I will continue to support across-the-board tax cuts, reining in our government’s budget, deregulatory efforts, pro-growth policies that keep our workforce growing, and increasing access to capital for local banks and would-be entrepreneurs of small businesses, the lifeblood of Main Street Minnesota. Female entrepreneurs are especially critical to our economy’s success as women-owned businesses are rapidly expanding. I will keep supporting bills like the the Promoting Women in Entrepreneurship Act (signed into law this year) and the Women’s Business Centers Improvements Act. Also, I intend to build on our work to ensure we have a well-educated workforce to fill the current employer demand and ensure our laws encourage innovation.
Since being elected to Congress I have held 24 town halls. Since last September, my team and I have responded to over 82,000 letters and we have taken over 2,500 meetings since January 2016. My staff begs me to stop giving out my personal phone number to everyone I meet. Frankly, if my phone could store 700,000 contacts, I would prefer that (much to the dismay of my team). I also think it would make this whole thing a lot easier. Our offices in Otsego and D.C. are “open door,” meaning that all constituents are welcome to stop by. That policy will continue as long as I am in Congress.
Minnesotans are tired of the divisive and childish bickering. They expect elected officials to offer and support policies that make their lives, and their children’s lives, better and create more opportunity for everyone. As our nation continues forward, we need to get back to debating big ideas. We have to stop the “us vs. them” approach and remember that we are all in this together. If we are going to be successful, we need to work together, lead together and show the rest of the country how Minnesotans from all walks of life can (and do!) live well together.
I have the utmost respect for my colleagues in Congress, especially our Minnesota delegation. We share the same grueling schedules and deal with daily criticisms, yet we all want the same things: a strong economy, safe communities, good schools, clean air and water, and a better future for our kids. We really only differ on how to get there. Politics, like life, is about relationships. That’s why, since I was first elected to Congress, I have made it a priority to get to know my colleagues as people, regardless of party: what motivates them, their likes and dislikes, and what they want to accomplish. In a time of incredible divisiveness, building relationships with all Members is paramount. If re-elected, I will continue this approach.