Re-elect Banks to keep fighting for conservative values

Republican Jim Banks was sent to Washington in 2017 to defend the conservative values of Hoosiers in Congress. And we support his re-election Tuesday because of his consistent stand in fighting for the principles we believe in, especially the rights of the unborn.

A veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and a champion of veterans in Congress on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Banks is running against Democrat Courtney Tritch in the race to represent Indiana’s 3rd Congressional District, which consists of Allen and nine other counties in northeast Indiana and parts of two others.

Indiana has nine House seats; two are held by Democrats and seven by Republicans. Banks won his first two-year term in 2016, when the 3rd District voted for President Trump by a margin of 34.8 points.

Banks was chosen as the freshman representative to the Steering Committee of the Republican Study Committee in his first term. His work with that committee, the largest conservative caucus in the House of Representatives, included helping repeal Obamacare’s individual coverage mandate, and trying to secure greater protections for the unborn.

Banks and Tritch have debated twice in this campaign: Sunday and Friday in Fort Wayne. The only thing the two candidates agreed upon was that the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election needs to continue.

On other issues, Tritch, 41, a Fort Wayne marketing consultant who is running for public office for the first time, leans far left of her 38-year-old Republican opponent. Banks, a former commercial real estate broker and state senator from Columbia City, does not hesitate to vocalize his pro-life views.

“I have a 100 percent pro-life voting record,” Banks declared, “and I’m very proud of it.”

While Tritch insists the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion is “settled law” and should not be overturned by the court, Banks would welcome such an action.

“As a pro-life leader I would celebrate that decision,” he said. Some believe the possibility of a Supreme Court reversal of the 1973 landmark decision has been heightened by the recent confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the high court.

Banks also promises to continue to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He supports legislation to make private insurance markets competitive again, and to let small businesses and groups form insurance pools to hold down drug costs.

Tritch proposes creating an option for people to buy into Medicare, and to improve portions of the ACA. Banks says Tritch’s plan is “Obamacare on steroids.”

Banks supports the federal tax cuts passed by Congress at the end of 2017, insisting they have spurred economic expansion and job growth that will, in turn, create tax revenue. And he praised Trump’s recent request for a 5 percent reduction in federal spending to turn the tide on the deficit.

Tritch, on the other hand, complains that the tax cuts have adversely affected federal revenue, put some national programs at risk and added to the national debt.

In light of the caravan of Central Americans marching through Mexico toward the U.S., Banks believes it would be “outrageous” to allow those people to cross our border illegally. He said he wants to finish building a wall at the Mexico-U.S. border and, to end chain migration and the visa lottery system.

“This election is about resistance versus results,” Banks told WBOI public radio this week. “We have a choice between continuing the results or putting Nancy Pelosi in charge of the Congress again, which would result in a step backwards, and I hope that’s not the case.”

So do we, which is why we need to return Banks to Congress where he has represented us well in his first term.

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