NFIB says Congressman has done big things for small business
and that its members need him to bring reforms to the Senate
PHOENIX, ARIZ., October 16, 2012 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today announced its support for Congressman Jeff Flake (R-6) in his race for the United States Senate.
“Jeff Flake is one of the steadiest defenders of small business and free enterprise in Congress and he understands very keenly the need for fiscal reform, tax reform and regulatory reform,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President of Political and Grassroots. “He knows that the only way for America to get back on track is to grow the private sector, which means reducing the burdens imposed by the federal government.”
Flake earned a perfect voting record on small business issues this session by pushing to repeal the controversial federal health care law, which NFIB strongly opposed, and other reforms that would expand the country’s energy supply, reduce regulations and reign in the EPA. At the start of every congressional session, NFIB surveys its members on key issues to identify their positions. Then the organization tracks the votes of every member of Congress and the Senate and applies a score form zero to 100 percent (the best), which becomes part of its Voting Record. In the current session Flake turned in a perfect 100 percent.
“Jeff is a principled reformer and a consistent defender of small business,” said Goeas. “It’s very important for Arizona small business owners to send him to the US Senate. He understands their concerns and he’s willing to fight the tough fights.”
NFIB State Director Farrell Quinlan said that the US Senate sorely needs more members like Flake who understand that the status quo in Washington is no longer acceptable.
“The United States Senate hasn’t passed a budget in three years,” said Quinlan. “There’s not a small business or a household in Arizona that could survive without some fiscal discipline and that’s exactly what Jeff Flake will bring to the institution.”
Flake’s endorsement comes from NFIB’s Save America’s Free Enterprise Trust (SAFE), the association’s political action committee, and is based on positions regarding key small-business issues including health care, taxes, and labor and regulatory issues.
Small-business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB will encourage its members in Arizona to help turn out the small-business vote for Jeff Flake this coming Election Day.
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NFIB is the nation’s leading small-business advocacy association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists send their views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.