The president highlighted these issues during the opening comments of his State of the Union address.
Alliance supports the concept of feasible job creation legislation that will promote economic recovery without adding to deficit spending. Alliance supports legislation that will encourage lending, reduce taxes and fees, and lessen the regulatory burden on small businesses.
Although the Alliance recognizes the president's reasons for
proposing the levying of fees on banks and financial
institutions, we are concerned that such fees will further
discourage lending to small businesses and the
self-employed. We urge President Obama to adhere in his
legislative proposals to our belief that the revitalization
of small-business owners is the key to the economic recovery
of our nation. The Alliance agrees with President Obama's
support of comprehensive energy and climate legislation, but
the inclusion of a "cap & trade" component in the present
draft of such legislation is not consistent with the views
of the majority of Alliance Members.
Finally, while Alliance supports healthcare initiatives that will provide access to quality, affordable health care for American citizens, we
are reluctant to support the current draft of health care
reform legislation, which contains several components that are
not accepted by the majority of Alliance Members
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