Having served in Washington, DC since the 1970s, Sen. Thad Cochran is no stranger to politics or to Mississippi. Seeking to return for his 6th term in the U.S. Senate, Cochran is facing his toughest Primary contest since first becoming a Senator.
With over 30 years in politics, there is little that Cochran doesn’t have a record or position on. The positions below are taken from his campaign website:
- Economy: Supports free enterprise, lower taxes, and economic opportunity. Believes governments role is to create an environment where opportunity exists for everyone who wants to seize it. Opposed bailouts, the stimulus package, Obamacare, and IRS targeting of individuals.
- Spending: Wants to get spending under control and has repeatedly co-sponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Entitlement spending comprises 55% of the federal budget and must be limited. Attributes his role as an appropriator as being responsible for rooting out wasteful spending proposals than anyone else in Congress.
- Healthcare: Opposes Obamacare and has voted to oppose, defund, or repeal it. Forced the National Institutes of Health to put a great focus on Mississippi academic research partnerships leading to the Guyton Research Complex in Jackson.
- Energy: Supports an “all-of-the-above” policy to harness all of our country’s energy resources. Desires to make Mississippi a leader in energy independence. Opposed to a “carbon tax” and is dedicated to blocking EPA over-regulation.
- Agriculture: Reduce regulations to save taxpayer dollars and help farmers and help negotiate the current farm bill which slashed duplicative programs.
- Abortion: Pro-life and desires “to bar the use of certain federal funds to pay for abortions.” Cosponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2011 and wants every health plan under Obamacare to disclose any coverage of abortion in the plan’s marketing and advertising.
- 2nd Amendment: “[B]elieves that the Second Amendment right of the American people to keep and bear arms is not negotiable.” Opposed efforts such as the UN Arms Trade Treaty which threaten the 2nd Amendment. Works tireless to equip first responders.
- Education: Championed Ready to Learn to encourage broadcasters to create educational programming for early childhood. Opposed Common Core. Helped make Mississippi’s community college system a national model.
- Immigration: “[C]onsistently voted against inadequate immigration legislation.” Voted against Reagan’s amnesty bill in 1986; “one of three Senators in history to vote against every comprehensive immigration reform bill that sought to provide amnesty to those who have entered our country illegally (1986, 2006, 2007, 2013).” No path to citizenship for those here illegally. Enforce existing laws.
- Infrastructure: “[H]e has ensured that needed improvements to[Mississippi’s] interstates, bridges, and railways have been made.” Working hard to keep jobs at Stennis Space Center and that the state is an attractive venue for private aerospace ventures.
- National Security: Has always supports the missile defense technologies necessary for global security and defense of Israel. Supports shipbuilding needs of the navy and other federal organizations and that many of them “would not have been built in Mississippi” without his leadership. Made the Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg the flagship research facility for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. Supporter and advocate of Israel.
- Emergency Management: Secured $29 Billion after Katrina to rebuild basic infrastructure. Helped make Mississippi the national model for how to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.
- Marriage: Cosponsor of the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act which would bar the Federal Government from discriminating against individuals and organizations upon their faith-founded belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman.
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