XL Passage Big Step for Small Business
Business Moves One Step Closer to Affordable Energy
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 29,
2015 — The National Federation of Independent
Business (NFIB) today applauded the Senate for passing NFIB Key Vote, S.
1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Act.
businesses depend on affordable energy – so NFIB thanks the Senate for passing
this critical Keystone legislation,” said NFIB
Vice President of Public Policy Amanda Austin. “With both the House and
Senate agreeing that this project should move forward, we hope the bills
quickly move to conference and the President signs it into law.”
of the Keystone XL pipeline is important for reducing America’s reliance on Middle
Eastern oil and helping to lower the cost of fuels small businesses use every
day. In addition, the project has the potential to create thousands of jobs
that will support small businesses within the community.
addition to the benefits of affordable energy, small businesses along the
pipeline stand to benefit greatly from the thousands of new jobs created. Even
the Administration estimates that over 40,000 jobs will be created as a result
of the Keystone XL project, meaning there is no reason to delay this further,” added Austin.
of energy remains one of the top concerns of small-business owners, who rely on
affordable energy to operate their businesses successfully. NFIB’s Small
Business Problems and Priorities found nearly
35 percent of respondents cited energy costs as a “critical” issue to their
Read NFIB’s positions on climate and energy policies that affect small business.
is the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, with offices in
Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 to give
small-business owners a voice in public policy-making, NFIB’s policy positions
are set by its 350,000 business-owner members, who send their views directly to
state and federal lawmakers through NFIB’s unique member-only ballot. NFIB’s
mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and
grow their businesses. More information is available online at www.NFIB.com/news.