Providing certainty for Americaís small businesses should be the No. 1 priority for Washington, considering they are the backbone of our nationís workforce and the engine of our economy. According to the Small Business Administration, small firms have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years. If the president and Senate leadership want to try new strategies to address the unemployment crisis, they must look at providing certainty for small businesses first.
House Republicans have put forth a Plan for Americaís Job Creators that includes common-sense policies that remove uncertainty by reducing regulatory burdens, lowering business tax rates to 25 percent, spurring exports by passing the pending free-trade agreements and introducing a budget that gets our nationís fiscal house in order. If given the chance, these policies will create an environment where small businesses are enabled to grow and invest, which will help speed up this recovery and return our nation to the strong economic engine that we are accustomed to. Providing certainty for the estimated 27.2 million small businesses in America is the key to fixing our unemployment crisis.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) is chairman of the Small Business Committee.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.