WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 23, 2021) – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy organization, issued a Small Business Growth Agenda for the 117th Congress. The agenda includes five priority issues for Congress to ensure small businesses have the resources needed to fully recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and move forward with their businesses.
“Recovering Main Street should be a main priority for the 117th Congress as small businesses make up 99.9% of all U.S. employer businesses and are a vital part of the economy,” said Kevin Kuhlman, NFIB’s VP of Federal Government Relations. “The Paycheck Protection Program and other relief efforts by Congress has allowed many small business owners to keep their doors open but they still face challenges even as communities open and state and local restrictions are eased. It is important that Congress does not pass legislation that would be harmful to their recovery.”
NFIB’s top priority issues:
- Small Business Recovery – NFIB supports efforts to help small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic because the overall economy cannot thrive without a robust small business economic recovery. NFIB opposes unrelated small business mandates that threaten the small business economic recovery.
- Taxes – NFIB advocates to protect small business owners from tax increases, make the beneficial small business and individual portions of the tax code permanent, and simplify the tax code.
- Labor – NFIB opposes expanding and extending burdensome mandates and overzealous regulatory enforcement on small business owners.
- Regulations – NFIB supports proposals to reform the regulatory process by strengthening small business input and opposes adding new regulatory burdens on small businesses.
- Healthcare – NFIB supports affordable, flexible, and predictable health insurance options for small business owners and employees.