We're heading for a make-or-break moment in this country. Too many critical issues have gone unaddressed for too long. We can't afford to keep the same failed policies and play the same games that helped cause our problems in the first place. I believe that we can build economic opportunity, help working families and small businesses, and be fiscally responsible. It will take new leadership, new ideas and hard work.
In Congress, my priorities will include:
Getting people back to work and helping struggling families
While there are signs of an economic recovery nationally, unemployment remains unacceptably high in the 1st Congressional District. We need to create jobs and help struggling families. This means focusing on small business success and on local industries that can support good paying jobs for years to come, including aerospace, manufacturing, high-tech, sustainable agriculture, clean energy and health care. We must reward businesses that are creating family wage jobs and invest in providing the training and skills to our workers to ensure they are prepared for these jobs.