Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after receiving the Guardian of Small Business Award from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation's leading small business association:
"America needs less government and more jobs, and as a strong advocate for smaller government and policies that will strengthen our economy and help create jobs, it's an honor to accept this award. Job creators tell me that excessive and overly burdensome regulations and our nation's complex tax code are two of the most significant problems they face. That's why the House passed my bill in July to cut red tape and freeze excessive and overly burdensome regulations. I will continue working to stop President Obama's small business tax hike, which one recent study determined will destroy more than 700,000 jobs."
Dan Danner, NFIB President and CEO, praised Griffin for his support for small business:
"In the 112th Congress, Rep. Tim Griffin proved that he is a champion of small business. The Guardian of Small Business Award is a legislative award given to U.S. Representatives and Senators who vote to promote and protect the right of small business owners to own, operate and grow their businesses."
In the February 2012 Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index, nearly half of small business owners who are not hiring cited government regulations as the reason.