I believe the majority of Alabamians support spending cuts and implementation of a framework to require Washington to live within its means from here on out. We need to protect taxpayers, ensure our seniors and veterans receive the benefits they rightfully deserve, and change the 'spend now, pay later' culture of Washington.
We have seen continually weak growth in the economy, record high unemployment and thousands of jobs being lost. The time for action is now. In May 2012, I voted to replace the sequester (an idea that originated with President Obama) with targeted cuts that would protect our national security and address the drivers of our national debt. In December 2012, I wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner, stating my support for spending cuts as the best measure to address the looming fiscal cliff, not tax increases. The absence of spending cuts, paired with tax increases, in the fiscal cliff legislation passed by the House and Senate on January 1, 2013 led to my vote in opposition to this bill.
Additionally, sustainable job creation is critical as we move to strengthen our economy. Every American who wants to work deserves the opportunity to earn an honest living. For the small businesses that provide many of these jobs, it is critical they are given the opportunity to do what they do best, create jobs, not be unnecessarily burdened by red tape or other bureaucratic restrictions.
In short, I believe that the strength of our economy lies in the people and businesses of the United States, not with further government spending.
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“The Paycheck Protection Program was written with urgency to address a great need. At a time when most of the population is under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, this program has helped many businesses retain their employees while complying with state and local requirements. Yes, there definitely were some growing pains when the program first went active, but what we hear from the roughly 20,000 businesses who have benefited from this program in Alabama is that the program is working.
Coronavirus Update: Frequently Asked Questions
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Washington — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, (AL-04) released the following statement after the House of Representatives voted in favor of the USMCA agreement.
"I was proud to cast a vote in support of legislation to implement the upcoming USMCA Trade Agreement. This agreement has been a signature priority of the Trump administration, modernizing the 25-year-old NAFTA to make improvements supporting continued economic growth and American jobs.
Washington — Today, Congressman Robert Aderholt, (AL-04) released the following statement on his efforts to secure funding in the 2020 Federal Budget to continue to expand rural broadband access.
“Two years ago, I led the effort in Congress to create the ReConnect Program, which provides loans and grants to help expand broadband infrastructure to rural America. As a result, USDA is investing millions of dollars to improve internet connectivity in rural Alabama, bringing new economic development opportunities to our communities.
HAMILTON, Ala., Dec. 5, 2019 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced USDA has invested $62.3 million in high-speed broadband infrastructure that will create or improve e-Connectivity for more than 8,000 rural households, 57 farms, 44 businesses, 17 educational facilities, 14 critical community facilities and three health care facilities in rural Alabama. This is one of many funding announcements in the first round of USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program investments.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2 million grant to Wallace State Community College (WSCC) of Cullman, Alabama, to build a technical education center that will help workers gain new, in-demand skills. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 68 jobs.