Election Guide: Ron Estes (R-4th Congressional District)

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Website: estesforcongress.com

Biographical Information: 

Congressman (KS-04) 2017-present, Treasurer of Kansas 2011-2017, Treasurer of Sedgwick County 2004-2010, Tennessee Technological University (BS, Civil Engineering; MBA), Various consulting and management roles in the aerospace, oil and gas, automotive, and several other manufacturing and service industries.

Position on the Economy and Taxes:

The economy has grown at a staggering pace as Congress and the Administration work on cutting taxes and burdensome regulations. We have seen manufacturing jobs come back to the United States. I am committed to continuing this work and promoting Wichita as the “Air Capital of the World” to bring more jobs and economic growth to the area.

I vocally supported the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act when it passed the U.S. House of Representatives in 2017. I believe that this is a good first step to growing the economy and allowing Kansans to keep more of their hard-earned money. I am committed to improving on this first step by making tax cuts to individuals permanent and ensuring that the economy can continue to grow.

Position on Immigration:

We need comprehensive immigration reform that addresses issues of border security and chain migration, redirects the focus of work visas to a merit-based system, and provides DACA recipients with permanent legal residency while encouraging them to apply for legal citizenship without placing them ahead of others who have been in line for years. As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I recently supported comprehensive immigration reform by cosponsoring and voting for the Securing America’s Future Act.

Position on National Security: 

With great leadership from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, this Administration has wiped out ISIS, brought North Korea to the negotiating table, and has encouraged our NATO allies to increase their defense spending. I hope that the Administration continues to hold bad actors responsible through tough, yet responsible, foreign policy.

As a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, I can say firsthand that we are improving national security on a daily basis. Although we face tremendous threats at home and abroad, the dedicated public servants across the Department of Homeland Security are protecting our country. We must continue to support our law enforcement officers, as well as build a wall to increase our national security.

Position on Health Care:

The main way in which the federal government can help control the cost of healthcare is to ensure that there is an open and free market. When we create a system that stifles innovation and limits patient choice to a single health insurer or healthcare provider than there is no way to control costs. This has been the case in many states where the healthcare marketplace under the ACA has seen the withdrawal of almost all of their insurers. We must allow our healthcare system to innovate again under a free market.

Position on Agriculture:

We need open markets and free and fair trade. While I support the President’s desire for a level playing field, we need a targeted approach to hold bad actors accountable, as seen in the newly minted USMCA deal. As the President uses tariffs in the short-term to bring countries like China to the negotiating table, we must ensure Kansas farmers and manufacturers are protected in the long-term. Farmers I talk to want open markets, free and fair trade and to get this resolved as quickly as possible. They don’t want tariffs either. Since entering Congress, I have written the administration and met with our trade representatives more than a dozen times advocating for free and fair trade. I have urged the Administration not to impose tariffs on cars and auto parts. I’m glad the administration is acting in the short-term to provide aid to our farmers and ranchers but resolving the trade issues quickly would be far better for our farmers, manufacturers, and economy as a whole.

Highest Priority Issue in Office:

I think the most important challenge facing our country is the burgeoning and unsustainable levels of debt and regulation at all layers of government that burdens individual taxpayers and businesses, stymies growth, and hinders the achievement of the America dream.

Position on change in Washington?

There are several things that need to change in Washington. First, Congress doesn’t have a good way of ending inefficient or duplicative programs once they are started. needs to place sunset provisions on spending bills that would require each program to be reviewed after a set number of years and determine if it is working and still needed. Additionally, Congress should continue to use the recessions process to cut out wasteful spending.

I believe that Congress needs to tackle entitlement reform, including Medicare and Social Security, so that these programs are protected and safeguarded for current and future recipients.
Finally, I believe that Congress need to prioritize and empower citizens over bureaucrats. It is unconscionable that bureaucrats 1100 miles away in Washington are making unilateral decisions that negatively impact our lives with little-to-no input from of the people of Kansas. One solution would be to move federal agencies outside Washington so that bureaucrats actually see the consequences of their rules and regulations. I believe that Wichita would be the ideal choice for the Department of Agriculture.

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