ASBCC Quoted in Congressional Testimony

On September 13, 2016, David Madland, PhDSenior FellowCenter for American Progress Action Fund, quoted Cris Young, President of The American Small Business Chamber of Commerce during Testimony before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittees on Investigations, Oversight, and Regulations and Contracting and Workforce.

Mr. Madland introduced the nature of his testimony as follows: “Today’s hearing is focused on the impact of President Obama’s contracting executive actions.  While the title of this hearing implies that the Presidents’ actions are a burden, his actions will benefit workers, taxpayers and businesses.”

He continues, “The President’s executive actions draw widespread support from a broad coalition of supporters.  Not only do organizations representing workers, veterans, women, the elderly, and taxpayers support a number of these contracting actions, but so too do a number of small businesses. Many small businesses feel that these executive actions will help them compete on a level playing field and make the contracting process more welcoming to businesses like theirs.  Indeed, in 2015 small business contracting as a percentage of total government contracting was at record high levels.”

Mr. Madland includes the quote from Ms. Young as follows:

“Raising the minimum wage is also popular among small business owners. As the president of the American Small Business Chamber of Commerce explained, the president’s executive order will “help level the playing field,” making sure that companies that pay their workers good wages are not undercut by low-road employers. poll from Small Business Majority finds that 60 percent of U.S. small businesses support raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020. And leaked polling by Republican pollster Frank Luntz for the Chamber of Commerce found that 80 percent of business executives supported increasing the minimum wage in their state. That same poll found that 73 percent of respondents supported requiring paid sick leave.”

The reference to the statements by Ms. Young, comes from a Bloomberg News interview from January 28, 2014.