JOPLIN, MO.--- More jobs and less regulation- that's what Senator Roy Blunt says will help push the economy forward. The lawmaker stopped in Joplin today to talk about the current state of the economy and potential legislative fixes. He says expanding the American Energy Sector, like locally produced oil and natural gas, would help create jobs and make utility costs more stable.
"Not only do we have a lot of energy, but between us and our two nearest neighbors, Mexico and Canada, we essentially could be energy self sufficient in a handful of years if we wanted to be," said Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri.
Blunt spoke at a gathering organized by the Joplin Chamber of Commerce early this morning.
The audience for Blunt's speech wasn't limited to the business community. A local high school program made it a stop as part of their Government and Law Day. More than 40 high school seniors got caught up with Blunt's outlook on the Affordable Healthcare Act, unemployment challenges and federal taxes.
The rest of the day was spent learning about other aspects of government and the law, talking to a city council member, state judge, and Joplin police officers. The "Tomorrow's Leaders Today" program is sponsored by the Joplin Chamber of Commerce and involves students from Joplin, Carthage, Webb City and Carl Junction.
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