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Washington, D.C. – The National Small Business Association (NSBA) today released a brief survey, “Lame Duck Session Priorities” outlining small-businesses opinions on the key issues facing the remaining days of the 113th Session of Congress as well as general sentiment about Congress. Among the findings, small businesses overwhelmingly support enactment of tax extenders during the Lame Duck.
“The biggest long-term issue small businesses say they want Congress to address is tax simplification,” stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. “Small businesses need Congress to move on the tax extenders soon but keep at the top of their list for next year broad tax reform that will provide small businesses with some relief.”
According to the survey, the most broadly supported item for action in the Lame Duck is approving spending bills, followed closely by the enactment of tax extenders and immigration reform and border control. NSBA also asked small-business owners a few questions about Congress and found that not only is Congress’ inability to enact long-term, meaningful tax proposals lessening the average small-business owner’s confidence in his/her elected officials, it’s negatively impacting nearly half of small firms’ ability to plan for the future.
“Underscoring their ongoing call for Congress to function properly, there is broad opposition among small businesses to certain procedural maneuvers such as anonymous holds and policies where leadership will only bring to the floor bills that have the support of the ‘majority of the majority’,” stated NSBA Chair Jeff Van Winkle of Clark Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
NSBA is urging both Republicans and Democrats to seek areas of compromise and move forward on policies that will foster entrepreneurship and small-business growth.
Please click here to download the survey.
Celebrating more than 75 years in operation, NSBA is a staunchly nonpartisan organization advocating on behalf of America’s entrepreneurs. NSBA’s 65,000 members represent every state and every industry in the U.S. Please visit www.nsba.biz or follow us at @NSBAAdvocate.