Rep. Chris Pappas Supports Build Back Better & That Hurts NH’s Small Businesses

Date: November 09, 2021

(CONCORD, NH) – As lawmakers, policy wonks, and pundits continue to assess the striking election returns in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, and communities and cities across the nation, including New York City and Seattle, one of New Hampshire’s members in the U.S. House of Representatives did not get the message.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is working to amplify the voice of New Hampshire small business to the Congress and specifically Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the Build Back Better Act creates significant problems for small businesses. Small business owners in the Live Free or Die state cannot afford, and some will not survive, the proposed tax increases and new mandates.

However, Rep. Pappas has taken the leadership change in Virginia as a reason to push forward even harder with the proposed tax increases and new mandates, saying to the Bloomberg News, “Voters elected Democrats in 2020 to address the problems this country is facing. They’re giving Democrats an incomplete. That’s why we have to work as hard as we can in the next few days and few weeks to address that incomplete grade.”

“Small businesses are paying attention,” said NFIB NH State Director Bruce Berke. “While small business owners, their employees, and the communities they support continue to suffer the effects of the Covid pandemic, government-mandated shutdowns, potentially crippling tax hikes, and inflationary threats brought on by record spending, Chris Pappas thinks more and faster is the answer. He is wrong about the gargantuan Build Back Better boondoggle, and he needs to listen to small businesses in his district how tax increases and new mandates will impact businesses, employees, and communities.”


For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses, and remains so today. For more information, please visit

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