America’s Economic Security
America’s economy has long been the most vibrant and prosperous in the world. And a new moment has begun. After many years of a sagging economy and the hard reality of downward mobility and stagnant wages facing millions of hard-working American families, we are entering a new moment of surging good economic news: historic low unemployment, advancing opportunity for meaningful work, and a return of manufacturing to our country.
Through a new tax code, a right sized regulatory environment, and renegotiated trade deals, there is a tremendously improved atmosphere for jobs and opportunity. Restoring an entrepreneurial vision for our country–an economic patriotism–where pride of craftsmanship and the Made in America label thrives is the key to maintaining economic well being. A properly functioning regulatory environment will protect the health and welfare of persons while creating the space for fair competition, the critical component of a well-functioning market system. Creating the right type of healthcare reform will protect vulnerable persons while encouraging innovation for healthier outcomes and savings, lifting this heavy burden from small business and those who simply want to make good things.
Instead of a globalized supply-side elitism, America needs what Nebraska has: a vibrant marketplace that expands space for constructive interdependency and community dynamism, which creates opportunity and drives innovation. The gift of richly resourced family farms and ranches, a robust small business ecosystem and manufacturing sector, as well as a mix of financial services and technology enterprises create a cohesion of diversification so necessary for good jobs. Nebraskans can proudly point to our economy as one built on community values.
As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have front-line responsibilities for delivering smart and effective government policies within reasonable budgets. We must make the hard decisions each year to keep you safe and to ensure opportunity. A particular difficult challenge is our deficits and debt written off by loose monetary policy, which are hidden forms of taxation that hurt the poor, hit seniors, and create economic dislocations.