Letter to the Editor: Toomey fails small businesses

I own a small business. Although my business has grown over the past 17 years, being able to start with almost nothing and become successful is the American Dream. Unfortunately, not all of our elected representatives support this dream. My senator, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., has a history of failing to support small businesses. Toomey has voted three times to defund the Small Business Administration, which provides loans and capital to beginning small businesses, many of which couldn’t receive startup funding any other way.

Toomey also voted against a bill that would have given incentives to small businesses that increase employee wages or hire new workers. With our economy still in a recovering state, it seems important to me to increase employee wages and create new wages, when we have plenty of people who need money and jobs.

Most frustrating of all, Toomey filibustered the Bring Jobs Home Act, which sought to give tax write-offs to companies that create U.S. jobs, and would end tax breaks for companies outsourcing jobs from the U.S. Based on his votes, I can only conclude that Toomey doesn’t care about small business owners, employees, or creating a better, stronger economy for American citizens.

Russ Phifer
London Grove Township


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