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Doc Hastings talks with small business owners

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According to new studies released in Washington State, small businesses represent about 95 percent of all businesses in Washington.

Therefore, with a struggling economy, Congressman Doc Hastings says it's one of his top priorities to help them get back on the fast track.

Hastings met with local business leaders during a series of roundtable discussions today to find out what owners are worried about most. Hastings says the health care bill came up often during the discussions along with a necessity to create news job opportunities.

   "Small businesses are the engine of our economy," he said. "They are the ones that are the job creators, so I want to hear first hand from my constituents what is happening in this respect." 

Hastings is also encouraging people to visit a new website called

He says the idea of the site is for Americans to interact with republicans and the House of Representatives about issues going on today in our country.