2,500 Small Business Leaders Join the Campaign to Fix the Debt

Dec 11, 2012, 08:00 ET from Campaign to Fix the Debt

Leaders from Across the Nation Call on Washington's Policymakers to Enact a Comprehensive Debt Deal

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, more than 2,500 small business leaders were announced as new members of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. As the engines of job creation in America, the voice of small business is now a front-and-center part of this national movement to bring people together to tackle the nation's debt. 

"No one knows better than small business owners the importance of keeping your books balanced," said Wanda Rohm, owner of a printing business in Texas until selling it in 2009.   "That's why we're standing together to tell Washington that it can be done if you're willing to work together."

"What Washington needs to realize is that their actions – or lack thereof – have consequences," said Maryland resident Jamie Benoit, owner of Federal Data Systems, a small, veteran-owned business.  "It all has a real impact on real lives.  They are playing with live ammo; if they don't handle this right, someone could get hurt."

"We're adding our voices to this discussion because we're the folks who must meet payrolls, pay our bills, and build for the future," added Fairfield, Pennsylvania, small business owner and NSBA Board Member Cookie Driscoll.  "The time for games is over; the nation needs to see our national debt issue tackled now."

"Given their importance to the US economy, and their own experiences with hiring workers, balancing books, and meeting the needs of the consumer, we're very pleased that these distinguished Americans have joined the Campaign to Fix the Debt," said Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt.  "Individually they have always been beacons of fiscal discretion, together their voices will help Washington to understand the consequences of inaction."

The 2,500 small business owners, founders and leaders are now a part of a bipartisan coalition of more than 315,000 individuals active in 17 states across the country.  Members come from a diverse range of social, political and economic backgrounds.  The Campaign believes that a viable deal should be based off a framework that leaves all debt-reduction options on the table and raises revenues, cuts wasteful spending, and ensures the long-term sustainability of important social programs.

For more information on the Campaign to Fix the Debt and to see the full list of small business owner members please visit www.fixthedebt.org.

SOURCE Campaign to Fix the Debt