Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise to tell the story of an American small business owner, Joe Schneider, struggling to keep his head above water. A few weeks ago, I had lunch with Joe at the Barbed Rose Steakhouse, which he owns in Alvin, Texas.
When we finished our lunch, Joe took me on a walking tour to show me his plans to open five more restaurants in the area. He wants to revitalize his hometown by bringing commerce, jobs and good food to historic downtown Alvin. But the likelihood of a large tax increase, whether it be from tax cuts expiring or the White House's proposed tax hikes, has put his expansion plans on indefinite hold.
Small businesses deserve certainty from Washington and a tax policy that allows them to keep more of their money to expand, to reinvest in their communities, and to grow jobs.
Mr. Speaker, people like Joe Schneider need commonsense tax reform that will encourage American job creation, not hinder it.