Returning our economy to its full strength must be at the heart of everything we do. An economy running at full force is what drives the American dream; it makes it possible to secure a steady income, achieve a quality education, get ahead, and provide our families and future generations with more opportunity than we were given.
The way we get our economy back on track is to get government out of the way and enable individuals to succeed. Washington should be creating an environment that encourages growth, not suffocates it, by fostering innovation and driving success. We must be the engine, not the anchor.
Today, too many families struggle to make ends meet. Individuals looking for work and a steady income instead find a bloated government bureaucracy, fleeting jobs, and fading opportunity. We can and must do better.
I have fought and will continue to fight to renew our economy and create better opportunity for Americans. I have worked to enact pro-growth tax reform, revitalize our manufacturing base, lower energy costs by creating good-paying energy jobs, open world markets to American products, and establish a fair and level playing field for American businesses. We can establish an environment that encourages growth, empower millions of Americans to succeed, and make it possible to hand future generations a stronger and more secure country. Here’s how we do it.
Manufacturing makes up the core of a robust economy and strong middle class. In Illinois alone, it accounts for over 500,000 jobs. To build on these jobs and facilitate a manufacturing renaissance, we must make America the best place in the world to do business again. This involves reforming our complicated tax structure, rooting out burdensome and costly regulations, lowering the cost of energy by expanding domestic energy production, streamlining workforce training programs, and ensuring our children are equipped with the skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving, high-tech industry.
Opening world markets for American products
Opening markets for products grown or made here on American soil helps businesses’ bottom lines and leads to new jobs for American workers. I have voted for numerous free-trade deals that eliminate unfair barriers on US exports and allow American products to be sold around the world. In addition, I have been active to ensure our Administration is doing all it can to hold China accountable for its unfair trade policies that hurt American jobs.
Enact pro-growth tax reform
America needs a tax structure that encourages businesses to build and keep jobs here, not overseas. Our current system is unfair to small businesses, discourages US investment, and sports the highest corporate tax rate in the world. We need tax reform that gets rid of unfair loopholes, lowers rates, and gives American businesses owners the certainty they need to expand their businesses. In addition, we need leaders willing to put partisan politics aside to get this important reform done for a stronger economy and brighter future.
Develop American energy
By adopting a true all-of-the-above energy approach, we can be a global leader in energy production which ultimately creates good-paying energy jobs here at home. Throughout my time in Congress and on the Energy and Commerce Committee, I have made it a priority to protect and ensure certainty of domestic energy production, lower Americans’ energy costs, and creating more energy jobs here. The Sixteenth District is a model of what a true all-of-the-above energy approach looks like, and I pledge to continue working to bring this model to Washington and enact it on a national scale.
Eliminate government obstacles
One of the top job-destroyers I hear about from Illinois business owners is our own government. Burdensome regulations, runaway debt, and widespread uncertainty coming from Washington are holding back an American renewal. I support reigning in sprawling agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, enacting the structural reforms needed to tackle our debt, and making government less apparent in your everyday life.