The number one issue for Americans is jobs: either finding one or keeping one. Our families need the financial opportunities and stability that come from a growing economy. Washington must work to revitalize our stagnant economy while helping to relieve the financial stress faced by many families and small businesses.
I have worked hard to keep taxes low on individuals and business alike and promote growth of the real job creators in our country: small businesses. South Floridians are known for their entrepreneurial spirit and we have great prospects for business development if we cut the red tape and the bureaucratic nightmare faced by mom and pop start-ups. Small businesses are responsible for creating two out of every three new jobs in the United States. We must ensure that overregulation does not hinder them from reaching success and helping our nation.
South Florida is our nation's economic gateway to Latin America. While in office, I spearheaded finalizing trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. These agreements have created thousands of new jobs in South Florida and have facilitated the export of American products to key parts of the world.
I have also voted for key legislation to help our economy grow such as: The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) to help startups and entrepreneurs get off the ground, access capital and create jobs and spur economic activity; the Comprehensive 1099 Taxpayer Protection and Repayment of Exchange Subsidy Overpayments Act; as well as to improve small businesses' access to capital by expanding equity financing options and extend the current payroll tax rates.