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Letter Written by Tom Hardeman

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. MARCHANT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share a letter I received from a concerned constituent. Mr. Tom Hardeman owns and operates a McDonald's restaurant in my district, and in his letter he writes:

``I used to think of Burger King, Wendy's and Sonic as my competition and the greatest risk to my business. But now I believe it is the federal government.

``It is regulation, taxation, mandated programs and interference from government that has the potential to destroy small businesses like mine across this great land.

``I'm asking you to protect small businesses like mine so that I can protect the jobs of the people I employ,'' he wrote.

Sadly, Mr. Hardeman's concerns are shared by small business owners across the country. This is why House Republicans continue to push policies that make life easier for hard-working taxpayers--without expanding government.

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