Job Creation and the Economy
Congress must act to help working Americans who are still hurting in this economy. Higher costs for basic needs and stagnant incomes are squeezing the middle class, and good-paying American jobs are harder to find. One of the biggest strains on working families is the rising cost of healthcare. The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has actually made health care less affordable, and it’s getting worse. I remain committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare with patient-centered health care that truly lowers costs and increases access for all.
There is a proper balance between ensuring consumer safety and economic growth. For too long, the Obama Administration pushed an aggressive agenda, using the federal rulemaking process to circumvent Congress and set national policy. I staunchly oppose this so-called “backdoor legislating.” Our Constitution established a system of government based on the separation of powers. Our laws have legitimacy because the people, by and through their duly elected representatives, approved them. That legitimacy is undermined when unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats at federal agencies impose binding regulations or issue broad, forceful interpretations of old laws to fit a political agenda. I strongly support legislation that reduces or consolidates the number of existing regulations, and I believe all rules that will seriously impact the economy should have a cost estimate attached and go before Congress for approval.