Cicilline Takes Important Step to Discuss Job Creation with Rhode Island Employers

Feb 3, 2011 Issues:

PROVIDENCE, RI– In an effort to engage residents in the important work ahead for the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) today launched the first of a series of Advisory Committee roundtable discussions focusing on the important issues facing Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District.

Recognizing the most urgent responsibility is getting Rhode Islanders back to work, Congressman Cicilline kicked off the first group of his Advisory Committee meetings with today’s Jobs and Economy Advisory Group roundtable discussion. During today’s roundtable discussion with approximately 30 business owners and representatives Cicilline began with opening remarks discussing his placement on the House Small Business Committee and also made announcements about several new initiatives for gaining access to capital and other lending programs.

Those programs include President Obama’s new Startup America partnership, as well as other Small Business Administration programs ranging from lending resources for women-owned small businesses, to emergency relief loans and disaster area assistance funding for Rhode Island businesses hit by recent floods.

“I commend Congressman Cicilline for his leadership in bringing this diverse set of businesses and business representatives together today to hear our concerns and ideas as he begins his work in Congress,” said Max Winograd from the startup company, NuLabel Technologies in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, and a participant in today’s roundtable. “If we are to play a part in the conversation going on in Washington, we must have the ear of our Congressman. Representative Cicilline proved today that he is willing and eager to not only hear from us in the business community but work with us. I am proud to serve on his Jobs and Economy Advisory Committee. Our goal will be to work together to foster the creation of innovative new businesses and high-paying jobs for Rhode Islanders.”

During today’s Jobs and Economy Advisory Committee meeting Cicilline announced he signed onto legislation that would repeal a burdensome provision of the Health Care Reform law requiring business owners to send IRS 1099 Forms for every business-to-business transaction of $600 or more for both property and services.  

“As a result of what I’ve heard from business owners in our state regarding this cumbersome reporting requirement, I have co-sponsored legislation that would repeal it,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Small business owners are already overburdened with tax paperwork and reporting requirements. Repealing this provision before it takes effect is something I consider critical to protecting small business owners as we continue to recover from this economic downturn.”

Congressman Cicilline will be hosting a number of different issue-area focused roundtables in the months ahead with the goal of listening directly to Rhode Islanders about important concerns.