A Constitutional conservative who stands his ground and gets things done
When it comes to protecting our right to bear arms, there has been no greater champion than Matt. Marion Hammer, past President of the NRA, has called Matt “one of the most pro-gun members of the Florida Legislature.” Matt successfully sponsored legislation banning local governments from infringing on our 2nd Amendment rights, and led the fight to bring Open Carry to Florida. When many across the nation called for the repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Matt led the fight to keep the law in place and preserve our right to defend our homes and families. Matt killed all taxes on gun club memberships and passed legislation stopping insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners. As our Congressman, Matt will take on the anti-gun special interests to allow reciprocity of concealed weapon permits between states and will fight any attempt to chip away at our 2nd Amendment rights.
Serving Those That Serve Us
Northwest Florida is privileged to have bases such as Eglin AFB and Pensacola NAS, and we owe our freedom to the brave men and women that serve there. Matt successfully sponsored legislation protecting the identities of service members and their families from groups like ISIS who have published their information to create “hit lists” of military personnel. He also co-sponsored the Florida GI Bill, offering veterans hiring preferences and in-state college tuition.
Matt has obtained over $3 Million to fund “Building Homes for Heroes,” a program that provides housing for wounded veterans and modifies their homes to meet their needs. While serving on the Florida Defense Support Task Force, Matt fought to secure funding for world-class care to help re-habilitate wounded warriors so that they can continue to fight for our country.
When it comes to caring for our veterans Matt believes that the VA doesn’t just need to be reformed – it needs to be abolished and replaced with a veteran-led system that allows our heroes to bypass bureaucracy and get their care from the providers they choose.
Fighting Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration poses a serious threat to both our national and economic security. Matt has opposed any form of amnesty, fought cash welfare payments for illegal immigrants and voted against offering them in-state college tuition, even when other Republicans supported it.
Matt knows that the first steps in immigration reform are securing the border and enforcing our laws. He supports building a wall and will work to crack down on sanctuary cities and the local officials that allow them to exist.
Standing Up for Life
Matt is 100% pro-life and has always been a voice for those without one. He successfully sponsored legislation to ban taxpayer-funded abortions under Obamacare and prohibited state money from going to abortion centers. Matt also fought to require ultrasounds and 24-hour waiting periods before abortions can be performed. In Congress, Matt will vote to defund Planned Parenthood and hold them accountable for the atrocious acts they commit.
Require a Balanced Budget
Washington’s out of control spending has put our nation in trillions of dollars of debt and can only be stopped if we pass a balanced budget amendment right away. Matt has voted to balance the state’s budget every year and knows it can be done by cutting spending and reforming entitlements.
Matt has been called “the commanding presence fighting Obamacare” in the Florida legislature. Whether it was sponsoring the bill banning Obamacare-funded abortions or blocking Medicaid expansion under Obamacare, Matt has fought the law every step of the way in Florida. He’ll do the same in Washington, working to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a fiscally responsible system that gets government out of the way of healthcare decisions and lets patients make their own choices.
Jobs & The Economy
Matt knows that the best way to grow our economy is to get government out of the way and let the free market thrive. Congress could learn a thing or two from Florida’s economic recovery, where Matt has voted to repeal over 4,000 burdensome regulations and cut taxes over 50 times, totaling over $1 Billion in savings for Floridians. That commitment has made Florida a leader in job growth, with unemployment at its lowest rate in 8 years. Matt will bring his free-marked principles to Washington to keep government out of the way of job growth.
Parents and teachers, not bureaucrats, know what’s best for our students, and Matt successfully sponsored legislation allowing local school districts to opt-out of Common Core textbook requirements. The Federal government has no business being involved in education, and Matt will file legislation to abolish the Department of Education and let parents and local officials choose the curriculum and standards that will put students on a path to success.
Irresponsibly cutting defense spending is a national security risk that won’t solve our budget crisis. We must cut spending and balance our budget with long-term solutions – not on the backs of our service members and defense community. Matt will always stand up for our military community and oppose any automatic cuts to defense spending that jeopardize our national security and damage the economies of areas like Northwest Florida.
Keeping the American people safe at home and abroad is the Federal government’s most important duty. Matt knows that a well-trained and fully-funded military is critical in ensuring our national security and fighting terrorism. We must project global strength and send our enemies a clear message that we will not tolerate any acts that threaten our safety and security.
Fighting Radical Islam
President Obama’s failure to recognize the threat of ISIS and lack of leadership has allowed radical Islam to grow more dangerous than ever. It’s time to end his piecemealed approach and give our commanders the authority they need to execute a comprehensive strategy and destroy ISIS. Following the attacks in Paris, Matt immediately called upon the Governor to refuse any Syrian refugee relocation to Florida to prevent a “Trojan Horse” attack. We must meet force with force, and Matt will do whatever it takes to destroy ISIS.
President Obama’s job-killing executive overreach has turned bureaucrats into lawmakers and cost the American people billions of dollars. From sweeping new environmental regulations to the shortest red snapper season in history, businesses large and small can’t afford to operate based on the whims of the Federal government. Matt has successfully sponsored legislation stopping thousands of burdensome regulations at the state level and will do the same in Washington.
The Federal government has to keep the promises it’s made to the seniors that rely on Medicare and Social Security, but we also must recognize that these programs are not sustainable. Matt opposes any changes in benefits for anyone that is retired or approaching retirement, and will work to pass meaningful reforms that ensure their long-term solvency.