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.

The Priority Issues for the 113th Congress

  1. Deficit Reduction through Tax, Spending and Entitlement Reform
    NSBA urges policymakers to pursue economically responsible deficit reduction which includes entitlement and spending reform, and supports a simpler, fairer tax system that embraces NSBA’s principles: simplicity, fairness, transparency and predictability.
  2. Reduce Health Care Costs
    Health care costs must be reduced and health care access improved by empowering consumers, increasing competition based on price and quality, and limiting medical liability.
  3. PPACA Implementation
    Clear and timely regulations are needed to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, especially Health Insurance Exchanges.
  4. Small Business Contracting
    Improve small-business federal and commercial contracting opportunities, including SBIR commercialization, prompt payment issues, and other relevant matters.
  5. Fundamental Tax Reform: The Fair Tax
    The U.S. tax code is broken and requires broad reform such as the Fair Tax—a national, 23 percent sales tax—to institute fairness and common sense, and eliminate overwhelming complexity.
  6. Access to Risk-Based Capital
    Increase and improve access to risk-based capital for small businesses, including support for the Export-Import Bank, crowdfunding, credit union lending, and other alternative sources of capital. 
  7. Regulatory Reform and Paperwork Reduction
    Small businesses need relief from the massive federal regulatory burden through proposals such as establishing a National Regulatory Budget and requiring a cost-benefit analysis of new regulations.
  8. Family and Medical Leave Act
    Oppose expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act
 which would increase small businesses’ burden and represent unnecessary government intrusion regarding how to compensate employees.
  9. National Conference on Small Business
    Work with a broad coalition of partners to create a National Conference on Small Business to address and promote long-term economic growth for America’s small-business community. 
  10. Expand Section 179 Expensing
    NSBA urges Congress to permanently expand annual Section 179 expensing limits to at least $500,000, which will help small-business cash flow as well as provide broader economic benefits through investments.