Release Date: Sep 15, 2010Contact: 888-249-NEWS
U.S. Chamber and Business Leaders Blitz Capitol Hill
More Than 40 Business Leaders from 16 States Attend Fly-In
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today led more than 40 business leaders, association executives, and local chambers of commerce members from 16 states to Capitol Hill to urge opposition to the pending tax increases on small businesses and discuss the need to repeal the egregious reporting requirement included in the health care law.
“At a time when we are experiencing lackluster economic growth, raising taxes on small businesses makes no sense,” said Bruce Josten, executive vice president for Government Affairs at the U.S. Chamber. “Unless Congress acts, the people in the cross-hairs of the largest tax increase in history will be small businesses.”
Prior to yesterday’s vote on Senator Johanns’ amendment to the small business bill, the Chamber led 2,434 businesses, chambers, and associations from all 50 states in sending a letter highlighting the business community’s commitment to repealing the 1099 reporting mandate included in the health care law.
“At the end of the day, it is business owners who will create the jobs necessary to jumpstart the U.S. economy,” Josten continued. “Despite bipartisan support, it is unfortunate that the Senate failed to pass Senator Johanns’ amendment to repeal a burdensome reporting mandate which would have provided job-generating regulatory relief to the entire business community.”
Today’s lobbying blitz included more than 40 business leaders from Arizona, California, Connecticut, DC, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, who met with their Senators and Representatives to press for full repeal of the 1099 reporting mandate and urge opposition to the pending tax increases.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.