Among the recently sworn in 114th Congress, more
than 30 NFIB members serve
alongside colleagues that appear much more small
business friendly than in previous years. In fact, both the House and Senate have
already begun to pass legislation that is set to boost the economy and fortify
small business.

The House passed a legislative
fix
to the 30-hour definition of full-time
employment under Obamacare last month, and bipartisan
legislation was introduced in the Senate. In addition, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee
held hearings to highlight the significant costs of the ACA to both
employers and employees.

On the
regulatory side, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility
Improvements Act
requires
government regulators to include the indirect impact in their assessment of a
regulation’s overall impact on small businesses, thus providing a much more
realistic cost estimate for regulations. It also gives small businesses a
greater voice in the rulemaking process by expanding the small business
advocacy review panel process.

One of the more high profile pieces of legislation, the Keystone
Pipeline
, passed both the House and Senate in January. NFIB has long argued
that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline is important for reducing
America’s reliance on Middle Eastern oil and helping to lower the cost of fuels
small businesses use every day. It is also important to note that the project will
create thousands of jobs and support small businesses within the community. It
remains to be seen how the President will respond once the bill is sent for his
signature, but this is the greatest support garnered to date.

So while we have grown accustomed to cynicism regarding
Congressional action, we’ve seen an impressive start for Congress. I remain
cautiously optimistic that small business will see much greater gains this year–and
NFIB will remain the strongest backer of Main Street during the entire
Congressional session.

Sincerely,

Dan Danner, NFIB President and CEO

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