Vice President Pence Addresses NFIB Members: When America's Small Businesses Are Strong, America Is Strong

Date: July 28, 2017

As part of NFIB's 2017 Fly-In in Washington, D.C., small business owners from across the country came together to demand that Congress take action. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the NFIB members, saying that tax reform is on the horizon.

On July 26 and 27, 2017, NFIB members from across America rallied together in Washington, D.C., to let elected officials know that tax reform starts with small business, regulations require transparency and accountability, and that the Affordable Care Act must be repealed.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke to NFIB members at the event, saying that “when America’s small businesses are strong, America is strong” and praising NFIB as “a titan of American excellence and entrepreneurship,” as part of this year’s NFIB member Fly-In.

Over the two-day event, NFIB members lobbied on Capitol Hill, received advocacy training, met with their representatives in one-on-one meetings, and other members of Congress, like Sen. Ted Cruz.

NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan brought attention to NFIB’s top priorities this year: reducing regulations, lowering the tax rate for small businesses, and repealing the Affordable Care Act. “One of NFIB’s highest priorities is rolling back needless and expensive regulations, such as the Waters of the U.S. rule, the Clean Power Plan, and the Persuader Rule,” said Duggan in her introduction to Pence’s speech. “We’ve opposed these rules in court, and the administration has withdrawn or started to re-write them.”

ACA repeal was on the Senate debate floor this week, and NFIB members held their breath awaiting Congress to keep its promise on healthcare reform. “Well, today—literally today—we have the chance to take a giant step toward restoring a healthcare system based on personal responsibility, free-market competition, and state-based reform,” said Pence to NFIB members on Thursday. Unfortunately, as of Friday, July 28, the Senate continues to face gridlock and has not come together on a repeal bill.

Vice President Pence went on to assure NFIB members that the Trump administration would “pass one of the largest tax cuts in American history.”

“We’re going to cut taxes across the board for working families, small businesses, and family farms,” said Pence. “And we’re going to simplify the tax code by cutting seven brackets down to three; we’ll eliminate the alternative minimum tax. And under President Donald Trump, I’m proud to say to small-business owners, we’re going to repeal death taxes once and for all.”

At the 2016 Fly-In, NFIB members lobbied Congress to dismantle the ACA reimbursement penalty, and months later it was repealed. NFIB remains optimistic that Congress will listen to NFIB members’ concerns and take action.



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