Gene Truono is a principled conservative who has the courage to stand by his convictions. His positions are based on the Constitution and the rights afforded to all Americans. Gene will put the people of Delaware before politics. He will put the interests of Delawareans before special interests. He will fight for equality and justice. Gene will treat all people with dignity and respect and bring civility back to Washington.

National Security

The United States continues to face increased threats of nuclear proliferation and international terrorism. Gene is committed to protecting our country by supporting a strong national defense. He will always put the interests of the United States of America and its people first.

Gene supports diplomacy and believes we must continue to strengthen existing foreign alliances and look for opportunities to build new relationships, particularly in the Asia-Pacific and Middle-Eastern regions.

Along with diplomacy, Gene believes the imposition and enforcement of sanctions is a critical component of our national defense strategy to ensure the safety and security of our nation.

Dover Air Force Base (AFB) operates the largest and busiest air freight terminal in the Department of Defense. Gene will work to ensure that Dover AFB continues to receive the necessary funding to remain strong. He will be an advocate for our military forces and personnel who fight to protect all of our freedoms.

Healthcare

Gene believes that quality healthcare must be affordable and accessible to everyone. Although Congress repealed the individual mandate required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that forced people to buy insurance they could not afford, more still needs to be done.

Currently, Delawareans enrolled in the ACA marketplace are paying some of the highest premiums in the country. Delawareans are paying the 10th highest in premium costs this year. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only insurance company left on the Delaware exchange after Aetna pulled out last year, resulting in an increased premium price of 25 percent for 2018. With only one participant provider in Delaware, it is likely that this trend will continue. Delawareans deserve better.

Gene believes that the ACA should be replaced with pragmatic patient focused reforms that allow states the flexibility to address their unique heath care concerns. He believes consumers should have the ability to buy health insurance across state lines. Further, he believes industry insurance pooling initiatives would allow for an increase in accessibility for small business owners and other associations, resulting in lower healthcare costs.

Gene will advocate for price disclosure in both healthcare and the prescription drug marketplace which will lead to increased competition and lower prices for the consumer.

Immigration Reform and Border Security

Our current immigration system has been broken for years. An important component of national security is securing our borders to prevent criminals and terrorists from entering our country. Any meaningful reform must provide for an increase in border security, including fencing and a wall, to reduce both human trafficking and illegal drugs that continue to cross our borders.

Gene will fight for a compassionate immigration policy that prioritizes legal immigration. He believes that existing immigration laws should be enforced. It is our laws and the U.S. Constitution that make our country strong. He believes we should have a merit-based system of immigration, and he supports the elimination of the visa lottery program. He believes we must ensure sufficient resources for hiring and training of our border patrol agents. He also thinks we need to ensure effective security at our airports and ports of entry.

Additionally, Gene believes the guest worker program should be revised and provide employers with a verifiable system to identify guest workers who have legally entered our country. He believes the program should be tied to the need for both seasonal and permanent workers, not present in our existing workforce.

Jobs and the Economy

Delaware’s job growth continually ranks near the bottom nationally.

Gene’s top priority in the U.S. Senate is to develop policies that will help create jobs and stimulate economic growth in Delaware. He will fight to decrease the regulatory burden on our small businesses by eliminating unnecessary and duplicative regulations, leading to an increase in jobs and a stronger economy. Gene will support legislation to ensure that American businesses are globally competitive. He favors fair trade policies that maintain access to the global markets but do not place the U.S. or our workers at a competitive disadvantage.

Gene believes we should encourage employers to invest in their existing workforce to develop the skills and training needed for the future. He will encourage local government leaders to enhance job training programs as well as set a more diverse K-12 curriculum for college prep and skilled trade.

Debt and Deficit

The biggest threat to the stability of our country is not terrorism or nuclear weapons. It is our increasing and unsustainable national debt. Our debt, which is over $20 trillion, impacts our ability to invest in infrastructure, grow jobs and respond to crises.

Washington has a spending problem, not a tax revenue problem. It would be impossible for Washington to tax their way out of debt. The only solution is to control spending.

Americans across the nation make tough choices everyday so that they can balance their budget. The federal government must do the same.

All agencies and programs must reduce spending, fraud and waste. Americans deserve accountability and transparency with all government spending.

Interest payments on the debt are projected to be the fastest growing part of the federal budget. The national debt rises at an average of over $3.8 billion a day.

Federal spending continues to climb to unsustainable levels, yet the revenues as a percentage of GDP remain constant.

Gene is a fiscal conservative with over 30 years of business experience. He has had to develop and work within budgetary constraints both personally and professionally. He believes that the government should be held to the same standard. Gene will support reforms and legislation that places our nation on a strong sustainable fiscal path that improves accountability, transparency, and performance in all government spending.

Government and Civility

“Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.” — Henry Clay

Civility is critical component of a well-functioning government. Polarization and identity politics continue to divide our country. Congress continues to be plagued by scandal. Gene pledges to seek common ground to develop policies that are in the best interests of the people to solve the longstanding problems that face our nation.

He stresses the importance of transparency and accountability in order to impart trust in elected officials. He believes that people can respectfully disagree on policy while still treating each other with respect and dignity. He believes that listening to and learning about all sides of an issue leads to better informed and more effective policy and legislation.

Gene believes our similarities that unite us are much greater than our differences that are used to divide us. He believes everyone has a role to play as we strive to increase civility in government, business and in our community.

Education

Providing a quality primary and secondary education to all students is of critical importance. The future of our country is with our children. They deserve a high-quality education in an environment that is safe and allows them to thrive.

The federal government should not be setting any state standards for our teachers and students. Those closest to the student know best how to help them succeed. A good policy for education must also recognize that students have different learning styles and paces. Children are best served by policies that are tailored to meet their individual educational needs, and parents and state governments have a better understanding of the challenges they face.

Gene supports reducing the federal government’s role in education and returning the authority to state government. Gene does not support Common Core whose ultimate goal is to have every school district follow the same national standards. Under Common Core, parents will have less say in their child’s education. Furthermore, teachers would have less flexibility in meeting unique needs of their students.

Our educational system must prepare our students for the jobs that will be available in the future. Millions of well-paying jobs in the U.S. do not require a college degree. Awareness to alternative professions that do not require a college education should be included in early career guidance. Gene supports vocational and technical training for students who choose not to attend college, along with college prep for those who choose such path.

Second Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Our forefathers thought this right was so important, it is the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution over two centuries ago.

Gene is proud to support and protect an individual’s rights under the Second Amendment. The vast majority of firearms owners are responsible law-abiding citizens. As such, he would not support legislation that limits the rights of law-abiding citizens to own or possess firearms. Gene supports the enforcement of existing gun laws rather than the creation of new ones.

Gene believes we need to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists, criminals, and the mentally ill. He believes Congress should take steps to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and encourage policies that promote responsible firearms use without violating due process rights.

Gene believes that all institutions, including schools and churches, should perform risk assessments and take immediate action for the safety of our citizens and school children without the need for legislation.

Veterans

Gene is proud of all our men and women in uniform who serve to protect our nation and preserve our freedom. He is committed to honoring and supporting all of our military personnel and their families. No one makes a greater sacrifice or provides a better service to our country than our veterans, and in return we must always take care of them.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides healthcare to many veterans and also administers other benefits and services. While the VA has evolved over the years to meet the increasing demand for services, more must be done. Gene believes that the VA’s first priority should be making sure that our veterans receive high quality service and care that meet their unique medical needs.

After meeting with numerous veteran groups as well as individual veterans, Gene has identified and will focus on improving integration and transition to civilian life, additional veteran care-giver spousal support, and alternative medicine and treatment.