In Congress, I support policies that promote an environment where businesses are confident enough to invest, innovate, and prosper.
Wasteful and out-of-control spending hinder America's economic growth. We must end deficits, reduce our national debt, and cut taxes to create a globally competitive market for businesses to operate. In 2015 I supported the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act that provides permanent and responsible tax relief to American families, business and entrepreneurs.
We must also remove unnecessary, burdensome and costly regulations and paperwork. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) overreach consistently costs Hoosiers good jobs while raising our energy bills and operating costs for businesses. I voted against President Obama's Clean Power Plan, putting an end to his executive overreach and protecting the American ratepayer, and the job-killing Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule that would have hurt Indiana farmers. I have also supported efforts to protect businesses from unnecessary costs and regulatory burdens associated with the Food and Drug Administration menu labeling rule.
Finally we must prepare our students and our workforce for the demands of 21st century careers and encourage the spirit of innovation that has and will continue to, make this country great. As a member of the Women's High Tech Caucus and the Innovation Initiative, I work every day to make sure that the government and our laws keep up with the pace of private sector innovation, and that young people, especially young women and girls explore careers in the rapidly growing tech industry. Additionally, I co-sponsored the SKILLS Act (Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills), also known as the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act. This common-sense piece of legislation tackles the mess and clutter in the nation's job-training system, modernizes federal training programs, and removes roadblocks preventing workers from receiving the in-demand training they need. If we can get job-seekers the desired skills and get them back to work, we can get our economy growing and back on track. It was passed into law in the summer of 2014.
As the scope and reach of the federal government grows, private sector job growth slows. Businesses, not the government, create the jobs that grow our economy. Small businesses are the engine of our nation; they've historically led as out of recessions and economic downturns. To keep growing and adding jobs, businesses need an environment of certainty and an even playing field in terms of global trade. I was endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce during the 2016 election cycle.