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  • Pompeo favors stringent sanctions against Russia

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  • Enormous sanctions against Russia should be the very least response following the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine that killed 298, said incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas 4th District.
    Pompeo said according to a White House briefing it appears to be a Russian missile but he was not prepared to say who fired that missile during a phone interview that covered a variety of topics.
    He said it appears it was fired to undermine the Ukrainian government. If it was separatists that fired the missile, the sanctions should be put in place to get Russia to disarm the separatists.
    “We have to have a robust response to this act of war,” Pompeo said.
    Pompeo said power would flow into a vacuum. If the U.S. is not providing a leadership role, the Russians or Ukrainians would fill that vacuum and America would be much less secure than it should have been.
    Pompeo supports U.S. allies in the Middle East. In Israel, if Hamas lays down their weapons, it will lead to peace. If Israel puts down their arms, it would lead to invasion. He supports Israel’s action going on right now.
    In Iraq, we need to do what we can to prevent radical terrorism from growing and prospering so they can’t launch an attack against America.
    The situation in Syria is worsening. There are more Ghadists in Syria now than before 9-11 and the U.S. has to respond.
    “I want to crush the Al-Qaeda movement in Syria,” Pompeo said.
    The U.S. should have supported an effort to crush Isis. Hundreds of Americans are now in Iraq and Syria training along with hardened members of Isis and providing easy access to western information.
    Other challenges are also facing the country. Tens of thousands of children from South America continue to enter the U.S. illegally.
    The U.S. should have secured its border years ago. The technology exists to do that, Pompeo said.
    Pompeo wants to do what is best for the children. If the U.S. exhibits a false compassion for this immigration, it encourages them to make the trip. The government has the obligation to know who is coming across the border.
    The border has to be secured. The U.S. can’t create a false sense of hope for the parents so they will send their children.
    In the short term the U.S. has to take care of them and return them. That is the compassionate thing to do.
    To help reduce the influx, the government needs to do everything it can to make it safer in their own country so they would not be prompted to leave in the first place. But there is only so much the U.S. can do.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We can’t solve every problem everywhere,” Pompeo said.
    Another problem facing the country is affordable health care. Pompeo said the Affordable Health Care Act has taken the country backwards and he wants to undo it lock, stock and barrel.
    “The Affordable Care Act took us 100 percent in the wrong direction,” Pompeo said.
    As hospitals struggle to get reimbursement, it becomes more difficult to maintain operations. The payment issues have been a persistent problem under Obama Care.
    It has become a real risk to the health care system even to private payers.
    The House has introduced two bills to help fix the problem but the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, refuses to consider them because he believes in Obama Care, Pompeo said.
    The more federalized the health care system becomes, the more difficult it is for families to get health insurance. The providers are feeling the impact too.
    Over regulation is hurting other businesses and farming, too. With so many regulations, some businesses are going to other countries.
    In the U.S., the Environmental Protection Agency is trying to regulate all water on farms including ponds and stock tanks. The House has passed several pieces of legislation to stop the regulation of un-navigable waters in the U.S.
    Over-regulation has also impacted the banking system. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 was aimed at big banks, but it has hit smaller banks with so many new regulations it has made it difficult for them to meet all the regulations and stay competitive.
    Pompeo wants to reduce regulations and create an environment to create needed jobs.
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