I agree with the President’s statement that we need to “knock down any barriers” that stand in the way of entrepreneurs, but unfortunately, I don’t feel that the President’s words match his actions. I believe that the United States is home to the best and brightest, and the government should be encouraging the growth of ideas rather than repeatedly putting up road blocks in the form of government overreach and tax burdens. Instead of saddling entrepreneurs, small businesses, and job creators with thousands of pages of new regulations, we need to get the government out of the way and create an environment where businesses can truly be born and grow. To that end, I supported the REINS Act, which would require Congress to vote and the President to sign-off on all new major rules—those with an annual economic impact of $100 million or more—before they can be imposed on the job creators, state and local governments, and the American people. As the co-founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Robotics Caucus and a member of the House STEM Caucus, I know that Americans have some incredible ideas, and that provided with the right tools, they can make those ideas a reality. To that end, I believe that a solid foundation in STEM education is one of the tools critical to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.