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Priorities in Congress

Protection

Freedom

Honor

Opportunity

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Economic Prosperity

Jerry Silver believes that economic prosperity is driven by people and not the government. Jerry Silver supports lowering the tax burden put in place by government by exercising fiscal restraint and giving businesses the opportunity to be competitive in the marketplace. Additionally, Jerry Silver is in favor of reducing the size of the national debt through cutting Federal spending and is unequivocally in favor of a Balanced Budget Amendment.

 

Jerry Silver knows that wherever tax rates penalize thrift or discourage investment, they must be lowered and where the tax code provides disincentives for economic growth, they must be changed. We cannot divide the American people into winners and losers. Jerry Silver wants to eliminate as many special interest provisions and loopholes as possible and curb corporate welfare, especially where their erosion of the tax base has created pressure for higher rates. Jerry wants every taxpayer to understand just how much of their income is consumed by the federal government.

Keeping our Communities Safe

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The men and women in law enforcement who patrol our streets deserve our gratitude and support. Their jobs are not easy, especially in crisis situations, and elected officials haven’t always given them the most effective tools needed to keep us safe.

According to the Neighborhood Scout website, your odds of being a victim of violent crime is 1 in 128 in St. Paul compared to 1 in 364 for the state. St. Paul is safer than only 4% of U.S. Cities. Jerry Silver pledges to work with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and the St. Paul Police Department to provide funding for ShotSpotter and other equipment and technology necessary to make our cities safer.

 

As a retired pastor, Jerry Silver has a heart for people. He knows that part of the problem with crime is eliminating the conditions which cause people to lead to crime. In addition, Jerry supports such efforts as accountability courts, drug courts, Veterans treatment courts and guidance by faith-based institutions that have proven track records of rehabilitation for first-time, non-violent offenders. Restorative justice, in some cases, can work to make the victim whole and put the offender back on the right path.

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Election
Integrity

Our nation was built upon the foundation of honest elections for representation by the people, instead of a monarchy like in Britain in the late eighteenth century. Jerry Silver supports legislation that requires proof of citizenship when registering to vote and showing photo identification when voting. He also opposes lawsuits against states that exercise their rights to keep their elections honest.

 

Jerry Silver recognizes that each state plays a key role in the administration of our elections. As a result, he opposes the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and any other mechanism which abolishes or distorts the Electoral College when it comes to the selection of the U.S. president. In addition, Jerry Silver supports the effort for Minnesota and other states to award their electoral votes along Congressional district lines with the state popular vote winner gaining the two at-large votes. This is a process that is fair and makes presidential elections even more competitive.

Civil Rights

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Every innocent human being, born and unborn, has the inalienable right to “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness,” as endowed by our Creator, which was written about in our Declaration of Independence. Jerry Silver expects that our government will treat ALL of its citizens equally under the law without regard to race, color, religion or sexual orientation.

 

Jerry Silver is a firm believer in the right to personal privacy and property, and in giving workers the right to decide whether to join a labor union. Additionally, Jerry Silver knows that you have the right to form organizations based upon your set of religious beliefs including where you worship, charities that help people, along with schools and hospitals.

 

Jerry Silver opposes the use of public funds to groups that perform or promote abortion, like Planned Parenthood, as long as they continue to provide or refer elective abortions or sell fetal body parts. He supports legislation, at the State and Federal levels, that makes it a crime to acquire, transfer or sell fetal tissue from elective abortions for research purposes, and will fight to re-impose the bans on fetal tissue research that the Biden Administration overturned administratively last year.

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Second Amendment

Jerry Silver fully supports the Second Amendment and understands that it protects your right to keep and bear arms. Self-defense and the defense of others is a fundamental human right, and Jerry Silver supports removing any restrictions on self-defense.

 

Consequently, Jerry Silver opposes ill-conceived laws that would restrict magazine capacity, ban the sale of rifles including the AR-15 and will oppose any effort to deprive people of their right to keep and bear arms without due process of law. In addition, Jerry opposes Federal licensing of law-abiding gun owners, registration of guns and ammunition, illegal harassment of firearms dealers and attempts to restore the Clinton gun ban.

Social Security

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Over the next decade, the Social Security Administration will be forced to draw down its reserves as a decreasing number of workers will be paying for an increasing number of beneficiaries as the Baby Boom generation moves into full retirement. Current projections show that the Social Security Administration will run out of its reserves starting in 2034, only 12 years from now, and will only have enough to pay 78% of a retiree’s full benefits.

 

As a senior himself, Jerry Silver knows that protecting Social Security is vital to our future. He accepts the responsibility to preserve and modernize the Social Security system, while still opposing tax increases for solving the social security crisis. Jerry Silver knows that we have a moral obligation to fulfill the promise to those who trusted our government’s word.

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Health Care

The United States has the most advanced health care system in the world. We have led the way in innovation and new technology development. However, as the Federal government gets more involved the health care, we have been losing that edge. Jerry Silver knows that genuine market competition and granting people choices will make health care more affordable and of higher quality, rather than increased government mandates. Jerry Silver knows that the choice of treatment must be between the doctor and an informed patient, not the government regulators.

Click here to read an email specifically explaining my stand on medical freedom and health information.

