St. Joseph News-Press: Blunt pushes economic vigor through less regulation
August 25, 2016
The campaign bus that Sen. Roy Blunt rode into St. Joseph Thursday bore the words “More Jobs, Less Government,” and the Republican drove home that theme in a talk at a local business.
The Republican lawmaker, seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate, spoke to supporters at Bolin Auto and Truck Parts on South 10th Street.
Blunt said Americans need regulations, but not one more than necessary. He cited legislation he sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, that called for a congressional vote on any regulation that would have a significant economic consequence.
“I've talked to (Donald) Trump about this, and he said he'll sign that bill if we put it on his desk,” the senator said. “I hope people are so concerned about regulations and letting them get in the way of opportunity that everybody will be telling their senators and their congressmen, 'Pass that bill.'”
With just that one action, Blunt said, the environment of heavy regulation would change. “(No lawmaker) would want to go home and explain what the regulators are willing to do when they're unaccountable,” he said.
The senator said that agriculture-rich Missouri, and particularly St. Joseph with its food-processing industries, needs to get in position to take advantage of future needs for farm goods.
“World food demand is going to double in 35 or 40 years,” Blunt said. “The biggest area of commerce in the world will be twice as big 35 or 40 years from now as it is today. It's almost totally population-driven and something cataclysmic would have to happen for that great opportunity not to be there.”
Blunt said that the United States, by not making smart decisions on matters of transportation and energy policy, runs the risk of squandering natural advantages in global commerce.
In 10 years, he said, the nation does not want to be asking, “Why did we let these markets that were naturally ours go to Brazil and Argentina and Canada and Australia, why did we let that get away from us?”
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