Getting the Federal Government Out of the American People’s Way
‘We’ve used the Congressional Review Act a record sixteen times to root out invasive rules that tripped up small businesses. We’ve uprooted key pieces of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank that had burdened the middle class. And we delivered a long-overdue, comprehensive overhaul of America’s tax code. It’s helping rejuvenate the economy and letting American families keep more of what they earn.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the benefits Americans continue to see from the Republican pro-opportunity, pro-worker agenda:
“Sixteen months ago, President Trump and Republican majorities arrived in Washington with clear instructions from the American people -- get the federal government out of our way. A decade of Democratic control meant that taxes were too high, regulations were too burdensome, and America was too difficult a place to start a small business or hire more workers.
“Republicans heard our marching orders loud and clear. We’ve used the Congressional Review Act a record sixteen times to root out invasive rules that tripped up small businesses. We’ve uprooted key pieces of Obamacare and Dodd-Frank that had burdened the middle class. And we delivered a long-overdue, comprehensive overhaul of America’s tax code. It’s helping rejuvenate the economy and letting American families keep more of what they earn.
“Today, under this Republican government, the U.S. economy is healthier than it’s been in a long time. The lowest unemployment in eighteen years. More open positions than workers seeking jobs -- for the first time since the Labor Department started collecting these data. Record levels of optimism among small businesses and manufacturers. More Americans are saying now is a good time to find a quality job than at any point in the past 17 years.
“In the Obama years, prosperity was slower in coming. Opportunities were comparatively few. And what limited growth did occur flowed disproportionately into America’s very biggest urban centers. Now, our economy is starting to work better for all kinds of communities.
“I recently heard a few inspiring stories from my friend Senator Portman. In Zanesville, Ohio, the owners of GKM Auto Parts had spent much of the last decade watching health insurance premiums soar. By 2016, they could no longer support coverage for their employees. But as Senator Portman recently explained, one of the first things the company was able to do following the passage of historic tax reform last year was restore that coverage. He also shared that builders and manufacturers across his state, from Wolf Metals in Columbus to Advanced Industrial Roofing in Massillon, are increasing pay and benefits, investing in equipment, and creating jobs as a direct result of tax reform and this pro-growth economic climate.
“We’re hearing stories like these from every corner of America. American workers and job creators are turning the page on the last decade and writing brand-new success stories. And Republican policies are helping make it happen.”
Related Issues: Economy, Middle Class, Taxes, Tax Reform