SBSC rates congressional delegations on small business votes

| Tuesday, March 19, 2002

The Small Business Survival Committee has released its annual scorecard, which rates how members of Congress voted during 2001 on key small business issues.

SBSC's scorecard rates lawmakers based on 12 key votes in the U.S. House of Representatives and 12 votes in the U.S. Senate impacting small businesses. Included in this year's ratings are votes on such issues as reducing taxes and regulations, death tax elimination, capital gains tax relief, expanding U.S. markets overseas, reducing dependence on foreign energy, and making health care more affordable.

Lawmakers who voted in favor of small business at least 80 percent of the time are recognized by SBSC as "Champions of Small Business."

"With small businesses responsible for creating 75 percent of all new jobs, the public needs to know who is standing up for small businesses and who is standing in the way," said SBSC President Darrell McKigney. "We all have a stake in a strong small business climate."

SMSC chief economist Raymond J. Keating added: "Our elected officials need to remember that small business is the backbone of the U.S. economy. These enterprises provide the bulk of innovations, goods, services and jobs. Increased tax and regulatory take a big toll on small businesses, their employees, and therefore, the economy in general."

In Missouri, home of OOIDA headquarters, the state delegation to the U.S. House ranged from 8 percent to 100 percent. Missouri representatives scoring 100 percent were Todd Akin, Sam Graves, Roy Blunt and Kenny Hulshof. U.S. Senator Kit Bond scored an impressive 92 percent, while Sen. Jean Carnahan registered a poor score of 17 percent. Missouri's delegation claimed an average score of 62 percent, which ranked it 22nd among the 50 state congressional delegations.

The state scores are simply the average scores of all House and Senate members in each state. The state averages ranged from a perfect 100 percent for Idaho to a dismal 0 percent for the Massachusetts' delegation. The top 10 congressional delegations voting in favor of small business were Idaho, Alaska, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Kansas, Alabama, Utah and Nebraska.

At the other end of the spectrum, the bottom 10 were New York, Washington, Maryland, West Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, North Dakota and Massachusetts.

To see how your state representatives and senators scored, visit www.sbsc.org.

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