Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) joined members of the Cumming-Forsyth Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday for a small business roundtable discussion. Held at the Cumming City Hall, the event lasted approximately one hour -- 1:00PM until 2:00PM. The main topic of discussion was why increased federal regulation is bad policy for America's job creators.
"I appreciate these small business owners taking time out of their busy days to gather and discuss the solutions that are right for them. I will continue to do all that I can to take federal government out of their equation for success," Woodall said.
One point at issue was the 50-employee health care compliance under the president's 2010 health care overhaul. Some of today's roundtable participants expressed reluctance to expand their businesses due to a requirement in the health care law, starting in 2014, that stipulates businesses with 50 or more employees must offer health care coverage or pay the government a substantial per-worker penalty.
"Scaring people into compliance is not going to spur America's economy. There is nothing like a federal mandate to frighten a business into scaling back. We don't want to shackle America's economy, we want to unleash it--let it grow and prosper. Repealing President Obama's health care law and a plethora of excessive regulations currently on the books is what will get the job creators, like the ones sitting at this afternoon's roundtable, motivated to grow again," Woodall said.
Congress has passed close to thirty bipartisan jobs bills that focus on enabling the private sector to flourish without federal interference. A list of these bills along with their description and a summary of where they are in the legislative process are available online here.
"Job creation does not happen in Washington, it happens here at home when individuals have the vision and the creativity to start a business and grow it from the ground up. That's exactly what many of the folks with whom I visited today have done," Woodall said.
Woodall will continue to work with small businesses in Forsyth County in an effort to stay abreast of the concerns closest to the job creators he represents.