Mike Pompeo (R) — U.S. House 4th District

Mike Pompeo (KSN graphic)
Mike Pompeo (KSN graphic)

Biographical Information: 

  • U.S. Congressman, 2011-present
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point, West Point, NY, B.S. in Engineering, 1986
  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, J.D. of Law, 1994
  • United States Army: Captain, 1986-1990
  • Thayer Aerospace: President, 1997-2006
  • Sentry International: President, 2006-2010

Personal Information: 

Married to Susan Pompeo, one son.

Campaign Website: Pompeo for Congress

How do you propose to fix the current concerns with VA medical centers across the country?

As an Army veteran, the unauthorized lists and denied or delayed care that have been exposed throughout the Veterans Administration are unacceptable. There are two primary issues that need to be addressed. The first is that the Veterans Administration must immediately ensure that every veteran receives the care that they have earned. Period. Full Stop. The House of Representatives has recently passed legislation to allow veterans whose care was delayed to receive medical services outside of the VA system. If this were to become law, every veteran could see a doctor they choose instead of the one big government chose for them.

Second, the widespread nature of the problems at the VA points to deeper structural and cultural issues within the system. The House took a first step by passing legislation to make it easier to hold VA executives accountable for their failures, but more must be done to hold every employee accountable for their work. The culture that allowed these abuses to happen must be rooted out. Freedom and choice are always the best solution. Big government bureaucracies, like the VA healthcare system, are almost always incapable of providing quality services for those they are designed to help. So, our VA system must adapt, and quickly, as the needs of our returning servicemen are soon to increase the burden on the system.

What specific issue do you think deserves your immediate attention in Washington, and how to you plan to address it?

Getting back to a growing economy is number job one and I address this specific issue specifically in question #3 below. A second issue on which I am working is getting to the truth about what happened before, during and after the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012. The four dead Americans, and their families, deserve answers to every facet of the events surrounding this foreign policy failure. The American people continue to face threats from Islamic terrorism and we must learn from this tragedy so that it never happens again.

I am proud to serve on the House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I have already spent many hours interviewing intelligence warriors and Administration officials, as well as studying the classified information we have been able to obtain about the terrorist attacks on the American consulate and the nearby annex in Benghazi. The creation of this special committee is an important next step toward finding the truth about a list of questions that only keeps growing. I intend to work tirelessly to get those answers.

Please provide a one to two paragraph explanation of your stance on each of the following:

Immigration:

I am committed to a conservative agenda to address illegal immigration: 1) secure our borders; 2) eliminate all government assistance for illegal immigrants; and 3) enforce current immigration laws, including laws enabling states to provide security for their residents when the federal government has failed to do its duty. I strongly oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. Such
legislation will only reward illegal behavior and encourage other immigrants to enter the United States illegally.

Health Care:

I voted for the repeal of Obamacare during my first 30 days in office, and since then I have voted to repeal it every single time it has come to the House floor. Government healthcare is not the solution – the only feasible way toward creating a functional healthcare system is to repeal or defund Obamacare in its entirety. I proudly support market-based solutions that allow access to quality, affordable health care for Kansans. However, we will not be able to achieve real health care reform without also addressing the spiraling costs of Medicaid and Medicare. We must protect these programs for seniors against the
onslaught of Obamacare. These programs will cease to exist unless they are fundamentally restructured to allow for more patient choice and greater efficiency. I will continue fighting against big-government, Obamacare-type policies and for real solutions to the growing health care crisis.

Economic Issues:

Encouraging economic growth and reducing the unacceptably high rate of unemployment in America today remain my highest priorities. Having run two successful companies, I understand what it takes to create jobs. At this critical point in our nation’s history, we cannot afford to operate without a plan, without fiscal responsibility, and without accountability. Our plan must include 3 parts: 1) Cut taxes and let Americans keep more of their money; 2) Cut federal government spending so our children and grandchildren are not shackled with overwhelming debt; 3) Cut regulations that drive up costs as well as stifle and discourage innovation.

Foreign Policy:

The consequences of President Obama’s weak and incoherent foreign policy have made America and our allies less safe. The Obama Administration’s failures in places like Afghanistan, Benghazi, Iraq and Ukraine have made it more difficult to achieve our foreign policy objectives elsewhere. In my role as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I will continue to advocate for a foreign policy focused on our long-held principles of advancing freedom and justice that also upholds the national interests of the United States. America must lead to keep Americans safe, and keeping Americans safe is my constitutional responsibility.

I remain a staunch supporter of human rights and religious freedom worldwide and have worked with my colleagues to support the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini in Iran and Meriam Ibrahim Ishag in Sudan. The atrocities committed against Orthodox Christians in Syria requires American attention as well. America must also continue to stand alongside our allies around the world— such as our democratic ally in the Middle East, Israel. The U.S.-Israeli alliance serves as a cornerstone of international and regional security. As a vibrant and dynamic democracy, Israel is a model of progress in the Middle East, and the United States must continue to support the State of Israel.

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