Each election year, candidates on both sides of the aisle claim that if elected, they will go to Washington and defend Main Street businesses and workers from costly new federal taxes, spending programs and unworkable regulations. After years of empty promises and excuses, small businesses and workers have had enough. This year, we’re going to set the record straight by aggressively supporting candidates aligned with our goals and hold those who claim to support small businesses, but have failed to do so already or will not commit to doing so if elected, accountable.
NFIB has identified five critical bills that have previously been proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives, but were never passed or considered in the U.S. Senate or signed into law by the President, as our baseline for candidates to become “Small Business Certified.” If candidates cannot support these commonsense reforms, they do not deserve Main Street’s vote in the 2014 elections.
These measures include:
- Curb EPA overreach and keep environmental regulations sensible (H.R. 3826, the Electricity Security and Affordability Act)
- Repeal Obamacare's small-business health insurance tax (HIT) (H.R.763, To repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)
- Require Congress to pass a balanced federal budget each fiscal year (H.J.Res.1, Proposing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution of the United States)
- Call on the federal government to certify that Obamacare is not having a negative economic impact on small businesses (H.R.4728, Certify It Act of 2014)
- Restore the definition of a full-time work week to the traditional 40 hours, replacing the more recent 30-hour full-time definition (H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers (SAW) Act)
A roster of our key "Small Business Certified" candidates will be announced and listed here in the coming weeks. Please check back soon to learn more about who deserves Main Street's vote in November.
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