Congressman and small businessman Chris Collins (NY-27) has joined the newly formed bipartisan Small Business Caucus. The group of 21 members of the House of Representatives is committed to making Washington work for small business.
"The success of small business is tied directly to the success of our economy," said Collins. "Small businesses employ about half of all American private sector workers. Right now, the small business community feels like Washington is working against them with growing economic uncertainty, increasing regulations and higher taxes. After more than 35 years in the small business world, I know first-hand the struggles of operating a successful small business. Small businesses need leaders in Washington fighting for them and their employees. That is just what the Small Business Caucus will do."
The primary goals of the Caucus include:
Raising awareness of issues that most impact small businesses including access to capital, access to technology, regulation and taxation, and exploring legislative solutions to encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth;
Providing a forum for candid conversation with small business owners to gather recommendations on what issues and priorities Congress should focus on to assist small businesses;
Advancing and promoting small business initiatives that support local commerce and strengthen communities;
Providing information and education to help Members of Congress arrange job fairs, business roundtables, trade expos and other events in their districts that promote small business growth and encourage job creation.
The bipartisan Small Business Caucus was formed by Representatives Scott Tipton (R-CO) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME). In addition to Collins, members of the House joining the Small Business Caucus include: Reps. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Mike Honda (D-CA), Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Ron Barber (D-AZ), Mark Takano (D-CA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Steve King (R-IA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Blaine Leutkemeyer (R-MO).
Collins has spent more than 35 years in the private sector creating and savings hundreds of American jobs before being elected to Congress. Collins is also a member of the House Small Business Committee and is Chair of the Subcommittee on Health and Technology. He is also a member of the Manufacturing Caucus.