What: All Issues : Environment : ( H.R. 2352) The Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009, which expanded access to business counseling, training and networking to small business owners - - on the motion to send the bill back to committee with instructions to add language to ensure that small business owners are made aware of the alleged adverse effects of future energy taxes (2009 house Roll Call 280)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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( H.R. 2352) The Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009, which expanded access to business counseling, training and networking to small business owners - - on the motion to send the bill back to committee with instructions to add language to ensure that small business owners are made aware of the alleged adverse effects of future energy taxes
house Roll Call 280     May 20, 2009
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H.R. 2353, the 2009 Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act, amended the Small Business Act to expanded access to business counseling, training and networking to small business owners, including underserved populations such as women, veterans and Native Americans. There was significant support for the addition of language to the bill that would ensure that small business owners are made aware of the alleged adverse effects of future energy taxes. However, the terms under which the Act was being considered did not permit an amendment to be offered to add this language. It did permit a motion to send the measure back to the originating committee with instructions to add the relevant language and report the bill back to the House. That is what this motion would accomplish.

Rep. Capito (R-WV), who made the motion, said it “direct the Small Business Administration to make sure small businesses are provided with information and technical assistance if and when they face an increase in costs as a result of the enactment of any . . . (direct or indirect) tax on carbon emissions . . . . Small businesses operate on very clear margins, and it is the duty of this body to protect those job creators, not go after them with increased tax burdens.” Capito referenced the “cap and trade” program, which many Republicans opposed, as an example of a tax that could effectively impose a cost increase on small businesses. Under the cap and trade program, those companies emitting higher pollution levels than the law would ordinarily allow can purchase “credits”, enabling them to continue to emit the higher levels, from companies that emit much lower pollution levels than the .

There was no real opposition voiced to the motion. Rep. Velazquez (D- NY), commenting on the language it would have added to the legislation, said she understood that Rep. Capito “is trying to make a point of climate change reform. What I would hope is that (she) will engage in a constructive dialogue on our long-term energy challenges . . . The legislation . . . (here) will provide assistance to small businesses and also small manufacturers as we transition to a green economy, and in fact, the bill that we have before us today creates a green entrepreneurs training program in the sectors of energy efficiency, clean technology. Also, several amendments adopted today will help promote energy efficiency. . . we are calibrating the effect that any legislation regarding climate change will have on small businesses, and that is why we are addressing some of those issues in the bill that we have here today.”

The vote passed by a vote motion of 385-41. Two hundred and ten Democrats and one hundred and seventy-five Republicans voted “aye”. Forty-one Democrats, including more than half of the most progressive Members, voted “nay”. As a result, the  Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act was sent back to committee with instructions to have language added that was designed to ensure that small business owners are made aware of the adverse effects that could be caused by future energy taxes.

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