Second amendment update: The Obama administration has expressed interest in the UN Arms Trade treaty. I believe this could be a backdoor opening that will chip away at every law abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. I will oppose ratification of an Arms Trade Treaty that in any way restricts the rights of law-abiding American gun owners.

‎4 ways to jumpstart job creation: 1)Simplify the tax code and reduce the corporate tax rate to levels that are comparable with our trading partners; 2) Promote tax policy that encourages innovation; 3) Stop the heavy-handed regulations and give our manufacturers a sense of certainty in terms of the rules under which they have to operate; 4) Open more markets through fair trade agreements.

Obama’s Big Government: The White House is abusing the regulatory process. Last year, the Obama Administration finalized 3,573 new rules—the costs of these new regulations amounted to $1.75 trillion. In 2011, President Obama’s regulatory agenda contains 219 proposed rules that have an economic cost of over $1 billion each. These new rules are hurting our economic recovery and blocking job creation.

Immigration update: I joined 18 of my colleagues in the Senate recently and sent a letter to the President questioning the authority of a Department of Homeland Security policy that allows prosecutorial discretion and administrative closure of deportation cases pending before the courts. Our immigration laws are not being enforced and the President’s polices do not hold illegal immigrants accountable for breaking the law. I am concerned these rules are a step towards amnesty.

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