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Griffith Opposes Taxing Business Owners

Press Release

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Parker Griffith opposed raising taxes on employers and American workers today by voting against H.R. 4849, the Democrat's Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010.

"The economy is facing a really tough time and employers and employees are having an even tougher time getting back on their feet," said Griffith. "North Alabama, especially, has been hit hard as unemployment rates continue to go up. It is unreasonable that the Democrats are passing bills that place a heavier burden on employers by raising taxes. In a troubled economy, the answer should be to provide tax relief to businesses to increase jobs and revenue. The narrow tax provisions within this bill will not do enough to help employers create new jobs."

Under H.R. 4849, American will face increased taxes. Griffith believes that this bill could not have been passed at a worse time as recent reports reveal:

* 48 states have lost jobs since the Democrats' stimulus passed;
* 3.3 million jobs have been eliminated; and
* A record 16 million Americans are out of work

"This bill is a mini model of the Democrat's stimulus bill that I already voted against. The Majority Party should be focusing their efforts on increasing manufacturing opportunities to create job growth, not taxing business owners. This bill is another example of how out-of-touch the Democrats are by again missing an opportunity to meet the immediate needs of workers and families."

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