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Congressman Tours Local Plant
Friday, 30 August 2013

August 30--  Georgia's 12th District Congressman John Barrow is spending part of the August congressional recess touring manufacturers in southeast Georgia as part of what he call's his "Made in Georgia Tour."

Thursday he spent a couple of hours at U.S. Energy Sciences in Vidalia, a company on the cutting edge of lighting technology.

ImageCongressman Barrow and U.S. Energy Sciences production manager Will Thomas discuss operations at the Vidalia plant.

"This is an example of what folks are doing around the country and that's investing in technology and people.  You can't beat that combination.  It also gives us a huge edge over those who are looking at the bottom line with cheap labor in other markets.  We actually have the best conditions for making money in this country.  You have to do it right but the people here at U.S. Energy are doing it right and they know what they're doing," Congressman Barrow said after his plant tour and meeting with company partners Cindi Hicks and Andy Loosberg.

He also found out what he's heard before from other employers in the district, the cost of health insurance due to Obamacare is skyrocketing and hurting the bottom line.

"The uncertainities that the insurance industry is facing as a result of what is in the law and what the Supreme Court has done is creating a tremendous amount of uncertainity.  

"The insurance companies are responding by hedging their bets and raising premiums in anticipation of costs they may incur down the road.  I believe we need to fix the law by repealing mandates on employers and individuals," he said.

However, Congressman Barrow says he will not support a move being talked about in Washington to shut down the government in order to defund Obamacare.

"Most folks in positions of responsibility in the House realize that is terrible policy and I happen to agree.  We need to do everything we can to fix this thing, but holding the rest of the government hostage is going overboard and it's bad policy," he said.


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