Issues

NATIONAL SECURITY

A former military intelligence officer and Iraq War veteran with an extensive career as a national security expert, Gina has spent over 14 years serving and protecting our country. She has the knowledge and experience to be a leader on national security and foreign policy decisions that strengthen our relationships with our allies and protect the long-term interests of the United States. More than ever, we need leaders in Congress who are capable of getting ahead of challenges our country is facing – both foreign and domestic.

In Congress, Gina will work to:

  • Be a strong voice on intelligent, common sense national security policy that puts the safety and security of our country and people first – not political rhetoric or games.

  • Lead the development of pragmatic foreign policies that invest in solutions to strengthen our neighboring countries. This is a proven approach for preventing our neighbors’ challenges from becoming our national security risks.

  • Ensure we are using all resources available to address our challenges and opportunities. We need to reconstitute our diplomatic strength – a core tenet of our national security that has been severely under-resourced and under-utilized. Our partners and allies must know that principled American leadership will continue to be the cornerstone of global security.

  • Develop economic policies based on an understanding that the security of our nation relies on a strong, vibrant middle class here at home.

  • Lead the development of economic and trade policies reflecting the reality that our national security and economic prosperity depends on the strength of our trading relationships. Former secretaries of defense and senior military officers have called trade a strategic imperative in order to keep our national security and economy strong. The U.S. must lead on trade, and we must lead in a way that reflects our commitment to the strength of our own middle class.

  • Work towards common sense solutions to address climate change given the real threat it poses to our national and economic security, and public health. American leadership on climate change will create clean energy jobs and generate benefits far beyond the climate. For example, one in 11 kids in Texas has asthma – a condition equally exacerbated by climate change and insufficient access to quality health care. As a coastal state with an economy that relies on agriculture and ranching, Texas will feel the impacts of a changing climate. We should invest in new and innovative clean energy jobs and lead on smart, data-driven climate change policies. 

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