Mark on the Issues

Mark is a constitutional conservative who will fight in Congress for affordable healthcare, smart immigration laws, prudent fiscal reforms, and our Second Amendment rights. 

Please click on the boxes below to read Mark’s positions on key issues affecting voters in Virginia’s Eight Congressional District. 

Civil Service Workers

Civil service workers are among the hardest workers in American society today, yet they rarely get the credit they deserve for it. And as the son and brother of two career civil servants, I know all too well how true this is. As your Congressman, I will also work with our federal workforce leadership to restructure the procurement process so our government can stop hemorrhaging money and we can have more money to spend on other vital government programs. We can then use some of this money to incentivize federal workers when they are able to identify and complete the implementation of strategies that save the agency – and taxpayers – money through bonuses deposited directly to their federal savings plans. I will also push for college tuition reimbursement for individuals who are hired by and remain employed by the federal government for more than ten years, so we can allow these individuals to earn their education and use these gifts and intelligence to better serve our great country.

Climate Change

We need to act locally and think globally. We don’t need a “Green New Deal,” – instead, we need a “Green New Day.” As your Congressman, I will support common sense solutions in the House that work to protect the environment for generations to come. This includes asking every American to take personal accountability for their role in this crisis and to reassess their daily habits to see if there are any lifestyle changes they can make to further the cause. My office will also be sponsoring quarterly district-wide cleanups so that volunteers of all ages can give back to the community.

Economy

Thanks to President Donald Trump, America’s economy is thriving and we need to do everything we can to keep it on that path. I will work in Congress to keep taxes low for our hardworking middle class, as well as continue to support the restructuring of trade deals that are not beneficial to the United States. I also believe more needs to be done to protect American workers so we can keep our unemployment levels low. That includes consider additional caps on the number of H1B visa recipients we allow in the United States (current caps are set at 65,000 people), as well as promoting and encouraging companies to hire and re-train them as their business needs change.

Education

I believe we need to make higher education in the United States more affordable and accessible to middle-class Americans. Rather than provide college students with free and/or discounted tuition rates funded by America’s hardworking taxpayers, I believe we need to look into alternative forms of learning that are more cost-effective in a day and age when vocational training is at a premium. We need to find ways to develop high quality, trade-specific college programs through non-traditional sources, including online and target center-learning environments. Implementing these learning programs can not only reduce the high burden of funding a college education but can also change the paradigm for a career in which four years isn’t truly necessary for a complete education. As your Congressman, I will also fight for students living in low- and moderate-income zones nationwide by supporting the creation of new and improved literacy centers for their learning benefit. I truly believe that literacy is key to developing the foundation for both a strong education and a higher level of self-esteem. If you have a dream and you cannot articulate it, you have no dream at all.

Guns

As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, the last thing I want to do is infringe on the rights of responsible citizens who choose to own a firearm for recreational or defensive purposes. That’s why as your Congressman, I plan to support commonsense legislation that pours every resource possible into mental illness detection so we can provide the assistance needed to those who could benefit from it. I truly believe we have to find a way to prevent those who should not be trusted with a firearm from obtaining them. Unfortunately, in this day and age, gun violence is one problem that we just cannot ignore. We must take action to prevent additional mass shootings in the United States. And to do so, we will need to bring everyone to the table to have a heart-to heart discussion on the matter.

Healthcare & Prescription Drugs

It is imperative that Congress take action to address the escalating cost of healthcare in our country. As your Congressman, I will fight for a number of commonsense reforms to make healthcare affordable and accessible for all Americans, including: Allowing young, unmarried adults to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until the age of 30 to reduce that burden; Requiring that all preexisting conditions are covered universally by insurance companies; Allowing seniors to use their Medicare benefits for assisted living care; and Allowing health insurance companies to sell policies across state lines. I believe that if we can make preventative screening and care more readily available in our cities and rural areas, we can improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. I also believe we need to reexamine how diseases are treated in the United States, particularly when it comes to prescription drug use. I believe that physicians today are too quick to prescribe mass doses of drugs to their patients when a more holistic approach can be just as effective in many non-life-threatening cases. As your Congressman, I will fight for stricter laws regarding the quality and distribution of prescription drugs that make them more affordable, accessible, and less harmful to one’s health over the long term. It is imperative that we drive down the cost of prescription drugs and provide greater access to these life-saving medicines, as our seniors and hardworking middle class need and deserve better.

