Throughout the past four years, it has been an honor representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. We have seen our economy marginally improve during the past four years, but as you know, we still have a long way to go.
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The economy is still the No. 1 issue facing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. We rely on small businesses to drive job growth and too often Washington has acted as an obstruction to instead of an accelerator. This has to stop.
As a lifelong small-business owner, I have been a champion for small businesses since being elected in 2010. I set up the first bipartisan small business caucus. This is a group of more than 150 Republican and Democrat members who have come together to focus on small-business issues. We will continue to champion the real engine of our economy and give these American entrepreneurs every tool they need to succeed.
We also need to rein in government bureaucracy.
Recently, the federal government tried to restrict children from helping out on their families’ farms. Agriculture is a huge contributor to Colorado’s economy and not something the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., know a lot about. On-the-job training is essential for small farming operations, and one of the ways kids learn is through raising animals for 4-H competitions, which would have been limited under this rule. This is just one many examples of bureaucracy inserting itself where it does not belong.
Fortunately, we were able to stop that rule from being implemented. However, we must continue our vigilance to ensure that government does not hurt our family farms.
Finally, I will continue to pass common-sense, bipartisan legislation. While most of Washington, D.C., has fallen into severe dysfunction, we have been able to find common ground and pass four pieces of legislation, all with bipartisan support.
One of them was signed into law by the president and is allowing for hydroelectric jobs and renewable energy to be created right here on Colorado’s Western Slope. Another, which protect private water rights from federal takings without compensation — the rights ski areas, municipalities, agriculture producers and other water users rely on — passed through the House with bipartisan support.
We need more common sense in Washington. If you will continue to put your faith in me to represent your interests, I will continue to be a champion for practical, homegrown solutions that will move our economy forward.
Scott Tipton is the incumbent Republican U.S. representative for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District.