WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement tonight after Republicans voted against legislation that would help small businesses and prevent outsourcing of jobs:
"This evening, the House took an important vote on a bill to spur the creation of American jobs. The Small Business Tax Relief Act would have strengthened our economy in two ways: reducing the paperwork burden on small businesses, leaving them more time and resources to invest in job creation; and ending the tax loopholes that encourage large multinational corporations to ship jobs overseas.
"Unfortunately, Republicans again chose to side with big business over small business, and they opposed this bill. Because its provisions should have been uncontroversial, this bill was brought up as a suspension, requiring a two-thirds vote; though a majority of the House supported the bill, Republican obstruction was enough to derail it. Nevertheless, as they have done so often in the midst of mass unemployment, Republicans have made their priorities clear: tax breaks for corporations, but no help for struggling small businesses or middle-class families. Democrats on the other hand, will continue pushing to keep jobs in America and to support small business.