What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : H. Res. 22. Small Business/Procedural Vote on a Resolution Expressing the Sense of the Congress that U.S. Small Business Owners Are Entitled to a Small Business Bill of Rights. (2005 house Roll Call 140)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H. Res. 22. Small Business/Procedural Vote on a Resolution Expressing the Sense of the Congress that U.S. Small Business Owners Are Entitled to a Small Business Bill of Rights.
house Roll Call 140     Apr 27, 2005
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In this vote, the House defeated a motion to recommit H. Res. 22, a resolution expressing the Sense of the Congress (a nonbinding resolution) that U.S. small business owners are entitled to a Small Business Bill of Rights. (A motion to recommit is a motion to send the bill back to committee. It is often a last attempt by the opponents of a bill to kill it.) Sponsored by Ric Keller (R-FL), the resolution expressed the sentiment that small businesses in the U.S. ought to have certain rights, including: the right to band together to obtain affordable health insurance; the right to favorable tax laws; "the right to be free from frivolous lawsuits;" the right to be "free from unnecessary . . . regulations and paperwork;" "the right to relief from high energy costs;" and other rights. Progressives opposed the resolution, saying that it would do "nothing more than offer empty promises to small businesses, empty promises that Congress probably will not keep." (Nydia Velazquez (D-NY).) Democrats, including Progressives, were also angry because the Republican majority had prevented them from offering amendments that the Democrats maintained would have included important priorities for small businesses, including "strengthen[ing] programs for minority entrepreneurs," and supporting a microloan program that the Administration had eliminated in its budget proposal. (Doris Matsui (D-CA).) Republicans countered that the resolution would provide "a blueprint for Congress to follow" in order to create an improved environment for small businesses and to allow those businesses to create jobs. (Keller.) Republicans also asserted that the Democrats had had ample opportunity to air their concerns and make amendments to the legislation in committee. The House defeated Progressives and the motion to recommit by a vote of 188 to 222. Thus, the House went on to pass a "Small Business Bill of Rights" that set forth nonbinding principles with the stated purpose of helping small businesses thrive.

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