|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||U.S. Representative, District 3 |
|Name||G. Clay Higgins|
|Profession||Law Enforcement Officer|
|Present Employer / position||U.S. House of Representatives|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||Louisiana State University|
|Prior elected and appointed positions||U.S. House of Representatives, elected 2016, 2018|
|Civic involvement and affiliations|
Questions specific to the position
|1. Would you support more federal funding to expand voter access and enhance election security?
||The sanctity of our elections is critical and preventing election fraud is a worthwhile endeavor. However, I do not support increasing the power of the federal government to limit free speech, weaponizing the FEC, overriding state voter identification laws, nor do I support federal mandates that overrule state election processes such as same-day voter registration without verification safeguards.|
|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?
||I strongly condemn foreign interventionism in the United States and I believe strengthening American cyber-security is more important than ever. I understand the importance of deterring cyber-attacks and improving our response to these attacks. We must find a way to ensure election security from outside influence and attack, while also maintaining the Constitutional rights of our citizens.|
|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: |
Wages should be determined by employers, not the federal government. Employers have great expertise in determining the right wages for their workers in each community in which they are employed. A federal one-size-fits-all wage is not a solution but a hindrance to advancing pay scales.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
Businesses must have the flexibility to offer what works best for both employer and employee. Federal mandates work against that flexibility.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
I believe drastic mandates regarding a federal minimum wage would have a disastrous effect on Louisiana's workers, small businesses, and the American economy as a whole. The economy and cost of living in Louisiana is not the same as other states, and such decisions should be made on the state and local level.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
I support efforts to promote the education and well-being of children. I believe that we must take steps to ensure that children and their families have access to the services they need.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
I support improving the quality of K-12 education for all children. Most K-12 programs are funded at the state and local level, with the federal government playing a supplemental role. State and local governments must continue to make the decisions that are right for their communities. More federal mandate and directives are not the answer.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
I support improving access to affordable higher education. However, I do not believe it is the role of the federal government to dictate to colleges and universities what they may or may not charge for tuition.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
Local and state governments know best how to grow and protect our communities, not Washington bureaucrats. No state should be punished with overly burdensome federal regulations which unilaterally restructure neighborhoods and mandate a one-size fits all housing 'solution.' The federal government must remove burdensome regulations which stifle affordable housing options.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
I support affordable and accessible health care for all, but do not believe it should be supplied by the government. Additionally, I support marketplace competition so every person has access to affordable options.
|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, I do not support reallocating funds away from law enforcement.
b. Reform qualified immunity:
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
|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?
||No. Additionally, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, I am working with President Trump to secure the southern border and combat illegal immigration. I have repeatedly opposed bills in Congress that would create loopholes and incentivize illegal immigration. To effectively combat illegal immigration and regain control of our territorial sovereignty, we must strengthen our borders through physical barriers, technological advancements, and manpower, encouraging cooperation between local, state, and federal agencies, and discouraging illegal immigrants from coming into our country in the first place. Finally, there is a legal pathway to gain citizenship. |