As a small-business owner, I know there are some common sense principles of successful businesses that Congress could work toward to get results and grow our economy again. First, don’t spend more than you’re taking in. Government must tighten its belt just like our families had to. Second, do what you need to do to create an atmosphere for success. For government, that means creating an atmosphere for success through tax and regulatory environments, and a cooperative, not adversarial, attitude with those who create jobs. Finally, don’t expect miracles. Change requires hard work, self-sacrifice, and tough decisions.
In order to provide an environment that will help create jobs and spur economic development, Congress must provide relief from the massive amount of red tape that is imposed on the private sector. At every level of government, job creators and families are seeing more burdens placed on them, burdens that stifle job creation, economic growth and family security.
Real job creation must come through a better private sector climate. This includes eliminating the death tax, improving business expensing and reducing the corporate tax rate. In addition, we must repeal the provisions in the new health care law that place burdensome and costly mandates on small business, such as the expansion of 1099 reporting. I was proud to vote to repeal this provision included in the health care law, which will save businesses from having to report to the IRS every expenditure over $600 - a huge and unnecessary burden that would take up valuable time and resources that could go into expanding their business in other ways - including creating new jobs.
We must also work to provide tax relief that gives entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses the opportunity to grow and create jobs.
Only through these types of common sense pro-growth policies will we unleash the potential of American businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs.
On Friday, I met with trucking and transportation operators from across West Michigan in Grandville. Thank you for coming in to share your stories and discuss some of the regulatory issues currently facing small businesses.
My republican colleagues and I want to cut taxes for hardworking middle class families and small businesses across Michigan. Modernizing the tax code will create jobs here at home while making American job creators more competitive! Read how in our op-ed from Sunday's Detroit News!
The action taken by President Trump regarding Iran is a step in the right direction. The Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with the Iranian Regime was ill-conceived and shortsighted. Under this flawed agreement international inspectors are unable to properly verify Iran’s compliance, the Iranians are able to continue to develop and improve their centrifuge technology, and worst of all, this dangerous deal puts Iran on the doorstep of having nuclear weapon capabilities.
Additionally, the regime’s use of civilian airplanes for transporting troops and weapons to destabilize the Middle East combined with their continued testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles demonstrate why Iran is known as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Congress and the Trump Administration must work together to effectively hold Iran accountable for their actions.
We have all seen the images of devastation across Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Florida, and Texas from the recent hurricanes. As you are reading this wildfires continue to wreck havoc on California and destroy communities. Today, I voted in support of an emergency relief package to aid our fellow citizens. As this process moves forward, we need to make reforms and efficiencies to FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program, and other disaster relief programs but the priority right now is to ensure our emergency responders, Guardsmen, and military have the resources to help our citizens.