Van Hollen is best for busi­ness

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND VOICES - Mar­got Dorf­man, Washington, D.C. The writer is CEO of the U.S. Women’s Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The Sun re­cently re­ported that Repub­li­can Del. Kathy Szeliga re­ceived the en­dorse­ment of the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness, but read­ers are miss­ing an im­por­tant piece of in­for­ma­tion about the busi­ness com­mu­nity’s sup­port in this Se­nate cam­paign. The U.S. Women’s Cham­ber of Com­merce has proudly en­dorsed Rep. Chris Van Hollen to suc­ceed Bar­bara Mikul­ski in the U.S. Se­nate.

Our 30,000 Mary­land mem­bers know that Mr. Van Hollen has a track record of get­ting things done for his com­mu­nity and un­der­stand that now is the time to lever­age his ex­pe­ri­ence, re­la­tion­ships and con­vic­tion to con­tinue his sup­port for the needs of Mary­land fam­i­lies in Congress. He sup­ports a pos­i­tive eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment for women work­ers and busi­ness own­ers, Amer­i­can job cre­ation, fair pay, a fair min­i­mum-wage, fam­ily-friendly work­places, ac­cess to af­ford­able and qual­ity health care and birth con­trol, tax poli­cies that sup­port a vi­brant mid­dle class and ac­cess to cap­i­tal and fed­eral con­tracts for women-owned firms. He has a proven track record as an ef­fec­tive leader, is com­mit­ted to women’s eco­nomic pri­or­i­ties and will work to en­sure that our tax pol­icy strength­ens small busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs.

Grow­ing the num­ber of strong lead­ers in Congress who cham­pion women’s eco­nomic pri­or­i­ties is crit­i­cal to as­sur­ing Amer­i­can pros­per­ity as it is di­rectly linked to the eco­nomic suc­cess of women. Chris Van Hollen will con­tinue to get things done in Washington that will di­rectly sup­port strong Mary­land fam­ily eco­nomics. We are proud to en­dorse his can­di­dacy.

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