Leader Cantor and Chairman Graves Highlight National Small Business Week
May 22, 2012
Contact: Doug Heye, Megan Whittemore

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) released the following statements highlighting National Small Business Week:

Leader Cantor stated, “The economy continues to tip toe along, which is a reminder that Washington’s top focus should be boosting economic growth and small business job creation. Small businesses create most of the new jobs in America, and we need to remove the red tape and barriers that are keeping them from hiring.

“While President Obama’s rhetoric on small business shows promise, unfortunately his policies do not. The constant threat of higher taxes, more red tape and a Washington-knows-best attitude about how small businessmen and women should run their companies have hurt their ability to expand and hire. President Obama and Leader Reid's policies have failed to get enough people working again, and it's time to make better choices.

“Earlier this year, we passed a Small Business Tax Cut to create jobs. This summer, we will vote on measures to put a freeze on Washington red tape and give our nation’s small businesses some much needed certainty. I hope President Obama and Leader Reid have a plan to focus on small business this summer and, if they do, I look forward to working with them to overcome our differences. If we can move away from the election year rhetoric and work together on these common sense solutions, small businesses will be able to grow and create jobs, hire recent graduates and get our friends and neighbors back to work.”

Chairman Graves stated, “National Small Business Week is an appropriate time to take a moment to assess the health of our nation’s small companies, as well as evaluate the state of entrepreneurship. Our nation is recovering from a tough recession to the point where many debate whether their local economy is truly out of a recession. The unemployment rate has stayed above 8 percent for more than 3 years. The labor force participation rate is at historic lows. The only way to improve our economic situation is by getting people back to work, and that’s primarily through small business job creation.”