NFIB this week welcomes Juanita Duggan as our new President and CEO. She is widely respected as one of the top business advocates in Washington, D.C., having served as President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the American Forest & Paper Association and the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of
America. She has also served in key positions in the White House and some of the most influential firms in
Washington, working on the important and complicated issues facing businesses of every size.
Juanita comes to us by way of a small business family in Alabama, where the mechanical contracting company founded 100 years ago by her grandfather remains in operation today. “The whole family worked there,” she said, which gives her a perspective on small business that is rare among elected officials, regulators and academics who shape policy.
Reducing taxes for small business will be high on her list of priorities, along with regulatory relief and healthcare reforms that blunt, or reverse, the damaging effects of the Affordable Care Act. 2016 is a big political year, of course, and Juanita is also determined to put small business issues at the center of every important federal and state race.
In the weeks ahead, she’ll be reporting to you directly. In the meantime, your NFIB team is fighting for small business on multiple fronts.
NFIB strongly supports legislation moving this week in both houses. The measure, H.R. 4612, would block the administration from finalizing so-called midnight regulations. That’s the term used to describe costly new mandates rushed into place after Election Day but before the arrival of a new administration. Regulatory agencies are
notorious for trying to slip through regulations in the final weeks of a presidency, without adequate time for public comment or analysis. They have the force of law, and their consequences for the economy can be severe. Small business deserves a fairer, more predictable and more deliberate process.
The NFIB Small Business Legal Center will be fighting this week as well in U.S. District Court against the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Ambush Election Rule. Under the rule, approved earlier this year, labor organizers can plan secretly for months to hold an election to unionize and then hold a vote within days. That gives business owners little time to seek legal advice or even talk to their employees about the potential effects. The Legal Center will argue that the NLRB violates the National Labor Relations Act by tipping the scales dramatically in favor of organized labor.
Finally, the Republican candidates for president will take to the debate stage again tonight, this time on Fox News Channel. We cover these events live on Twitter to ensure that your views on the key issues are part of the conversation. Join us on Twitter @NFIB.