Cantwell Statement on Republican Obstruction of Key Bill to Help Create Jobs in America

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued the following statement after a Republican filibuster prevented the Senate from advancing to final passage of the Small Business Jobs Act, a bill designed to help small businesses grow and create jobs across America:
“When you look at the facts, it is hard to understand why Republicans are blocking a bill that would create hundreds of thousands of jobs across America – especially since they helped write it. This bill has been crafted by members on both sides of the aisle. The bill creates jobs, gets capital flowing to community banks and small businesses, and would actually reduce our federal deficit by $1.1 billion dollars. It is a sensible plan to help healthy small businesses thrive and grow. It is an investment in our future.”
Cantwell is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Small Business Committee, the two panels that developed the bipartisan provisions of the bill. She is cosponsor of several bipartisan provisions, including the Small Business Lending Fund, a measure to aid small business contractors, and a small business trade promotion provision. Cantwell will continue to fight next week to win passage of the bill.
Senator Cantwell spoke Thursday evening on the Senate floor. Video of Senator Cantwell’s floor remarks are available here.
Click on the following links to learn more about Senator Cantwell’s efforts to help small business recover from the economic downturn:
July 27, 2010: Cantwell Pushes for Final Passage of Small Business Jobs Bill
July 22, 2010: Senate Approves Cantwell-Backed Amendment to Create Small Business Lending Fund
July 21, 2010: Cantwell Urges Colleagues to Support Small Business Lending Fund
July 7, 2010: Cantwell Fighting for Small Business Lending to Stimulate Local Economy
June 25, 2010: Cantwell Stresses Importance of Small Business Lending for Economic Growth
June 2, 2010: Cantwell, Murray Urge Leader Reid to Make Small Business Lending the Next Priority