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Candidate's View: 'Get our economy moving again with pro-growth policies'

ABOUT THIS PRIMARY: Republican U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber of Hermantown is being challenged by Harry Welty of Duluth in the primary election on Aug. 9. The winner will advance to Election Day on Nov. 8 to face the Democratic candidate.

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U.S. Rep. Pete Stauber
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Washington is spending money we don’t have. Inflation is skyrocketing. Energy prices are through the roof. Working families, truckers, loggers, miners, and manufacturers — and virtually every worker from every industry in our part of Minnesota — are feeling enormous pain at the pump from skyrocketing gas prices. Supply chains are breaking. China and Russia are laughing at us. Our borders are weakened and porous. Our law enforcement is being disrespected and is under attack. Small businesses have been handcuffed by tyrannical government mandates. Parents are being told they have no say in their children’s education.

All of this is a result of single-party control of Washington.

We can do better. We must do better. And we will do better.

The primary is Aug. 9. Early voting is already underway. Election Day is Nov. 8.

As Minnesotans struggle with gas prices above $5 a gallon and diesel nearing $6 a gallon, Washington is needlessly waging a war on American energy. Earlier this year, President Joe Biden recklessly canceled more oil and gas leases. Rather than reduce our energy dependence on foreign countries, Biden should be implementing common-sense policy that promotes domestic production.

He should end the federal freeze on new oil and gas leases, fast track pending LNG (liquified natural gas) export permits, expedite the approvals of all pipeline and energy developments, and stop the regulatory assault on U.S. energy development and financing.

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Earlier this year I visited one of the Gulf of Mexico’s largest offshore oil platforms and learned more about how we could be energy independent. It was fascinating to witness firsthand the enormous energy potential we have. Rather than rely on hostile countries in hostile regions, we need to end the war on American energy and encourage, not discourage, our energy industry.

And when it comes to streamlining leases and cutting through the onerous and bureaucratic permitting regulatory red tape, let’s secure our domestic critical minerals right here at home. Rather than safely and responsibly tapping into our domestic resources, Washington is choosing to remain dependent on hostile countries and, worse, child slave labor to produce what we have right here at home. Let’s unleash that economic engine, revitalize the rich history and heritage of this region, and generate an economic boom St. Louis County working families want and need.

In our part of Minnesota, we believe in going to work each day and the dignity a job brings. We are proud of our heritage. That includes miners and manufacturers, farmers, loggers, and truckers. We have faith in our main-street small businesses, which are the engine to our economy. And our communities are grateful for the compassion of our health care workers. Let’s get our economy moving again with pro-growth policies that encourage, and don’t inhibit, American ingenuity.

For too long, we’ve witnessed politicians verbally and legislatively trying to tear down our country. Irresponsibly with their words and recklessly with their votes, they have tried to take us backward. Defunding and disarming our police is not only a failed policy, it’s radical and dangerous. Pushing for a 20-cent gas tax is not only untimely, it’s regressive and extreme. Abolishing a family’s personal and private employer-provided health care insurance and replacing it with a one-size-fits-all scheme run by the government isn’t simply unwanted and undesirable, it’s nonsensical.

Enough is enough.

I want to be clear: America is at her best when she leads. And it’s time for the failed leadership in Washington and St. Paul to step aside.

I am running for re-election to Congress because northern Minnesota needs a voice in Washington who will champion our causes, built on the foundation of our values and with the fabric of our beliefs. I am running for re-election because I believe our best days are ahead. I believe in you, not the federal government.

Now more than ever, I am passionate about fighting for our way of life and being northern Minnesota’s greatest voice in Congress.

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Together, we can rebuild our future and once again be that shining city on a hill, a beacon of light for freedom and liberty, hope and opportunity.

Pete Stauber of Hermantown is the Republican representative of the 8th Congressional District, seeking reelection. He wrote this at the invitation of the News Tribune Opinion page.

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