>Just in case there’s a small business owner somewhere in the wilds of Nevada’s 2nd Congressional District who hasn’t gotten the message from the Republican Party — the Senate GOP contingent sent a broadcast loudly and clearly yesterday: The Republican Party IS NOT the party that supports Small Business.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brought a cloture motion to the floor of the U.S. Senate to break the Republican filibuster of the Small Business Bill, H.R. 5297 (Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010.)
First Republican Message: We’ll filibuster this bill unless we get to add non-germane amendments.
So, Senator Reid agreed to allow the attachment of three Republican amendments.
Second Republican Message: We didn’t get everything we wanted so we’re going to keep our filibuster going.
Senator Reid brought the cloture motion. The Senate Republicans voted en masse to sustain their filibuster of the bill which would have freed up $30 billion in loans from mainly smaller community banks to really small businesses. [roll call 221]
What the American public witnessed yesterday was the spectacle of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate filibustering a jobs bill with tax cuts: “By the GOP’s own admission, the underlying legislation has broad bipartisan support. It would create a $30 billion Treasury-backed fund to help community banks issue loans to small businesses and provide entrepreneurs with $12 billion in tax cuts — a Republican kind of bill if ever there was one.” [TPM]
Senator John Ensign (R-C Street) was among the Republicans voting to sustain the filibuster of $12 billion in tax cuts for entrepreneurs, and $30 billion in capital to help community banks extend loans to SMALL BUSINESSES.