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George Allen takes Shenandoah Valley Jobs Tour

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Republican George Allen is clear about what he would do on day one if elected to the U.S. Senate, and it is all about tapping into Virginia's energy reserves. He shared his plans with business owners in Fishersville Wednesday afternoon.

George Allen's visit to Augusta County comes with just 41 days left to go before the election and with recent polls showing him trailing Democrat Tim Kaine for the first time. Allen's message focused on what he would do to help Virginia business and industry prosper.

Allen toured Virginia Frame Builders and Supply, which has many customers that have been hit hard by the recession. He vowed to help turn that around, by fighting what he called "burdensome" regulations on business and industry.

Allen says another key to economic recovery would be tapping into our natural resources. The Republican says that on his first day in the U.S. Senate, he would introduce a bill to allow Virginia to drill for oil and natural gas off its coastline.

He also vowed to fight unreasonable regulations that obstruct farmers and builders.

George Allen said, "I do hear from people talking about how irrational, how unreasonable, how burdensome the regulations are. My view is too many things in Washington are being decided by unelected, unaccountable bureaucracies. We work for the people; the people's representatives ought to be voting on these matters."

Allen says he would submit a bill that requires a congressional vote on any new regulation that costs more than $100 million to implement.

George Allen's jobs tour through the Shenandoah Valley also took him to Blue Ridge Lumber in Fishersville and to a small-business roundtable discussion in the city of Harrisonburg.

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