Neil Nisperos, Staff Writer
Posted: 09/26/2012 09:44:31 PM PDT
Updated: 09/27/2012 02:31:58 AM PDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA – The two Republican candidates for the 31st Congressional District met at Magic Lamp Inn for a forum where they discussed job creation, the federal budget, immigration and foreign policy.

State Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, and Rep. Gary Miller, R-Brea, are vying for the new 31st District Congressional District seat, which covers Rancho Cucamonga, a part of Upland, Redlands, Colton and surrounding areas.

Miller touted his seniority in Congress. He called for the reduction of banking and environmental regulations, which he said hurt business and growth, and stressed the need to simplify the tax code.

“If you want to kill businesses, regulate them and tax them,” Miller said. “We need to roll back regulations to where they were before.”

Dutton said he brought hundreds of millions of transportation dollars to the Inland Empire, and discussed legislation he authored that stops frivolous lawsuits on small businesses that are related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“We came up with a process driven by fairness and competitiveness, and you’re seeing the improvements now,” Dutton said of the transportation funds.

On the issue of illegal-immigration, Dutton said he was against amnesty, and supported e-verify, which requires employers to make sure employees are legal United States citizens.

“The first thing you do is you got to secure the border and enforce existing laws,” Dutton said.

Miller said the United States was among the most generous in allowing people to come here legally.

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