Shimkus Receives Small Business Award
Maryville, Ill. – Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) was presented with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business Award for his votes during the 113th Congress. In the report issued from January 2013 – July 2014, Shimkus has a 100 percent voting record.
“We looked at ten key House votes during the 113th Congress to judge whether a Member of Congress supported small business and the issues we are most concerned about,” said Kim Maisch, NFIB Illinois state director. “I’m pleased to say Congressman Shimkus voted with us 100 percent in both the 112th and 113th Congresses.”
Among the votes scored were the Northern Route Approval Act, which sought approval of the Keystone XL pipeline – which would be a job creator and bring lower energy costs to businesses; Fairness for American Families Act, which would have delayed the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act; and the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act, which would reduce frivolous lawsuits.
Shimkus noted, “I visit businesses, small and large, nearly every week across the 15th District, and I hear their stories of out of control government rules and regulations; high taxes; and difficulty in filling job vacancies.
“Knowing that NFIB is watching our votes and recognizing that the House is listening is helps when I have to explain that the business climate for job creation can be better if we make some of these changes in both Springfield and Washington.”