U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (FL-08) issued the following statement after speaking with members of the Alliance for Affordable Services and Associated Industries of Florida yesterday. The groups co-hosted a meeting to kick off National Small Business Week, which runs May 21-25, and to discuss the role that small businesses play in creating jobs and moving our economy forward.
"This week marks an opportunity to recognize the owners of the six million U.S. small businesses who embrace the American dream of entrepreneurship. This week, I heard again that Congress needs a bipartisan focus on three areas of small business needs: capital for investment, confidence in the future and certainty of government policy. We must work together to make small business a big priority and continue the fight to empower and not burden small business owners.
"Most recently, I supported two bipartisan measures that embrace entrepreneurs. The Small Business Tax Cut Act, H.R. 9, which provides a 20% deduction in business income for small businesses and the Jumpstart our Business Startups Act, H.R. 3606, which unleashes capital formation opportunities for small businesses and allows entrepreneurs access to a broader pool of potential investors.
"As a small business owner myself, I know that the drivers of our economic recovery will not be Washington bureaucrats, but the entrepreneurs throughout our nation. All business owners ask is that Washington not pile on additional barriers to growth through burdensome regulations or increased taxes. With the advent of National Small Business Week, I hope all members of Congress will listen to this simple request and work together to enhance, rather than encumber, small businesses," said Webster.