Some members of Congress have impressive voting records on small business issues and have been recognized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association, for this distinction.
The NFIB recently named 294 members of Congress as Guardians of Small Business for their outstanding voting record on behalf of small businesses nationwide. These members stood with small business on key issues at least 70 percent of the time in order to make the cut for the award.
The list is comprised of 47 senators and 247 members of the House, based on their record in the 112th Congress. Members have been listed without regard to party affiliation, although it is fair to say that there are more Republicans on the list than Democrats. The reason: The issues identified by the NFIB by surveying its members as those issues important to small business, such as repealing the health care law and putting a lid on government interference (such as the actions concerning Boeing in South Carolina by the NLRB); support for the issues was very heavily party-oriented.
Did your representatives make the cut? Read the complete report on the voting record of members of the 112th Congress to help you decide on how to cast your vote for in November.
Barbara Weltman is an attorney, author (with such titles as J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Starting a Home-Based Business), and trusted professional advocate for small businesses and entrepreneurs. She is also the publisher of Idea of the Day® and monthly e-newsletter Big Ideas for Small Business® at www.barbaraweltman.com, and host of Build Your Business radio. Follow her on Twitter: @BarbaraWeltman.