Government does not exist to create jobs, but rather to protect our country from its enemies and foster a climate where free markets can thrive.

America recently celebrated Labor Day. We remember the sacrifices and hard work that have made America the greatest and most prosperous nation on earth.

For those of us in office, it is also a reminder of the responsibility to protect the free markets that have made that prosperity possible.

Government does not exist to create jobs, but rather to protect our country from its enemies and foster a climate where free markets can thrive. Ultimately, our goal is for everyone to have a shot at the American dream. Opportunity ? above all else ? must be protected.

In Congress, working hand-in-hand with the White House, we are focused on repealing regulations that have stifled growth and prevented businesses from hiring. Those failed policies do not seek to protect opportunities, but rather to dictate outcomes. That is not how this country was founded, and I do not believe it is how it should be run today.

At the end of the day, I believe American manufacturers, farmers, and business owners can compete with anyone in the world, as long as we are on a level playing field. As you enjoy your Labor Day weekend, please be safe, and take a second to remember all that has been done to make America the best nation this world has ever known.