ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) is endorsing 15 candidates for November contests for state and federal offices. All are members of Congress who have “shown concern for entrepreneurialism in a difficult economy and provided exceptional support for businesses in trying times,” the association says.
Three candidates are running for statewide offices, two of these in Kansas: Sen. Sam Brownback (R), for governor; and Rep. Jerry Moran (R-1st District), for U.S. Senate. In Arkansas, TRSA is backing Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
The other 12 candidates are U.S. House of Representatives members seeking re-election:
- California: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-52nd)
- Florida: Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-13th)
- Illinois: Rep. Aaron Schock (R-18th)
- Kansas: Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-2nd)
- Missouri: Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-8th), Rep. Sam Graves (R-6th)
- Nebraska: Rep. Lee Terry (R-2nd)
- New York: Rep. Chris Lee (R-26th), Rep. Dan Maffei (D-25th) and Rep. Mike McMahon (D-13th)
- Ohio: Rep. Zack Space (D-18th)
- Pennsylvania: Rep. Mike Doyle (D-14th)
“We selected these individuals in large part because they have prompted federal agencies to consider how they impact businesses and jobs during rulemaking,” says TRSA President Joseph Ricci. “These members of Congress understand that industries don’t necessarily need to be compelled to act responsibly, the majority of businesses take their social responsibility seriously. Our candidates recognize that the cost of compliance jeopardizes profitability and threatens companies’ ability to maintain and grow their workforces.”
These legislators help entrepreneurs navigate the federal regulatory maze in Washington, Ricci adds, and have taken a special interest in businesses that specialize in enabling their customers to conserve natural resources and reduce waste.
Textile rental is a domestic service industry that “greens” other American businesses and provides about 200,000 jobs that can’t be exported, according to TRSA.