Vicky from Coeur d’Alene asks: As a pro-life woman, the last election left me very concerned for the future of unborn children. With Democrats in control of the House, what can you do in Congress to make sure abortion laws are not expanded and babies are protected?

Thank you for your concern on this issue and for writing into my office, Vicky. Although the situation can look disappointing from certain perspectives, I have good news to share with you.

I had the honor of joining many of my fellow pro-life colleagues on stage at the March for Life this past January. Looking out over the hundreds of thousands of people who traveled from across the country to protect those who cannot protect themselves—it is a memory that will always give me hope and encouragement to never stop fighting for the unborn.

My first speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives was to protect the unborn. I have joined the Pro-Life Caucus, sent letters to President Trump, cosponsored bills, and voted to further the pro-life agenda. As one of my biggest priorities in Congress, I will continue to do everything in my power to fight against any efforts to harm our most vulnerable.

In addition, we have a president in the White House who is committed to protecting our children from being harmed. I have faith that President Trump, and the Republican-controlled Senate, will block any legislation that is passed by House Democrats to encourage abortion.

Robert from Lewiston asks: What are you doing to ensure that Idahoans have a say in how our land is managed?

Thank you for your question Robert. With two-thirds of Idaho’s land controlled by the federal government, its management – or lack thereof – is a primary concern for Idaho ranchers, farmers, and outdoor recreationists.

The federal government’s inability to manage Idaho’s land effectively has produced detrimental results for our state. The lack of thinning and undergrowth clearing has resulted in devastating wildfires that do more damage to our environment, as well as the healthcare of our people. Our rural counties, rich in natural resources, have been deprived the responsible use of those resources. And more and more land has been closed off to Idaho outdoorsmen, sportsmen, and recreationists.

Fortunately, the Trump administration is doing their part to listen to state and local stakeholders. This working relationship is already producing positive results for Idaho. The Bureau of Land Management’s recent decision to make changes to their sage grouse land-use plan eases restrictions on Idaho farmers and ranchers while maintaining our commitment to protecting the Greater sage grouse. Idaho should always have a voice in the management of our land, ensuring environmental protection, regular access, and wise management of our natural resources.

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