The recent unemployment claims have made it urgent for President Barack Obama to take congressional action on legislation so as to cut taxes and ease credit flow. The legislation that Obama wants to promote would ease loan terms and provide up to $12 billion in tax breaks to small businesses. Banks with $10 billion in assets will also receive $30 billion so as to encourage lending to small businesses.
The legislation is opposed by Republicans like Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama as he says that it is a government rescue measure similar to the $700 billion bank bailout of 2008. Banks may have to grant risky loans. Obama, however, urged Republicans to stop blocking the measure and prodded lawmakers to consider the bill when they reconvene in September.
The economic index of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia fell to minus 7.7 this month from 5.1 in July. The below zero reading indicates contraction in places like Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware. Obama says “Small businesses and community banks that loan to small businesses have been lagging behind.” He adds that the report of Labor Department “compels us to act.”
During the congressional and state elections in November, ‘economy’ is going to be a top issue for voters. Obama said, “There will be plenty of time between now and November to play politics. Let’s put aside the partisanship for a while and work together.”
This article was submitted by Rohit Arora, co-founder of Biz2Credit. Biz2Credit is a small business marketplace that connects entrepreneurs with financing options and advice to grow their business. Send all questions to