"Vermonters are known for their innovative spirit and entrepreneurial nature. From the state's smallest general stores to its largest corporations, these businesses embody the Vermont values of hard work and integrity. My job in Congress is to help Vermont businesses succeed -- by providing access to federal resources and by supporting legislation that helps them thrive. As we move toward a cleaner, greener economy, I will continue to ensure that Vermonters can compete and excel in the 21st century economy."
*Successfully amended Wall Street Reform legislation (H.R. 4173) to crack down on unfair swipe fees that credit card companies charge small businesses.
*Introduced two bills to bolster the Small Business Administration's ability to improve small businesses' access to capital: the SBA Express Act (H.R. 3529) and the Express Loans Improvements Act (H.R. 4598).
*Fought for tax credits and incentives to help Vermont's energy efficiency and renewable energy industry grow and create jobs.