Jobs & Economic Growth
A growing economy will provide Pennsylvanians with more jobs and higher wages, which will enable us to create a brighter future for our children. Unfortunately, we are living through the results of a failed approach in Washington. The economy is bumping along the bottom. Too many Americans still cannot find a job. Food, energy, and healthcare all cost more. The House has passed over forty bills to help create jobs and stimulate economic growth, but Senator Reid is refusing to allow any of them on the Senate floor for a vote.
We can do better. Washington can unleash the economic potential of hardworking Americans. We can boom again. Here are the policies I support to turn our economy around:
- Reform the tax code to make it simpler and fairer
- Reduce excessive regulations that unnecessarily burden our economy
- Expand domestic energy production
- Invest in the infrastructure needed to support a growing economy
- Reform our workforce training programs to give people the skills they need for their next job
Excessive regulations from unelected bureaucrats threaten the jobs of coal miners, power plant workers, and employees of small businesses. I co-sponsored the REINS Act, which would require an up or down vote in Congress to pass any regulation that impacts our economy. I also supported the SKILLS Act, which will help job seekers acquire the training and skills they need for their next job. Coal provides 40 percent of our electricity in Pennsylvania and helps employ 63,000 men and women in the Commonwealth. I introduced the SENSE Act, which will protect Pennsylvania energy jobs and affordable electricity while restoring our environment.