Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
Position U.S. Senator
NameBeryl Billiot

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Bio Information

Party AffiliationIndependent
Present Employer / positionErgon Construction Group, Inc / Business Development Manager
Length of residence in Jurisdiction52 years
List of educational institutions and degreesArizona Western College - General Education
University of Phoenix - Business Management
Southeastern Louisiana University - Political Science
Prior elected and appointed positionsCommissioner - Tangipahoa Economic Development Commission
Civic involvement and affiliationsLouisiana Restaurant Association
National Restaurant Association
National Rifle Association
Disabled American Veterans

Questions specific to the position

1. The United States is formally withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, effective Nov. 4, 2020. The formal withdrawal is reversible. Explain your reasons why you support or oppose the United States joining with other nations to reduce global emissions. I support the withdrawal. America has been taken advantage of financially by the rest of the world for far too many years. The leadership in these foreign councils have no authority and is therefore nothing more than an advisory council and we have spent far too much of American taxpayers money on efforts that are not paying off.
2. In recent years, voters have expressed concern that their votes don't matter due to election security concerns, the possibility of foreign influence, and the role of large money in elections. What measures would you propose to address these issues? This is a very complex and compounded question that not one individual can answer. If people feel that their vote does not count - for any reason - it will take years to regain their confidence. The media is a key player in keeping the American people insecure about many issues.
However, in order to ensure votes are correctly tabulated and the system remains credible, I will support all efforts to require photo ID or some other proof of citizenship before a person votes.
3. What can the Federal government do to raise the basic economic health and even the playing field so all U.S. citizens have equal opportunities? What measures would you support to address the following goals (please provide examples of specific legislation or programs)? a. A living wage for all workers:
Improve the education level and ensure adequate skills are taught to allow individuals to improve their worth. The math does not support the raising of minimum wage or a living wage. This is a socialist idea and will kill the the American free enterprise market.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
I do not believe the Federal government should be involved in the operations of independent businesses and the benefits they provide. Do you realize how much this would increase the cost of products produced by the small business sector. It will be counter productive, reducing the buying power of the American consumer's dollar. - This will bankrupt many small businesses and cripple the American economy.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
Free enterprise will take care of itself. The laws of Supply and Demand will level the playing field if the government gets their hand out of business management.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
It is not the responsibility of the Federal government to find baby-sitters for children. This is a family issue
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
The Federal government need to establish a national skills level requirement for each grade level and allow the states to implement the programs required to achieve these goals. We must abolish this cookie-cutter education plan and allow the teachers to adapt their techniques to each individual student, and assist them in reaching their goals. We must reintroduce discipline into the classroom and hold parents and students accountable to a higher standard of education and respect.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
Prioritize spending within the educational institutions. There is no need for a million dollar statue in the courtyard. Put the money where it belongs. We also need to stop the abuse of resources.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
If we are successful in educating and employing our citizens, we will knock down any financing and housing barriers.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
The key to affordable healthcare is reducing the overall expenses of the paying parties. The Federal government should impose fines and penalties on those that are found abusing the system and introduce a copay system for all to eliminate the unnecessary visits to the emergency room. Affordable healthcare for all means free healthcare for none.
4. What can be done at the Federal level to improve public safety and confidence in law enforcement? Would you support measures to address the following (please answer yes or no and provide examples of specific legislation): a. Reallocate resources and funds from policing/law enforcement to address social ills that plague many disinvested communities:
NO! Policing is the only reason some of these communities have not imploded. We need police to deter crime. In fact I believe there should be stricter penalties for repeat criminals. If people would simply follow the instructions given by approaching officers, there horrific events would not have occurred. However, I believe there should be even stricter penalties for police officers found in violation of their duties. If police are found guilty of criminal offenses they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
NO. If criminals know that there is no opportunity for the police to act or inflict pain upon them, they would never comply. There must be consequences for criminal activity.
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
NO. This makes them a target. Criminals will target them and their families - remember, criminals have no respect for the law!!
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
NO - some circumstances require a strong show of force.
5. Do you support a system for undocumented immigrants already in the country to earn legal status and to have a path to citizenship? If so, what steps do you consider necessary? Depends on the circumstances. There is an immigration policy in place and those that wish to immigrate to America can apply. If someone is here illegally, it already indicates that they have no respect for our laws. However, If they come to America fleeing from tyranny and oppression, searching for a better life and report themselves to the immigration authority, we should establish a process to handle these situations - but it does not put them in front of the line.