Keeping Jobs In Our District
As you know, too often bureaucratic red tape and needless federal regulations keep innovators and small businesses from creating jobs. In the past few years we have seen too many small businesses have to layoff employees, reduce production or even shut their doors because of overreaching burdensome regulations. That is exactly what happened to an innovative manufacturing company in Cullman County. The federal government's embrace of outdated technology kept them from bringing their more energy efficient product to market.
Earlier this year, I introduced H.R. 6582, the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act, a bill that would fix some of these needless regulations and in addition help keep jobs in the 4th District. The bill passed in both the House and Senate and on Tuesday, December 20th the President signed the bill into law. While it is disappointing it often takes an act of Congress to provide a common sense solution for something that should never have been a problem to begin with, the passage of this bill is a great step in cutting bureaucratic red tape, encouraging innovation and keeping jobs here at home.
Fiscal Cliff Update
After January 1st, unless legislation is passed by both the House and Senate and then signed by the President, tax rates under current law will rise on nearly every taxpayer and a mandatory across-the-board cut will bring harmful spending cuts to our national defense.
In May, the House voted to replace sequestration, with targeted cuts that would protect our national security and address the drivers of our nation's debt. In August, the House voted to extend all current tax rates through the next year. These measures represent the House's commitment to cut federal spending, protect American families and small businesses and restore our economy to a prosperous state. Sadly, again the Senate has opted not to act.
The lines of communication between the House of Representatives and the President remain open and a deal may still indeed be reached that protects Alabama families and small businesses and includes significant cuts to federal spending.
Tragedy in Connecticut
Last week's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut still weighs heavy on our hearts and minds. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims, their families, the Sandy Hook Elementary School community and all of Newtown.
This most recent act of senseless violence in Connecticut has brought much attention to the issue of gun control. Tragedies like this should not be politicized. While we are deeply saddened by what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, I fully believe in responsible gun ownership and I do not believe more gun control laws are the answer. I do believe that we need to do all that we can to try and keep another tragedy like this from occurring, but in my opinion the issue of increased gun violence in this country is a problem bigger than just gun laws.