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Washington can learn from us

Here in Ohio, we’re moving forward.  From the local level on up, policies are being put in place to make it easier to do business, create jobs, and raise a family.

This growth is happening despite the policies coming out of Washington.  Everyone knows it – just ask our local job creators.

When I’m home in Ohio, I hear over and over again how places like Neaton Auto Products and Kaivac Cleaning Systems are doing great work.  But they still see Washington standing in the way.

I ran a small business – I get it.  It’s ObamaCare, it’s energy costs – it’s all the taxes, regulations and red tape coming out of Washington.  When you’re running a business, every decision you make involves weighing risks.  And, as I’ve said many times before, when Washington imposes policies and unilateral decisions that get in the way, you do the logical thing: you sit on your hands.

It’s a big reason why job growth is sluggish, and wages are stagnant.

Personally, I don’t “buy into” the idea that more government is the answer.  And what I’m hearing from our local businesses is that they don’t either.  After 17 years of being in business, Bob Robinson, Sr., told me that he can’t even imagine trying to start Kaivac Cleaning Systems today under the president’s economy.

Nothing pains me more than traveling our local area and hearing stories like Bob’s.  That’s why, as reported by the Dayton Daily News, I’m leading the U.S. House in staying focused on helping our local job creators gain the freedom to work hard, take risks, and bring about the robust growth we desperately need.

We’ve passed dozens of bills in the House that would help – bills to improve jobs training programs, cut wasteful spending, increase American energy production, and create a flatter, fairer and simpler tax code.  But most of them are stuck in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

Not only that, but the president and his allies in Washington are trying to distract the American people from the real effects of his disastrous policies.

People around here are smarter than that – if you’re running a business or just trying to make ends meet, you know your costs are going up due to ObamaCare.  You understand how a hike in the federal minimum wage will destroy up to one million jobs, as reported by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). And you see how the president’s policies are driving up prices for everything from gas to groceries.

You know, the president started this year by calling for a bipartisan “year of action” – but then he turned to this idea of unilateral action with his “pen and a phone.”

That’s too bad, because going it alone isn’t the answer.  People are tired of watching this administration ignore laws it doesn’t like and bend others to fit its political agenda.

It’s not what the Framers of our Constitution had in mind, and it’s certainly not the way to instill certainty and confidence in our economy.

Especially when there are things we can be doing right now to get the economy growing again, such as taking advantage of the American energy boom that’s going on; fixing our expensive, burdensome regulatory system; finding a better way to educate more of our kids; and fixing our tax code.

As your voice in the U.S. House, I’m going to continue leading the fight for jobs and growth.

What we’re doing here in Ohio, Washington can learn a lot from it.

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