Spencer Morris’ “America First” stand on the issues

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

Let’s return to the place where America was less than a year ago under the Trump administration when our fuel industry was free from OPEC's manipulation and control. The rising cost of gasoline is the primary cause of the subsequent rising costs of goods and services driving our current state of inflation.

ECONOMIC STABILITY AND GROWTH

Nothing is made in America anymore and our country (and state) desperately needs a revival of multiple manufacturing industries that would offer our citizens good-paying jobs and help to stabilize our economy through increased exportation and reduction of imported goods. Boeing opening an assembly facility in Lowcountry SC was a huge win for our state and we need to encourage similar industries to consider investing their time, money and resources in South Carolina.

NATIONAL DEFENSE AND BORDER SECURITY

America is simply not a country without secure borders and the unchecked influx of illegal aliens, especially across our southern border, must stop if we are to remain a sovereign nation. America must project peace through strength via a strong national foreign policy and maintaining a modern and responsive, Air Force, Army and Navy.

SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY

I am a CWP holder and I strongly support every American’s 2nd Amendment rights. If our 2nd Amendment rights are ever critically threatened, then our 1st Amendment rights will also be seriously jeopardized. The right to bear arms and defend one’s life, liberty and property shall not be infringed. Period.

LIMITING THE POWER AND SCOPE OF FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

As a healthcare provider working in a hospital setting, I have witnessed firsthand the consequences and negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our families and communities. I have been equally disturbed by the politicization of the pandemic and government mandates and prolonged lockdowns which have shuttered businesses, schools and churches. Although I am a vaccine advocate and immunization certified pharmacist, I am opposed to mandatory vaccination policies in government agencies, educational institutions, and workplace settings. I believe whether a patient chooses to receive a vaccine or not should only be determined by a shared decision-making process between that patient and his/her healthcare provider(s). I also emphatically disagree with the concept of “vaccine passports” and restriction of Americans’ right to freely travel within our own country.

PHARMACISTS’ PROVIDER STATUS RECOGNITION AND DIR FEE RELIEF

As a pharmacist member of Congress, I will advocate for passage of the Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, H.R. 2759/S. 1362 to improve patient access to care, especially in rural areas, and allow pharmacists to be fairly compensated for the valuable patient care services they provide. I will also support passage of the Pharmacy DIR Reform to Reduce Senior Drug Costs Act, S. 1909/H.R. 3554. DIR fees are an acronym for Direct and Indirect Remuneration fees that are charged by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) outside of administration fees and are typically collected from pharmacies after prescription claim adjudication. S. 1909/H.R. 3554 would 1) reduce Medicare beneficiary cost-sharing on drugs 2) address claw-back fees imposed on pharmacies 3) establish a new pharmacy performance system based on standardized, evidence-based measures to reward and improve quality of care provided by pharmacies.