Upon hearing that Senator Burr joined Senate Republicans in blocking a bill to aid small businesses Thursday, Elaine Marshall released the following statement:
"After 16 years in Washington, Senator Richard Burr still needs to get his priorities straight. People are losing jobs, businesses are struggling and he's playing politics. If he's not willing to give small businesses the support they need to create jobs, it's time for him to give up his."
The Small Business Jobs bill would expand lending and provide tax breaks to small businesses. But the legislation fell one vote short of the 60 required to advance Thursday, when Senator Burr decided to block the measure.
Several Republican lawmakers helped write the bipartisan bill, which was backed by traditional Republican Party allies like the National Federation of Independent Business and the United States Chamber of Commerce.