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Congresswoman Hartzler and House colleagues launch pro-jobs agenda

May 26, 2011
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is at the forefront of an effort to spur job creation and to get our economy back on track. She spoke at a U.S. Capitol press conference launching a pro-jobs agenda focused on employment and economic growth.

“Washington needs to be run like a business; not a bureaucracy,” said Hartzler. “It is clear that liberal ideas of more taxation, regulation, and litigation will not create jobs. Our pro-jobs plan will address our economic challenges, encourage investment, and support job creators without raising taxes on working families and small business owners.”

“Our plan will reduce many of the regulatory government burdens on small businesses,” added Hartzler. “We’ll also simplify the tax code which has become too complicated and cumbersome. The current tax code is filled with special interest tax break loopholes that make the system fundamentally unfair to families and small businesses which are saddled with higher taxes as a result of these special interest giveaways.”

“We’ll also build on the House-passed 2012 budget by paying down our huge debt burden by enacting spending cuts,” concluded Hartzler. “We have to start living within our means.”

The pro-jobs proposal also calls for increasing competitiveness for American manufacturers by passing pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. Opening up these countries to free trade would add huge markets for Missouri’s largest commodities – beef, pork, corn, and soybeans. For example, expanding trade to these three countries would be equivalent to adding more than $11 per head to Missouri pork. Nationally, the independent International Trade Commission has estimated that implementation of these three trade deals would increase U.S. exports by more than $10 billion – an increase the Obama Administration claims would create more than 250,000 jobs.

Vicky Hartzler was elected to Congress on November 2, 2010. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.