September 25, 2008
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) received the "Guardian of Small Business Award" by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for his outstanding voting record on behalf of America's small business owners in the 110th Congress. Senator Inhofe has been recognized as a "Guardian of Small Business" in every Congress since being elected to the U.S. Senate.
"It is an honor to be recognized by NFIB, the nation's leading small business association, as a guardian of small business," said Sen. Inhofe. "Through perseverance, innovation, and quality service, small business owners represent the value of free enterprise. From affordable health plans to tax incentives, I will continue to support legislation that promotes private ownership and small business growth."
"I believe that small businesses should be given the same opportunity as large corporations to provide health coverage for employees. That is why I am the proud cosponsor of the Small Business Health Plan Act, which allows small businesses to pool their members together across state lines, so they can negotiate for health benefits and obtain prices they can afford."
NFIB President and CEO Todd Stottlemyer praised Sen. Inhofe for "standing for small business," citing Senator Inhofe's 89 percent NFIB voting record.
In presenting the group's coveted Guardian of Small Business award, Stottlemyer said, "Small business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses and employees and stand by those who stand for them.
"The record shows that Sen. Inhofe is a true champion of small business, having stood strong on the key small-business votes in the 110th Congress. This award reflects our members' appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business."
NFIB is the nation's leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small and independent business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business - playing a critical role in supporting America's free enterprise system. NFIB's mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.