Rep. Larry Kissell was the headliner today at the Union County Chamber of Commerce Freshman Forum. Business leaders and Chamber members gathered to hear the congressman speak about his first month in Washington and to ask questions about the stimulus bill that President Obama signed into law today.
Before taking questions Larry discussed the Kissell Amendment. He stressed that the legislation can be expanded to other agencies in the future and that it is trade compliant. He also said that he had heard from others that the "Buy American" amendments were upsetting people in other countries. Larry's reponse:
I represent the people of the 8th Dstrict of North Carolina in the United States of America. So that's my job.
In other words, his responsibility is to us.
He went on to say that the effort to make sure the amendment was included in the final legislation was a bipartisan effort. Kissell said Senator Kay Hagan worked behind the scenes, but also making phone calls were Rep. Sue Myrick and Rep. Howard Coble. They may not have voted for the bill, but it is nice to know they worked to promote the provisions that could help retain jobs and bring new jobs to their districts.
Jim Carpenter, President of the Chamber, indicated he was disappointed there wasn't more infrastructure spending in the bill. Congressman Kissell said we would get another shot at that later in the year with the transportation and infrastructure bill. He said jobs created by infrastructure spending would start sooner rather than later, referring to Governor Bev Perdue's pledge to be the "poster child" for getting this done right.