Illegal Immigration

I believe that we need to make significant changes to America’s immigration policies if we are to remain a prosperous nation. America needs strong borders, and as such I fully support President Donald Trump’s border barrier initiative. I also believe that we need to review our current immigration laws so that they only punish true offenders. I support passing DACA legislation in Congress that will grant the children of illegal immigrants’ immunity, as it is the humane thing to do. I also believe that we need to revise the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as this Clinton-era law has negatively affected the lives of legal immigrants and their families by requiring the mandatory detention and deportation of immigrants legally living in the United States. We also need to be more diligent in monitoring our entitlement spending to ensure that individuals not living legally in the United States do not gain access to programs like food stamps, government-funded healthcare, or social security benefits. I also plan to support legislation that allows the Department of Justice to make decisions on specific immigration-related cases in order to reduce the backlog and hasten the process, and to look into placing a 10-year statute of limitations on immigration-related cases.

Opioids

America’s opioid crisis has escalated in recent years in part because of how easy it is to obtain these drugs. I believe first and foremost that we need to limit the flow of illicit drugs into the country at all points of entry, including at major sea harbors on our coasts. I will also vote as your Member of Congress to support expanded rehabilitation and recovery initiatives, as well as stricter penalties for traffickers. Like many of you, I unfortunately know people who have suffered from addition, and have seen first-hand the destruction it causes them and their families. I believe that this crisis can affect anyone, regardless of their background, which is why I believe we need to put a stop to it.

Traffic & Transportation

Northern Virginia is one of the most congested areas in the country, and as such, I will work in Congress to support infrastructure reforms that help reduce gridlock and ease the traffic burden on the lives of those within the Eighth District. I believe we should consider expanding the national platform for establishing a high-speed rail network so we can provide Americans with cleaner, faster, and more efficient regional transportation through state-of-the-art transit projects. On the local level, I would like to see high-speed rail lines built into Prince William and Loudoun Counties so that these areas become more accessible while reducing some of the traffic congestion within the Beltway. Along those same lines, I would also like to see vacant commercial buildings in exurban areas such as Dumfries, Manassas, and Sterling converted into regional hoteling sites for federal workers. Not only will this reduce the number of commuters traveling to Washington, D.C. on a daily basis, but it will provide federal workers with the secure and safe workspace they need to conduct their daily tasks.

Veterans & Military Personnel

Too often we take for granted the enormous sacrifice made by our military personnel and veterans – they truly are the backbone of our society. I believe it is crucial that we continue to fully overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs so it can provide superior service to the men and women who bravely served for us. I will also vote for cost-of-living-adjustments (COLA) and other performance adjustments for our active duty and retired service members. I also believe that we need to revisit how we approach foreign conflicts. It is time for diplomacy and peace through strength, and as such I believe that we should only be sending our troops to conflict zones if there is a rock-solid purpose for their presence and we have an exit strategy in place for their safety. As a constitutionalist, I also believe that Congress should have the sole authority to authorize any foreign conflicts.

Mark is a constitutional conservative who will fight in Congress for affordable healthcare, smart immigration laws, prudent fiscal reforms, and our Second Amendment rights. 

Civil Service Workers

Civil service workers are among the hardest workers in American society today, yet they rarely get the credit they deserve for it. And as the son and brother of two career civil servants, I know all too well how true this is. As your Congressman, I will also work with our federal workforce leadership to restructure the procurement process so our government can stop hemorrhaging money and we can have more money to spend on other vital government programs. We can then use some of this money to incentivize federal workers when they are able to identify and complete the implementation of strategies that save the agency – and taxpayers – money through bonuses deposited directly to their federal savings plans. I will also push for college tuition reimbursement for individuals who are hired by and remain employed by the federal government for more than ten years, so we can allow these individuals to earn their education and use these gifts and intelligence to better serve our great country.

Climate Change

We need to act locally and think globally. We don’t need a “Green New Deal,” – instead, we need a “Green New Day.” As your Congressman, I will support common sense solutions in the House that work to protect the environment for generations to come. This includes asking every American to take personal accountability for their role in this crisis and to reassess their daily habits to see if there are any lifestyle changes they can make to further the cause. My office will also be sponsoring quarterly district-wide cleanups so that volunteers of all ages can give back to the community.

Economy

Thanks to President Donald Trump, America’s economy is thriving and we need to do everything we can to keep it on that path. I will work in Congress to keep taxes low for our hardworking middle class, as well as continue to support the restructuring of trade deals that are not beneficial to the United States. I also believe more needs to be done to protect American workers so we can keep our unemployment levels low. That includes consider additional caps on the number of H1B visa recipients we allow in the United States (current caps are set at 65,000 people), as well as promoting and encouraging companies to hire and re-train them as their business needs change.

