Press Release


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Washington, February 16, 2007 | comments

Today, Congress passed H.R. 976, Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007, which Congressman Henry Cuellar voted in favor of. This bipartisan bill provides for $1.3 billion in tax cuts that are specifically designed to help small businesses invest in new equipment and promote hiring of disadvantaged workers. H.R. 976 will help small businesses to grow and hire new workers, keeping our economy strong. 
“This bill is a direct result of Democrats and Republicans putting aside partisan rancor and finding common ground,” noted Congressman Cuellar. “Congress must ensure that small businesses, which employ roughly fifty percent of America’s workers, remain strong and continue to grow. As a member of the small business committee, and as a small business owner myself, I am particularly aware of their needs, concerns, and the impact they have on local communities and economies. If small businesses grow, jobs will also grow.”

This bill extends the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) -- which provides incentives to employers to hire individuals from targeted groups that frequently experience barriers to work -- for one year and expand it to cover disabled veterans.  It also simplifies tax filing requirements for businesses owned jointly by husbands and wives, and ensures that small businesses are fully able to claim the WOTC and tip credit against Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) liability. The measure, which is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufactures, National Federation of Independent Business, and National Restaurant Association, is fully paid for.

“This new Congress has once again demonstrated its support for working Americans,” continued Congressman Cuellar. “We have voted to raise the minimum wage and we have voted to keep America’s small businesses competitive and thriving. I will continue to support common sense bipartisan legislation that keeps America working.”


Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the House Homeland Security, Small Business, and Agriculture Committees in the 110th Congress; accessibility to constituents, education, health care, economic development, and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Majority Senior Whip.

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