After a month of visiting with Mississippians, I returned to Washington with a clear picture of the concerns and challenges facing our state.
I learned from meeting with small business owners and their employees that it is getting more difficult to make a living in America. I heard from our military leaders why defense cuts could negatively impact troop readiness. I spoke to new Job Corps graduates, who have prepared for skilled careers but enter an unpredictable job market.
It is baffling, then, that Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) is focusing the current Senate agenda on a proposal limiting First Amendment rights. Issues like job creation and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) should be at the forefront of the Senate’s attention – not Democrats’ political posturing before the November elections.