Utica, NY – Today, surrounded by local small business owners and employees of the locally owned and operated Pacemaker Steel and Piping company, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney received the endorsement of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).

“As an owner of our family’s small manufacturing business located in the heart of Upstate New York, I have a unique understanding of the struggles facing our small business community. Governor Cuomo and Albany politicians like Anthony Brindisi have championed failed economic development schemes, tax hikes, and crippling regulations that have driven over 1 million people and numerous small businesses out of the state of New York since 2010,” Tenney said. “As a single parent struggling to keep our family’s small business open under Albany’s crushing tax burden, I understand that our small businesses needed a voice, and that’s why I first ran for office.”

“Congresswoman Tenney has been a true champion for New York small businesses during her time in the U.S. House,” said NFIB’s New York State Director Greg Biryla. “As a longtime NFIB member and owner of her family’s commercial printing and manufacturing business, she truly understands the challenges small businesses face because she lives them day in and day out. She has been a dedicated supporter of efforts to eliminate onerous and costly regulations and played an important role in making tax reform for small businesses a reality. We are confident that Congresswoman Tenney will continue to stand up for small businesses. On behalf of our members in New York’s 22nd Congressional District, we are proud to endorse Congresswoman Tenney for re-election to the United States House of Representatives.”

The Executive Vice President and C.O.O of Pacemaker Steel and Piping Company, Richard Evans, said he backed Tenney because her work with President Trump has helped save the steel industry and advocated for tax cuts that are helping small businesses finally flourish.  “Many are saying that the tax reform helps large corporations and billionaires. I can stand here and tell you that the tax reform is benefiting small businesses like ours.  The accelerated depreciation and 20% corporate tax reduction is enabling us to increase our cap ex which in turn benefits our community, customers and grows business,” said Richard Evans.

Other local small business owners were in attendance including Greg Owens and Matthew Roberts, owners of Sherill Manufacturing and Robert Tenney, the CEO of Mid York Press, Rep. Tenney’s family owned manufacturing company that has been in business in 1948 and a longtime member of NFIB.

“It is an honor to advocate for our small business community in Upstate New York and to see that our fight for middle income tax cuts have finally given our small businesses long overdue relief and the tools they need to grow,” said Tenney. “Thanks to Tax Reform, Small business confidence has hit record highs. 90 percent of Americans will see an increase in their paycheck due to the changes in withholding tables created because of tax reform and 77 percent of manufacturers plan to increase hiring thanks to tax reform.”

Tenney concluded, “As a nearly 30 year NFIB member, I am honored to again receive the endorsement of NFIB. I look forward to continuing to carry the torch for our small businesses in Congress.”