Strengthening Small Businesses
Small businesses employ more than half of all private sector employees and have created 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years. That's why House Democrats are working so hard to help small businesses grow.
This Democratic Congress has delivered robust legislation to empower small businesses, help then access credit, and save and create good-paying jobs:
Small Business Lending Fund Act - Passed House 06/17/10
Originally proposed by President Obama, this bill is designed to boost lending to small businesses struggling to gain access to credit due to the financial crisis, boosting lending to small businesses in order to hire new workers and expand their operations by investing capital in community and smaller banks under terms that become more favorable to participating banks as they increase their total loans to small businesses.
Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act - Passed House 06/15/10
A companion measure to the Small Business Lending Fund Act, which will help small businesses grow and create new jobs through:
- 100% exclusion of small business capital gains
- Small business penalty relief
- Increased deductions for start-up expenditures
Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act - Passed House 03/24/10
- Allows a 100% exclusion from gross income on gain from the sale of qualified small business stock acquired after March 15, 2010, and before January 1, 2012.
- Increases the tax deduction for business start-up expenditures in 2010 and 2011. (Note: These provisions have been incorporated into the Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act.)
Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act - Passed House 03/24/10
- Extends the Recovery Act's small business lending program, which has already helped save or create over 560,000 jobs.
Health Insurance Reform - Enacted 3/23/10
- Offers immediate and long term tax credits to small businesses to make employee coverage more affordable.
- Creates a Health Insurance Exchange where small business employees will have group purchasing power.
Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act - Enacted 3/18/10
- Exempts employers from paying the employer share of Social Security employment taxes for wages paid in 2010 for any new employee that was previously unemployed and does not replace another employee.
- Provides employers a $1,000 income tax credit for every new employee they employ for 52 weeks.
- Extends through 2010 the Recovery Act provision that would allow small businesses to write-off capital expenditures up to $250,000.
FY 2010 Appropriations - Enacted 12/16/09
- Includes increased funding to revitalize the SBA after eight years of Bush-era budget cuts, so that it may better protect the interests of small businesses.
- Provides $28 billion in new SBA lending.
Worker, Homeownership & Business Assistance Act - Enacted 11/06/09
- Extends the Recovery Act small business provision allowing small businesses to use the extended carryback period for a net operating loss incurred in 2008 or 2009.
Small Business Financing and Investment Act - Passed House 10/29/09
- Helps small businesses find affordable financing by updating and improving the SBA’s capital access programs.
Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act - Passed House 5/20/09
- For the first time in ten years, strengthens the SBA’s Entrepreneurial Development programs, which are responsible for:
- Providing technical and managerial training to small businesses.
- Yielding strong returns in terms of economic growth: In 2008, these programs helped generate 73,000 new jobs and infused $7.2 billion into the economy.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - Enacted 2/17/09
- Allows small businesses to extend the carryback period for up to five years for net operating losses incurred in 2008.
- Enables small businesses to expense up to $250,000 for capital expenditures in 2009.
- Provides work opportunity tax credits to employers who hire unemployed veterans and disconnected youth.
Vital legislation to cut taxes for small businesses and help them access credit is stuck in the Senate because Republicans so far have refused to let it come up for a vote. When Congress returns in September, we need to put partisanship aside, and put jobs and our nation's small businesses at the top of the agenda.
Here's what the President said about this legislation just last week: