A Constitutional conservative who stands his ground and gets things done
Draining The Swamp
Matt Gaetz is one of Trump’s top allies in Washington and has long been an ardent critic of the Mueller Witch Hunt. Matt is not afraid to call out the Fake News Media when they try to tear down the President with baseless attacks. President Trump has called Matt an “Absolute Warrior,” and GQ called him “The Trumpiest Congressman in Trump’s Washington.” When Matt sees corruption and agenda-pushing by the out-of-touch liberal elite, he takes action.
Cutting Taxes & Federal Regulations
Long known as the “Tax Killer,” Matt lived up to his reputation by helping President Trump pass the largest tax cut since the Reagan administration. Thanks to Matt’s help in Congress, we’re seeing more money in our paychecks. Matt has successfully sponsored legislation stopping thousands of burdensome regulations at the state level and is now building on that success in Washington. In his first term in the U.S. Congress, Matt filed legislation to completely eliminate the EPA.
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 called for the repeal of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, Matt fought to ensure that “not one damn comma” of the law was changed. Matt killed all taxes on gun club memberships, and passed legislation stopping insurance companies from discriminating against gun owners. Matt is once again leading the fight for our 2nd Amendment Rights in Congress by cosponsoring nationwide Concealed Carry Reciprocity legislation.
Serving Those That Serve Us
Northwest Florida is home to strategic military installations such as Eglin AFB, Hurlburt Field, and Pensacola NAS. Home to diverse mission sets like Special Operations, Test and Evaluation, and training the next generation of pilots, we owe our freedom to the brave men and women that serve in Florida’s First District. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Matt has fought for increased funding for the F-35 program to ensure its extraordinary capabilities are protecting our Nation as quickly as possible. He has also worked to enhance readiness by securing $27.4 million to fund Gulf Coast Test Range enhancements that will enable our aviators to train on up-to-date technology as well as continue critical testing of air-to-air missiles, drone targeting, and hypersonic weapons.
In the FY19 National Defense Authorization Act passed by the House of Representatives in May, Matt secured authorization for $31.9 million in further funding for Gulf Coast Test Range Enhancements, $10 million for an Air Traffic Control Tower at NAS Whiting Field, and $60 million for F-35 spares. He will continue to be an advocate for our military to ensure it is ready and able to fight the wars of today and tomorrow.
When it comes to caring for our veterans Matt has worked diligently to improve the quality of care America’s heroes receive. He supported the Choice Act which provided an additional $2.1 billion in mandatory funding for the Veterans Choice Program. This program allows veterans to be seen by a community provider if the VA cannot provide care in a timely manner. Matt has also worked with the VA on reducing missed appointments by using ride share apps, using Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries and PTSD, and using Telemedicine options for treating mental health.
Fighting Illegal Immigration
Illegal immigration poses a serious threat to both our national and economic security. Matt has opposed any form of amnesty, fought against 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, requiring employers to utilize E-Verify, and will work to crack down on sanctuary cities and end chain migration.
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 prohibiting 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 is working 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 America trillions of dollars in debt and can only be stopped if we pass a balanced budget amendment right away. As a State Representative, Matt voted to balance the state’s budget every year, and he knows it can be done by cutting spending and reforming entitlements.
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. In Congress, Matt supports our President Trump’s “America First” policy to bring jobs and revenue back from overseas.
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. Matt is committed to improving school safety in a bipartisan manner, because nothing should divide us when it comes to protecting our children.
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 opposes any automatic cuts to defense spending that would jeopardize our national security and damage the Northwest Florida economy.
In 2018, Matt secured a $41.9 million authorization to fund military test ranges, including our local Gulf Test Range. This allocation will not only ensure that the U.S. has the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen, but also keeps great paying jobs in our community. 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.
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. Congressman Gaetz is actively working to ensure accountability and quality care from nursing homes across the county. Abuse, neglect, and mistreatment of the elderly will not go unpunished under Matt’s watch. he opposes any changes in benefits for anyone that is retired or approaching retirement.