• Economy and Jobs

    John Kline has heard far too many stories from Minnesotans in the 2nd Congressional District about how sluggish economic conditions are hurting them. A mom shouldn’t be kept from seeing her son’s soccer game because she is working two jobs.

    A family shouldn’t have to choose between buying gas and groceries, and paying the mortgage or rent. A dad shouldn’t have to worry his daughter can’t go to college because he has been out of work and sees no end in sight. John believes Minnesota’s hardworking families deserve better and he is fighting to expand opportunities for every American.

    Washington must be committed to taking every possible step to spur job creation and get our economy back on track so families can flourish and Americans can do what they do best: create, invent, and lead.

    Whether listening to constituents here at home, hosting a Career and Jobs Fair, helping them navigate bureaucratic red tape and roadblocks created by the federal government, or enacting pro-growth legislation that will address our economic challenges, foster innovation and investment, and help job creators, John Kline will keep fighting for the Minnesotans he represents.

  • Debt and spending

    Runaway federal spending, deficits, and debt are a barrier to our economic recovery. The exponential growth of the federal deficit threatens the future of our children and grandchildren. With our nation now more than $17 trillion in the red, there has never been a more urgent time to stop spending money we don’t have. Sadly, a third of our historic debt was compiled under this President – more debt than was accumulated in our nation’s first 200 years combined.

    Our record-high debt is as much the result of failed leadership in Washington as it is failed policies that grew government instead of our economy.

    John Kline believes we must change course by enacting commonsense reforms to strengthen our economy today and save the American dream for the next generation.

    To cut spending, John led the successful fight to ban wasteful earmarks commonly referred to as pork-barrel spending. Now, John is fighting for a constitutional balanced budget amendment to force Washington to stop spending money it doesn’t have. We need to get serious about changing the way we spend money in Washington. Implementing long-term reforms will make sure we never again face a debt crisis like we do today, and that is what John is working to accomplish for all Minnesotans.

  • Health Care

    What happens to our health care system affects every Minnesotan, regardless of age. While the issue of health care reform is oversimplified into a “for or against” debate about the “Affordable Care Act,” – commonly referred to as “ObamaCare” – John Kline believes those are not the only options we have.

    John has been focused on passing commonsense reforms that improve quality of care and expand coverage; keep health care decisions between patients and their doctors; and reduces costs for premiums and care.

    John opposed ObamaCare because it is a seriously flawed law that was too big, was passed too fast, and does too much harm. The failed rollout, across the country and in Minnesota with MNsure, and endless delays are what happens when Washington bureaucracy gets in the way. However, it is not an all-or-nothing proposition. We shouldn’t have to choose between the flawed health care law or nothing at all. John believes that, where there is common ground, action can be taken to address some of the problems with the current law. In fact, he has helped champion legislation supported by Republicans and Democrats to repeal or eliminate eight significant provisions of ObamaCare – and these changes were signed into law by the President. The rising cost of health care is a crisis. Despite promises that the average American family would see their premiums go down, the health care law is actually pushing the costs of health coverage even higher. John will continue working with members of both parties to pass reforms that reduce the cost of health care.

  • Education

    John Kline believes our children are America’s greatest resource, and their education is critical to the economic well-being of our country. We can no longer accept a broken system in which only roughly 30 percent of eighth grade students have basic reading and math skills. As the Chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, John is fighting to streamline spending, promote flexibility and innovation, improve teacher quality, and empower parents.

    Years ago the federal government pledged to provide critical support to special needs children, yet Republicans and Democrats alike have repeatedly failed to keep that promise. Recently, John urged the Administration to increase support for students with disabilities by prioritizing federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); renewing Congress’s commitment to those students, their families, and their educators. While fully funding the federal share of IDEA will not provide an endless pot of gold, it will free up thousands of dollars that could be dedicated to the most pressing needs in individual schools.

    Our children’s education should not end at high school.

    In order to better equip and best prepare today’s students to join tomorrow’s workforce, John is committed to reducing government intervention in our higher education system, streamlining federal student aid programs, and promoting increased transparency to protect both students and taxpayers. John remains committed to helping more students realize the dream of higher education.

  • Social Security & Medicare

    After a lifetime of work and raising families, Minnesota seniors deserve every penny of the Medicare and Social Security benefits they earned and were promised. John Kline is fully committed to protecting and strengthening those benefits. 

    The Medicare system must be protected and strengthened for those who depend on it for their health care needs. We can no longer let proponents of big government bureaucracy deny the danger to Medicare – it is all too real, and the health of our nation’s seniors is far too important. We must save Medicare to avoid disruptions in benefits for current seniors and strengthen the program for future generations.

    John Kline opposes plans to cut Medicare benefits for older Minnesotans.

    John voted to restore $700 billion that were slashed from Medicare, including the popular Medicare Advantage program used by nearly 30,000 seniors in Minnesota’s 2nd District. John voted to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board, an unelected panel of bureaucrats armed with the power to unilaterally cut Medicare. John helped champion legislation to stop Medicare fraud which drains an estimated $60 billion from health care each year.

    Millions of Americans depend on Social Security and promises to them should be kept. John Kline strongly believes that no changes should be made to reduce your benefits, and he opposes plans that touch Social Security for retirees or those near retirement. On behalf of Americans young and old, Republicans and Democrats must work together on a solution that saves and strengthens Social Security ensuring this vital safety net continues to protect future generations.