Issues | Jobs

The single biggest issue that Congress should focus on is creating an environment for job creation and sustained economic growth. I’m focused on this, pursuing free-market solutions. Over the past few years, Hoosiers have struggled through a difficult economy. We have a long way to go but I refuse to believe that our best days are behind us. In fact, my optimism in the future is part of the reason I became involved in policy. I want to make sure that the economy our children inherit is strong and free.

I’ve seen just how out of touch Washington can be. Too many politicians forget that their actions produce unintended consequences. Washington over-spends and over-regulates.

When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging. As our national debt climbs to $15 trillion, we have to take immediate steps to cut the spending and put ourselves on a path to fiscal solvency. As a member of the House Budget Committee, I worked to pass The Path to Prosperity, our Republican budget. By cutting $6.2 trillion over ten years, we put our nation on a strong footing and begin the journey toward balanced budgets and economic recovery.

Like you, I’m tired of empty promises, budgetary gimmicks, and “business as usual.” Without genuine structural reforms, Washington will continue to spend your money at breathtaking speeds. That’s why I’m an advocate of a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. If a budget is good enough for Hoosier families, it’s good enough for Washington.

As a small business owner, I know that excessive regulations place an undue burden on the job creators that will drive our recovery. Government regulation is the single greatest burden to business owners and the greatest roadblock to prosperity. Regulations are estimated to cost our economy over $1.75 trillion a year. That’s a staggering number. When business models focus on compliance rather than innovation, we take our eyes off the ball and miss opportunities for growth.

Tackling the debt and removing the regulatory roadblocks will pave the way for the private sector job growth Hoosiers need.