Q&A: U.S. House District 1 Jared R. Vander Dussen
- Name: Jared R. Vander Dussen
- Political Party: Republican
- Occupation: Attorney
- City of residence: Albuquerque
- Relevant experience: General Counsel, Rajen & Legend Dairy
- Education: JD, University of New Mexico; BA, Political Science Texas Tech
- Campaign website: www.JaredforNewMexico.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?
Both response packages were needed because the American people need help during these times of uncertainty, but I did not appreciate Washington politicians loading the CARES Act with unnecessary pet projects.
What actions to restore the economy, if any, do you feel Congress should take once the outbreak has been contained?
Congress should streamline government permitting and regulatory requirements to allow businesses to quickly come back online. A middle-income tax cut is needed to allow Americans to spend more of their hard-earned paychecks and revitalize our local economies.
What is your position regarding climate change? What actions should Congress take, if any, regarding the environment.
As a man of faith, I believe we are called to be stewards of the world. Common sense solutions should be implemented that balance this with our nation’s needs. Supporting New Mexico and American energy while being more innovative and effective is a win for everyone that Congress can’t seem to figure out.
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?
The Green New Deal is a radical attempt to kill American jobs and undermine what makes America great. This proposed legislation would effectively shut down our airlines, energy producers, farmers, and more critical industries.
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 support our energy producers in New Mexico and know they continue to have a record of safely extracting oil and natural gas. Fracking has become a hyper-partisan issue that is used to divide our community. Facts, not opinions and political commentary are needed to make the right decisions for New Mexico.
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?
New Mexico’s governmental lands are an asset that allows private industries to put money into our economy, which helps us. There are ways to protect archaeological/historic sites while also allowing energy producers to do business. I believe that if the energy producers are acting in accordance with federal and state law, the sites will be safe.
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?
This is an issue that has been politicized for too long. Families and hardworking people have been treated as political pawns; it is time to find a sustainable solution. If undocumented residents are working, contributing to society or raising a family, I would support a system for them to enter the process of becoming a citizen.
Do you believe the borders are secure enough? If not, what do you propose should be done to increase security?
No, we need to fully secure our border and support our Border Patrol agents. That starts with finishing the wall where it makes sense and utilizing technology to protect the full 2,000 miles of the border.
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?
The Second Amendment is the Constitutional protection of our God given right to self-defense. I believe there are ample laws on the books today, but they aren’t used by local district attorneys and prosecutors. More laws will not lead to a decrease in gun violence but applying the law will.
Federal spending plays an important role in New Mexico’s economy. What should be done to increase other economic drivers here?
Find ways to keep New Mexicans in New Mexico. We educate our young people only to send them to major cities in other states. We have a lot of work in front of us, starting with reforming the tax-code, passing Right to Work, and cutting burdensome regulations that hinder job growth. We need to protect our National Labs and utilize these resources to spur new high-tech jobs and education opportunities.
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?
Yes. International trade deals that are well-negotiated support manufacturing, energy production, and agriculture, which are the backbone of our economy. I support the USMCA Trade Deal and any deal that will allow our citizens to thrive.
Do you favor or oppose a national single payer health system?
No, a complete government takeover of our health care system is not the answer. We need to lower health care costs by allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines, making the billing process more transparent, and streamline federal regulations to allow generic medications to get through the approval process faster.
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 do not support late term abortions. Government tax dollars should not be used to fund abortions nor any expenses related to the procedure.
What should be done at the federal level to address the crisis of opioid addiction? Any other drugs?
The Trump Administration has started this work and I will work to not only see it continue, but increase the state assistance grants to health centers and rural institutions, expanding access to substance abuse and mental health services. We have the tools, so let’s use them.
Why do you want to be a member of Congress?
I love New Mexico. I was born here, it’s my home, and just like my home, I want it to be the best it can be. The status quo is killing our potential. Many people are fleeing to neighboring states because of a lack of opportunity here. It’s time to challenge the status quo and enact bold solutions to change course. Building a better New Mexico starts with electing new leadership.
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.