By Ben McAdams I’ve been an independent voice for Utahns, building relationships and working with Republicans and Democrats. I’ve worked to protect the health and safety of Utahns during the COVID-19 emergency by lowering drug costs, making sure Utahns keep their health care coverage even with pre-existing conditions, and supporting small businesses and jobs, hospitals, and public schools. I passed a bill to combat human and drug trafficking and an amendment to protect children from online predators. I’ve worked with the president when it was good for Utah. But I have opposed his plan to restart dangerous and unnecessary explosive nuclear weapons testing. I put Utah first.

When Utah businesses and their hard-working employees were forced to close due to the COVID-19 emergency response, I took action. I supported the bipartisan CARES Act, which provided financial help for individuals, families, hospitals, schools, food banks, and small businesses. I voted to further fund and extend the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which provided forgivable loans for eligible small businesses and helped keep employees on payroll during the economic shutdown. I also worked to simplify the loan forgiveness application. I led the call for openness and for transparency of the PPP recipients’ list to the public, to ensure that Utah small businesses needing and deserving of the loans could receive them—not lose out to big corporations.

Our country is dealing with the fact that too many Black Americans are dying at the hands of some in law enforcement. I voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which includes reforms such as raising accountability for law enforcement by using body cameras, and training and de-escalation measures to reduce deadly interactions. I do not support defunding the police. I have worked with Utah law enforcement to keep communities safe and I know most are dedicated professionals. I proposed additional federal funding for local police grants to assist with training and recruitment based on local needs.

Climate change is a danger to our health and to our environment. I supported a package of measures to help rapidly transition the U.S. to a clean energy economy, including my Solar Energy Research and Development Bill to advance solar technologies for next-generation solar energy production. I passed a Background Ozone Research Bill to find answers on how climate change is contributing to Utah’s ozone pollution problems. I supported more funding for the purchase of low- and no-emission buses, and improving public transit, including more ridership capacity on FrontRunner commuter rail by double-tracking and electrifying engines.

When I learned that the Trump Administration had plans to restart explosive nuclear weapons testing, alarm bells went off. Utahns still suffer illness and death from past decades of testing, and thousands have received compensation for cancer caused by radioactive fallout through the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). We know that the government lied to our citizens in the race to develop nuclear weapons. They told us it was safe. It took years of work to get documents declassified and to get to the truth. We paid a high price for trusting the government before. That’s why I oppose the administration’s plan and why I blocked funding for test site preparations and weapons testing in an annual defense bill in the House. I’m also the only member of the Utah delegation to sign onto a bipartisan bill to ensure that compensation goes to all Utahns who were injured by the federal government.

I’m proud to be a bridge-builder and someone who works to bring different points of view together to find solutions, but I’m not afraid to stand on my own if that’s in the best interest of Utah’s hard-working families. That is who I am, and who I will continue to be if I’m re-elected to Congress. Thank you for everything you’re doing this election season. I will continue to work hard for every vote, and I ask for your support.