Working for Small Businesses on Main Street

Small business is the engine that drives much of our economy.   But too often the concerns of small business owners and their employees are pushed aside in favor of big business and multinational corporations.  When we make public policy in Washington, it should be designed to bolster the can-do spirit of start-up innovators, small businesses and entrepreneurs - not just the well-connected big business crowd. An economy focused on Main Street can generate economic opportunity for millions of Americans.

Sarbanes Authored

  • For the People Act (H.R. 1)

    • Creates a new way of funding campaigns where small donors and matching funds power our political candidates so that Main Street, not Wall Street, calls the shots in Washington.

Sarbanes Voted

  • FOR Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (Became Law 2015)

    • Makes permanent “Section 179 Expensing,” which allows small businesses to deduct the full purchase price of equipment and/or software up to $500,000.
  • FOR Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Became Law 2015)

    • Reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act through 2020, streamlining federal job-training programs and providing a network of 3,000 one-stop centers and training providers to help supply small businesses with the skilled workforce they need.
  • FOR Reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank (Became Law 2015)

    • Reauthorizes the Export-Import Bank, which provides crucial support to thousands of small businesses,helping them to sell their products in foreign markets.
  • FOR Improving Small Business Cyber Security Act (H.R. 5064) (Passed House of Reps. 2016)

    • Directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with Small Business Development Centers in helping small businesses develop and enhance cybersecurity infrastructure, threat awareness, and training programs.
  • FOR Small Business Healthcare Relief Act (H.R. 5447) (Passed House of Reps. 2016)

    • Restores the ability of small businesses to use pre-tax Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to financially assist their employees with the purchase of health coverage and related costs.

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Congressman John Sarbanes has hosted a series of expos throughout the 3rd District to help small businesses -- including women, minority and veteran-owned businesses -- obtain credit, identify government contracting opportunities, and access web-based marketing resources.