The past week I testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power in support of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, a bill I co-authored with Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD).
This bipartisan legislation would help create a better economic environment for job creation -- providing immediate relief to farmers and rural areas by preventing the EPA from imposing more stringent dust standards.
At a time when our economy is struggling to recover, we simply cannot afford to continue to perpetuate unnecessary regulations and uncertainty for farmers and small businesses in our rural communities.
When questioned by Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-CA) at the hearing, I made it clear that this commonsense legislation was necessary to assure our farmers and rural industries that naturally-occurring dust will not be the subject of expanded federal regulation.
You can watch the video of my full testimony -- including highlights from the question and answer portion and my opening statement -- by visiting my website hurt.house.gov.
In addition to the hearing, this past week, the House continued to keep job creation our top priority and passed another bill with overwhelming bipartisan support as a part of our overall jobs agenda.
By a vote of 405 -- 16, the House passed H.R. 674, which would repeal the imposition of a 3 percent withholding tax on certain payments made to vendors by government entities.
Permanently repealing this burdensome tax rule would help those small businesses who work with local, state, and federal governments by putting capital back in the hands of our job creators at a time when they need it most.
This commonsense legislation would help return certainty to the marketplace, promote economic growth, and spur job creation, and is another example of how the House is leading the way and working to identify those areas of common ground where both parties can join together to produce results for 5th District Virginians and all Americans.
Given the broad bipartisan support for this legislation that includes the White House, the Senate should act immediately to pass this bill to help grow the economy and create jobs.
But the Senate should not stop there.
There are now nearly 20 House-passed jobs bills that continue to remain stalled in the Senate. Please visit my website hurt.house.gov to view a document that includes more information on several of these measures that are awaiting action in the Senate.
These are bipartisan bills that would help create thousands of jobs in both the near and long term by removing the government as a barrier to job growth and putting our economic recovery back where it belongs, in the hands of the people.
These bills would empower our small business owners by reducing unnecessary regulations, increasing our domestic energy supply, cutting out of control government spending, and keeping taxes low.
At a time when unemployment is nearly 20 percent in some areas of the 5th District, there is absolutely no reason for the Senate to block economic progress, and Central and Southside Virginians should not have to wait any longer for the Senate to act.
The Senate must get to work, and I would urge all 5th District Virginians to contact our Senators to demand action on these commonsense measures so that we can help provide the people of Central and Southside Virginia with the sustainable, private sector jobs that they so desperately need and deserve.