Energy and economy top Wilson’s Senate agenda

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Heather Wilson called for change in the economic health of the nation and had a strong stance against Obamacare during a visit to Socorro on Monday.

Wilson, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Sen. Jeff Bingaman. She is expected to be campaigning in Las Cruces today. Wilson was in Socorro to attend the 2012 New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference at New Mexico Tech.

Wilson is going up against Las Cruces Republican Greg Sowards for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

The economy and the troubling U.S. debt will be her first priority if she is elected, she said.

“Without a doubt, we need to get our financial house in order,” Wilson said. She added that low taxes and low-cost energy will help create jobs rather than the government trying to create new jobs on its own.

The former U.S. representative also said she was against an anti-bullying policy introduced by U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., known as the Student Non-Discrimination Act. This week, the Huffington Post reported Wilson was against Franken’s anti-bullying bill and she voiced her concerns during an April 12 debate with Sowards. Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District and is running for the Democratic nod to replace Bingaman, co-sponsored the bill.

Wilson said the act, which would enact “a comprehensive federal prohibition against discrimination and bullying in public schools based on sexual orientation or gender identity” would cut education funding. She said the act would wrongfully put problems of school districts in the hands of government officials.

“I think the problem needs to be addressed by parents, teachers and principals,” Wilson said.

Wilson said New Mexicans have expressed the need for the nation’s economy to improve. She said it’s important for small businesses to have some of the same tax cuts as larger corporations.

She said she is in favor of State Children’s Health Insurance Program that provides matching funds to states for health insurance for low-income families with children.

“I supported it when not all Republicans did,” Wilson said.

Wilson said if elected, she would explore ways to better utilize energy by developing energy independently while stressing the conservation aspect of natural resources.

“We are not going to drill our way out (of the problems),” she said.

The former U.S. representative, who served in the U.S. Air Force, said she would fight against cuts to the National Defense.

Wilson said she can make a difference for New Mexicans and said she would fight for the best interests of people in the state.

“I always tell the truth and I fight for the things I believe in.”

 


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