies.

Education

For too long, the federal government has employed a ‘one size fits all’ approach to education in America. I believe that decisions involving the education of our children should be made by parents and officials on the local level – not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.. I will fight to restore as much local control as…[Read More]

Federal Regulations

The unnecessary regulations and bureaucratic red-tape coming out of Washington are stalling America’s economic progress and burdening businesses. The cost of complying with the hundreds of pages of regulation imposed on business owners runs well into the millions. We need to give our job-creators all the tools they need to grow while reducing the reach…[Read More]

Healthcare

In 2010, the Democrats in Congress rammed through Obamacare, hurting our senior citizens by slashing billions from Medicare, decreasing the quality of healthcare and, most disturbingly, putting Washington bureaucrats between patients and doctors. It’s the wrong approach to healthcare and it needs to be stopped. I’ll immediately join the fight to repeal Obamacare and push…[Read More]

Immigration

Immigration is another example of Washington’s failure to solve the major problems facing our nation. For the last few decades, politicians have debated the problem of illegal immigrants, yet our borders remain vulnerable. We must immediately secure the border, enforce the laws we currently have on the books, and block any solution that includes amnesty…[Read More]

Jobs

With near-record levels of unemployment and millions of Americans looking for work, the need for pro-growth policies is more important than ever. As a businessman, I’ve spent my entire career creating jobs and growing companies. While the politicians in Washington seem to think that government creates jobs, I know that the private sector creates jobs….[Read More]

Family Values

Traditional family values are the very foundation of our democracy and need to be protected. I am 100% pro-life and will fight for the rights of the unborn. I strongly support traditional marriage as a sacred union between a man and woman and will fight any efforts to redefine marriage at a federal level.

Rick Allen returns to Augusta for ceremonial swearing-in

U.S. Rep. Rick Allen returned home to Augusta on Thursday for a ceremonial swearing-in, a platform he used to update his priorities for his first term in Congress, which include repealing the Affordable Care Act and growing the economy through energy independence and “fiscal responsibility.”

After taking the oath at Augusta’s downtown federal courthouse, Allen said he has co-sponsored several bills and expected the Senate to pass a measure that the House approved in early January to fast-track construction of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. It did so later Thursday.

The Augusta Republican said he believes the effort will be the first of his goals to come to fruition, adding that legislation he endorsed to revoke the Affordable Care Act, limit House and Senate terms to 12 years, and require the president to propose a balanced federal budget could be the toughest to accomplish.

President Obama has threatened to veto legislation that would tweak his health care package. A similar balanced-budget amendment to approve spending plans only where total expenditures didn’t exceed total revenue – unless with a 60 percent vote from Congress – failed in 2011.

“Our country is at a critical crossroads and I ran on the conviction … to make real solutions for citizens both nationwide and in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District,” Allen said. “We must turn around our economy and strengthen our financial position for future generations.”

Allen said he plans to leverage his experiences as a grandfather, knowledge as a local construction company owner and power on the House’s Agriculture and Education and Workforce committees to equip workers and farmers with the tools they need to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

He said the Keystone pipeline would provide an estimated 42,000 construction jobs, yield $2 billion in national earnings and reduce oil imports from the Middle East.

A crowd of more than 100 family and friends applauded Allen’s plan.

U.S. District Judge Dudley Bowen Jr., a friend of Allen’s, said that Allen’s construction company fought hard through many change-order negotiations to build the Plaza Building at Augusta’s Federal Justice Center, but that Allen was always pleasant and willing to negotiate.

“Everyone worked out their differences in a friendly and cordial fashion,” Bowen said.

Allen choked up as he said he has been overwhelmed by the support he and his wife, Robin, have received since they decided to run against Democratic U.S. Rep. John Barrow last March.

“Robin said we have to do this, and folks we can do this,” Allen said. “We are humbled by the faith you have placed in me and I look forward to making a difference in Washington.”

View article as it originally appeared here. 

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