The best way to strengthen America’s economy is to support the creation of good-paying jobs, and that’s been a big focus of my work in the Senate.
Last week I was told that I’m being honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” award for my ongoing work to protect Missouri’s small businesses and industries and support in-state job creation—but truth be told, this award really belongs to the hardworking men and women of our state who make Missouri a leader in so many economic sectors.
That’s why in 2015, I worked with my friend and colleague, Republican Senator Rob Portman, to pass legislation which sped up the federal permitting process for complex infrastructure projects that private industry faces. Last year, I testified before the International Trade Commission on behalf of Missouri manufacturers and helped to level the playing field for our state’s steel pipe and tube industry. And as we move forward in this new Congress, I’m going to be just as committed to protecting and advancing our small businesses and manufacturers.