Issues

Trans-Pacific Partnership

I support free and fair trade because Michigan makes some of the best products in the world. When markets open and we compete on an even playing field, we export more of our goods. This increases wages and increases our standard of living. The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, known commonly as TPP, however, does not fall under the category of free or fair trade. Instead, it undercuts our workers at home and weakens our national sovereignty in dealings abroad. It should be opposed as is.

Every trade bill should be evaluated based on how it benefits American workers. Every member of Congress takes an oath to protect and guard the nation from forces that threaten it—both militarily and economically. Every proposed trade agreement should ensure that Americans are competing on a level playing field. I know American businesses and labor will outwork any foreign competition and build a better product.

Jobs and Opportunity

Every Michigander knows that freedom leads to prosperity. We need streamlined regulations that help create jobs and economic growth. A less cumbersome regulatory system will mean higher wages for workers across our congressional district and more opportunity for all.

The number one priority of the next Congress must be to repeal Obamacare. We need real and effective healthcare reform that empowers citizens to make their own healthcare decisions, not bureaucrats and politicians. Health insurance must be more personal and affordable. Specifically, we should allow for insurance to be purchased across state lines; and promote personalized health savings accounts, which will put you in charge of your healthcare. I believe we can create access to quality healthcare without killing our jobs or shrinking our paychecks.

Congress must also pass the REINS Act, which grants Congress the power to vote down major cost-inducing regulations and end harmful government bureaucracies that are strangling the economy of Upper Michigan.

Taxes

We need tax reform that simplifies and lowers the tax rate for everyone. I support a fairer system that eliminates deductions for special interests who hire lobbying firms. This will help keep taxes low for everyone and create a more free and prosperous nation.

The United States remains one of the leading producers of manufactured goods in the world, but we can do better. Due to our policies regarding taxes, energy, and trade, it is more expensive to do business in the United States than in many of our largest trading partners. This must change. We should support American work, not tax it.

Balance the Budget

Our debt is over $19 trillion, and we owe a substantial portion of that to China. Our children and grandchildren will be saddled with a bill that will lead to a worsened standard of living. That is not acceptable and why I support a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. The president and Congress should not be allowed to spend away our future because they are afraid to make difficult decisions today.

We need conservative Republicans in Congress to stand up not only to overspending Democrats, but fellow Republicans, as well.

Pro-life

The first inalienable right described in the Declaration of Independence is the right to life, and the job of Congress is to protect our rights, not take them away. That includes the lives of those yet unborn. Rather than treating pregnancy or children as a problem, we should work together to create a society that welcomes them into our communities with loving and open arms. We must remember that every person is a unique child of God, full of potential. As a member of Congress, I will protect the unborn and move the pro-life message forward.

The Second Amendment

For over two centuries the Second Amendment has guaranteed that our fellow citizens have the right to protect themselves. The right to bear arms is not just about hunting or target practice—it’s about being a free nation. I will protect the Second Amendment.

Veterans

We currently have the fewest veterans serving in Congress since World War II, and it’s not surprising that we’ve seen the Veterans Administration deteriorate as a result. One of the most recent examples of bureaucratic incompetence cost the health and lives of nearly 300,000 veterans who waited for care. Veterans have gone above and beyond to protect our way of life. They deserve a VA that does the same to provide quality, accessible healthcare to those who served. As a veteran and former senior military commander, I know in which areas the VA could improve quickly. I will give my all to implement positive, effective reform.

Defending Our Nation

As someone who was personally involved in the fight to defend our country from terrorism, I know what the military needs to defeat our enemies. I have seen the horrors of war and understand that, under the Constitution, the most important vote a member of Congress can make is whether or not to send our troops into battle.

I promise that I will only support the use of troops when it is absolutely necessary. When the threat requires the deployment of our military, I will ensure that our troops are trained and equipped to win decisively and return home to their families.

Education

Thomas Jefferson once said, "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." He was right!

The government monopoly on education for a large proportion of Americans is a tragedy and should be viewed as the modern civil rights issue of our time. We need to offer education reform that supports more choice in education, from public schooling to home schooling. Everyone in the United States deserves a great education.

Zero-Based Budgeting

Over the last decades, both parties have refused to implement common-sense reforms to the way Washington spends our money. The massive debt driven up by career politicians has created an uncertain future for our children and grandchildren. 

That’s wrong. We need members of Congress with the courage to balance the budget and actually cut spending.

The next Congress must implement zero-based budgeting so that the Federal Government can begin to get its fiscal house in order. That’s why I have made zero-based budgeting a central part of my campaign.

Immigration

I believe our nation’s immigration policies should put the interests of our citizens and working families first. While we can continue to be generous, immigration is a privilege, not a right, and we should never allow it for people who intend to do us harm, or who violate our immigration laws and ‘cut in line’ to come here. Therefore, I am opposed to any form of amnesty for those who came here illegally.  

The American people deserve to have secure national borders, and communities that are safe from foreign criminals and terrorists. While walls and fences can serve as deterrents at the border, to truly stop illegal immigration – including the estimated 40-50 percent of all illegals that simply overstay their visas – we must make the federal online E-Verify program that verifies a new employee’s legal status before they are hired, mandatory for use by all employers.   

In a world rapidly approaching eight billion people, we also need to be realistic and have immigration policies that protect the interests of US working families. That means having reasonable but still generous limits on legal immigration, and making sure that our visa system works as intended to serve genuine economic needs. But there is no excuse for the abuse of foreign work visas by some large corporations, who fire their American workers after forcing them to train their cheaper foreign worker replacements.   

