Immigration & Our Borders
A government’s primary responsibility is to protect its citizens and property. This administration’s open border policy has been an abject failure. From increased crime to burdening programs designed to support vulnerable American citizens like our disabled veterans and homeless; and under-resourced public elementary and secondary school systems; illegal immigration is putting our communities at enormous risk.
While it is true that America is a nation of immigrants, it is also a nation of laws. Jim believes that our country should be welcoming for those who go through the immigration process to obtain legal residency. However, the increasing illegal border crossings, the involvement of Mexican drug cartels and the arrests of people on the terror watch list have turned the migrant crisis from an immigration issue into an invasion. The immediate need is to secure our borders by closing certain points of entry and providing additional resources to our Border Patrol Agents. After this is achieved, Congress should then address the complex issue of immigration policy reform.
When in Congress, Jim will support efforts which strengthen our border security and reinstate policies from the previous administration which ensure safety for all citizens and provide humane conditions for those wishing to come here.
Inflation & Economic Growth
Historic levels of inflation are taxing middle-class families and hurting small businesses across Long Island. Whether at the grocery store or the gas pump, rising prices are holding families back from economic security.
As a child in the 1970’s with a Father on a fixed-income and now as a parent with four children, Jim has experienced the stress and fear inflation brings to households. When serving in Congress, ending this historic inflation will be a top priority. When in Congress Jim will support policies which:
- Enact pro-growth tax and regulatory policies.
- End the spending sprees in Washington that is devaluing the dollar and prolonging the inflation crisis.
- Increases energy independence and encourages the development of alternative and renewable energy sources.
- Normalize monetary policy
Fentanyl Poisoning Crisis
The fentanyl poisoning crisis is a tragedy of epic proportions and a national security threat that requires a holistic and highly coordinated response from our government – starting with stricter border security. As a member of Congress, Jim will use his knowledge of how the financial markets operate to support efforts which seek to shut down the money laundering schemes used by those organizations and individuals involved in the production and distribution of illegal fentanyl, including endorsing the “Stop Fentanyl Money Laundering Act” which would place Mexican cartels on a path towards becoming considered as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
Our nation’s national security and economic well-being require reliable forms of energy. Jim believes that the federal government should not be picking winners and losers when it comes to various forms of energy. The United States should instead adopt an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy that includes a long-term, multifaceted approach to address the current status of high energy prices and the lack of energy independence.
A comprehensive energy package that increases energy independence and encourages the development of alternative and renewable energy sources would ensure that we are providing energy solutions without placing America at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world.
Affordability in NY-03
The cost of living in New York’s 3rd Congressional district is at an all-time high due to increased energy costs; rising inflation and the capping on the State and Local Tax (“SALT”) deduction. Whether you drive to work or take the LIRR, your commuting costs have gone up dramatically due to the high cost of gasoline, increases to tolls and train fares and now new fees associated with the MTA’s congestion pricing program. Homes have become less affordable due to high interest rates and households have seen rising prices on groceries; child care; healthcare and other goods. As a member of Congress Jim will support policies which lower the cost of energy and provide for economic growth. Jim will also work on a bipartisan basis to restore the State and Local Tax (“SALT”) deduction while also putting pressure on state and city legislatures to put in place common sense tax codes and reduce fees.
By most any measurement: debt as percentage of GDP; the amount of debt per capita or debt per taxpayer; the continued deficit spending by the government is a burden to future generations and threatens our national security.
Today, our best chance of closing our budgetary gap is by growing the economy while exercising fiscal responsibility. When in Congress, Jim will support policies which foster growth; do not unduly burden citizens and are fiscally responsible.
Stock Trading in Washington DC
Occurrences or appearances of insider trading erode the public trust in government and undermine our democracy by destroying the reputations of the government and its institutions. As a former stock trader at a premier financial firm Jim understands the policies and surveillance to detect trading on material non-public information. Jim is well qualified to recognize this nefarious behavior.
As a member of congress, Jim will take a pledge to not trade any stocks or crypto currencies will work on a bipartisan basis to craft thoughtful and effective legislation which will instill public trust that government officials who are privy to material and nonpublic information will not use that knowledge to benefit themselves at our expense.