Dear NFIB Members:
NFIB connects you directly to your elected officials, giving small business a powerful voice at the federal and state levels. You’ve told us time and again that this influence is one of the most valuable benefits of being an NFIB member.
Just last week we hosted our annual Fly-In, a two-day event at which nearly 150 NFIB members lobbied on Capitol Hill, received advocacy training, and met one-on-one with their Congressional representatives. The highlight of the event was a visit with Vice President Mike Pence, who reinforced NFIB’s status as a “titan of American excellence and entrepreneurship.”
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New York Congresswoman Claudia Tenney spoke at our Lobby Day breakfast during the event. NFIB members like you met face-to-face with their elected representatives and their staffs on our key issues, including tax reform, healthcare reform, and regulatory reform. You can see photos from the event on Twitter.
Our 2018 Fly-In will be bigger and better as we also celebrate NFIB’s 75th anniversary next year. Please participate to make your voice heard; we’ll send more information in Spring 2018. If traveling to D.C. isn’t possible, you can still take part. NFIB has an office in every state, and we’ll get you connected to your local lawmakers. Most of our state offices hold Small Business Day events each Spring. These one-day events at the state capitol bring together NFIB members with state lawmakers, governors, and cabinet officials. They take only a few hours of your time but have a big influence on state policy.
We especially need your voice right now on tax reform. In the aftermath of the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare last week, Congress and the Administration will now shift to tax reform. The Administration earlier this year said that no small business should pay a higher rate than a big corporation. We agree. This is our top priority, and we have made it clear that Congress cannot fail on this issue.
Our staff has been meeting with White House officials and congressional leaders to reinforce our key message: Tax Reform Starts with Small Business.
Thank you for your membership. Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff in Washington, D.C., or your local NFIB office with any questions or concerns.
Juanita Duggan, NFIB President and CEO