Lipinski Votes to Help Small Businesses by Eliminating Burden Created by Health Care Law (March 4, 2011)

On Thursday, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) voted to eliminate an expensive and burdensome tax-reporting requirement as part of his commitment to help small businesses create jobs and to fix the numerous problems with the health care law passed last year. The Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act, H.R. 4, cosponsored by Lipinski, passed 314-112.

“As America’s premiere source of job creation, small businesses are absolutely essential to the economic recovery,” Congressman Lipinski said. “The last thing government should be doing is making them jump through hoops. The more time owners and employees of small businesses have to spend on paperwork, the less time they have to focus on investing, innovating, and pursuing the growth opportunities that ultimately create jobs. That’s why it was critical to get rid of the provision in the health care law requiring businesses to file an IRS 1099 form for every vendor paid over $600. That’s an expensive, time-consuming burden that small businesses in the Third District and across the country simply cannot afford to deal with.”

Congressman Lipinski voted against the health care law last year because it is not fiscally sustainable, does little to reduce costs for most Americans, threatens seniors’ access to care by cutting Medicare funding, and permits federal funding for abortion. He is working to correct these problems and others, as shown by his vote for H.R. 4.

“By cosponsoring and helping pass H.R. 4, I am continuing to work to enable Americans to obtain affordable health care without bankrupting taxpayers and without threatening Medicare,” Congressman Lipinski said. “At the same time, I am focused on addressing the most pressing problem my constituents face right now: the lack of good middle-class jobs. I cast my vote for H.R. 4 today in the firm belief that we must do everything we can to make it easier for businesses to invest, grow, and hire new workers.”

In September, Congressman Lipinski helped pass the Small Business Jobs Act, H.R. 5297, to create jobs by providing $12 billion in tax relief and increased access to credit for small businesses.

(March 4, 2011)