ICYMI: On Nominees, New Poll Finds Small Business Owners Want Senate Action, Not Senate Obstruction

Poll from Small Business Majority Finds Small Business Owners Think Nominations Deserve “Up or Down” Vote; Support for EPA Nominee Gina McCarthy


Washington, DC – The Small Business Majority today released a new poll showing that small business owners nationwide are tired of gridlock and obstruction in the U.S. Senate and want their lawmakers to advance and provide an “up or down” vote on nominees.

According to the Fix the Senate Now coalition, the poll release arrives at a time of growing frustration over Senate delays and obstruction faced by many of President Obama’s nominations to judicial, federal agency, and even cabinet level vacancies. For example, the nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy, has been slowed by holds and threats of continued obstruction from Senate Republicans despite a track record of bipartisanship and support from many industry leaders.

Gina McCarthy

Gina McCarthy

Source: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/images/GinaMcCarthy-th.jpg

Among the key poll findings of small business owners nationwide:

  • An overwhelming 68% of small business owners believe “Congress is doing a poor job at confirming nominees to lead federal government agencies in a timely manner so that government can function efficiently.”  Only a combined 7% of respondents thought Congress was doing an “excellent” or “good” job regarding nominations.
  • By a 53%-30% margin, small business owners believe that the president’s nominations “deserve a timely up or down vote instead of long delays, holds and filibusters.”
  • By a 58-30% margin, small business owners support nominee Gina McCarthy to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Read the polling resultshttp://www.smallbusinessmajority.org/small-business-research/clean-energy/support-for-clean-energy-standards-EPA.php

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Fix the Senate Now leaders, contact Michael Earls at 202-261-2388, media@fixthesenatenow.org