U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) today received the National Federation of Independent Business's (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business award. The NFIB is a leading small business association that strives to protect the rights of small businesses.
LeMieux was recognized for his stong small business voting record in the 111th Congress and his efforts to secure needed credit for small businesses through the Small Business Lending Act.
NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Senator LeMieux for standing up for small business.
"Small business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses. The Guardian award is a symbol of sincere appreciation from the small business community for votes that supported their ability to own, operate and grow their businesses, Danner said in presenting the award to Senator LeMieux. "Small business owners are also known to show their gratitude or disappointment at the ballot box. NFIB members know that Senator LeMieux's voting record is one of a true small business champion."
"Small business accounts for two out of every three jobs in the U.S., and even more than that in Florida. They are the backbone of our communities and need to be supported during these trying economic times," LeMieux said. "I am honored to receive the Guardian of Small Business award from the National Federation of Independent Business. I will continue to support legislation that promotes small business initiatives and feel privileged to help small business and free enterprise grow."
BACKGROUND: The Small Business Lending Act, a bill authored in large part by LeMieux, passed the United States Senate last week by a vote of 61 to 38. The measure will provide $12 billion dollars in tax cuts for small business, $30 billion to free up capital for community banks to loan to small businesses, and export promotion assistance.