WHIT'S GAME PLAN



Fighting for our families, communities, and conservative issues that matter to Mississippians

MORE AND BETTER JOBS

Number one priority is retention and creation of jobs:

  • Focus on Lower Taxes, Fewer Regulations
    • Lower taxes for everyone – individuals and businesses
    • Get rid of all the Obama-era regulations
    • The President's efforts in these areas have been great initial moves, but there is more work to be done moving forward.
  • Support our military and national guard (be prepared for BRAC process) and protect the direct/indirect jobs and economic impact
  • Support growth of existing businesses and industries of all sizes
  • Support state leadership in the pursuit of new jobs and investment
  • Support continuous improvement of workforce development
  • Support continuous improvement of tourism and emphasize the importance of creative economy opportunities
  • Work to help create a job market that allows Mississippi to keep our best and brightest versus losing our young minds to other states

SECURE THE BORDER/IMMIGRATION

Secure the southern border of the US

Utilize all options to secure this border:

  • Build a new or better wall where logistically possible
  • Use leading-edge technology to monitor the border
  • Increase boots on the ground via border patrol agents
  • Provide more armed boats for Rio Grande patrol
  • Provide more air surveillance – helicopters, planes and drones
  • Collaborate closely with state and local officials
  • Provide more resources to be used at border entry checkpoints

Immigration

  • Support the President's position on ending chain migration and the visa lottery program
  • NO to any amnesty program
  • Border security must be part of any immigration legislation
  • Focus on solutions that ensure we can bring the best and brightest to the US legally

SECOND AMENDMENT

  • Support concealed carry reciprocity – lawful concealed permit owners should be allowed to carry a firearm across state borders without fear of penalty
  • Will not support adding new gun laws
  • Must enforce the laws that are on the books now
  • Strengthen coordination and compliance related to our National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS)
  • Work to find new ways to care for the mentally ill and ensure that guns are kept out of their hands
  • Ensure law enforcement has the tools and resources necessary to keep our communities safe and secure

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Good roads, strong bridges, robust utilities, excellent water and sewer plus port/rail/air capacity and connectivity = more and better jobs for Mississippi and a better quality of life for our residents
  • Will work to better identify what our priorities should be for federal infrastructure dollars
  • Will work to streamline bureaucracy related to federal permitting (slows down needed projects and increases their costs)
  • We can protect the environment in much more common sense ways while still growing and developing our economy.
  • Will consistently collaborate with local and state officials to ensure federal dollars for infrastructure projects are made available in a reasonable and timely manner

EDUCATION

School Safety

  • Ensure our children do not live in fear that their school is not a safe place
  • Ensure law enforcement has the resources necessary to follow-up on all leads and reports dealing with threats made against our schools, teachers or students
  • If trained teachers want to arm themselves for their safety and the safety of their students, the federal government should not stand in their way.

School Choice

  • Kids should not be trapped in a failing school.
  • Families deserve options when their school system is failing them.
  • D or F level schools should have to compete with other local education options.

Teacher Support

  • Nearly 2/3 of all teachers are no longer in the profession after their first five years. This is a terrible waste of not only a person's professional training, but the tax dollars required to educate them.
  • Increase flexibility in federal funding coming to the state's districts, then pay teachers in a more competitive manner.

Common Core

  • States pay for 80%+ of their education and should be allowed to develop their own locally approved standards.
  • I will never support Common Core.

STEM Curriculum

  • Focus on offering more Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in our schools…allowing our children to be prepared for the 21st-century workforce

HEALTHCARE

  • Mississippians need access to affordable health care. Helping achieve that is what I have worked on the last five years at Baptist Health Systems.
  • We must repeal the rest of Obamacare and start over.
  • Get rid of one-size-fits-all federal regulations that increase costs
  • Give states more flexibility to innovate and design better Medicaid programs – remove the continual federal roadblocks in this area of needed reform
  • Health care reforms for Medicaid, Medicare, and the private insurance market will be more successful following certain principles:
    • Reward health care providers based on provision of value and outcomes instead of volume
    • Increase access to information (cost and quality of providers, service, and treatment) and increase transparency…quality will improve and costs will come down
    • Patients should have more choices in health care plans.
  • Work to expand and improve telemedicine to ensure our rural residents have access to quality healthcare options

AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES

  • Ag and natural resources industries are the backbone of our state economy…particularly in Mississippi's Third District.
  • Supporting our growers, farmers and others involved in ag and natural resources industries will be a top priority.
  • New jobs and new business opportunities can be created in these areas if they have the right regulatory climate, tax climate, and transportation infrastructure.
    • I will fight to reduce the hurdles, roadblocks, and regulations small businesses must overcome when dealing with federal entities.
  • The poultry industry is the largest ag commodity in the state representing billions of dollars in economic activity and tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs.
  • Forestry accounts for over one hundred thousand direct and indirect jobs in the state.
  • Work to ensure existing and future trade agreements are free and fair – allowing Mississippi businesses to thrive in a global economy
  • Work to emphasize the importance of sustaining appropriate levels of research and development

VETERANS & MILITARY

  • We owe a debt of gratitude to our bravest Mississippians – our veterans and current members of the military and national guard.
  • My commitment is that I will focus on the following:

Fixing the VA

  • Fundamental reform must happen within this agency. Veterans must have confidence in the VA and that their health issues will be addressed in a timely manner.
  • Eliminate the mismanagement and bureaucracy that are slowing access to quality healthcare for our veterans
  • The 2017 Veterans Accountability Act (signed into law by the President) was a great step towards increased accountability and efficiencies for all VA employees, but more steps must be taken.
  • Veterans shouldn't be locked into a healthcare system that isn't working for them. They must have other options to get medical care (outside the VA system / with non-VA doctors).

Supporting Our Military and National Guard

  • It must be a priority of Congress to provide our troops with the tools, weapons and technology they need to complete their missions and return home safely to their families.
  • I will support the President's plans to reestablish appropriate levels of defense spending (overcoming Obama-era military cuts and oversights). We must ensure our ability to deter and confront the growing threats to our country.
  • I will focus on strategic priorities associated with our state's national guard interests (particularly sustainability of adequate and appropriate levels of annual resources).

PRO-LIFE & ADOPTION

  • I have always been pro-life.
  • I am thankful our state legislature has made Mississippi the toughest state in the country in which to receive an abortion.
  • We must encourage adoption and make it easier for those who wish to adopt by prioritizing:
    • Fighting to keep the federal adoption tax credit as permanent tax policy
    • Working to reduce the bureaucracy and barriers related to adopting a child in the United States and abroad

OPIOIDS

  • The opioid epidemic in America and Mississippi is real.
  • The opioid impact on Mississippi:
    • Already in 2018, hundreds of people have died from opioid overdoses.
    • In MS, prescription drug abuse has risen more than 400% in a decade.
    • Many experts rank MS in the top 10 ten states for opioid addiction.
  • The federal government must fully fund a plan that will:
    • Focus on getting help for those addicted
    • Create prevention and education campaigns at local levels
    • Support law enforcement at all levels
  • The manufacturers and distributors of opioids must also be fully committed to playing a serious role in stopping this epidemic.

FIGHT FOR EVERY COMMUNITY IN THE DISTRICT

  • I will be a conservative voice and constant advocate for all twenty-four counties within the Third Congressional District.
  • My commitment will be to fight every day…for every community.
  • Each part of the district is unique and each part of the district has its own concerns and needs.
  • I will continually communicate with voters in every county so I am aware of their needs and interests.
  • I will use social media and other platforms to create a virtual "open door" for constituents.

INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY & FREEDOM

Education

  • We must remove interference from Washington, D.C.
  • The federal education formula is too complicated. We should block-grant dollars to states and allow states to decide how best to use resources.
  • Locals need to make education choices – not bureaucrats in Washington, D.C.

Business

  • Under Obama, the federal government inserted itself in too many areas of businesses. No matter the field – agriculture, oil and gas, banking, healthcare, etc. – government made it harder for our businesses to expand and hire more people.
  • I will work every day to reverse Obama-era decisions…getting government out of the way of employers.

Gun Control

  • We must never give up our constitutional rights to keep and bear arms.

Farming

  • The Obama administration attempted to regulate and ruin the lives of farmers via the estate tax, pushing for a minimum wage for farm workers, Waters of the US Rule, Dodd-Frank, etc.
  • Success in farming today is tough enough and we need to lessen the governmental stress applied on our farmers.

10th Amendment

  • We should encourage states to be innovative – creating new ideas, policies and ways to succeed that may be unique to their state versus other states.
  • When appropriate, I will advocate block-granting federal appropriation dollars to support state programs which will give state and local leaders more decision-making authority.