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Ben Homeyer, the South Carolina state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, has released the following statement in response to U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s introduction of the “Southern Energy Access Jobs Act,” a bill to reverse the Obama administration’s moratorium on offshore Atlantic energy production:
“South Carolina’s small-business community supports Senator Scott’s efforts to expand energy production in the South Atlantic. Our members tell us that the cost of energy is one of the biggest challenges facing them, after the cost of health insurance and uncertainty over the direction of the economy. Small businesses desperately need affordable energy, but time and again the Obama administration has issued rules that do little besides drive up costs and create uncertainty. The National Federation of Independent Business is committed to policies and legislation that expand the U.S. energy market, and Senator Scott’s bill is a big step in the right direction.”
Click here download a PDF of the most recent NFIB Small Business Problems & Priorities survey for more details about the small-business community’s concerns over rising energy costs.