Issues

Franks at the 2011 Veterans Day    parade in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore

Franks at the 2011 Veterans Day
parade in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Gage Skidmore

The American Family

The character of an individual and culture of a society is dependent on the success of the family more than any other human factor.

Congressman Franks believes the family is still the best Department of Welfare, the best Department of Education, the best Department of Drug Abuse Prevention, and the best Department of Public Safety that there will ever be.

He also believes that if the traditional family in America fails as an institution, that we will bankrupt this nation trying to address the results. As the family goes, so goes the nation.

Trent believes that government should foster security, economic, social, and tax policies which will give American families the greatest opportunity to be safe, happy, and successful.

Business and the Economy

Congressman Franks believes that the primary role of government in the economy is to foster a secure, predictable, and trustworthy national venue, and then simply get out of the way of free enterprise and let the people produce. As someone who knows what it is like to start and maintain a small a business, Congressman Franks understands that the secret to our economic success is allowing market incentives in the private sector to boost innovation and productivity. This means less regulation, less taxes, and less intrusion into private markets and business.

Congressman Franks has opposed every government bailout as well as Mr. Obama’s so-called “stimulus” package. Trent has also voted against  pay-raises for Members of Congress every time has come up for a vote.

Social Security

Congressman Franks is the author of H.R. 1058, the Seniors Financial Security Act. This important bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the income tax on social security income. Individuals have already paid income tax on the amounts of money they pay into Social Security. Trent believes it is outrageous that they also have to pay income taxes again on their Social Security benefits at a time when they are retired and are often least able to afford it.

Health Care

America still has the greatest healthcare system in the world, but the cost of healthcare insurance premiums and medical treatments is simply growing beyond the financial reach of Americans. Congressman Franks believes this is due in part to a lack of unhindered market forces in the healthcare industry. Congressman Franks believes that a government take-over of our healthcare system would crush the quality, increase the cost, and diminished the dignity of the patient. He worked hard to oppose the Democrat backroom deals and strong-arming that took place before the Obama-Pelosi healthcare vote. Trent believes the answer to affordable care is empowering patients to generate competition and innovation within the private sector.

Israel

Congressman Trent Franks is Chairman of the Israel allies Caucus in the United States House of Representatives, the only official pro-Israel caucus in Congress. Trent believes the nation of Israel is the greatest friend and ally America has the world. He is deeply committed to the security and success of the Jewish state. His vote has always and will always reflect that commitment. Trent understands that the alliance between America and Israel is not only good for Israel, it is also good for America. This tiny nation, the only democracy in the Middle East, has been forced to defend itself against terrorists for decades. This is why Congressman Franks has worked so hard to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons capable nation and ensure the U.S. and Israel remain partners in developing and deploying a missile defense system that will defend Israel, the U.S., and our other allies against ballistic missile attack.

National Security

The first purpose of government is to national defense. As a member of the Armed Services Committee Congressman Franks has been fighting tirelessly to ensure our military has everything they need to remain the strongest, most advanced military on earth. He is the author of H.J. Res 23, which would require the United States to budget for a minimum of 4% if our nation’s wealth for national defense. One of the most effective deterrents for war is to ensure we have the means to conclusively defeat our enemies if they threaten the safety of Americans.

Congressman Franks is also the Founding Chairman of the Bi-Partisan Missile Defense Caucus. As Chairman, he has been striving to see that the U.S. has a robust missile defense system so that countries like North Korea and Iran do not have the ability to successfully attack America with ballistic missiles. He is the author of multiple bills and amendments supporting missile defense. He is also the author of the strongest bill in the Congress for the prevention of a nuclear Iran. H.R. 3832 would implement crippling sanctions on Iran by ceasing trade with any country who conducts business with the nation of Iran. It also encourages the Obama administration to support dissidents in Iran seeking a regime change and it requires the Department of Defense to create a military contingency plan to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons.

One of the first promises President Obama made when he became President was to close Guantanamo Bay. Instead, he has attempted to bring terrorist inmates in GITMO to the United States for civilian trial. Congressman Franks Has adamantly opposed this dangerous policy. He also authored H.R. 951, which would prohibit federal dollars from being used to move GITMO terrorists to the state of Arizona.

Sanctity of Human Life

Of all of the truths the founding fathers of America held in their hearts to be self-evident gifts from God, the most important was the transcendent meaning of human life. Those who wrote the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution knew that without the right to live, no other rights had any meaning. Yet, abortion on demand in America has taken the lives of more than 50,000,000 unborn babies while they were peacefully growing in their mothers’ wombs. Congressman Franks asks the real question. Does abortion take the life of a child? If it does, then America finds herself in a great human genocide that is causing unfathomable harm to American mothers and destroying the future itself. Trent has worked very hard to protect both mothers and babies and to remind us all that 50,000,000 lost little American lives is enough, and that there is a better way.

Trent is the original author of the Prenatal Non-Discrimination Act (PreNDA), which says that an unborn child cannot be discriminated against by being subjected to an abortion based on the child’s race or gender. Currently, the United States is the only developed nation that does not have a law protecting an unborn child from being aborted based on the child’s gender.

The Constitution

Trent Franks believes that the United States Constitution is the greatest governing document written by mankind in human history. Its core components of protecting life, liberty, and property, are the ultimate recipe for successful human government. Congressman Franks is the Chairman of the subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, and he works very hard to prevent the original intent in the provisions of the Constitution from being ignored or distorted, especially by judges whose primary responsibility is to protect it.

Religious Freedom

Congressman Franks believes that religious freedom is the cornerstone of all of the freedoms. The right to freely express, and practice one’s faith, is one of the most foundational reasons why America came into being in the first place.Trent Co-Chairs the Religious Freedom Caucus in Congress and is one of its most dynamic protectors of religious freedom.