How We Determine Our Policy

NSBA is a uniquely member-driven organization where the small-business members drive our policy agenda. Every two years, at the beginning of a new Congress, NSBA holds the Small Business Congress where small-business owners discuss, debate and the vote on our Priority Issues.

In addition to the Priority Issues, NSBA works on various other issues of interest which are crafted through our active Issue Committee structure. Any NSBA member is welcome to participate in our four Issue Committees: Taxation, Economic Development, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs, and Health and Human Resources which meet via teleconference on a monthly basis. Please click here to get involved with NSBA’s Issue Committees.

Please click here to download a one-pager of NSBA’s Top 10 Priority Issues.


The Priority Issues for the 114th Congress

  1. Corporate Tax Reform and Small Business
     NSBA opposes efforts to pass corporate-only tax reform without some kind of workable solution for the millions of pass-through small businesses that will see no relief from corporate-only reform. 
  2. Improve Access to Credit and Capital
    NSBA urges Congress and regulators to act on a number of proposals to improve and enhance the availability of credit, capital and equity financing to small businesses.
  3. Deficit Reduction & Entitlement Reform
     NSBA supports a two-pronged approach to reduce the ever-growing national debt which includes broad, pro-growth tax reform and much-needed entitlement reform.  
  4. Rein-in the Costs of Health Care
     Policymakers should prioritize health care cost containment and work to improve the Affordable Care Act while removing the most burdensome aspects of the law.      
  5. Capital Gains and Dividends
     NSBA encourages Congress to reject proposals to eliminate the step-up in basis on capital gains income, which would significantly increase taxes on inherited businesses.
     
  6. Tax Extender Permanency
     NSBA urges Congress to work toward expansion and permanency of the various business tax extenders most important to small-business investment and growth to add greater tax certainty.
     
  7. Export-Import Bank Reauthorization
     NSBA urges Congress to enact a long-term reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank, a critical resource for small-business exporters, and include an increase to its lending cap.
     
  8. National Regulatory Budget
     Congress should enact a national regulatory budget to bring much needed reform, transparency, and priority setting within the regulatory process.
     
  9. Immigration Reform
     Lawmakers seeking immigration reforms must embrace policies that foster economic growth and avoid adding substantial burdens on small-business owners.
     
  10. Strengthen SBA Office of Advocacy
    Congress must allocate the financial resources required for Advocacy to provide consistent, reliable information about small business and advocate within the federal government.