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Robert Hurt: Jobs remain a top priority

It was great to spend the entire week in the Fifth District. After meeting with and hearing from many constituents, local leaders, and businesses, it became clear that job creation remains the top priority for Central and Southside Virginians.

Getting the chance to visit several different businesses in the district and directly asking our employers for their input about what they need to grow and succeed, provided me with helpful insight when it comes to finding ways to ensure and promote a long-lasting economic recovery.

It became even clearer that in order for businesses to expand and create sustainable private sector jobs, we must remain diligent in supporting policies that reduce unnecessary government intervention and regulation.

As I saw this week, nothing is more crushing to the entrepreneurial spirit than excessive regulations that overburden and stifle our true job creators.

In many respects, if the government gets out of the way, businesses will thrive, people will innovate, and we will be able to provide for the next generation.

That is why I am looking forward to our upcoming work on the Financial Services Committee as well as in the full House, both of which will have a direct impact on job creation for the people of the 5th District.

The Financial Services Committee will exercise aggressive oversight throughout the implementation of the Dodd-Frank bill to ensure that a regulatory balance is struck that will not place unreasonable burdens on business and reduce access to credit.

And next week in the House we will begin the process of reviewing some of the onerous regulations that are in place that hinder job creation and stall economic growth.

This is just one more way that we can work to get our economy back on track as we continue to cut spending, keep taxes low, and get our fiscal house in order so that our children and grandchildren will inherit an even more prosperous America.

If you need any additional information on these or any other issues, please visit my website at or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, or Danville office: (434) 791-2596.

Robert Hurt represents the Fifth District in the United States House of Representatives.

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