Legislative Action Center

Support Small Business Across America

At NASE we work daily with all branches of government to make sure the best interests of the small business like yours are represented but we need your help!  Use the tools and resources below to let your voice be heard.

Upcoming Elections

Here are the upcoming elections that we are carefully watching.

Tue, Nov 3, 2020 - US 2020 General Election

Are you registered to vote?  You can go here (RockTheVote.com) to find out!

Voting Information Tool

The Voting Information Tool (VIT) below is an easy to use voting information tool that offers official voting information–such as polling place and ballot information–to anyone, using just a residential address.

On the move...?

This short messaging service (SMS) tool provides voters with election information via text message. By texting “VOTE” or “VOTO” to GOVOTE (468-683), voters can find polling places, contact information for local election officials, and registration URLs. The app is available in multiple languages.

By sending a text message to Pew (The Pew Charitable Trusts), you consent to receive voting information via one or more text messages from an automated system.  This is a free service, but standard text message rates may apply.  You may revoke consent by contacting Pew, including by texting STOP.      

SMS Tool Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Get Involved!

Get involved and take action today with the NASE! Simply click on one of the links below and enter your ZIP code or state, search for your elected officials, and send them a letter

Search for your Representative to the US House of Representatives

Search for your US Senator

Just for Fun

Here are some great tools built and managed by the Sunlight Foundation that you may find interesting.

Capitol Words explores the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search the data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician.

Influence Explorer connects the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level allowing you to track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.

Open States allows anyone to discover more about lawmaking in their state. With Open States, you can track state bills, get campaign and contact information for legislators and follow all the action across 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Party Time documents the political fundraising circuit. From the early morning hours until late at night, there are opportunities for members of Congress, presidential and congressional candidates to meet with supporters behind closed doors, press them for money and party. Breakfasts, luncheons, barbecues, golfing outings, receptions, concerts, basketball, baseball, football—the social whirl is endless.

Political Ad Sleuth is an opportunity for local volunteers to help us make a national, online database of TV stations’ public ad files. This paperwork, which every broadcaster keeps but doesn’t post online, contains important information about who is buying airtime for political ads.

For more on what the NASE is doing for Small Business in Washington, check out Washington Watch.

The Latest...

Here's a sample of some of the things we've been working on.

2019 Self-Employed and Small Business Owner Sentiment

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
As a founding member of the Small Business Roundtable (SBR), a coalition of small business organizations charged with advocating and promoting sound small business policy, we joined with other organizations to conduct a post midterm election poll that found small business owners are concerned about the impact the 116th Congress will have on issues important to them. The poll commissioned by SBR was comprised of 445 small business owners from across the country in the days immediately following the midterm elections.

Results from the poll clearly demonstrated how small business owners felt about issues important to them, such as the need for the 116th Congress to immediately focus on fixing the Affordable Care Act by tackling health care affordability and access to quality care which continue to plague America’s entrepreneurs. 31 percent of respondents said they want Congress to address health care, more than double any other public policy issue asked about in the poll. After attempts to repeal the health care law, policy discussions about how to fix the existing law and make it work better for all Americans were unfortunately left on the cutting room floor.

We remain supportive of the Affordable Care Act and encourage the next Congress to address it by working together to fix its shortcomings. Small business owners and entrepreneurs care about quality, affordable health care for not only themselves, but also for their employees and coworkers. In fact, newly instituted rules allowing for greater flexibility in the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) — an issue the small business community has been advocating in support of for years — is just one example of how we can work together to offset rising health care premiums while strengthening the ACA.

A distant second in our SBR poll (15 percent) indicated that they desire action on tax reform and simplification. The major tax legislation passed late last year is about to turn a year old; yet, the real impact is still yet to be determined for many small businesses. But, still half of the small businesses who took the survey indicated that the new Congress will hurt the impact of tax reform, while 34 percent believed they would have no impact on it.

As the leading advocate for the nation’s self-employed, we supported the new tax law and have argued that its passage offers more simplification in the process, saving time and money for small business owners. But at the same time, many small business owners are unsure how to make it work for them. In an NASE survey conducted earlier this year, an overwhelming majority of poll takers didn’t completely understand how the law would impact their business. Many felt the government didn’t adequately prepare them for how to make the law work for their businesses.

It is critical for the 116th Congress to work across the aisle in a bipartisan way to help support our nation’s small business community. Good solutions know no party labels and the millions of self-employed small business owners we represent — and those members of the Small Business Roundtable — want the same kind of collaborative, results-oriented action they employ to achieve business success coming from this new Congress.


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