Controlling Debt and Cutting Government Spending
In just his first term in Congress, Barry has aggressively taken on the task of cutting the scope and size of government and reigning in government spending. After working with members of both the US House and Senate, Barry introduced an amendment to the US Constitution requiring Congress to Balance the Budget. The Loudermilk Balanced Budget Amendment (HJ Res 85) requires Congress to balance the federal budget, limits spending to 18% GDP and rolls all federal revenues under Congressional Control.
“I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government; I mean an additional article taking from the Federal Government the power of borrowing.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1798
Work to Repeal and Replace Obama Care
The Affordable Health Care Act is not affordable, nor does it improve our health care. It must be replaced with a free market, patient-centered plan. That’s why Barry voted to send a repeal of Obamacare to the President’s desk in January of 2016. Barry will continue the fight to replace this disastrous legislation at every opportunity.
Making America Safe
As a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Barry has tirelessly worked to combat the threat of terrorism against Americans. Upon being selected to serve on a special Counter-terrorism Task Force, Barry traveled to the Middle East, Israel, France, and Turkey to meet with officials in those countries to study various methods being employed to combat ISIS and other terrorist organizations.
Barry is working in Congress to strengthen the hand of local and state law enforcement in the fight against terrorism, by making it easier for local forces to work with the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal Agencies. Barry believes our hometown sheriffs and policemen know our communities the best, and are more equipped to work with citizens to watch for and investigate suspicious activity.
Reforming Washington D.C.
Barry’s first bill was aimed at eliminating waste as the Department of Homeland Security by shining a light on millions being spent to pay employees on disciplinary and administrative leave.
As a member of the Article I Project with Senator Mike Lee and seven other House and Senate members, Barry is working to restore the Article I power of the purse to Congress, and rein in runaway agencies. By working to pass laser focused reforms aimed at truly shrinking government, and gaining control of the federal budget, Barry and the members of A1P, are putting conservative ideas to work in Washington.
As the Chairman of the Oversight sub-committee of Science, Space, and Technology, Barry has gone toe to toe with agency heads, employees, and expert witnesses, over waste, fraud, and worse yet, criminal activity within numerous federal agencies.
Immigration must be controlled and sustainable. It should benefit America while protecting American workers and wages. Barry believes that the heart of our immigration problem is that we do not control our own borders and we do not enforce the laws that are already on the books.
Barry is opposed to legalization for those who have illegally entered or illegally reside in this country. We tried comprehensive legalization in 1986. We have proven that rewarding illegal immigration creates more illegal immigration.
Fight to abolish the IRS and Implement a Fair or Flat Tax
The recent IRS scandal testifies to how out of control the federal government has become. This abuse of power is perpetuated by a convoluted tax code that redistributes wealth, punishes individual achievement and represses economic growth. True tax reform can only be achieved by abolishing both the IRS and the current tax code and replacing both with a simpler and equitable tax system such as the Flat Tax, Fair Tax or Simple Tax.
Barry is a co-sponsor of the Fair Tax.
Be a Strong Defender of the Right to Life
Life is the ultimate right endowed by God and it is the responsibility of governments to protect that right not to destroy it.
Work to Reduce the Size and Scope of the Federal Government
The Constitution clearly defines that the federal government is limited to only eighteen powers and, as the Tenth Amendment confirms, the remaining powers are reserved to the states or retained by the people. However, through limitless spending by Congress and judicial activism, the power of the federal government has exponentially grown to the point that it has even begun to take over the free market system. We must restore to the states their sovereignty, to the people their liberty, and reduce federal abuses of Constitutional authority.
Protect Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Thomas Jefferson stated, “…all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves… that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.”
Our Founding Fathers believed that the right to keep and bear arms was a natural right given to all men by God. The Second Amendment upholds this truth by restricting the federal government from passing any legislation that in any way infringes upon that natural right.