June 20, 2013
This June, we celebrated the 50th annual National Small Business Week, during which we recognized the critical role small businesses play in the vitality of our economy. America’s small businesses fuel our economy as vital job creators, and it is important to recognize the necessity of the contributions they make every day to our local communities and economies.
As a former small business owner myself, I know that the risk these entrepreneurs must take is daunting. I commend all of America’s small businesses for the devotion they demonstrate in fueling our economy and creating crucial jobs. There are nearly 30 million small businesses across the country, and every one of them is essential.
I have always advocated for our small businesses because I know that they are the job creators and risk-takers that we need in order to get our economy back on track. However, if they are held back by unnecessary and burdensome regulations, they cannot take these risks and infuse much-needed jobs into our economy. In an effort to ensure this does not happen, I stood in strong support of H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act this Congress. This bill passed the House and enforces a freeze on all new significant regulations that negatively affect the economy until the national unemployment rate reaches six percent or below. America’s small businesses are job creators, and we must work to ensure they are not held back by burdensome federal bureaucracy.
Earlier this year, I was selected by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to receive their Guardian of Small Business Award in recognition of my voting record during the 112th Congress. I was honored to be recognized for my efforts in such an important fight for the protection of our small businesses.
By fighting the burdensome, expensive, and unnecessary red tape that restrains our economy and job creators, we are one step closer to getting America back to work. America’s small businesses are trapped by the federal bureaucracy imposed by the Obama Administration, holding them back from infusing new jobs into our economy. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses are burdened with regulatory costs 36 percent higher than large businesses. We must continue to advocate for our small businesses because this unsettling statistic is wreaking havoc on our economy.