Senate Amendments Blocking EPA’s Authority Bad for Small Business

John Arensmeyer

John Arensmeyer

This week, two amendments to small business legislation were offered to prevent the EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act—a law that has led to major technological innovation and small business job creation. The sponsors of these amendments couldn’t get their own versions of legislation gutting the EPA’s authority through the Senate, so now they’re attempting to derail small business measures to get their way. Small business owners deserve better.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technical Transfer (STTR) programs have everything to do with small business and giving our nation’s chief job creators more opportunities. Preventing the EPA from enforcing the Clean Air Act has nothing to do with these programs, and the amendments under consideration are nothing more than political gimmicks that, if passed, would be at the expense of small firms.

We should be building on the 40 years of success the Clean Air Act has given small businesses and our economy as a whole, not returning to the past. A report we released in Oct. 2010 showed that the benefits of the Clean Air Act have far outweighed the costs, and in the last two decades, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased by more than 64%. Additionally, the law has spawned important technological innovations that made exports of environmental technologies produced in America to be valued at $30 billion in 2004. All in all, it has created 1.3 million new jobs. Their arguments that the Clean Air Act is bad for business simply don’t past muster.

The Senate must reject these amendments and get back to focusing on sound policies that aid small businesses in creating jobs and expanding, so our economic recovery can continue to take shape. .

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