In his first 100 days in office, the new congressman representing Jackson County wants to make sure he is keeping his commitment to local voters.
U.S. Rep.-elect Trey Hollingsworth wants to propose legislation that would create term limits for members of Congress and find ways to help businesses create jobs and pay higher wages.
Hollingsworth, a Republican, was elected to represent the 9th Congressional District, which includes Jackson County and a large section of south-central Indiana. He is replacing U.S. Rep. Todd Young, who was elected to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Voters made their message clear this fall: they wanted change in Washington, D.C., Hollingsworth said.
And now, those who were elected have to make that happen, he said.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity but also a tremendous burden of expectations and we have to deliver,” Hollingsworth said.
Hollingsworth recently finished orientation, along with other newly elected members of Congress, and was impressed with their excitement, he said.
On their agenda: repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, balancing the federal budget and having regulations focused on helping businesses, not hurting them, he said.
During his campaign, Hollingsworth often talked about job and wage growth, and that continues to be a top issue, he said. A new unemployment report out this week showed negative wage growth, which is not acceptable for families who need to be able to pay their expenses and save for the future, he said.
Lawmakers need to fix the tax code and simplify regulations so that businesses can be allowed to grow. Residents should be allowed to start new businesses or change jobs without the fear they won’t find a new one, he said.
That’s why a big focus of orientation was for the new members of Congress to learn about the order and priority of their duties and tasks in the first 100 days so they know what they can tackle first, he said.
Hollingsworth also wants to make sure he is still spending a large amount of his time in Indiana, where he can talk with residents about their needs and what is happening in their lives, he said.
“I am not focused on getting into the D.C. bubble. I am focused on being here, raising my family in Jeffersonville and commuting back and forth to be home for Sunday dinners,” Hollingsworth said.