Jobs proposals front and center as Congress returns

Congress returns to Washington this week after a month-long August recess amid continuing poor economic conditions, including the latest jobs report from August showing no new jobs have been created.

Republican presidential candidates have begun unveiling their own plans for creating jobs in advance of a debate tomorrow night at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., and just two days before President Obama makes a speech on the economy before a joint session of Congress.

President Obama previews his jobs speech this week

 Additionally, the congressional “Super Committee” tasked with developing recommendations for reducing the nation’s budget deficit will host its first meeting on Sept. 8. According to a statement released by co-chairs Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, the committee will also hold a hearing on Sept. 13 entitled “The History and Drivers of Our Nation’s Debt and Its Threats.”

With lawmakers and candidates in both parties returning to Washington and stepping up their activities on the campaign trail this month, IFA will be urging a return to pro-growth policies to get the economy moving again. On Sept. 13 and 14, nearly 500 franchise small business owners will be in Washington, D.C. as part of the organization’s 12th Annual Public Affairs Conference. Attendees will lobby Congress for increasing small business access to credit by asking lawmakers to support a strong Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan program, ensuring small businesses have long-term tax certainty, and for repeal of onerous provisions in the health care law.

 Posted by Matt Haller, IFA Director of Communications