His voting record proves he is a staunch supporter of small businesses
U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman,, who represents Virginia’s District 1, received the prestigious Guardian of Small Business Award on October 9 from the National Federation of Independent Business. The award is only granted to lawmakers who have a voting record that shows strong support for small businesses on key votes.
“While many elected officials say they support small business the true test is whether they do that when they vote, and Rep. Rob Wittman earned a 100% NFIB small business voting record,” said NFIB’s Executive Director of State Government Relations, Tim Goodrich. “At a time when Main Street has struggled through an unprecedented health and economic crisis, it is critical that lawmakers not saddle them with additional costs, burdensome regulations, and support their recovery, which Rep. Wittman has steadfastly done.”
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of our area’s small businesses for our local and national economy has become ever more apparent,” said U.S. Representative Rob Wittman. “During these difficult times, I have been advocating for our small business owners and employees in Washington through commonsense legislation, and taking the ideas I have heard from folks in our region back to my colleagues in Congress. Thank you to the NFIB for this tremendous honor, and thank you to the small businesses across Virginia’s First District who have proven their resolve and dedication to our communities through these unprecedented times.”
Rep. Wittman received the Small Business Guardian Award at Fredericksburg Motor Sports and met with the business owners, Monti and Michelle Schmitt and other area business owners. The Schmitt family received a Paycheck Protection Program loan which they say was very helpful in getting them through the initial business shutdowns and restrictions due to COVID-19. Rep. Wittman voted to fund those forgivable loans which were part of the CARES Act, and he supports additional PPP funding and more flexibility of the loan terms to further help small businesses recover.
There are more photos of the event and more comments from Rep. Wittman in his e-newsletter this week: