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October 1--  Access to bank loans to grow is a big obstacle facing small manufacturers according to Dianne Zimnavoda of RCF Technolgies in Vidalia. 

{mosimage}Her plant was one of three in Toombs County visited Monday by 12th District Congressman John Barrow.

Congressman Barrow says that's not the first time he's heard that many banks are not lending.  He blames it on federal regulators.

"It tells me we've got to help the banks get back into the banking business because I hear that all over.  Many banks are sitting on capital they could lend out because regulators are overreacting to their failure to prevent the big meltdown a few years back.  Now their abusing their discretion the other way around by being overly restrictive and forcing banks to sit on good money they could lend out to their customers.  That needs to change," Congressman Barrow noted.

Congressman Barrow is running for his fifth term in Congress against Republican Lee Anderson of Grovetown.  Anderson's campaign claims Barrow is too closely associated with President Obama's policies to represent the conservative 12th District.  Congressman Barrow disagrees.

"The association is simply contrived by folks who want to have this choice on who represents the 12th District evolve into a referendum on someone else.  Last time I checked it's me and my opponent who are running to represent this district and not anybody else.  I've been endorsed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independen Businesses and the National Rifle Association.  I've been endorsed by these organizations because of the values that I carry and the voting record I've achieved.  That speaks for itself," he said.

Conressman Barrow also visited the onion processing plant at Vidalia Valley and Chicken of the Sea.

Lee Anderson, meanwhile, visits the Vidalia Onion Factory late Tuesday afternoon to kick off his "Tractor Tour" of the district.  His campaign says he'll be there from 4:30 till six p.m.