WASHINGTON, DC – September 25, 2008 – The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, today named U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint a Guardian of Small Business for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America’s small business owners in the 110th Congress.
NFIB President and CEO Todd Stottlemyer praised Sen. DeMint for “standing for small business,” citing DeMint’s 91 percent NFIB voting record. In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business award, Stottlemyer said, “Small business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses and employees and stand by those who stand for them.”
“The record shows that Sen. DeMint is a true champion of small business, having stood strong on the key small-business votes in the 110th Congress,” said Stottlemyer. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”
NFIB’s voting record tallies 11 key small business votes in the U.S. Senate taken during the 2007 and 2008 sessions. Issues range from tax relief to affordable health care and from lower energy costs to regulatory reform.
In all, NFIB will present Guardian awards to 58 senators and 194 representatives who voted favorably on key small business issues at least 70 percent of the time during the 110th Congress.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To view “How Congress Voted,” which has the key small business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker, go to http://www.NFIB.com/hcv
NFIB is the nation’s leading small business 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.