We should not be satisfied with the historically low economic growth rate of the past decade. After years of soaring unemployment rates, runaway government spending, and a regulatory environment that is hostile to job creators, our economy is finally starting to recover. This recovery has been made possible by Congress working with President Trump to repeal burdensome regulations placed on employers by the previous administration. Government spending and regulation will not lead us to prosperity – only a vibrant private sector will.
Reforming the U.S. tax code is another key component to building economic momentum and growing our workforce. The United States has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, and this tax rate is driving American companies to send their manufacturing and customer service jobs abroad. Lowering the corporate tax rate will keep large businesses from sending jobs overseas, and a simpler tax code would allow small businesses to save money and grow.
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Ocean City’s economy depends heavily on summer tourism and seasonal workers. I have always supported efforts to ensure Maryland’s businesses can find the employees they need to succeed.
A recent story misstated my position on the J-1 visa program, which allows foreign students to come to America temporarily to work and experience our culture. Since the inability to find American summertime workers has been an ongoing challenge for small businesses in Ocean City, I have consistently supported the J-1 visa program.
WASHINGTON, DC: On September 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $7.85 billion emergency funding bill for Hurricane Harvey response and recovery. Two days later, on September 8, the House passed an amended version of the relief package that included raising the debt ceiling. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) issued the following statement on his votes:
CAMBRIDGE — The Cambridge Rotary Club hosted U.S. Rep. Andy Harris, R-1st, Thursday, Aug. 10, during his visit to the county.
Harris discussed several topics, including tax reform, health care and foreign policy. He said he believes President Donald Trump will unite the country and help the country grow by packaging several key reforms together in a “Big Deal” to allow for greater bipartisan support so everyone gets something that will benefit them.
The House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee holds a hearing on the FY 2018 budget request for the Department of Labor. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta testifies, and Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole presides.
WASHINGTON, DC: On May 23, the White House released President Trump’s budget proposal for the 2018 fiscal year. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) issued the following statement in response to this proposal:
CHESTERTOWN — U.S. Rep. Andy Harris learned about agriculture practices and spoke with farmers about their concerns during a visit to Kent and Queen Anne's counties Thursday, April 20.
Harris, R-Md.-1st, and local officials first met at Hambleton Creek Farms outside of Chestertown along state Route 213. Indivisible of Kent and Queen Anne's Counties members stood outside the road's turnoff with protest signs like "No Town Halls."
NORTH EAST — In the last three years, Composites USA General Manager Dan Naugle has never hired anyone who’s had a job.
All his workers have been previously unemployed, some are living in their cars and many are drug- or alcohol-dependent. Finding workers is so difficult that Naugle has set himself the modest goal of finding one or two good people a year.