Government doesn’t have to be dysfunctional.
Congress doesn’t have to be ineffectual.
America doesn’t need to decline into a second-rate country bogged down by bureaucracy, crime and violence, and endless spending.
– It’s time to take school safety seriously.
Congress has funded various programs to prevent school violence. Although these do good work, they are inadequately funded. Congress should care as much about safeguarding America’s children from domestic threats as for funding the security of foreign countries.
For example, the STOP School Violence Act has funded school violence prevention programs up to $125 million in 2022. If each state was provided equal funding, Colorado would receive $2,500,000 for our 1,972 schools; only $1,270 for each school to enhance its security, provide training, and implement evidence-based threat assessments. This is unreasonable and will do little to protect our children from the threat of school violence.
– Colorado needs active representation in Congress to curb Colorado’s fentanyl crisis.
Deaths from synthetic opioid overdoses are seven times higher than when CD2 Congressman Joe Neguse took office, jumping 39% between 2020 and 2021. Despite Colorado leading the nation in the rate of fentanyl deaths, with 624 Coloradans dying already this year, Neguse has been silent in Congress. Neguse has even been silent after 19 Boulder County residents, one as young as 18 years old, died of fentanyl overdoses since February. Neguse has not released any statements, nor joined any efforts in Congress to pass legislation to curb Colorado’s fentanyl crisis.
If elected, Marshall would work with both Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation to help curb Colorado’s fentanyl crisis. This legislation would also require that Congress provide much-needed resources to our border patrol agents who are overwhelmed with the influx of illegal drugs arriving from China and Mexico and immigrants arriving at our Southern border. In just 2021, Texas law enforcement seized enough fentanyl to kill 222 million Americans. Any legislation that seriously addresses fentanyl must provide support to Americans protecting our Southern border.
If elected, Marshall would be an active, not absent, representative for Coloradans.
1. “Five more fentanyl deaths confirmed in Boulder County, bringing total to 19 in nine months,” The Colorado Sun
2. “Abbott says enough fentanyl seized in Texas to kill 222 million Americans, Biden ‘does not care’,” Fox News
– Parents are not domestic terror threats.
It’s time for the Biden White House, Attorney General Merrick Garland, the FBI, and Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to come clean on exactly why they enthusiastically endorsed and acted on the National School Board Association’s (NSBA) letter requesting the Biden Administration to deploy “federal law enforcement [to] monitor and, potentially, intervene in local school board meetings across the country.” Why did the Biden Administration support the NSBA’s letter which called to use the power of the PATRIOT Act to investigate parents? Why were the FBI’s counterterrorism resources used to monitor and investigate parents expressing their First Amendment rights? Why did Attorney General Garland use the power of the federal government to threaten and intimidate rightfully-concerned American parents?
Parents need to have assurance that this breach of power will never happen again.
If elected, Marshall would endorse the House Judiciary Committee’s efforts to fully investigate the Biden Administration’s alleged involvement with the NSBA’s request, including Attorney General Garland’s and the FBI’s apparent counterterrorism actions against parents.
Marshall would also work to repeal the PATRIOT Act, which has been used to monitor Americans who run counter to accepted narratives. The NSBA’s request of the Biden Administration to use the power of the PATRIOT Act is an egregious example of how the unconstitutional PATRIOT Act has been and is being used to intimidate law-abiding Americans.
1. “Re: Federal Assistance to Stop Threats and Acts of Violence Against Public Schoolchildren, Public School Board Members, and Other Public School District Officials and Educators,” NSBA Letter to President Biden
2. “Justice Department Addresses Violent Threats Against School Officials and Teachers,” Department of Justice
3. “Garland vs. Parents,” Wall Street Journal
4. “Garland calls in FBI to counter reported threats against school staffers,” New York Post
– Let Americans decide which regulations are in America’s best interest.
If elected to serve as your representative, Marshall will work with both Democrats and Republicans to pass the REINS Act. The REINS Act will require that all regulatory actions, having a $100M effect on the economy, be reviewed and voted on by Congress. Federal agencies currently enact regulations without the approval of Congress, the representatives of the people. The REINS Act will ensure that potentially onerous regulations require your representative to be on record, for or against, regarding policies affecting you.
