NFIB Endorses Deb Fischer

July 11, 2012

NFIB Previously Backed Sen. Ben Nelson in 2006

LISA GOEBS, NFIB: “Deb Fischer Is The Proven Voice For Small Business In This Race.”

DEB FISCHER: “Small Businesses Are The Engines That Fuel Our Economy And Create Jobs, But For Too Long Washington Has Stood In Their Way. I Am Committed To Repealing Obamacare, Providing Tax Relief For Small Businesses And Cutting The Regulatory Burden On America’s Entrepreneurs.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, July 11, 2012 - Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, endorsed Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate.

The NFIB has a bipartisan record of endorsing Nebraska candidates, having previously endorsed Democrat Ben Nelson for U.S. Senate in 2006.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Deb Fischer has established herself as the only pro-business, pro-growth candidate.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the NFIB,” said Deb Fischer. “Small businesses are the engines that fuel our economy and create jobs, but for too long Washington has stood in their way. I am committed to repealing Obamacare, providing tax relief for small businesses and cutting the regulatory burden on America’s entrepreneurs.”

The NFIB was the lead plaintiff in NFIB v. Sebelius, the recent landmark Supreme Court case in which the constitutionality of Obamacare was challenged.

A recent Gallup poll showed that nearly half of small business owners who are not hiring new employees say worries about the potential cost of health care and new government regulations are the reasons they are not hiring.

That is one of the reasons Sen. Fischer is committed to fully repealing Obamacare and replacing it with market-based reforms.

Her opponent, Bob Kerrey, opposes repealing Obamacare and has been a long-time advocate for a universal, single-payer healthcare plan that would eliminate private insurance companies.

Fischer has established herself as an ally for small businesses in the Nebraska Legislature. In 2007, she helped pass the largest tax relief package in Nebraska history that included reducing property taxes and eliminating the estate tax.

Fischer has also worked to protect the private property of Nebraska small businesses and families. After the Kelo v. New London Supreme Court decision, Sen. Fischer passed a priority bill to protect private property rights from eminent domain.

Bob Kerrey, on the other hand, voted for what he called “the biggest tax increase in history of the country” in 1993, which raised taxes by $241 billion.

“…We vote for the biggest tax increase in the history of the country. It was an enormous political move. It was a good political move in my view on the part of the president and the vice president.” (Bob Kerrey, NBC’S, “Meet The Press,” 1/23/00)

Kerrey has also recently lobbied senators to vote for jobs-killing climate change legislation:

“I’m on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council. And climate change legislation is the top of their agenda. I have the, I would say, unenviable task of trying to persuade a group of eight to 10 Senators to vote in the affirmative.” (Bob Kerrey, Remarks At Tishman Auditorium, New York City, 10/22/09)

With only one pro-small business candidate in the race, the NFIB is putting its support behind Fischer.

“Deb Fischer is the proven voice for small business in this race,” said Lisa Goeas, NFIB Vice President, Political and Grassroots. “Since being elected to Nebraska’s Unicameral in 2004, Deb has earned a 100 percent NFIB/NE voting record, and we trust that she will continue to advocate for NFIB’s priority issues such as tax reform, real and affordable solutions for health care, and reducing wasteful government spending in the United States Senate. With the balance of the United States Senate in question, small business needs Deb Fischer as its advocate now more than ever.”