IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rep. Kelly Defends Small Business Owners at Ways & Means Hearing

Mar 6, 2013
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rep. Kelly Defends Small Business Owners at Ways & Means Hearing


WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA), a member of the House Ways and Means committee, spoke powerfully on behalf of job creators and small business owners during yesterday’s committee hearing on the tax-related provisions in the president’s health care law. Below are highlights from his remarks:

Rep. Kelly on the ‘disconnect’ between business owners and pro-tax politicians who’ve never run a business:

“One of the most fascinating things since I’ve been here is to listen to the opinions of those who are not on the field. ... I think the disconnect here is that people don’t get it that there is a cost of operation that we [in Washington] keep messing with all the time by increasing their tax load. You cannot increase the cost of your product and hope to compete in the global competitiveness where people don’t have to play by the same rules.”

Rep. Kelly defends private sector employers:

“The employer [HHS contraceptive] mandate is called the ‘shared responsibility for employers regarding health coverage payment,’ which kind of suggests that me, as an employer all my life, I didn’t really know how to take care of my employees. Now, that’s kind of funny, because I’ve been to baptisms, I’ve been to communions, I’ve been to weddings, and I’ve been to funerals – so I think I understand my people pretty well. … I think this is absolutely insulting to tell people who’ve lived their whole life with associates who’ve helped make them successful that ‘you didn’t know what you were doing … we [in Washington] know how to do it.’”

“There is nothing worse for an owner than to have to call somebody and tell him, ‘You know what? We’re not going to be able to keep you on the payroll anymore. … These are the costs that the people who’ve never done it don’t get. … What they’ve caused is us to lay off people that we know, that we’ve lived with, that we’ve suffered with, and that we’ve gotten through tough times with. … We’re telling those people they can’t work full time anymore not because we don’t love them, not because we don’t need them, but the government’s made it impossible to keep them on the payroll.”

Rep. Kelly on small business owners struggling to cope with federal taxes and regulations:

“I’ve talked to more people…it’s not that they’re unpatriotic, it’s that they’re not stupid. They can’t keep their companies open by trying to work under rules that make no sense. … I think that’s the real bad part of this thing. We [in Washington] don’t understand how badly we have hurt people’s outlooks into the future with any type of confidence that they can survive in an area where the government should be your friend…and you know what? We’re just the opposite.”