We must assure that those who serve, and who are willing to risk everything for our country and our state, are honored and respected by proper pay and benefits for them and their families. Veterans of all ages must be equally honored and respected. Our government, and our current Senators and Representatives, seem to have forgotten about our veterans. We must address the troubled VA health care system by localizing management and decision making and by avoiding one-size-fits-all legislation that hinders the ability of local providers to truly serve our veterans.
A:My first priority is jobs and the economy. I would be an advocate for Idaho's economy and living wage jobs; there is a lot that a Senator working for Idaho can do. I would support and fight for funding for INL. I would be a staunch defender of Mountain Home Air Force Base and other federal facilities.
A: The message to the American people is we are fighting ObamaCare. That's what we told our folks at home we would do.
Q: What would congressional Republicans do, if ObamaCare were off the table, to get negotiations going about a budget?
A: Why don't we enact what we all agree on? We all agreed that the National Parks should be funded. The Veterans Administration should be; we agreed that the military should be funded.
Q: Let me ask you about this from a security standpoint; about a budget impasse posing a serious threat.
A: The national security items should come first. Republicans would love to take the National Security Agency and fund it in in its entirety. The other side is saying, "No, we aren't going to do this," what they call "piecemeal." I call that part of the appropriation process.
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