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Making Jobs Our PriorityPosted Monday, August 29, 2011, at 12:37 PM
As the summer winds down, many of our children head back to school and Americans across the country will return to work, but millions more will continue the job search. As Congress prepares to return to session, it is those millions searching for a job that must be the number one priority.
Over the past few days, I had the opportunity to meet with people across the Eighth District of Tennessee and listen to their ideas about ways Congress can improve our economy and create jobs. I spoke with small business owners and workers alike, and heard stories about their struggles and successes in today's economic environment. Throughout my meetings, one of the most common concerns I heard was how there is too much regulation coming from Washington.
Different agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Department of Agriculture, and others have placed an increased amount of regulation on businesses across the country, which drive up production costs and deter investment and hiring.
In order to streamline and create a more efficient regulatory process, I introduced the Expedited Agriculture through Science Act and the Regulatory Balance Act. These bills would streamline the regulatory process and require a cost-benefit analysis for regulations that have a significant economic impact, respectively. It is my goal to see these bills, and other similar efforts, reduce the burden of regulations passed and implemented in order to create a more certain economic environment that allows small businesses to invest and grow.
Eliminating burdensome regulations is only one way to begin turning our economy around -- there are several other steps we can take to help create jobs, including creating a more stable economic environment. Over the past few years, Washington's mounting debt, increased spending, and constant threat of tax hikes have created much instability in the economy and discouraged loans and investment. We have made significant gains in ending the culture of spending in Washington, but more work must be done.
Many of the businesses owners I met with this week said they can begin to invest and grow their own businesses when Washington gets serious about responsible spending, reducing our debt, and creating a more stable economic environment. Congress cannot balance its budget on the backs of hard working men and women, however. Many job creators fear that the liberals in Washington will raise taxes the first chance they get -- in turn causing layoffs and reduced hiring. Congress must work to reform the tax code and ensure small business owners and hard working Americans will not be punished.
Over the next several days, I will continue to meet and listen to constituents throughout Tennessee and hear about their experiences and ideas. I intend to take these ideas and concerns back to Congress and fight to make sure the workers of Tennessee can get back on their feet. We can turn this economy around for all of America. I have every confidence our brighter days are ahead.
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Stephen Fincher is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district.
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