In an exclusive statement provided to The Tennessee Star, Kurt Winstead’s campaign in the Republican nomination contest for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District unveiled its “Strong American Families Plan.”
“Out-of-control gas prices and inflation, in addition to historic crime rates, are threatening American families. Joe Biden and the Democrats caused this problem. But conservative Republicans are going to be the ones to fix it,” the retired general said.
If elected, on his first day in the U.S. House of Representatives, Winstead said he pledges to “introduce legislation entitled the Strong American Families Plan.”
The plan contains three major components: “Promote Energy Independence,” “Keep Families Safe,” and “Stop Rampant Inflation.”
Winstead’s plan calls for legislation promoting energy independence by restarting the Keystone Pipeline, reopening drilling leases, and authorizing offshore drilling exploration on the east coast of the United States.
“We must force the Biden administration to restart the pipeline, which would create thousands of jobs and provide an increased supply of energy,” the plan says.
“The Biden administration has once again paused oil and drilling leases and permits. That limits our ability to produce American energy and forces us to import,” it adds. “We cannot allow environmental extremists to block oil and gas exploration.”
Winstead said he promises legislation that will keep families safe by funding a school resource officer in every school and securing the border.
“The federal government spends billions overseas but can’t adequately fund law enforcement here at home. It’s time to focus on American public safety first,” the document says.
“Public safety in America starts at our borders. We must restart construction on the border wall and finish the job,” it adds.
Winstead said he wants to stop rampant inflation by cutting wasteful spending and blocking pork-barrel spending.
The legislation Winstead proposes will “force every federal department and agency to conduct an audit and identify 5 to 7 percent of spending to be cut. Stopping wasteful government spending is the first step in fighting inflation.”
The plan additionally says, “The federal government should not be spending one more dime than it has to and special projects from members of Congress promote wasteful spending. Congressional earmarks and pork barrel projects need to end – immediately.”
The Republican primary for Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District seat is scheduled to take place on August 4.
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