UNION — Congressman Ralph Norman is seeking to be reelected to represent the people of South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District. Norman was elected to the position for the first time in 2017 during a special election when the Congressman Mick Mulvaney resigned to take a position in the Trump administration.
During Norman’s first stint in office, Congress was able to pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Norman says he is particularly proud of the job Republicans did to get this bill passed without any help from the Democratic Party. Norman says the benefits of this law are already being seen across the country, including right here in the district and in Union County.
“The Tax reform and cuts are helping every business in the fifth district,” Norman said. “For example I was at Standard Textile today the tax cuts are helping them save money and allowing them to expanded their business.”
He added that the individual brackets have dropped three percent since President Trump signed the bill into law and the operate tax rate has dropped from thirty-five percent to twenty-one percent.
“It’s really exciting, that is why so many companies across the nation are giving bonuses and pay raises,” said Norman.“This is just the beginning.”
Norman also stated that they plan to make the individual tax cuts permanent when Congress reconvenes.
“When you give money back to the tax payer, that is where it should go. Now we have to cut our spending. You can have tax cuts all day long, but you also have to cut spending. We don’t have an income problem in Washington, we have a spending problem and we need to fix that,” he said.
Another problem facing the country right now is immigration reform. Norman says he is a strong a supporter of the Goodlatte Bill. The Goodlatte Bill, better known as the Securing America’s Future Act, was introduced to the House in January by House Judiciary Committee Chariman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia. According to a press release in January of 2018 the bill “bolsters enforcement of existing immigration law, makes important reforms to our legal immigration programs, secures the border, and provides a legislative solution for the current beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.”
Norman stated that he is for building a wall on the southern border of the United States.
“We are a nation of borders and we have to have an orderly process of how people come into this country,” Norman says. “We cannot afford another million people coming across the borders every year.”
Norman added that he is for stopping chain migration and the diversity lottery.
Fixing Social Security is also a priority for Congressman Norman. He stated that if left alone Social Security will go bankrupt in 2034.
“When it was enacted in 1945 you had close to thirty workers for every one person drawing out of the system, and now it is two workers to every one person drawing out. That is not sustainable. The biggest tragedy is the money we paid in, the 6.2 percent we pay now and the 6.2 percent employers pay, that’s our money, it’s not the governments money and they are spending it all,” Norman said. “A couple of things we can do to help make it sustainable are for those just getting in the system in needs to be a tiered effect, the retirement age of sixty-five, we are living longer and working longer. It shouldn’t effect anyone that has paid into the system now because that is our money. We need to be able to take control of investing the money ourselves. The government thinks you and I are too stupid to know where to put our money. I ask them, ‘How has it worked out so far?’”
Norman plans to continue to stand up for the second amendment.
“Guns don’t kill people, people do,” Norman said. “The second amendment guarantees us the right to keep and bare arms. I am tired of the police being blamed, I am tired of the NRA being blamed. Gun free zones are crazy. Sixty-eight percent of all mass shootings have occurred. If a teacher wants to carry a gun and he or she has the proper training, they should be allowed to carry a gun. The criminal is not going to abide by laws, he is a criminal for a reason, he breaks laws. The only way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.”
Norman also stated that he is for passing reciprocity.
“I fought for reciprocity in Columbia and I will again in Washington. We should be able to carry our guns no matter what state we are in as law-abiding citizens. That is our right by the Constitution. Our second amendment rights cannot be altered. Now if you don’t believe in that then change the Constitution.”
Norman says he is enjoying serving the people of South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District.
“It is a great time to serve under this president’s administration. President Trump is running out of promises because he’s kept them all. From appointing conservative Supreme Court Justices, tax cuts, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to fixing the economy he’s done what he said he was going to do.” he said. “Its a good time to be in the political arena and I’m happy to serve.”
If elected to serve another term as representative, Norman says his top priorities will be, electing a conservative to serve as Speaker of the House, passing the Goodlatte Bill, cutting spending, and getting government out of people’s lives.
Norman was unopposed in the Republican primary, but will have a challengers in the November general election.
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