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Friday, September 24, 2010

"Pledge to America" and Small Business

The House GOP leadership released their "Pledge to America" on September 23.

Small business is a central focus of the agenda, which includes the pledge to extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans; a repeal of the new health care law and replacing it with a true nationwide marketplace for buying insurance, expanded HSAs, and medical liability reform; requiring Congress to vote on major regulations; and getting control of excessive spending by the federal government.

I issued the following statement in response to the Pledge yesterday:

"Small business owners will be pleased with the action items detailed in ‘Pledge to America.' Stopping job-killing tax increases while providing small business owners with a significant tax deduction will free up resources and the pent up unease that is gnawing at so many of our nation's entrepreneurs. Business owners want to get back to growing, investing and creating jobs. They want to stop worrying about the uncertainty of higher taxes and a health care bill that threatens to overtake their businesses with unsustainable costs and a blizzard of new paperwork. The ‘Pledge' does that by repealing the new health care law, and replacing it with reforms that have long been sought by the small business community. The ‘Pledge' makes members of Congress accountable for the laws they pass by requiring congressional approval of new federal regulations. And the ‘Pledge' begins to chip away at out-of-control spending, which must be done for the U.S. to remain competitive, fiscally strong and the land of opportunity. I congratulate Republicans for putting forth this important pro-growth, pro-entrepreneur agenda."

Read the Pledge here, and give us your reactions.

Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO, SBE Council.

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