Q&A: Congressional District 2 Yvette Herrell
- Name: Yvette Herrell
- Political Party: Republican
- Occupation: Real estate/small business owner
- City of residence: Alamogordo
- Relevant experience:
- Small business owner/operator; served four terms in New Mexico House (2011-2018); chair of ALEC International Trade and Federalism task force; co-founder of Article V Caucus and Balanced Budget Amendment Taskforce; board position for the American Legislative Exchange Council; board position Flickinger Center for Performing Arts and local BBBS; Disaster Relief Team – Habitat for Humanity and Hands of Grace
- Education: ITT School of Business, Cloudcroft High School
- Campaign website: YvetteHerrell.com
What is your opinion of the coronavirus response packages passed by Congress and signed by President Trump? Is there anything you would have done differently?
I believe Congress acted in the best interest of the American people to help protect individuals and business owners from inevitable financial hardships. That said, Congress should not have added unneeded funds for entities like the Kennedy Center or allowed large institutions like Harvard to access the loans.
What actions to restore the economy, if any, do you feel Congress should take once the outbreak has been contained?
Allow individual states, communities, counties and job creators the flexibility necessary to reopen our economies in a safe manner. The economic pandemic is just as real as the virus and it will take a tremendous amount of work to recover the economic progress we were making under President Trump’s policies.
What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment.
Radical environmental policies that unnecessarily damage our economy must be rejected. We all have a responsibility to take care of the planet and protect the environment, but this is best done through conservation efforts and common sense rules, not excessively burdensome mandates.
What is your opinion on energy initiatives that have been introduced both on the federal and state level such as the Green New Deal and the New Mexico Energy Transition Act?
I am not in favor of nor do I support either initiative. The Green New Deal would cost the average family in New Mexico $70,000 in its first year. And the ETA will kill good-paying jobs in Southeast New Mexico while drastically reducing revenue to the state.
Fracking bans have been introduced in Congress by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and presidential candidate Joe Biden indicated in a debate he would support a ban. Where do you stand on the issue?
I do not support fracking bans or any other regulatory burdens that are placed on the industry. Oil and gas is the life-blood of New Mexico’s budget and employs over 100,000 people in New Mexico. I fully support our energy producers and the oil and gas industry.
What is your position on the leasing of federal land for oil, gas and mineral development? Do you agree with the removal of energy development in a 10-mile radius around Chaco archaeological sites? Are there other areas of the state that should be considered for similar treatment?
We need to further streamline the permitting process for leasing federal land for development that will boost our economy. We can have responsible development while also protecting archaeological sites like Chaco Canyon and other historically significant places in our beautiful state.
What are the most important actions Congress should take regarding people now living illegally in the U.S.? What about for those who want to come in?
I do not support amnesty. The US has a very clear path to citizenship that has been codified into law. Those seeking to migrate to the U.S. need to go through the legal channels that are in place for that purpose.
Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose should be done to increase security?
No. I support President Trump’s efforts to finish building the wall. Congress must also provide the necessary equipment, resources and tools to our USBP and ICE agents. And we must enforce the laws that clearly outline entry into our nation.
Do you favor a federal ban on the sale of military style semi-automatic rifles? If so, what would you do about the millions of such weapons now legally owned by American citizens? What other, if any, gun law reforms would you support?
No. None, I completely support our 2nd Amendment Right and will not support any legislation that impedes on our constitutional right to own and bear arms.
Federal spending plays an important role in New Mexico’s economy. What should be done to increase other economic drivers here?
In order to increase economic drivers, we need to start with fixing our education system, reducing crime, lowering poverty levels, reducing the delay in licensing and regulatory processes. We must provide new and existing businesses the customer service and support they need to expand or relocate to New Mexico.
Congress passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Are there any other trade initiatives you’d like to see Congress pass if you’re elected?
I would favor any new trade agreements which, like the USMCA, expanded markets for American products while leveling the playing field for American workers.
Do you favor or oppose a national single payer health system?
Oppose. We need a free-market driven health care system. Consumers should have more options to select physicians, policy plans, premium choices, and coverage limits that work for their families and businesses.
Do you favor or oppose limits on late-term abortion, and do you believe tax dollars should or should not be used to fund abortions?
I am 100% pro-life. I favor these limits and carried legislation in the NM House to ban abortion after 20 weeks. I do not think taxpayer dollars should be used to fund any abortions.
What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction? Any other drugs?
We have to secure our borders. Illicit drugs continue to come through our porous borders every day. It is a national crisis that should be strongly addressed at the national, state and local levels.
Why do you want to be a member of Congress?
New Mexico is my home. People know me as a principled leader putting their values above politics. Bringing eight years of legislative experience to this race, I want to continue working with the people of New Mexico, so we can carry a voice to Congress that will accurately represent our values, our culture, and protect the future of our state.
Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been the subject of any state or federal tax liens?
Have you ever been involved in a personal or business bankruptcy proceeding?
Have you ever been arrested for, charged with, or convicted of drunken driving, any misdemeanor or any felony in New Mexico or any other state? If so, explain.