Every day, Americans of every creed, color, and class make a commitment to their country—and to one another—to preserve the rights and resources that make our nation special while laying a foundation for an uncertain future. Each generation building upon the last, this perpetual pledge is the driving force behind the success of our great country.

Our nation was built on the moral obligation to ensure individuals—no matter the color of their skin or collar—can excel and no community is left behind.  It is incumbent upon Congress to ensure those who are willing to work hard and play by the rules are provided opportunity and the resources necessary to fulfill our commitment to each other and the next generation. Below are the priorities I believe we must focus on to get there.

 

 

Real economic opportunity in every community

The Fifth District covers a wide swath of Virginia. Yet from Warrenton to Charlottesville through the communities of Southside to Danville, the key to inclusive economic prosperity remains the same: entrepreneurs and small businesses driving bottom-up job creation and economic growth. I know this to be true from my time working with technology startups, where I learned about many of the challenges facing new businesses. Twenty-five percent of employees in the Fifth District work for businesses with fewer than 20 employees—well above the national average.

Let’s ensure folks have the tools they need to build a better future for themselves and their communities. That means expanding access to high-speed broadband, strengthening wireless networks, investing in workforce development, and reforming the tax code to provide lasting relief to working families and small businesses. You can read my full plan for economic development across the Fifth District here.