Patrick on the Issues

ISRAEL AND THE MIDDLE EAST

Patrick has long been a strong supporter of our sacred ally, Israel. He understands maintaining the partnership we have with Israel promotes peace in the Middle East and protects the national security of both nations. Patrick opposed the disastrous deal with Iran last summer and voted to prevent President Obama from lifting any sanctions on the

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JOBS AND THE ECONOMY

Times are tough for the middle class. Unemployment is still too high, especially for those without a college degree. And for those who have jobs, wages aren’t increasing.  High taxes, high-energy prices, and the high cost of goods are squeezing workers. Patrick was one of the primary authors of the JOBS Act, bipartisan legislation signed

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HEALTH CARE

Patrick has been fighting against Obamacare since the minute it was passed in a late-night session on a party-line vote.  He has repeatedly voted to repeal or defund the law.  In several cases, Patrick and House Republicans have been successful in dismantling or delaying parts of Obamacare, including repealing the requirement that small business owners

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WELFARE REFORM

One of the lingering tragedies of the Great Recession is the number of people who rely on government assistance for basic needs on a long-term basis.  While we need to have a temporary safety net for those in times of trouble, we want to take care that the safety net doesn’t become a dependency trap.

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FINANCIAL SERVICES

As the Chairman of House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Patrick is on the front lines of discussions about government regulations, bailouts, and the availability of credit for small businesses. He has opposed every bailout since he came to Congress – that includes the bailout for big banks (TARP), the bailout for bankrupt

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BALANCING THE BUDGET, SPENDING, DEBT AND DEFICITS

Patrick believes strongly that the government should – and must – balance its budget.  He has voted for a balanced budget every year in Congress, and supported numerous pieces of legislation that would force the country to live within its means. The debt and deficit are quality of life issues, not just for us, but

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SANCTITY OF LIFE

Patrick believes strongly that every life is precious, from conception to natural death.  He has been consistently recognized as a leader of the pro-life movement. He has always had a 100% score from the National Right to Life Committee, and has voted for and cosponsored numerous pieces of important legislation, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child

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SECOND AMENDMENT

A strong supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, Patrick has always had an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association.  As a member of the NRA, Patrick will defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase, use, and keep personal firearms.

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TAXES

Patrick has never voted for a tax increase, and, as a signer of the Americans for Tax Reform pledge, he never will.  Patrick believes our current tax system is broken, and supports reforms that will make the system simpler, flatter, and fairer.

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VETERANS AFFAIRS

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who have served our country.  North Carolina has a long and proud tradition of military service, and providing for veterans is a top priority for Patrick. One of his first accomplishments upon being elected was to call the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

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PRESERVING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE

Social Security and Medicare are a pledge that we have made to our senior citizens, and we must keep that promise.  This promise also means that we must also reform these programs in order to strengthen them and preserve them for future generations. President Obama took huge cuts out of Medicare in order to fund

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EDUCATION

Patrick is a strong believer in school choice, supporting charter schools and vouchers.  He believes that parents should have the ability to move their children from underperforming schools to educational institutions of their choosing.  He is also a strong believer in homeschooling, and will work to protect the rights of those who which to teach

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CRIME

Patrick is a proud defender of victims of crimes, and believes we must strengthen protections for the victims of domestic violence, in particular.  He was one of only a few Republicans to vote for the Violence Against Women Act, which provided tougher penalties for abusers and new protections for the victims. He organized a conference

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IMMIGRATION

Our immigration system is broken.  Between the porous borders, long waits for legal immigrants, and an ineffective system of verification for employers, the system is in dire need of an overhaul. Patrick’s first priority is, and always will be, enforcing the laws currently on the books and improving border security.  Until we can stop the

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ENERGY

Energy prices are hurting our pocketbooks.  High energy costs affect the price of gasoline or heating fuel, but they also raise the price of food, electricity and consumer goods.  Patrick believes that we must work to bring down energy prices by utilizing America’s ingenuity and vast natural resources. We have enough natural gas to meet

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OVERSIGHT AND INVESTIGATIONS

As a Member of the Committee on Oversight and Investigations, Patrick has been on the frontlines of investigating the scandals and abuses of this government. He has continually questioned Administration witnesses to tell the truth regarding what happened in Benghazi.  He has authored numerous letters to the Justice Department to learn more about the Fast

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DEFENSE AND HOMELAND SECURITY

Patrick believes in a strong national defense, which depends first and foremost on caring for the brave men and women who protect us through their service in the armed forces. Patrick also takes seriously his role of conducting oversight, and supports efforts to get more information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, particularly as

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