President Biden Marks National Small Business Week by Crushing Small Businesses


President Biden Marks National Small Business Week by Crushing Small Businesses

Biden defies bipartisan majorities in Congress and vetoes CRA resolution overturning joint employer rule, threatens the independence of 32 million small businesses

WASHINGTON – After President Joe Biden issued a veto of H.J. Res. 98, a bipartisan Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution overturning the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) expanded joint employer rule, the Coalition to Save Local Businesses released the following statement:

“With his tone-deaf veto during National Small Business Week that would protect America’s small and local businesses, President Biden has shown the American people where he stands on small businesses: he couldn’t care less about them,” Mike Layman, a senior advisor to the Coalition to Save Local Businesses. “Everyone except for the president knows the expanded joint employer rule would cost small businesses billions of dollars in compliance and litigation, threaten workers’ livelihoods, increase costs on everyday goods and destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs – because that’s what it did the last time this misguided policy was in place from 2015-2017. The small business community needed President Biden’s help and defense, and instead they will remember his betrayal today.”

The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate both voted with bipartisan majorities to overturn the NLRB’s joint employer rule, reflecting the majority of Americans who are against intrusive and burdensome regulations that threaten their jobs. In addition, the veto follows a petition from over 5,300 small business stakeholders from all 50 states urging the president to protect their businesses and sign the legislation.

More than 100 national and local organizations have joined CSLB to fight for small businesses and workers across the nation who stand to be harmed by the new joint employer rule. Additionally, organizations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, and North Dakota also sent similar letters in support of the resolutions to their state congressional delegations.



The Coalition to Save Local Businesses represents hundreds of thousands of local businesses and millions of American jobs through its membership and partner organizations. The coalition’s goal is to raise the voices of everyday Americans who own, operate, work for and depend on local businesses for their livelihoods.

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