Access to capital is critical for small business success and crucial to our economic recovery. Without access to capital, many small companies are not able to maintain operations, let alone expand and create new jobs.

There are a lot of folks out there that love the convenience of the Kansas City airport. That's one of the biggest things it's got going for it.

Government should stand aside and let the business community prosper instead of imposing new regulations that will only stifle growth and limit access to capital.

Trade agreements are important because they open up new marketplaces to small businesses, which ultimately translates into more jobs and greater economic growth.

By and large, small companies don't want to settle for part-time employees over full-time positions.

Economic recovery begins with our small businesses.

Congress can protect small businesses by providing effective oversight over SBA policies and make sure they take into account the needs of small businesses while also protecting taxpayer dollars. Congress also needs to make sure that new banking regulations do not make it more costly for community banks to lend to small businesses.

If we don't enforce visa laws, we basically have open borders.

As newly created P2P businesses disrupt the status quo and compete with established companies, they face the difficulty of fitting a square peg into a round hole when it comes to existing regulatory regimes that don't contemplate their business models.

I have no preconceived notions of what SBA programs work or not.

It's important for Republicans to nominate someone who not only has a vision of how to create jobs, but who has done it. That's why I am endorsing Texas Governor Rick Perry for President.

Improving small business opportunities through federal contracts creates jobs and saves taxpayer money.

The recession's high unemployment rates may have encouraged people to start sole proprietorships, but there are many obstacles in the way of growing a company to create jobs.

Removing government-created obstacles to small business growth is what Washington should be addressing, and this focus should start with removing the herculean impediments to job creation found in the health care law.

Part of any solution to get our economy going should include steps to free up our small businesses by peeling back unnecessarily burdensome regulations, ending the continual threats of tax hikes, and addressing the cloud of federal debt that hangs over our economy.

When the EPA says that property owners, farmers, and livestock producers must stomach higher costs, longer delays, and bigger headaches, it's up to Congress to put up a roadblock.

The mismanagement of the Small Business Health Options program is very frustrating.

The value of small business contracting is indisputable. These firms bring healthy competition to the federal market to drive down prices. They are our nation's innovators and job creators, and securing a federal contract helps them grow and offers more benefit to the economy.

Administrator McCarthy and the EPA will soon find out that Washington bureaucrats are becoming far too aggressive in attacking our way of life. Administrator McCarthy should be apologizing to Missourians. EPA aggression has reached an all-time high, and now it must be stopped.

Small businesses win as they get more contracts; workers win as small businesses create jobs; and taxpayers win as prices are driven down.

This is the people's money, and we need to use it on their priorities. Increasing the pay of members of Congress is not their priority.

Competition is a powerful and essential part of this nation's economy and vital to cutting government costs.

I want people to be able to give their voice.

We must get government out of the way and help foster an environment where small businesses are free to grow and create jobs.

As threats emerge - from ISIS to Russia to the Iranian nuclear program - we need a president with the resolve to defend our country and not back down.

The federal government spends nearly half a trillion dollars on contracted goods and services; therefore, we must ensure that the money is being spent efficiently, and small businesses have proven that they can do quality work cheaper and often faster.

It is key that Kansas Citians make the call as to what kind of airport they want.

It's mystifying to me why the House leadership will not allow a straight up-or-down vote on a pay raise. I vote against every pay raise because taxpayers deserve better.

A long-lasting and sustained recovery will never be achieved through massive government spending programs.

I'm not in favor of any amnesty whatsoever.

The significance and volume of repairs that are needed across the country demand that we give state and local governments the long-term certainty they need to effectively execute these projects.

We owe it to American taxpayers to make sure that contracts intended for small businesses go to small businesses.

I have personally seen Ted Cruz stand up and fight on the issues that matter the most to conservatives, even when it wasn't popular in Congress.

Legitimate small businesses are put at a huge competitive disadvantage when bad actors lie about their small business status and don't play by the rules.

The integrity of the federal procurement system needs to be protected so that the public has confidence in government contracts, and small businesses have every opportunity to compete.

There is nothing out there that I have a grudge against or I have a problem with.

Bringing buyers and sellers together through a single platform is not a new idea - most of us know about eBay's success - but with advancing technology comes new innovative methods for businesses to connect customers with those who want to offer services.

Small business is America's engine of job creation.

The majority of ground in the U.S. is owned by the federal government, and right now, very little of it is accessible to anybody that is trying to produce oil and gas, and we need to be opening that up.

Just as water is a key ingredient to growth on the farm, capital is required for businesses to thrive.

There is no doubt that the majority of Kansas Citians are happy with their three-terminal airport. I will advocate in Washington for our city to keep its unique airport as long as we want it.

There are 12 million illegal immigrants in this country - drawing welfare benefits, sending their children to public schools, and pushing down wages for American workers - but the problem extends well beyond amnesty and open borders.

When we stop running up huge budget deficits and start acting responsibly in Washington, we will provide small-business owners with the certainty they need to put Americans back to work.

Claiming to 'fight for small business' is often used as a political tool in Washington D.C., but it is actually the policies behind that battle cry that small firms care about.

Small businesses all across this nation are tired of the uncertainty created by Washington.

Millions of people gave their lives fighting fascism and imperialism, but Pearl Harbor was the event that forever changed the course of human history.

To keep something around just because it is already on the books, I think, is wrong.

By necessity, budgets require hard choices.

I want to thank the many Missourians who have reached out to me and asked me to consider running for the United States Senate.