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Kansas Congresswoman discusses the state's energy future



Discussing Our Energy Future

On Monday, I participated in a panel at the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association annual meeting in Wichita with my congressional colleagues: Sen. Pat Roberts, and Reps. Mike Pompeo, Tim Huelskamp, and Kevin Yoder.

America has the ability to become energy independent and unleash unlimited potential to create jobs, boost manufacturing, and make energy more affordable for hardworking Americans. In the United States, estimated energy reserves are at all-time highs and continue to rise as new technologies and innovations unlock previously unavailable resources. To further these goals, House Republicans are fighting for an all-American, all-of-the-above approach to energy independence. The House plan includes alternative energy, but there is no denying that we also absolutely need traditional energy sources like oil and gas to reach our full economic potential.

We also discussed the impacts we are already seeing from the president’s healthcare law, as well as the upcoming debates on the federal budget and debt-ceiling.

NFIB Small Business Challenge

On Wednesday, I participated in the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) “Small Business Challenge.” It was a pleasure to shadow David and Annette Jackson at Jackson’s Greenhouse and Garden Center in Topeka, and learn about the challenges they face as small-business owners each day. Afterward, I participated in a discussion with other small-business owners to who outlined the federal policies they are concerned about including: the president’s health care law and the regulatory state. So many of them are feeling the burden of crushing regulations that are hindering their ability to do business and hire more Kansans.

I understand their concerns, which is why I cosponsored and voted for H.R. 367, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which would require congressional approval of any regulation proposed by the executive branch expected to cost more than $100 million. With the new healthcare law and the financial reform bills enacted by the Democrats in 2009, federal regulatory agencies have created hundreds of new regulations and mandates. Requiring an up-or-down vote on any regulation with an economic impact of more than $100 million will provide for greater accountability and transparency in the regulatory process.

Talking Tax Reform: Kansas CPAs, Kansas Credit Unions, & Downtown Topeka Rotary Meeting

On Thursday, I had a great visit with the Downtown Topeka Rotary club about our nation's financial future, including the budget outlook and where our economy is headed. We discussed the importance of finding common ground in order to get things done in Washington. As a member of the No Labels’ Problem Solvers Coalition, I could not agree more. It is time to start fixing.

I also had great discussions with my fellow Kansas CPAs and Kansas Credit Union members about tax reform. Our tax code is simply too complicated, unfair, and it is hurting employers’ abilities to grow the economy. As a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I am proud to be working on a more efficient and effective code that works for you and will allow some certainty as you are planning for your families and businesses.

Fixing the code means everyone will play by the same rules. I believe your tax rate should be determined by what is fair, not by who you know, and that means ending special interest loopholes that allow big corporations to pay much lower rates than small businesses. Our goals are to make the code: simpler, fairer, and flatter. Americans are paying more for gas, more for groceries and more for health care, and the last thing they need is to pay more taxes to Washington. (Photo at KSCPA Roundtable)

Allies Day in Chanute and Fredonia Business Tour

On Friday, I traveled to Southeast Kansas for Chanute’s Allies Day to learn about all the great projects and programs that are furthering economic development in the area. Stops on the business tour included Spirit Aerosystems and Hi Lo Industries, followed by a lunch at the Neosho County Community College. On Friday afternoon, I also dropped by a few businesses in Fredonia. We visited several locations including: Heartstrings, Doane’s Furniture, and the Fredonia Pharmacy. (Photo at Hi Lo Industries in Chanute)

In Washington, I am working on trying to make things easier for hardworking American families and businesses, like the ones I visited on Friday. Things are tough for a lot of people right now in this weak economy. Families are seeing stagnant wages, and too many kids graduating from college are unemployed or underemployed.

I believe the right solution for America is economic freedom and growth, which means putting the power back in the hands of hardworking taxpayers and job creators so they can invest not only in America, but in their future and the futures of their children and grandchildren.

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