Education

I believe we need to make higher education in the United States more affordable and accessible to middle-class Americans. Rather than provide college students with free and/or discounted tuition rates funded by America’s hardworking taxpayers, I believe we need to look into alternative forms of learning that are more cost-effective in a day and age when vocational training is at a premium. We need to find ways to develop high quality, trade-specific college programs through non-traditional sources, including online and target center-learning environments. Implementing these learning programs can not only reduce the high burden of funding a college education but can also change the paradigm for a career in which four years isn’t truly necessary for a complete education. As your Congressman, I will also fight for students living in low- and moderate-income zones nationwide by supporting the creation of new and improved literacy centers for their learning benefit. I truly believe that literacy is key to developing the foundation for both a strong education and a higher level of self-esteem. If you have a dream and you cannot articulate it, you have no dream at all.

Guns

As a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, the last thing I want to do is infringe on the rights of responsible citizens who choose to own a firearm for recreational or defensive purposes. That’s why as your Congressman, I plan to support commonsense legislation that pours every resource possible into mental illness detection so we can provide the assistance needed to those who could benefit from it. I truly believe we have to find a way to prevent those who should not be trusted with a firearm from obtaining them. Unfortunately, in this day and age, gun violence is one problem that we just cannot ignore. We must take action to prevent additional mass shootings in the United States. And to do so, we will need to bring everyone to the table to have a heart-to heart discussion on the matter.

Healthcare & Prescription Drugs

It is imperative that Congress take action to address the escalating cost of healthcare in our country. As your Congressman, I will fight for a number of commonsense reforms to make healthcare affordable and accessible for all Americans, including: • Allowing young, unmarried adults to stay on their parents’ healthcare plans until the age of 30 to reduce that burden; • Requiring that all preexisting conditions are covered universally by insurance companies; • Allowing seniors to use their Medicare benefits for assisted living care; and • Allowing health insurance companies to sell policies across state lines. I believe that if we can make preventative screening and care more readily available in our cities and rural areas, we can improve the quality of life for millions of Americans. I also believe we need to reexamine how diseases are treated in the United States, particularly when it comes to prescription drug use. I believe that physicians today are too quick to prescribe mass doses of drugs to their patients when a more holistic approach can be just as effective in many non-life-threatening cases. As your Congressman, I will fight for stricter laws regarding the quality and distribution of prescription drugs that make them more affordable, accessible, and less harmful to one’s health over the long term. It is imperative that we drive down the cost of prescription drugs and provide greater access to these life-saving medicines, as our seniors and hardworking middle class need and deserve better.

Illegal Immigration

I believe that we need to make significant changes to America’s immigration policies if we are to remain a prosperous nation. America needs strong borders, and as such I fully support President Donald Trump’s border barrier initiative. I also believe that we need to review our current immigration laws so that they only punish true offenders. I support passing DACA legislation in Congress that will grant the children of illegal immigrants’ immunity, as it is the humane thing to do. I also believe that we need to revise the Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as this Clinton-era law has negatively affected the lives of legal immigrants and their families by requiring the mandatory detention and deportation of immigrants legally living in the United States. We also need to be more diligent in monitoring our entitlement spending to ensure that individuals not living legally in the United States do not gain access to programs like food stamps, government-funded healthcare, or social security benefits. I also plan to support legislation that allows the Department of Justice to make decisions on specific immigration-related cases in order to reduce the backlog and hasten the process, and to look into placing a 10-year statute of limitations on immigration-related cases.

Opioids

America’s opioid crisis has escalated in recent years in part because of how easy it is to obtain these drugs. I believe first and foremost that we need to limit the flow of illicit drugs into the country at all points of entry, including at major sea harbors on our coasts. I will also vote as your Member of Congress to support expanded rehabilitation and recovery initiatives, as well as stricter penalties for traffickers. Like many of you, I unfortunately know people who have suffered from addition, and have seen first-hand the destruction it causes them and their families. I believe that this crisis can affect anyone, regardless of their background, which is why I believe we need to put a stop to it.

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Traffic & Transportation

Northern Virginia is one of the most congested areas in the country, and as such, I will work in Congress to support infrastructure reforms that help reduce gridlock and ease the traffic burden on the lives of those within the Eighth District. I believe we should consider expanding the national platform for establishing a high-speed rail network so we can provide Americans with cleaner, faster, and more efficient regional transportation through state-of ily tasks.

Veterans & Military Personnel

Too often we take for granted the enormous sacrifice made by our military personnel and veterans – they truly are the backbone of our society. I believe it is crucial that we continue to fully overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs so it can provide superior service to the men and women who bravely served for us. I will also vote for cost-of-living-adjustments (COLA) and other performance adjustments for our active duty and retired service members. I also believe that we need to revisit how we approach foreign conflicts. It is time for diplomacy and peace through strength, and as such I believe that we should only be sending our troops to conflict zones if there is a rock-solid purpose for their presence and we have an exit strategy in place for their safety. As a constitutionalist, I also believe that Congress should have the sole authority to authorize any foreign conflicts.

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