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Poll Shows Small Businesses Fear Regulations

(Mr. HULTGREN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Rep. Randy Hultgren

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Mr. Speaker, last week I was astounded to read a new Gallup Poll on small business owners' concerns; and as you can imagine, in an economy like this, they have many concerns. But the issue that they said was the most important concern for small business owners was complying with government regulation.

You know what? I didn't need a Gallup Poll to tell me what I've heard from dozens of small business owners across my district. They feel threatened by the Obama administration's avalanche of needless red tape.

In the House, we've worked hard to cut that red tape, provide a pro- growth, pro-jobs environment here. We've passed more than 15 bills to cut red tape, most of them with bipartisan support. You can see all of them at jobs.gop.gov. Unfortunately, they now languish over in the cul- de-sac at the other end of this building called the ``do-nothing'' Senate.

So I urge the Senate to listen to American small business owners, listen to their concerns. Pass the forgotten 15. Get Washington off the backs of small business and get Americans working again.