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Ranking Member Luetkemeyer and NFIB President & CEO Brad Close on the Awarding of Guardian of Small Business Awards to Small Business Republicans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) and the National Federation of Independent Business President & CEO, Brad Close, issued the following statement on the awarding of NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business Awards to Members of the House Committee on Small Business:

“Small businesses are truly the backbone of this economy. Over the past two years, Main Street USA has faced some of the toughest of challenges. Whether it’s emerging from a global pandemic or tough economic headwinds, small business owners have shown their grit and determination to continue to support their employees and their communities. As Ranking Member of the House Small Business Committee, I am proud to be named a Guardian of Small Business by NFIB. Our Members championed small business policy to support innovation, opposed tax increases and burdensome mandates, and provided relief to recovering entrepreneurs. I will continue to advance the needs of American small businesses and entrepreneurs alongside my determined colleagues,” said Ranking Member Luetkemeyer.

“The NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award is presented to Members of Congress who have proven themselves to be real champions of small business. This Congress, small businesses emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic but faced continual threats of inflation, workforce shortages, and supply chain disruptions. These NFIB Guardians demonstrated strong support of small businesses on key issues. NFIB is unique in that we only represent small and independent businesses, and our members decide our policy positions. We are proud to recognize the elected officials from the 117th Congress who earned this distinction by taking pro-small business votes that supported an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program and opposed tax increases, new mandates, increased legal liability, and problematic employment law that would have threatened Main Street’s economic recovery. NFIB commends Rep. Luetkemeyer on being named a Guardian of Small Business,” said NFIB President and CEO Brad Close.