Education

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Jerry Silver knows that the policies and methods that have actually made a difference in student advancement include choice in education; building on the basics; STEM subjects and phonics; career and technical education; ending social promotions; merit pay for good teachers; classroom discipline; parental involvement; and strong leadership by principals, superintendents, and locally elected school boards. Because technology has become an essential tool of learning, it has to be a key element in our efforts to provide every child equal access and opportunity.

 

Jerry Silver supports options for learning, including home-schooling, career and technical education, private or parochial schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, and early-college high schools, along with education savings accounts (ESAs), vouchers, and tuition tax credits to help pay for it. Parents must have access to increased choices for their children’s education.

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Environment and Natural Resources

Jerry Silver knows that the proper stewardship of our natural resources and agricultural lands is through scientific principles and constitutionally-guaranteed property rights. Protecting our environment is important, but Jerry Silver doesn’t want environmentalists obstructing either stewardship of the environment or economic progress through their radical political agenda that deviates from common sense practices in forest, wetlands and wildlife management. Jerry Silver also wants those who cause pollution to bear the cost and responsibility of the clean-up efforts.

 

The radical environmentalists don’t have your best interests in mind. They have become a bunch of self-serving elitists who are stuck in the mindset of the 1970s, with an approach based on shoddy science, scare tactics, and centralized planning that never works. Jerry Silver knows that we need a balanced approach to solve our environmental problems, not knee-jerk reactions from elitists who take a “do as I say, not as I do” approach to try to control your life.

Energy

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Jerry Silver supports the development of all forms of energy that are marketable in a free economy without subsidies, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear power, and hydropower, and encourages the development of renewable energy sources including wind, solar, biomass, biofuel, geothermal, and tidal energy, through the private capital markets.

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America's Electric Grid

Jerry Silver understands that our national power grid is showing signs of aging, and is vulnerable to cyber and terrorist threats. If we are going to serve our energy needs into the future, we need an expedited siting process so that it doesn’t take a decade to plan and construct a transmission line, while keeping the existing grid up-to-date with the latest technology so consumers and businesses continue to have access to affordable and reliable sources of electricity to meet their needs.

Also, because homeland security is a government responsibility, hundreds of electrical utilities in the United States have not acted to protect themselves from electromagnetic pulse (EMP) which could collapse our electrical grid and other critical infrastructures, putting the lives of millions in danger. Jerry Silver wants to work with the President, other members of Congress, Federal and State agencies, along with the utilities and the private sector, to enact legislation that will protect the national electric grid.

Infrastructure

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Traditionally, U.S. investments in transportation and other public construction have been non-partisan. Jerry Silver supports infrastructure projects that are based on civil engineering, in order to provide for clean water, safe roads, rail, bridges, ports and airports and opposes using infrastructure for social engineering schemes like the exclusively urban vision of dense housing and government transit that is currently being advocated in Washington, D.C. and St. Paul.

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Reducing the Size of Government

Jerry Silver knows that the Federal government has a role in our daily lives. He also knows that what the government does can be improved, streamlined and managed better. However, there are poorly managed programs established generations ago that fail to meet the today’s needs and future requirements. Those programs need to be upgraded, done away with entirely, or returned to the states. Jerry supports the Unauthorized Spending Accountability Act which establishes a Spending and Accountability Commission to review all mandatory spending programs and establish an authorization cycle for discretionary spending programs. The USA Act will help identify zombie programs that can be eliminated.

Defense

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Jerry Silver knows that by maintaining a strong national defense, securing our borders and fostering solid international relationships with our allies, we can maintain peace and keep our citizens and property secure. As the grandfather of a National Guard soldier, Jerry Silver wants to ensure that our military is given every tool available to keep them well prepared, well-armed and ready to protect our national security. Jerry Silver will support efforts to keep our nation safe.

 

Jerry Silver supports the rights of conscience of military chaplains of all faiths to practice their faith free from political interference. He also advocates protecting the religious freedom of all military members and will not tolerate attempts to ban Bibles or religious symbols from military facilities.

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Veterans Affairs

Our wounded warriors deserve the best medical care the country can provide. In order to make our military and veteran medicine the gold standard for care requires a new commitment of targeted resources and personnel for treatment and care to advance recovery. However, some of the administrative technology that the VA has is outdated and in need of modernization. Jerry Silver will advocate for technological improvements at the VA in order to make the administrative tasks work more efficiently so our caregivers can spend more time working with patients and less time on paperwork.

International Relations

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Jerry Silver is a believer in free market economics, including free and fair international trade. He wants to maintain commercial, cultural and diplomatic ties with many nations while also promoting American industry and commerce.

 

Jerry Silver supports the right of the State of Israel to exist and defend itself against terror attacks upon its people and against alternative forms of warfare being waged upon it, whether it is through legal, economic or cultural means. Jerry rejects the notion that Israel is an occupier and recognizes that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) is anti-Semitic and seeks the destruction of Israel. Jerry will support legislation aimed at thwarting actions intended to harm or limit commercial relations with Israel in a discriminatory manner.

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Immigration

As the husband of a legal immigrant from Poland, Jerry Silver supports immigration reform that strengthens our borders against criminals and terrorists, and doesn’t offer amnesty or a pathway to citizenship for those who arrived here illegally at the expense of those who came through the proper channels. Jerry knows that our immigration policy needs to serve the national interest of the United States, and that the American worker needs to be protected from foreign nationals seeking the same jobs. Illegal immigration is an insult to all who have entered America legally.