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October 21st, 2010

NFIB Endorses Lange in Iowa’s 1st District

The National Federation of Independent Business has endorsed Ben Lange in Iowa’s 1st Congressional District for his pro-growth stances on the economy and small business issues.

“Ben Lange is the proven, pro-small business candidate in this race. As a small business owner himself, his first-hand experience makes him especially aware and sensitive to the impact government has on the day-to-day operations of small business,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB’s vice president for political operations. “Ben Lange’s opponent hasn’t proven he would support pro-small business policies, especially on economic issues. For Iowa’s small businesses, it takes more than lip-service – actions that support and encourage free enterprise must be the priority. We are certain that is something we won’t have to worry about if Ben Lange is elected.”

Lange’s opponent, liberal incumbent Bruce Braley, has supported a lengthy list of policies that has created even greater economic uncertainty and frozen small businesses in place with new taxes, mandates and regulations.  Braley voted in favor of cap-and-trade energy legislation that would have raised energy costs and sent Iowa jobs out of state, and he supported the new health care law that places new mandates on small businesses, including a provision that requires businesses to file 1099 tax forms with the Internal Revenue Service for all payments of more than $600.  The 1099 requirement means small businesses will have to devote resources to keeping up with an enormous new paperwork burden rather than creating jobs.

“Small businesses have always been the engines of job growth in our economy, and I’m proud to be the candidate in this election fighting to create an atmosphere that allows small businesses to thrive,” Lange said. “If we want to restore our country’s economic health, we must first remove the obstacles put in place by Congress in recent years that are restraining small businesses and prolonging the economic downturn.  Bruce Braley has supported this job-killing agenda every step of the way, despite the protests of the people he represents. It’s time to give the American people the certainty they need to plan for the future and grow the economy.”

The National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. NFIB is a nonpartisan organization that seeks to promote and protect the right of its members to own, operate and grow their businesses.

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