NSBA Honored by Fix the Debt CampaignJuly 17, 2013
On Tuesday, July 16, NSBA was honored by the bipartisan Campaign to Fix the Debt at a reception in Washington, D.C. NSBA has been an active partner in the Campaign and was both the first small-business organization to partner with Fix the Debt, and was the first partner organization to be recognized by the Campaign for its efforts. Attending the reception were various members of the Fix the Debt Campaign leadership and Steering Committee, various Campaign partners and a number of current and former Members of Congress.
The primary goal of the Fix the Debt Campaign is mobilizing leaders from the business, government and policy world – and voters across the U.S. – to urge Congress and the President to implement a comprehensive plan to address the mounting national debt.
At the beginning of the 112th Congress, NSBA members voted deficit reduction and tax reform among their top priorities. Most recently, according to the 2012 Year-End Economic Report, small business ranked the national deficit as the number one thing they believe Congress and the administration should address.
In partnering with the Fix the Debt Campaign, NSBA and its members have participated in a number of high-profile events and hill visits, and hosted Fix the Debt steering committee member and President of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget Maya MacGuineas at a handful of NSBA events. MacGuineas is a highly-respected budget expert who has been a driving force in a number of efforts to rein-in the national debt, including the Simpson-Bowles plan.
NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken, NSBA Chair David Ickert, of Air Tractor, Inc. in Olney, Texas, and NSBA Senior Director of Government Affairs Jody Milanese were on-hand to receive the award.
In her comments recognizing NSBA, Ms. MacGuineas underscored the important role NSBA has played in engaging America’s small-business community, as well as the role of Mr. McCracken, Mr. Ickert and various other members of NSBA’s leadership in speaking out publicly on the importance of the Fix the Debt Campaign.