GOP: Business needs more freedom

June 25, 2011 at 8:09 AM
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WASHINGTON, June 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. government needs to get "out of the way" of business to allow for job creation, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., said Saturday in the GOP's weekly address.

The freshman Republican representative is a former nurse and married to a surgeon. She said their small medical practice in Dunn, N.C., is an example of how government regulations are affecting businesses.

"We've seen how government overreach can hurt a family-owned small business," she said.

Ellmers is a member of the House Small Business Committee and said she hears complaints every week from business operators and entrepreneurs.

"They don't have their hand out. They don't want a bailout. All they ask us to do is get government out of the way," she said.

Ellmers said with a House majority Republicans were also determined to expand domestic energy production to help lower gas prices and create jobs. Earlier this week, the House passed a domestic offshore energy bill opposed by President Barack Obama.

"This legislation will make our domestic energy resources available while lowering gas prices and creating thousands of jobs," Ellmers said.

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