Finally, to preserve the unity of our unique ‘melting pot’ society, and promote the successful assimilation of new immigrants, we should make English our official language of government operations. 

 

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  • commented 2016-09-21 01:41:09 -0400
    Nothing. Nada. Zero on the Great Lakes. You want to represent a state with one of the largest supplies of fresh water in the world and have not embraced removing line 5? Get serious. Stop pandering to the gun fetishists and the pro-life, anti-choice factions. Why should I vote for another version of Dan Benishek who wasted my tax money on meaningless votes to defund the ACA? Nothing on climate change, and you are pro-fracking. Voters need to check your donors.
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  • commented 2016-09-15 12:14:42 -0400
    I am a Marine Corps veteran and long time republican voter but I can’t bring myself to vote for Jack Bergman after reading his stance on the issue of immigration. He sounds like an open borders RINO and I can’t bring myself to vote for another carpetbagging liberal posing as republican. He thinks we need to be generous in letting people come into America? I guess he doesn’t know which way the wind is blowing.
  • commented 2016-09-07 17:36:21 -0400
    Were do you stand on SS? I’ve paid into it from my teenage yrs. and now I’m in my 60’s…I always hear about SS being in trouble, but, welfare, never seems to be, paid/pay into that too!!!)How is it Congressmen leave with full pay and benefits and retiring military leave with only a pittance??? Congress has exempted themselves from laws that all other citizens are expected to follow, such as “insider trading”, which is how so many of them arrive in Washington near broke and leave there “FILTHY” rich!!!All the problems would be automatically solved if our gov. were brought back down where it belongs…It looks more like the gov. of the Roman empire than the U.S.A.!!!
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  • commented 2016-08-05 11:30:13 -0400
    I’ve read many of the comments and the concern if Jack Bergman will be any different from what we’ve had. So, what you’re saying is that you’d rather stay with those that have proven themselves to be loyal to the established globalist instead of taking a chance with someone new? That sounds like ‘Stockholm syndrone’. Why do we election after election continue to allow the same people to stay in office that do nothing they say they will not only for the people but our country. Right now there is a movement to CLEAN HOUSE…putting a veteran in office is NOT war-monger inf it is smart! A strong military does not mean war but just the opposite…it means peace. Is it better to have a strong military and not need it or a weakened military that is impotent and unable to defend our country? Critical thinking needs to come back to this country based on TRUTH and not propaganda. If Trump is going to restore our constitutional REPUBLIC then he needs new faces in Congress that will serve Americans and not pander to foreigners for personal gain. No, we do not know what Jack Bergman will do once he gets there, just as we do not know with absolute certainty what Trump will do but I’d rather vote for the unknown than to continue to allow those to remain that are known TRAITORS against our Constitutinal Republic! This is a movement…get on-board or get out-of-the-way because this change is by, of, and for the people…we’re taking our country back to restore law and order…peace and prosperity..is it going to be easy..NO…is it going to all be fixed by this election..absolutely not because the battle will just be starting…they will not go silently into the night …but if we don’t begin the fight we’ll never know victory!
  • commented 2016-08-03 12:14:36 -0400
    So not one word about the war on drugs, private prison (legalized human trafficking), lobbying (legalized bribery), the UP’s natural resources, citizen initiative, etc. just another mainline republican using military service as a “qualification”.
  • commented 2016-08-03 10:00:28 -0400
    Nothing at all about the environment. Why?
  • commented 2016-07-30 13:50:28 -0400
    Lt. General Jack Bergman is exactly the type of honorable man we so desperately need to represent us in Washington D.C.
    Please join me in making Jack our MI 1st District Congressman!!!!!
  • commented 2016-07-29 07:32:22 -0400
    What is your position on the labeling of GMOs? Dr. Benshek sold us out on such labeling.
  • commented 2016-07-28 17:39:15 -0400
    You didn’t mention that we are at war with Islam – like it or not. Supreme Court? Obama care?
  • commented 2016-07-19 21:22:10 -0400
    Semper Fi General……Chico
  • commented 2016-07-16 13:33:58 -0400
    With Trump as President, this man would be perfect to represent the American people. I am in on Bergman. As for being a Republican or a Democrat; who cares about either. It is the “man and his values” we elect not the party, he is the right man at the right time.
  • commented 2016-07-16 09:42:27 -0400
    Mr. Bergman: Your website needs to give readers the ability to submit questions! There are far more issues at stake in our federal government than you have listed…and you earning my vote will depend on whether or not you will be just “another GOP politician” trying to get votes, or whether you actually are truthful about what you will do should you be elected…GOP voters have been lied to repeatedly and are sick & tired of the corruption in the GOP. You will need to “earn my vote”.
  • commented 2016-07-15 19:07:23 -0400
    Good luck General it is an honor to help.
  • commented 2016-07-09 16:15:45 -0400
    Jack, best of luck. Throw the Democrat opposition, likely Lon Johnson, a curve. Repeatedly point up his wife’s participation with Barack Hussein Obama. Announce a pro-marihuana stance (no, I am not a doper), announce a pro-environmental position on pipeline 5. Shake them up and defeat them soundly. Never let the people of Michigan 1 forget how they were sold out by Bart Stupak, which is why we are all saddled with ObamaCare. Going to Washington, DC to fight for the people’s rights and welfare is a tough,dirty, thankless job- we better send in the Marines!
  • commented 2016-05-05 20:42:21 -0400
    What is your climate change policy?