Restoring Confidence in Congress
I decided to run for Congress in order to restore confidence in Congress and help our body earn back the trust of the American people. Through my work on the House Committee on Ethics, I will have the unique ability to achieve many of these goals and ensure that Members of Congress remember the solemn responsibilities that come from holding their office.
America faces serious issues that require immediate attention by leaders capable of solving big problems. I’ve heard firsthand the frustration Hoosiers feel toward Washington with corruption scandals, the absence of civility, and an unwillingness to put America’s greatest challenges above political bickering. The American public is feeling disillusioned, disheartened, and dissatisfied with Congress members’ unethical and sometimes criminal conduct without consequences.
The only way we can restore the public’s trust and confidence in Congress is to continue to reform Washington and replace the current culture with the highest standard of ethics and accountability – something that Hoosiers and all Americans want and most certainly deserve.
This starts by enacting common sense policies such as preventing insider trading for Members of Congress; prohibiting former Members of Congress from lobbying for six years; enacting congressional term limits; applying healthcare mandates to all Members of Congress; and preventing corrupt politicians from receiving federal pensions.
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