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Hern earns “Guardian of Small Business” award from NFIB

Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) earned the National Federation of Independent Business’s (NFIB) most prestigious legislative award for the 117th Congress. The “Guardian of Small Business” award is given to lawmakers who vote with small business priorities on key issues at least 70% of the time. Rep. Hern has a 100% record. 

 “I’ve lived on the other side of government policies and regulations as a small business owner for over 30 years,” said Rep. Hern. “I know what it takes to run a business – something far too few in Congress share. NFIB’s ‘Guardian of Small Business’ Award is something I’m very proud to receive. I will always support our small businesses and champion the work of job creators across America!” 

“The NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award is presented to Members of Congress who have proven themselves to be real champions of small business,” said NFIB President and CEO Brad Close. “This Congress, small businesses emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic but faced continual threats of high inflation, workforce shortages, and supply chain disruptions. These NFIB Guardians demonstrated strong support of small businesses on key issues. NFIB is unique in that we only represent small and independent businesses, and our members decide our policy positions. We are proud to recognize the elected officials from the 117th Congress who earned this distinction by taking pro-small business votes that supported an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program and opposed tax increases, new mandates, increased legal liability, and problematic employment law revisions that would have threatened Main Street’s economic recovery. NFIB commends Rep. Hern for earning the Guard of Small Business Award.” 

Key Votes from the 117th Congress included: 

  • HR 1319, American Rescue Plan – Oppose
  • HR 842, Protecting the Right to Organize Act – Oppose 
  • HR 1799, Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act – Support
  • HR 7, Paycheck Fairness Act – Oppose
  •  S.Con.Res. 14, Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Resolution – Oppose
  • HR 5376, Build Back Better Act – Oppose
  • HR 7900, Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act – Oppose