The United States is a beacon of freedom and individual rights to the rest of the world. One of the most important goals of our foreign policy should be to protect our nation's sovereignty in order to preserve our precious freedoms. We also have a responsibility to speak out when freedoms are violated elsewhere.
I believe our nation’s trade policy should demand a level playing field between the United States and our trading partners. However, I also believe in the benefits of free and open trade. I support efforts to remove tariffs and barriers to U.S. trade whenever possible and believe that such efforts will lead to increased economic growth for Virginia and the nation as a whole. With approximately one in every four jobs in the 6th District tied to trade, the expansion of trade is essential for a healthy economic future.
I will continue to review any trade agreements to determine if they guard against unfair trading practices and ensure they do not have a negative impact on our level of competitiveness. Free trade is good for American workers and consumers so long as it is conducted fairly. I will continue fighting for a level playing field for trade - one on which our nation and the people of Virginia can win.
I am a member of the Republican Israel Caucus, Congressional China Caucus, Congressional Serbian Caucus, House Baltic Caucus, Sudan Caucus, Trade Caucus, and Friends of Scotland.
I was pleased to support H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, which passed the House and Senate and was signed into law on May 22, 2015. This law requires Congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the President can waive or suspend sanctions previously imposed by Congress.
I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1150, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. This legislation would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to improve the ability of the United States to respond to religious freedom violations and violent extremists worldwide.