Cranston, RI – Yesterday afternoon, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse took a walking tour of small businesses located on Cranston’s Oaklawn Avenue. During the tour, the Senator heard from owners and employees about how the federal government can help them succeed in this tough economy, and discussed his jobs plan for Rhode Island. Former Cranston City Councilman John Lanni joined the Senator on the tour.
“On yesterday’s tour, I visited with Cranston business owners and employees to hear about their experiences working at small businesses here in the state,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “Supporting our small businesses is vital to Rhode Island’s economic recovery, and I promise to continue fighting to pass important legislation that will make it easier for companies like the ones I visited yesterday to prosper and expand.”
“I thank Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for taking time to visit Superior Bakery in Cranston,” said Robert Cicerone of Superior Bakery. “Senator Whitehouse is truly concerned about Rhode Island small business owners and our struggles with the current economy. Senator Whitehouse empathized with my issues about the increases in the price of gasoline for my bakery trucks and about the lack of monies available for low interest loans to keep small businesses in Rhode Island alive and well. I thank him for his concern."
Whitehouse is continuing to fight for a series of job-creation initiatives in the Senate. His proposals include tax breaks for businesses that hire, ending tax policies that reward companies for sending jobs overseas, and cracking down on currency manipulation by China that puts American manufacturers at an unfair disadvantage.
More details about Whitehouse’s job-creation initiatives are available at www.whitehouse.senate.gov/jobstour.
Suggested photo caption: Senator Whitehouse hears from Robert Roy, co-owner of Blaine's Sewing Machine Center in Cranston.