REEVES FOR CONGRESS                                                        STATE-FEDERAL VIEWS & ISSUES    

 

Communities & Education: I support safe schools, strong communities, good paying jobs, tax breaks for small businesses, lower tuition costs for students, apprenticeship programs for unemployed individuals, and a robust transportation system.

 

Infrastructure: I support updating all of our critical, physical, and technical support structures with the most updated materials and secure warning features possible -- roads, bridges, sewer, water supply, electrical grids, power plants, and telecommunications systems.

 

Opioids and Drugs: I support a very comprehensive statewide and county plan to ensure that we attack this deadly problem at its head.

Our kids and citizens are too important to ignore this epidemic that is sweeping many counties and states unlike ever before!

 

Healthcare: I support every citizen having access to public and private healthcare.  

Medicaid: I am in favor of expanding Medicaid throughout North Carolina where needed. All citizens should have access to healthcare.

Medicare: I am a strong advocate for seniors and good healthcare. I support a bipartisan effort to strengthen Medicare for years to come. 

Military: I am a strong advocate of the military, military families, and veterans. I believe that America is at her best when our military is strong and capable of rapid deployments within a safe and timely manner. I m not in favor deploying large number of troops to any area unless it is absolutely necessary. I believe that our interests are better served with smaller, faster, lethal units that can get in and out of an area of operation within a prescribed timeframe.  Finally, I do not favor Congress cutting benefits for our troops, retirees, or veterans as a political maneuver or game. 

Social Security: I believe that Congress needs to act sooner rather than later on the question surrounding the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund (2033). If the fund does not have enough money, then Congress needs to act quickly to ensure that the fund is solvent for years to come without partisan bickering. If necessary, Congress should start a new improved social security program (trust fund) for younger individuals.

Ukraine:  As a candidate for the U.S. Congress (R-NC-01) 2022 I believe that the U.S. should not take anything off the table concerning a “no fly zone” over Ukraine with an understanding  that if the U.S. declare a “no fly” zone over Ukraine and Russian planes fly in the zone and get shot down essentially it could trigger WWIIII. Moreover, I am not in favor of giving our planes to any country because that country’s government could be compromised and our planes (technology) could fall into enemy hands and be used against us — I recommend a U.N. “No Fly Zone” if one is to be declared with U.N. troops and planes from various countries along with covert, cyber, and psychological operations to gain military superiority in the war torn area of Ukraine. In addition, I believe the best option for the U.S. is to be energy independent and the Biden Administration should reverse course and unleash our true energy production companies to do what they do best “energy.” Moreover, we should not lift sanctions or allow one Russian Dollar to be spent within the U.S. Financial Systems (banks and securities) until Russia cease operations in Ukraine or meet diplomatically to forge a lasting cease fire that will allow the Ukrainian people to regroup, rebuild, and live their lives in peace within a government of free and fair elections. 

Unemployment Insurance: I do not favor North Carolina’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Program. I think that it is completely wrong to cut UI payments from $535.00 (maximum of fifteen weeks) to $350 (maximum of twelve weeks). Benefits can be paid in most states for a maximum of 26 weeks.

Veterans: I support an ongoing effort to improve  our Veterans Administration (VA) Claims Process System — some of our veterans have been waiting for more than 18 months for a decision on their claims. I do not think that it is right or fair to ask our men and women to serve this great nation during peacetime, leave their families, go to war and when they get out make them wait years to receive an answer on their claims for benefits. 

Voting Rights: I believe that that all citizens of the United States should have a right to vote in all federal, state, and local elections without interference from governors and state courts.  

Ernest T. Reeves "ETR" For Congress, March 15, 2022