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Education & Workforce Development


Education is the key to success. From early learning to higher education, every single student in Utah and across the country deserves access to a quality education – regardless of race, income, or zip code. One of Congressman Burgess Owens’ top priorities in Congress is supporting students and advancing innovative policies that make our country’s education system stronger. As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee and Chairman of the Higher Education and Workforce Development Subcommittee, Congressman Burgess Owens is dedicated to fostering the best opportunities for students to learn, workers to succeed, and the job creators of tomorrow to thrive.

Small Business


“From manufacturing to the restaurant industry and everything in between, Utah runs on small businesses. Small business is the backbone of our state’s economy, and Utah is soaring to new heights thanks to our business-friendly environment, competitive free-market principles, and state-level policies that encourage innovation and growth.  “To continue this upward trajectory, we must get the government out of the way. In addition to visiting small businesses in every corner of Utah’s Fourth, I have worked hard to amplify their voices in Washington. Main Street is the heart and soul of our state, and Team Owens has your back at home and in the halls of Congress.” – Rep. Burgess Owens Co-sponsored H.R. 2826, the Save Local Business Act,  legislation to restore the flexibility, adaptability, and innovative spirit of small businesses nationwide. Co-sponsored H.R. 448, the Putting Investors First Act of 2023, legislation to disrupt the woke attack on American capitalism and restore key safeguards that protect investors and prioritize shareholder returns.  Co-sponsored H.R. 23, the Family and Small Business Taxpayer Protection Act, legislation to rescind certain balances made available to the Internal Revenue Service.  Co-sponsored H.Res. 1015, legislation to oppose any efforts to impose new taxes on family farms or small businesses and recognize the importance of generational transfers of farm and family-owned businesses.  Co-sponsored H.R. 8913, the TCJA Permanency Act, legislation to make permanent the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which delivered sweeping tax cuts for individuals and small businesses across the country. Co-sponsored H.R. 2491, the Wage Equity Act of 2021, legislation to encourage employers to proactively evaluate their pay practices and eliminate pay disparities in their workplaces, while empowering employees to negotiate pay based on their qualifications and merit. Supported H.R. 3185, the Save Local Business Act, legislation to empower job growth and creation without stifling Main Street U.S.A. with harmful regulations and ambiguous standards. Supported H.R. 1799, the PPP Extension Act, legislation to keep small businesses open and thriving through the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-sponsored H.R. 1450, the Emergency Savings for Small Businesses Act, legislation to aid Utah’s hard-hit industries. Supported H.R. 1651, the COVID-19 Bankruptcy Relief Extension Act, legislation to help relieve economic burdens and extend vital COVID-19 bankruptcy relief provisions for an additional year. Co-sponsored H.R. 4568, the Entrepreneurs Need Timely Replenishment for Eating Establishments (ENTRÉE) Act, legislation to redirect unused COVID-19 relief dollars to Utah’s restaurant owners who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Co-sponsored H.R. 7628, the IMPROVE the SBA Act, legislation to reform and revamp the Small Business Administration by improving communication, transparency, and oversight.  Co-sponsored H.R. 4141, the Promotion and Expansion of Private Employee Ownership Act, legislation to eliminate barriers that businesses and their owners currently face in establishing new S corporation ESOPs or expanding the employee-ownership stake in an S corporation. Co-sponsored H.R. 1453, the Military Spouses Retirement Security Act, legislation to help spouses of active duty service members save for retirement by expanding access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. Co-sponsored H.R. 2954, the Securing a Strong Retirement Act, legislation to help more Americans successfully save for a secure retirement and further improve workers’ long-term financial well-being.  Co-sponsored H.R. 6597, the Blockchain Solutions for Small Businesses Act, legislation to require a study on how blockchain technology can improve the Small Business Administration’s efficiency and data security. Co-sponsored H.R. 6658, the Protecting Family and Small Businesses Tax Cuts Act, legislation to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting individuals, families, and small businesses. Co-sponsored H.R. 6161, the Employee Retention Tax Credit Reinstatement Act, legislation to reinstate the Employee Retention Tax Credit through the end of 2021, as it was originally written, to help struggling small businesses and nonprofits who were counting on the ERTC to pay their employees through the end of the year. To see a full list of legislation sponsored and supported by Congressman Owens, click here. Supporting Utahns in the small business community is more important than ever. If you need help with the Small Business Administration or other government agencies, contact my West Jordan District Office at (801) 999-9801.  Local Utah Resources: Utah Broadband Outreach Utah’s Opportunity Zones Rural Development Utah Industry and Innovation Center Business Resources Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Anti-Trafficking


