LIMA — Business people had a shared message for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan during a visit to Lima yesterday: Don’t let new government regulations slow the growth of the economy.
Jordan, R-Urbana, met with business representatives at the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce on Thursday morning, hearing how higher gas prices, new insurance regulations and reduced motivation to work from government unemployment handouts affected their ability to keep local businesses running. What he heard reinforced his belief he needed to fight President Joe Biden’s policies.
“I feel like they’re pushing, they’re coming at you with a big bulldozer,” Jordan said. “You’re trying to hold it back, and you’re sliding in the mud. But if you get out of the way, they’ll just move faster. Our job is to slow down the bulldozer as best we can and wait for the next election.”
He blamed much of the difficulty on the changes brought on when President Biden took office. He noted the quickly passed coronavirus relief plan, election reforms, gun laws and immigration reform passed in the five weeks after Biden’s inauguration. He said the increase in gas prices was predictable once the Keystone XL pipeline project stopped.
“It’s left-wing craziness,” Jordan said.
He said Republicans will continue to stand up against those major changes from Democrats that hurt small businesses.
“They’ve all said they have difficulty — every single employer tells me this — in filling available jobs,” Jordan said.
J0rdan expressed his disappointment with the pork in the coronavirus relief bill, which he voted against. He pointed to rules that gave federal workers $1,400 a week if their school districts didn’t allow in-person school yet, which doesn’t benefit people in the 4th District where there were fewer federal workers and most schools were open.
“It was marketed as COVID relief, but 90 percent of it is in no way COVID-related,” Jordan said.
He was particularly frustrated by the change in immigration policy, reversing former President Donald Trump’s policies at the southern border.
“Two weeks ago, they passed legislation that radically changes immigration law,” Jordan said. “It allows in more than 3 million illegals at a time where there’s chaos on the border. That’s just loony. That’s just crazy. Right now, think about the situation: You, as an American citizen, you can’t get into your Capitol, but anybody and everybody can get in your country. I’ve never seen anything like that.”