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NFIB Endorses Pat Roberts for Senate

Date: March 18, 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business, Kansas’ and the nation’s leading small-business association, today endorsed Pat Roberts for a fourth term in the U.S. Senate. NFIB announced its support at a Roberts campaign event at Jayhawk Plastic, an NFIB member business in Olathe.

“Our members support the candidates who support small business, and there’s absolutely no doubt that Senator Roberts supports small business,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB vice president for Political and Grassroots.

“Beginning in the House and continuing in the Senate, Pat Roberts has voted with small business on key issues 94 percent of the time,” Goeas said. “He clearly understands the challenges facing small-business owners, their employees and their families, and we’re confident he will continue to work for them in the years ahead to create an environment where small businesses can thrive and create jobs.”

Senator Roberts has achieved a 100 percent NFIB voting record so far in the 113th Congress, co-sponsoring every NFIB key vote so far this session including Senate Amendment 156, which would have protected individuals and small-business owners from at $1 trillion tax increase and provided comprehensive tax reform. He also co-sponsored S. Amdt. 307, which proposed eliminating the federal estate tax and supported two measures that addressed rising domestic energy prices (S. Amdt. 261 and S. Amdt. 494).

In addition, Senator Roberts supports Senate Joint Resolution 7, which proposes a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, an amendment that is supported by over 90 percent of balloted NFIB members. 

“Senator Roberts’ support of Kansas’ small-business community has been unwavering,” said Dan Murray, state director of NFIB/Kansas. “Since going to Washington, he has done everything he can to help our members grow and prosper, and I believe he’ll continue standing for small business in the years to come.”

NFIB has over 4,000 members in Kansas, representing a cross section of the state’s economy. Roberts’ endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulations.

Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members to help turn out the small-business vote for Roberts in the Aug. 5 primary and again in November.

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