Human trafficking is a heinous crime that impacts people of all ages in communities worldwide. It is estimated that over 25 million people are subjected to human trafficking and forced labor, an industry responsible for roughly $150 billion annually. In Congress and as a member of the Parliamentary Task Force on Human Trafficking, Congressman Burgess Owens is focused on pursuing awareness, prevention, and survivor relief policies that abolish these heinous crimes, target traffickers, and restore the lives and livelihoods of those impacted.

Health Care


It’s no secret that Utah is on the cutting edge of healthcare innovation. Congressman Burgess Owens is proud of his work to cut bureaucratic red tape and improve healthcare outcomes. Together, we can provide Utah patients and families with accessible, efficient, and compassionate care.

Rural Utah


“Our state’s farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers feed the nation and fuel our economy. For far too long, Washington politicians have overlooked rural America and drowned out the voices of rural Utahns. From severe drought and water scarcity to unrivaled growth and a booming population, Utah faces unique challenges and exciting opportunities. From lowering costs to reducing burdens, I am hard at work to support Utah’s rural communities.” – Rep. Burgess Owens Reintroduced H.R. 2429, the Open Access Evapotranspiration (OpenET) Act, legislation to get critical water use data in the hands of farmers, ranchers, and decision-makers for improved water management in Utah and across the Western U.S. Co-sponsored H.R. 1756, the Dairy Pricing Opportunity Act of 2023,  legislation to ensure that dairy farmers can price their products to reflect today’s market environment. Co-sponsored H.R. 3200, the Gateway Community and Recreation Enhancement Act, legislation to ensure unfettered access to recreational destinations for Utahns, and community-based solutions to infrastructure challenges and housing shortages in gateway communities. Co-led H.R 8839, the Great Salt Lake Recovery Act, legislation to study historic drought conditions and protect the long-term health of the Great Salt Lake in Utah. Co-led H.R. 7762, the Water Data Act, legislation to improve water data infrastructure for better decision-making and management of water resources. Co-sponsored H.R. 3370, the Broadband Permitting Modernization Act, a package of four bills designed to strengthen rural broadband infrastructure in Utah and across the country.  Co-sponsored H.R. 4832, the Open Access Evapotranspiration Data Act, legislation to track water consumption, evaporation, and transpiration, ultimately improving water resources for Utahns.  Co-sponsored H.R. 5435, the Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Program Act of 2021, legislation to establish a Saline Lake Ecosystems in the Great Basin States Assessment and Monitoring Program.  Co-sponsored H.R. 267, the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act, legislation to help Utah’s farmers recover from drought-induced dairy and agricultural losses.  Co-sponsored H.R. 683, the PASS Act of 2023, legislation to protect our national security by preventing foreign adversaries from taking any ownership or control of the United States’ agricultural land and agricultural businesses. Co-sponsored H.R. 1586, the Forest Protection and Wildland Firefighter Safety Act of 2023, legislation to allow the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to use a fire retardant, chemical, or water for fire suppression, control, or prevention activities.  Co-sponsored H.R. 267, the Ceasing Age-Based Trucking Restrictions Act, legislation to eliminate unnecessary red tape and restrictions to allow more truckers to keep the nation’s supply chain flowing. Co-sponsored H.R. 209, the Permitting for Mining Needs Act of 2023, legislation to streamline the permitting process for mining projects nationwide to secure domestic mineral supply chains.  Co-sponsored H.R. 186, the Water Supply Permitting Coordination Act, legislation to establish a framework in which federal agencies with permitting responsibilities for the construction of new reservoirs must work together, coordinate schedules, share data and technical materials, and make findings publicly available. The result will be fewer delays, more efficient use of taxpayer dollars, and ultimately more abundant water supplies. Co-sponsored H.R. 6152, the Critical Infrastructure Manufacturing Feasibility Act, legislation to boost American manufacturing infrastructure. Co-sponsored H.R. 2500, the Forest TECH Improvement Act, legislation to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to assess the use of new technologies across reforestation activities. Co-sponsored H.R. 480, the Wildfire Recovery Act, legislation to make changes to the federal cost share for Fire Management Assistance Grants and provides that the federal share shall not be less than 75% of the eligible cost.  Co-sponsored H.R 1650, the Rural Broadband Network Study Act, legislation to study the impact of big streamers like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ on rural broadband network costs and availability.  Co-sponsored H.R 2454, the Protecting Access for Hunters and Anglers Act of 2022, legislation to prohibit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from banning the use of traditional lead ammunition or tackle on public lands unless such action is supported by the best available science and state wildlife and fish agencies. Co-sponsored H.R. 1779, the More USDA Grants Act, legislation to provide rural counties in Utah with more assistance and lower the cost of applying for grants that invest in education, infrastructure, and healthcare in rural communities.  Co-sponsored H.R. 2349, the Acre Act, legislation to prohibit the USDA from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, or sex. Co-sponsored H.R. 4082, the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Act of 2021, legislation to establish a commission to study and make recommendations to improve federal policies relating to wildland fire prevention, mitigation, suppression, management, and rehabilitation. Visited dozens of farms, production facilities, and growing operations across Utah’s Fourth District to better understand the issues that matter most to our communities. To see a full list of legislation sponsored and supported by Congressman Owens, click here.

