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Ms. HERRERA BEUTLER. Last week, I met with more than 70 small businesses throughout southwest Washington, so I am here to support a bill today that would give every one of those businesses a much-needed, positive injection of capital.
What my friends on the other side of the aisle seem to have a hard time understanding is that 7 out of 10 jobs in this country over the last 20 years have come from small businesses. If we create an environment where they can grow and succeed, more people are going to find work, and that's what this is all about. They need it. My district has endured multiple years of double-digit unemployment, and job-providing small businesses haven't seen much from their government to give them hope or to encourage them to grow their workforces.
For example, many small businesses that I've met with are really worried about hitting that 50-employee threshold that is going to trigger the health care law's burdensome cost. They're staying under it. Imagine that: a government rule that is deterring small businesses from hiring. This is a terrible time to send that message. Another business owner talked to me about how he is exasperated by the government reaching out to him, saying he had 4 days to put together a mountain load of paperwork or face a fine.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The time of the gentlewoman has expired.
Mr. CANTOR. I yield the gentlelady an additional 30 seconds.
Ms. HERRERA BEUTLER. We need to remove those barriers. Today, the bill that we get a chance to pass is going to send a different signal that says, Government wants you to grow. We want you to hire. You're not Uncle Sam's piggy bank. We want you to succeed and prosper.
These businesses are going to put moms, dads, and hardworking taxpayers to work. Let's allow them to do more of that. On behalf of small business owners in southwest Washington, I stand in strong support of this bill.
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