Issues

Financial Responsibility

Our unbalanced budget and growing national debt is not sustainable. Passing income tax cuts and increasing deficit spending when the economy is strong and at nearly full employment is irresponsible. We have many competing interests to address. Soc...

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Term Limits

When we started our conversation with Missouri voters over a year ago, we were skeptical of term limits. But upon further study and reflection, and hearing the input of many informed voters, I favor term limits. Senators should be limited to two, ...

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Environment

Environmental protections are important. Americans must embrace rather than shun the opportunities of new energy sources and new, more environmentally-aware, ways of doing things.  We should not celebrate the dismantling of environmental protectio...

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Economic Inequality

There is a growing imbalance in economic opportunity, income and wealth in this country. We need to address this issue, not by pulling down successful people, but by helping others climb the ladder of success. Urban areas have taken great strides,...

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Second Amendment and Gun Safety

We are a gun-owning family. I grew up on a farm, guns were part of life on the farm. I own guns from my childhood, and in more recent years, I have purchased guns for home protection, hunting, target shooting, and to support my son’s preparation f...

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Healthcare

Healthcare is a fundamental human necessity. Any pro-growth, pro-business vision for the future must include a high quality, stable, and efficient healthcare system. Healthy people enjoy a higher quality of life. They work more, earn more, and pay...

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Immigration

Yes, we need immigration reform. No, we cannot accept every immigrant who wants to come to America. Yes, we must reasonably control our borders. But that does not require an expensive and impractical 2,000-mile wall along the border.  It does not ...

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International Trade

America is the big winner in the global economy. Nearly half of the revenue of all S&P 500 companies is generated by overseas sales. We must always work toward fair rules and a level playing field, but a system of international trade cannot be...

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Craig O'Dear for U.S. Senate