Second Amendment


“Bureaucrats in Washington want to trample the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding American citizens. I will always stand up for Utahns and their Constitutional right to keep and bear arms because it is fundamental to preserving our liberty.  “As your representative, I am honored to be your voice and will continue advocating for our Constitutional freedoms.”- Rep. Burgess Owens Co-sponsored H.R. 53, the FIND Act, legislation to prohibit the federal government from entering into contracts with an entity that discriminates against firearm trade associations or businesses that deal with firearms, ammunition, or related products.  Co-sponsored H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, legislation to establish a federal statutory framework to regulate the carry or possession of concealed firearms across state lines.  Co-sponsored H.R. 1532, the Protecting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Act, legislation to prevent the President from imposing gun controls on law-abiding American citizens. Co-sponsored H.R. 3130, the Repealing Illegal Freedom and Liberty Excises (RIFLE) Act, legislation to eliminate the excise tax on firearms removing barriers for Utahns to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Opposed H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446, legislation designed to punish law-abiding gun owners without taking steps to keep guns out of the wrong hands. Sent letters to Visa, American Express, and Mastercard regarding their implementation of a classification of gun sales. The letter seeks to ensure that this is not used to track law-abiding gun owners or infringe on their constitutional rights. Sent a letter to the ATF in response to their attempts to restrict the ability of law-abiding Americans to use silencers on firearms. To see a full list of legislation sponsored and supported by Congressman Owens, click here.

Economy & Jobs


Congressman Burgess Owens was raised on the idea that anyone who works hard and dreams big can unlock their American Dream and find success. In Utah, you’ll find a high-skilled workforce, diverse industries, and a powerhouse economy. As one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, federal policies must match our unique innovative and entrepreneurial values. As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, Congressman Burgess Owens is focused on fostering the best opportunities for students to learn, workers to succeed, and job creators to thrive.

Energy Independence


Before taking office, President Biden vowed to end American energy dominance, threatening our national security, causing pain at the pump, and increasing our dependency on foreign adversaries. Bad policies and unnecessary reliance on other countries for resources are fueling our domestic energy crisis. We need to protect our national security and unleash U.S. energy independence. As your Representative, Congressman Burgess Owens will always fight for pro-growth policies that boost our supply chains, energy independence, national security, and economic growth.

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