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Mr. MARINO. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 4, the Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act of 2011. This legislation would repeal one of many burdensome requirements being imposed on Americans, especially the job creators, by the health care law passed last year. This 1099 mandate highlights the problem with ignoring the voice of the American people and passing a ``bill so you can find out what is in it.''
Small business owners from Northeastern Pennsylvania have found out what was in the health care bill and they are not happy:
Small business owner, Arthur Borden of Lewisburg, states, ``It's hard to believe that elected representatives of our people could be so irresponsible to allow such a ridiculous provision as the 1099 mandate included in the recently passed health care law. As the owner of a small business which is already overburdened by rules, regulations, and rolls of red tape, I am appalled and frightened by the prospects of what such an ill conceived law will do.''
Small business owner, Bruce Brown of Clarks Summit, states, ``Businesses are already overburdened with tax paperwork and reporting requirements, so the additional requirements included in the PPACA will only increase the cost and complexity of complying with the tax code.''
Small business owner, Thomas Musser of Mifflinburg, simply states, ``I do not support the 1099 tax reporting requirement.''
The Pennsylvania based business networking organization, SMC Business Councils, released a survey of its member businesses which found that their members file roughly 10 forms per year; under the new requirement from the health care law, the members estimated that would jump to more than 200 a year. The new costs associated with complying with this mandate would cripple small businesses across my district and the Commonwealth.
I join with my constituents and all small business owners throughout the nation in support of repealing the onerous 1099 reporting requirement. Furthermore, this debate is yet another reminder as to why we need to repeal the jobs-destroying health care bill and begin the process of methodically and thoughtfully reforming the health care system in an open and transparent manner, taking into account viewpoints from both sides of the aisle. Most importantly though, we must take into account the voice of the American people. This was omitted from the process a year ago, and today we begin process of cleaning up the mess that occurs when this omission happens.
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