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Ted Budd on Government Reform

 

 


Leave redistricting to states; no independent commissions

Q: On Elections: Support nonpartisan redistricting to address charges of partisan gerrymandering?

A: No. "Redistricting is a state issue & each state should handle it as they see fit. I don't think that any commission would be inherently independent."

Q: On Campaign Finance: Strengthen campaign donation disclosure rules?

A: No stand found. "There does seem to be a lot of money in politics. I wish it wasn't this way but it is."

Source: CampusElect.org 2018 Issue Guides: Congress NC-13 election , Dec 31, 2019

It's time to take on the Establishment

Having never run for office before, I did not jump at the opportunity to run for Congress this year. I prayerfully weighed the decision with my wife & family, and I sought advice from friends and colleagues. I filed for Congress on the last day, because I don't believe we can expect anything to change as long as we keep sending people with political resumes to solve our problems.

It's time to take on the Establishment. We cannot send another politician to Washington with so much riding on this election. We need men and women in Congress who are willing to make the tough decisions it will take to solve problems--no matter how the liberal media and the politically correct Establishment react. Now is the time to take a stand and get things done.

I am running for Congress to serve my community and defend our conservative values. Freedom, the family, and fiscal responsibility are under attack like never before. Taking a stand will make a difference.

Source: 2016 North Carolina House campaign website TedBudd.com , Nov 8, 2016

Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits.

Budd signed supporting Congressional term limits

Excerpts from press release on Term Limits Caucus: Two U.S. Term Limits pledge signers, Republican Rep. Rod Blum (IA-1) and Democrat Rep. Beto O`Rourke (TX-16), have announced the formation of a Term Limits Caucus, which will work to build bipartisan support behind a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on Congress. "The root of this problem is that politicians are incentivized by the system to care more about retaining their position than doing what is best for the country," Blum said. "Our founding fathers never intended for public service to be a career, rather, serving in Congress was designed to be a temporary sacrifice made for the public good."

The new working group will marshal pro-term limits members together to pursue common ground. One of its most important duties will be building consensus around the U.S. Term Limits Amendment of three House terms and two Senate terms, to which both Blum and O`Rourke have pledged their exclusive support.

Supporting argument: (Cato Institute): We should limit members to three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate. Let more people serve. Let more people make the laws. And let's get some people who don't want to make Congress a lifelong career. Some say that term limits would deprive us of the skills of experienced lawmakers. Really? It's the experienced legislators who gave us a $17 trillion national debt, and the endless war in Iraq, and the Wall Street bailout.

Supporting argument: (Heritage Foundation): The only serious opponents of term limits are incumbent politicians and the special interests--particularly labor unions--that support them. Special interests oppose term limits because they do not want to lose their valuable investments in incumbent legislators. Many are organized to extract programs, subsidies, and regulations from the federal government--to use the law as a lever to benefit their own constituencies or harm their rivals.

Source: U.S. Term Limits 17MEM-USTL on Jan 26, 2017

No holiday on election day; no same-day registration.

Budd voted NAY For the People Act of 2019