1. Ballotopia, “REINS Act”
– Give every generation an opportunity to re-debate policy.
All major legislation should include a “sunset clause,” which would stipulate a reoccurring congressional review and debate on existing policy and agencies. Every American generation deserves the opportunity to voice their opinion on policies they inherit, fostering our sense of innovation and ingenuity inherent to the American spirit.
A more perfect union is only possible when all Americans are in control of how they experience the Great American Dream. Outdated, ineffectual, and just bad policy threatens not only how our republic functions but also hinders how our republic progresses.
– End House ‘yay’ or ‘nay’ voice votes on all consequential legislation.
Americans should know how their representative votes on consequential legislation via recorded votes, plain and simple.
The biggest spending bill in American history, the $2T coronavirus relief package, was passed in an empty chamber by voice vote. With the exception of one congressman, Congress fought tooth and nail against a recorded vote and ultimately succeeded in avoiding accountability. This should never happen again, no exceptions. Coloradans deserve to know how their representative votes on consequential legislation, especially on big spending bills.
-Let’s get serious about what’s causing inflation.
It’s no secret our leaders are out of touch, especially when it comes to how out of control inflation is. Many Coloradans noticed months ago that food, material, and gas prices were creeping up, while our leaders in Washington D.C., from President Biden to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, gaslighted Americans into believing that inflation was only transitory and momentarily volatile. In fact, our leaders have passed the blame to American industry for price gouging and even onto Putin, despite the majority of economists arguing that it has been Biden’s massive spending policies that have caused the United States to have the highest rate of inflation in the world.
Here are just a few examples of how Joe and Joe have been wrong on inflation and obfuscated responsibility:
– Congressman Neguse’s only statement on inflation, posted on Twitter on May 9, 2022 in response to a Tweet posted by Senator Chuck Grassley: “So . . . you’re saying it IS price-gouging driving inflation? Good to know.” [link to Tweet]
– President Biden in July 2021: “Our experts believe and our data shows that most of the price increases we’ve seen were expected and expected to be temporary.” [link to quote]
– President Biden in November 2021: “Because of the strength of our economic recovery, American families have been able to buy more products… And — but guess what? They’re not going out to dinner and lunch and going to the local bars because of COVID. So what are they doing? They’re staying home, they’re ordering online, and they’re buying product.” [link to quote]
– President Biden in December 2021: “Half of the price increases in this report are in cars and energy costs from November. Since then, we have seen significant energy price reductions.” [link to quote]
– Press Secretary Jen Psaki on May 10, 2022: “And we’ve seen in recent months the impact of President Putin’s invasion and the energy prices that have gone up and been a main driver of inflation.” [link to quote]
If elected to be CD2’s representative, Marshall would immediately:
1. Reduce and cut spending where it makes sense to do so. The United States has the highest inflation rate in the world and it is partially due to record congressional spending. Congress needs to focus on spending on the basic necessities that are within Congress’s constitutional purview.
1. “Why Is U.S. Inflation Higher than in Other Countries?,” Research from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco”
2. Reintroduce the Keystone XL Pipeline Construction and Jobs Preservation Act (H.R.684) while supporting efforts to integrate nuclear power into America’s energy infrastructure.
3. Support any congressional efforts to fire Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Secretary Yellen said it herself, “I think I was wrong then about the path that inflation would take. As I mentioned, there have been unanticipated and large shocks to the economy that have boosted energy and food prices and supply bottlenecks that have affected our economy badly that I didn’t — at the time — didn’t fully understand, but we recognize that now.” Now that Secretary Yellen has acknowledged her grave mistake, it’s time for her to step aside so the Treasury Department can be led by a competent economist who can better advise the White House through this inflation crisis.
1. “Treasury secretary concedes she was wrong on ‘path that inflation would take’,” CNN
– It’s time to return to what’s possible, not what’s convenient.
Record Congressional spending, and Biden’s ideological war on energy production, have caused the worst inflation crisis since 1980. Congress needs to dramatically reduce spending while entrusting Americans to create value through technology, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship. For example, Congress should immediately reduce self-employment taxes. As many Americans are leaving their jobs to start their own businesses, it is vital that Congress inspires, not curtails, the American entrepreneurial spirit.
– Spend where it matters. Cut spending where it makes sense.